I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the good folk at Shiloh Baptist Church on Long Island (the long drive notwithstanding). While there, I promised them that I would post my notes along with the audio from our three nights of teaching. (A bit of the audio is missing when they changed CD’s, but a bit of digital editing makes it flow fine.)
The following week I was in Chattanooga at the 2017 gathering of the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. That audio is posted here, as well.
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of being at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Terrell, TX. with some of my favorite preachers and friends, for the 2017 gathering of the Texas chapter of the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference. Roger Skepple and I taught on the “Solas” that lay at the heart of the Protestant Reformation. I always enjoy teaching with Roger. He’s a good exegete and we compliment each other quite well. I came home with the audio of those messages and want to share it with you all.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 —
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.