This is my second year at the conference and I have to say that I really think this should be a three-day conference. Technically I suppose it is because it begins Monday at noon and ends Thursday at noon. That makes three full 24-hour days. But by about, oh, right now I’m almost burned out. So I will see what I can do for updating this puppy.
Greg Laurie, 1 Thess. 5:1-11 – I don’t know Greg personally. I’ve never had a conversation with him. It would be interesting to have one because I’m curious if his conversational speaking style is like his teaching speaking style. He is a good communicator. He has a speaking rhythm, he has timing, he has structure. And what he had to say was great. So don’t take this as a criticism, nor do I think I do a better job. I just personally prefer people who speak from the pulpit the way they do one on one (or something like it). Bill Ritchie is like that. The way he speaks int he pulpit is the way he speaks to you in a conversation. Pastor Chuck is the same way. Some guys put on a preachers voice or tone or style and it bugs me personally. So I’m just curious about Greg’s style, that’s all I’m saying.
I went to the workshop on prayer and fasting. Some good stuff and great resources to dig into. This is a weak area for me, especially considering that Jesus said, “when you fast…” Not “if.” Hmm.
Pedro Garcia, 1 Thess. 5:12-15 – I had never heard Pedro. He pastors somewhere around Miami. He is a fiery Latino kind of guy. Very excited. He’s the kind of guy who, if I had him at my church, people would be like, “Man, turn it down a little.” And he would say, “Hey people, turn it up a little!” He talked about the exhortations from Paul. Good stuff.
The large group workshop was David Barton from a thing called Wallbuilders. Like I said earlier, I’m kind of burned out so I chose this one to be the sessions I skipped on purpose. (Others I skip on accident because of conversations and what not. 🙂 )
Tonight is Louis Neely whom I have never heard before either. He’s going to be talking about 1 Thess. 5:16-22 and not quenching the Spirit. After that they are showing “Expelled” which I’m looking forward to because I was too broke to see it in the theaters, even though I totally pushed it to the church and I think only one person went. More later!
Man! Yous miss one session and the world turns upside down. They were supposed to show the Expelled movie tonight after the session. Instead they showed it between the afternoon session and dinner. D’oh! Tonight they are showing a testimony video about Greg Laurie.
So dinner comes around and as I’m standing there wondering who I should sit with (see earlier post about dinner conversations) Dr. Tommy Ice and Lloyd Puly (sp?) walk by. So, I follow them. I got to hear some great discussion and ask some of my own questions about Revelation and end times stuff. It was great.
So I get to the session, and it turns out that Louis Neely isn’t speaking tonight, but Dr. Normal Geisler is. His talk was on the Emergent Church. Its basically what he talked about at the CCBC Worldview Conference back in March. It’s still good, but kind of a bummer to be here and hear a rerun.
In another funny turn of events, Mike Macon, Skip Heitzig and I are listed on the blog of which we do not speak as blogging the conference. Now that’s a funny trio to list together.
I’m working on a post-conference wrap up already. At least in my head. So look for that in the next few days.