A new approach to Holy, Holy

Want to hear a song?  Sure you do.  I don’t get to do much music, these days.  But, I have been working on a remake of the classic hymn for a couple of months.  Tonight, with the holidays and all, I have been able to finish the mix and I thought I’d share it with you.  I sang it and played all the instruments, with the exception of the guitar solo, which my friend and neighbor, Nathan, played.


Jesus as Judge – audio, video, and notes

Here are the audio files and notes from this year’s Embracing the Truth Conference lecture series on the topic: Jesus as Judge.

Just a note about the audio: We were using a wireless microphone, which is normally not a problem.  But this year, for some reason, we got intermittent RF interference that made its way into the recordings.  I can sometimes remove unwanted noise from digital recordings, but this RF noise was in the same frequency spectrum as my voice, so removing it rather severely altered the voice quality.  So, I tried to bring it down a bit, but you’ll definitely hear it when it pops up. The noise comes and goes but I don’t think it hampers the audibility too terribly.

Jesus as Judge Part 1
Jesus as Judge Part 2
Jesus as Judge Part 3

Jesus as Judge – notes

All of the messages from this year’s conference are available on the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference Website.


July 2015 Conference Messages and Notes

July was a busy month.  It started in Mesquite and wound up in Chattanooga.  I promised to post my notes here on the blog.  So, below you’ll find both the audio and notes from each conference.

At the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Mesquite, TX. I spoke for three nights.  I called the series “Selections from the Gospel of John.”

Part 1 —

Part 2 —

Part 3 —

And here are my notes in PDF format — Mesquite 2015 Notes

At the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Chattanooga, TN. I preached a message called “Christ, Our Propitiation.”

And here are my notes for that message. Chattanooga 2015 Notes


Pneumatology at the 2015 Embracing the Truth Conference

Each Spring I look forward to the annual Embracing the Truth Conference that convenes at Hamilton Chapel Church in Gladeville, TN.  I have attended a good many conferences through the years, but this one consistently distinguishes itself by acts of kindness, generosity of spirit, and the sort of grace you always hope to encounter when entering a room full of Christians.  Plus, I count every speaker, pastor, lecturer, and preacher who attended a friend.  Good camaraderie, good food, good fellowship, lots of joy and laughter … you can’t ask for more than that.

I “lectured on steroids” for three mornings on the topic of Pneumatology – The Holy Spirit.  Here are the recordings of those messages and a link to a PDF of my notes (for those who want to follow along, see I often I wandered off, or would like to use them for their own studies and teaching).

Lecture 1: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lecture 2: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lecture 3: Friday, March 13, 2015

Notes for Pneumatology at ETT 2015 


By Grace Alone — the audio version

Every once in a while, I receive questions about offering “By Grace Alone” as an audio book.  Well, the fact is, we created an audio version of the book several years ago and have offered it as an mp3 CD on the salvationbygrace.org website.

But, since we offer pretty much everything on our website for free, I thought I’d post the audio files here and make them available for anyone who wanted to stream or download them.  This is the whole book, verbatim.

By Grace Alone — Opening and Introduction

By Grace Alone — Chapter One — Total Depravity

By Grace Alone — Chapter Two — Unconditional Election

By Grace Alone — Chapter Three — Limited Atonement

By Grace Alone — Chapter Four — Irresistible Grace

By Grace Alone — Chapter Five — Perseverance of the Saints


More Elder Ward is on the way …

It was a fine, fine day at GCA today.  We sang, we worshiped, we prayed, we studied together and then we ate sandwiches and had a church-wide meeting to talk about our plans for the future as we reflected on how He has brought us this far.  I love the saints of GCA and I cannot tell you how happy they make this old preacher’s heart.

So, on another subject — after getting the first 12 Elder Ward mp3’s finished and uploaded to the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference website, I encountered an ill-timed hard drive crash.  I could tell it was coming, so I began making sure everything was backed up.  But, before I could get all of Elder’s WAV files transfered, the drive shut down completely.  The cost of recovering the files was exorbitant, so I called Virgil in Lexington, he sent me the original files again, and I began the time-consuming process of renaming and refiling everything in chronological order.  And now I’ve begun where I left off, cleaning up files, and listening to recordings from the early late 1980’s to early 1990’s, when Elder was at full strength and Main Street Baptist Church was the hub of the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference.

It’ll be a couple weeks until the next ten messages get posted, but here’s something to whet your appetite.  As close as I can tell, this message was preached in preparation of ordaining some men and there were local pastors in the congregation.  And that was enough to get Elder to spell out the gospel of grace plainly, simply, forcefully, and quite enjoyably.  So, click away and listen to a message from November 19, 1989.


Elder D.J. Ward Sermon Archive

I have been investing some of my free time in a new project.  One of the anomalies of the Internet is that, while you can find just about anyone doing just about anything, my friend and pastor-to-pastors Elder Dennis J. Ward is markedly absent.  But that’s about to change.

Elder Ward eyes closed

If you Google his name, you’ll discover odds-and-ends, short video clips, an occasional sermon … just enough to whet your appetite.  After I posted a YouTube video of one of his sermons from the book of Romans, I was immediately deluged with requests for more and inquiries about where to find his preaching online.  But, alas, there was very little to be had.

So, it’s about time for that to be remedied.  In August, I received a hard drive full of WAV files.  They included Elder Ward sermons reaching all the way back to 1988, just as he was beginning his tenure as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.  They were transferred from VHS tapes of Sunday Morning services aired over local television.

In the intervening months I have organized them and begun the process of applying digital processes to clean up the noise floor, remove hums and buzzes, de-clipping, doing a bit of editing, applying some EQ and compression, and making mp3 files. It’s slow-going.  Some of the processes are real-time.

But I am thoroughly enjoying hearing Elder at full-strength.  I can still see him dressed in his colorful robes or Puritan collars, waving his bedsheet-sized handkerchief,  cajoling, beckoning, and insisting that his listeners “keep their Bible on him”.  He teaches, preaches, sings, whispers, hollers, and refuses to be taken for granted.  “Have I got any warriors?!” He was a preacher’s preacher.  And a force of nature.

Elder Ward intense

When the first handful of messages are ready, they’ll be posted to the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference website.  We’ll create a new page just for the Elder D.J. Ward Sermon Archive.  And then it will be a matter of updating and adding new material as it’s finished and ready for listening.

But, it will be soon!  I have a dozen messages finished and ready to go.  And to give you a taste of what to expect, I thought I’d post one here and now.  This recording harkens back to August 22, 1989.  The message is titled: The Heart of Man’s Problem from Romans 7:15-18.

And if you are unfamiliar with it, drop by the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference website.  It’s full of resources, information about the conference and its various meetings, and free mp3 audio of messages and music.  Just click here —

SGBC website

You can also find the SGBC on Facebook.  Go by and “Like” it!

SGBC on Facebook


Preaching in Chattanooga

Well, the 30th session of the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference has come to a close. It was a most enjoyable week.  Over my years of attending this conference, I have formed friendships and bonds of fellowship that will last for the balance of my lifetime. And their willingness to continue putting me in the pulpit is nothing less than grace, grace, grace.

Here is the audio from my message this year.  I called it “Our God Reigns” in keeping with the theme of this year’s conference.  The sound is passible, but you will hear occasional audio glitches.  Somewhere between the wireless mic and the soundboard, syllables disappeared.  But, nothing that will keep you from understanding what’s being said.

Our God Reigns

And thanks to James Guyo for these two photos:

Jim New Home Pulpit Jim New Home Pulpit 2

Messages from the entire conference will be available in the days to come, via the main conference website: Sovereign Grace Bible Conference





Audio and Notes From Mesquite 2013 Conference

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of teaching at the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference in Mesquite, TX.  The conference was hosted by Saints Chapel, where Gregg Wren is the pastor.  It was a very enjoyable week.  And, since I promised to come home with audio, the teaching portions of the conference are now posted on the GCA website.  You can link directly to them here:

2013 SGBC Mesquite Messages

Both my series and the daytime sessions by David Morris are posted in that folder.  We were both addressing the topics of prophecy and eschatology.  David’s emphasis was on the relationship between Israel and the church, whereas mine was on the kingdom and Revelation 20.  Our messages and approach dovetailed into each other quite nicely … you know, almost like there was a sovereign hand of providence at work.

Also, here are PDF files of the handouts I made available in Mesquite.  And, for those who are curious, I’ve also posted my notes — all of them.  You can follow along and see how often I depended on them and how often I went rabbit-chasing.  I hope they’re some help.

1 – Introduction to Prophecy handout

2 – Bible Interpretation and Terminology handout

3 – Kingdom Concepts handout

4 – Revelation 20 handout

5 – My notes for the week

All of the audio from the conference — messages, preaching, teaching, and music — will be posted at the main conference website:



The Lord Bless You and Keep You

In Numbers 6 we find one of the most lovely instructions in all of the Old Testament.  God gives words to Moses to bless the children of Israel.  The passage reads:

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,  “Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, ‘On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.'” (Numbers 6:22-26)

Those words have a permanent place in my memory.  As a young Lutheran boy, every service closed with those words as a benediction.

They’ve also been set to music and the “Great Hymns of the Faith” hymnal we use at GCA contains the classic choral arrangement by Peter C. Lutkin (1858-1931).  It’s a short, beautiful bit of music.  So, I decided many months ago to record it.

My original plan was to create “The GCA Digital Choir” — gathering various singers from the congregation, recording them separately and individually, doubling voices, and building the tracks until I had formed a virtual choir.  But, the project grew rather unwieldy.  So tonight, after sitting on the project for months, I sat down and took the four essential voices — Charlie singing soprano, Carol as alto, Jamey as tenor and Daniel holding down the bottom notes — and began mixing.  The end result was quite pleasant.

Just click below.  Hope you enjoy it.  And thanks to the folk who were kind enough (and patient enough!) to sing along.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You