We decided to live stream The Grace & Truth Conference when the speakers are up. You can get the schedule here. Catch the live streaming here. The only change for today is that I’ll speak the last session, Holly will speak first. This conference features
Depending who you are, finding the kind of women speakers you want for your conference is challenging. And we are whoever that is. Years ago my wife told me that so many ladies retreats or conferences were dumbed down or redundant (“be submitted to your husband” and “love your kids”). We have a great conference that is very affordable with great speakers. As always, we have Holly Stratton (a favorite with our ladies) and this year we will enjoy the ministries of Carolyn McCulley and Wendy Alsup as well. The theme is relevant: “A Woman’s Treasure: The Jewel of Contentment.” Check out the website.
“The best of expository preaching takes its message and its thrust, and, ideally, even its form, from the biblical text itself. Most of our preachers managed this superbly while remaining, in form and style, exceedingly diverse” (D.A. Carson p. 10). HT: Denny Burk)
Okay, I admit that I am not a visual learner. I find a lot of illustrations to be a painful waste of time. But I do pride myself on trying to be open minded so that is why I simply do not know how to respond to something that strikes me as positively vapid, trite, meaningless, and incapable of qualifying as moving even from a subjective sentimentalist perspective. Capetown 2010 is supposed to be a “congress” (that is an impressive word) of evangelical erudite, but isn’t there anyone with the testicular fortitude to say that the dance, though morally innocuous, is a colossal waste of time for earnest disciples from around the globe who pretending to be both intellectual and biblically substantial?
I’m not sure why it’s not embedding. But, seriously, I just don’t get it.
I’m looking forward to preaching this morning for an anniversary celebration of Dr. K. Edward Copeland’s ministry here in the Rockford area at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. The theme of the celebration is “Man of the Word” and I will be bringing a message from 2 Timothy on “Preach the Word.” It is preachers, not politicians, that can change this struggling city. That is if the preachers are preaching the Word. I’m delighted by Pastor Copeland’s commitment to solid expositional preaching and the effect is increasingly obvious in his ministry and I’m honored to be a part of the celebration. My prayer is the more preachers like him would crop up in this area.
I have the particular handicap of being confined to only one place at a time so I was not able to attend more than one breakout session. I would not have chosen my session prior to the conference, but it had been chosen for me by Scott Aniol (I bought his registration from him). I couldn’t have been more blessed. After talking with the other guys about their particular breakout sessions, I think that I got to hear the best one. Kevin DeYoung was outstanding. An amazing topic. Worshipful. Deep.
Last weekend a group of women convened for the Grace & Truth Conference to listen to seven general sessions from two outstanding women speakers. Holly Stratton and Elisabeth George delivered to the women a plateful of Gospel every time they got up to speak. In a private correspondence after the conference, Holly said to me that for women used to hearing the kind of worship and messages that were delivered last weekend, the conference was a very gratifying experience of confirmation. A splurge of sorts. Much like icing on the cake. Women who do not come from churches where the Gospel is central leave with hunger pangs.
Icing on the cake or hunger pangs? Both are good. Both are essential at some point in a woman’s pilgrimage. For some women the conference is a concentration of what they experience on a weekly basis, resulting in a strong, affirmative feeling of worship. For others, the freshness of the Gospel, the tasting of God again without the diluting effect of cultural and church artificial flavors mingled in with the message, the result is a strong feeling of realization, finding that God is good — very good! — and wanting to taste and see Him more. They return to their places with hunger pangs.
Some leave worshipping. Others leave wondering; wondering why the experience has to be so unique. But the wondering is worship also; for the wondering is the hunger pang of a soul that knows that the only true satisfaction is in God, God minus the flavor of traditionalism, mono-culturalism, and sectarian agenda.