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T4G18: David Platt & Matt Chandler

Continuing on with my personal assessment of the main speakers at T4G, I come to David Platt and Matt Chandler.  I actually enjoyed both sermons and found both convicting.

I must admit, that the jury is still out when it comes to my personal feelings about David Platt.  There are times when he preaches/teaches that I come away really moved by his passion and urgency in his sermons/lessons.  Other days I am rubbed the wrong way by it, as if he is making a mountain out of a molehill. However, I am leaning toward it being my fault and not his.  It is my cold heart, not his bright, glowing red-hot passion for God’s glory and the gospel.

As I sat way up in the stands, I listened as he opened up Amos 5.  Who preaches from Amos at a conference!?  Platt does.  That’s who.  He quickly exegeted the text–very quickly, and went right into application.  His main thrust of the text was simply that the people of God were “Indulging in worship while ignoring injustice.”  The application was obvious: the church is doing the same thing that the Israel did thousands of years earlier.  This was the first sermon that at T4G to really deal with racial injustice, and I must say that Platt did a wonderful job of it.  He was prepared.  He came armed with information, stats, illustrations, and even a PowerPoint presentation, but most importantly: God’s Word.

I was concerned about the T4G conference after watching Twitter explode over the MLK50 conference the week before.  Pastor Platt must have seen the explosion too because he seemed to take the arguments that people were making toward the idea that pulpits should not preach on racial injustice/inequality and answer every one of them.  He did so with passion and compassion.  His final thoughts were: 1. Look at the reality of racism, 2. Live in true multi-ethnic community, 3. Listen to and learn from one another, and 4. Let’s long for the day when justice will be perfect.  David Platt’s sermon was one for the T4G ages.

Now, on to Matt Chandler.  I love me some Chandler.  Until Ligon Duncan, I thought Bro. Chandler’s sermon to be the best.  He has a way of pulling me in and making my head explode with the truth of God’s Word.  Right off the bat, he said, “The beatitudes cannot be accomplished with white-knuckled discipline.”  Wow.  The beatitudes were simply the picture of the ideal man in Christ.  Yes!  And I thought his point that salt is salt and salt cannot lose its saltiness, and that light is light and you light a light because you need light.  You don’t light a light in order to keep it out of dark places.  Brilliant!

The sermon was convicting and yet uplifting.  It was done in standard Matt Chandler fashion, even though he was under the weather.  I would highly recommend listening. And remember: “It is the holiness of heaven that drives out the filthiness of hell.”

Next week, I will give my thoughts on Kevin DeYoung and Dr. Al Mohler, Lord willing.

All right, it’s your turn.  What did you think about the sermons by David Platt or Matt Chandler?  Were they convicting?  Encouraging?  Gracious?  Let me know in by commenting.

Balanced Judgment

A particular verse has been weighing (pun intended) upon my heart lately, and I can see its application everywhere.  It comes from Proverbs 11:1, “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight,” (ESV).  Imagine going into the grocery store for some delicious Berres Bros. Highlander Grogg Coffee (not a sponsor; they just have the best Highlander Grogg I’ve ever drunk).  You wait, as the line for this rich, delicious drink is long.  The person ahead of you is finally taking the scoop and puts the beans into his bag, weighs the bag and it comes to a certain amount per pound.  You notice the weight and the price.  That seems fair enough, but you don’t as much money to spend.  After doing the math, you come to the amount of coffee you can afford, and grab the scoop, weigh yours until you have the weight you want, and print the price tag.  You look and realize that the price you were expecting is not the price you received.  In fact, you’re paying the same amount as the guy before you, but you got less coffee.  (This is fictitious–hypothetical; Berres Bros. would not do this to you).  Yours is more per pound than the guy in front of you.  How do you feel?  Angry?  Outraged?  Confused?  Cheated?  Like an injustice had been done?

That’s what this verse is getting at.  Back in the day when goods and coinage was weighed, merchants would easily use false balances and false weights to make more money.  They may use one set of weights that were lighter to give a person their goods.  When the silver or gold pieces were then put on the balance, they’d use a heavier set of weights to weigh the money so that more was paid than was given.  That’s an unjust balance, and that is an abomination to the Lord.

Stop and think about the balances in our lives.  We have an internal balance by which we judge situations and people.  How good are we at keeping a just balance?  Are we judging each person or situation fairly or do we allow bad prejudices (race, ethnicity, weight, clothes, etc.) to weigh the balance down or “good”* prejudices (beauty/handsomeness, strength, intelligence, financial status) to lighten the balance?  Let us be careful with our hearts, our words, and our actions.  May we use a just balance as best we can.  We won’t be perfect, but we can be progressing.

*or course, by “good” I am not saying these are right, but often considered good or favorable traits in our culture.  By allowing these traits to outweigh justice is still an abomination.