Coupla introductory things:
1) I continue to enjoy the summer blog hiatus.
2) These posts on my association's National Conference do not officially end this long-needed blog-break.
3) For the few (but faithful) readers who have remained through this painfully sparse summer on the blog ... and for the fewer still who know what the letters GARBC represent (General Association of Regular Baptist Churches), this series of brief reporting posts are for you.
Now for the good stuff:
1) Our association's annual conference was originally scheduled for Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The rain God dumped on Iowa changed those plans (the big debate around these parts is whether Iowans represent the just or the unjust of Matthew 5:45!). The conference was relocated to my alma mater, Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa.
2) Our association's National Representative (read: leader, CEO, General Manager, President, or whatever leadership title fits your fancy) kicked off the conference with an address from Hebrews 2:7-18, entitled, "A Plan Fit For The Savior" (the conference's theme is "The Glory of the Cross"). Following are a few loosely transliterated quotes from Dr. John Greening's address:
"The cross seems to be the most unfitting place for glory."
"Jesus Christ and His cross are at the center of everything--from the universe to history to our local churches. Let's be careful to keep Him there in our preaching."
"Much of today's evangelical preaching lauds the horizontal reconciliation provided through the cross; yet the clear thrust and intent of reconciliation is vertical: Christ--in His cross--reconciled sinners to God."
"Because sinners are dead in their trespasses and sins, their only hope is for Jesus Christ to breathe His life into them."
Dr. Greening's address emphasized the amazing and marvelous grace God has shown us in Christ. Without intending to stir up any conference controversy, I must admit that Dr. Greening's address seemed overtly Calvinistic (and monergistic). Of course, it would be nearly impossible to preach from Hebrews 2 (even the semi-controversial verse 9) without the address sounding overtly Calvinistic! In all seriousness, Dr. Greening's address on the glory of Christ's cross stirred both my intellect and my emotions.
To God be the glory in Jesus' cross!
That's the Day 1 wrap-up from the GARBC National Conference in Ankeny, Iowa.
Greatest Conference Anticipation: I am anxiously awaiting Dr. Myron Houghton's Thursday workshop entitled "A Baptist's Perspective on Reformed Theology." Could there be some pre-4th fireworks??!!!Coupla concluding things:1) What I'm currently reading:
Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)
. The authors link to our blog (not sure why ... except that these men of God must be full of grace!). A review will be forthcoming. Until then: buy it and read it. You'll be glad you read Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck's first tag-team work. Lord-willing it won't be their last.MacArthur's Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response by Sam Waldron
. It's controversial--I like that. It's gracious--I like that, too. It's Reformed and biblical--I really like that!2) Who I'm rooting for:
The Cardinals. Perhaps it's the Cubs' year. But then again, they are the Cubs. Seems like another disappointing season isn't too far-fetched.
Oh, yeah, and the Royals are experiencing a bit of a resurgence over the past two weeks. We'll see if it lasts.I will close this somewhat random post with a unscientific poll. Which of the following is most likely to happen?1. The Kansas City Royals enjoy a winning season in 2008.
2. The Chicago Cubs finally break their decade of futility and win it all in 2008.3. John Piper invites blog-mate Mike Hess to speak at the 2010 Pastors Conference.
You make the call!
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