From a ‘listening to speakers’ point of view Matt Chandler was my highlight. Driscoll, Piper and Mahaney were all brilliant, but for my money, Chandler stole the show. At one stage during the conference I remember feeling exhausted, and close to skipping a session, but then looking at the schedule to see who was next and it was Chandler – needles to say I stayed and listened. He had brilliant wisdom, for a pretty young guy, and he was purposefully passionate about the content of his message which really just boiled down to: preach the gospel.
Matt Chandler pastors the Village Church in Dallas and knows a thing or two about how to reach nominally ‘evangelical’ Christians with the gospel. Being in Dallas he ministers in what he calls ‘the center of the evangelical world’ – the only problem he sees is that this center has lost the gospel message of Jesus as its true center.
I wonder if he doesn’t have a word or two for a country like South Africa that still has a fairly large ‘evangelical’ churchy hangover? Go snoop around his church’s website and download some of his talks from their sermon library.
I’m off to join the ‘Matt Chandler is my Homeboy’ group on Facebook…