Building Bridges Conference audio files

The Building Bridges Confernce: Southern Baptists and Calvinism conference is scheduled to begin in a few hours. There will be no live webcast of the sessions but it is anticipated that some will be live-blogging the meeting. If this indeed does happen, and I discover who is doing it, I will post a link to their site(s). Bloggers that I know are here include Tim Rogers and Ed Stetzer (who, by the way, will make a brief presentation in the opening session this afternoon that should be of great interest to all Southern Baptists, regardless of your views on the doctrines of grace). Though my schedule is packed the next 3 days, I will try to offer some perspectives during the conference, if at all possible.

The audio files of each session will be made available as soon as possible after each session. Look for this afternoon’s and tonight’s recordings to appear at Lifeway.com tomorrow morning.

Pray for the conference as the Lord brings it to mind. The team at LifeWay have done an outstanding job of making preparations. Ridgecrest is a tremendous venue and everything seems to be in place for the week. Those who have been asked to speak bring a wealth of experience, biblical understanding and passion to their assignments. The topics are relevant. The participants have gone to great expense and trouble to be here. But none of that will finally matter if God’s Spirit does not come and own the conference. The most important work that must be done cannot be done by mere mortals. Only the Holy Spirit can help. So, brethren, pray!

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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