Last week a room full of pastors and leaders got together here in Omaha for the first TGC-Omaha meeting. It was a time filled with encouragement, equipping, and excitement over what God is doing in our area. It has been a long time coming.
Several years ago I drove up to Chicago with some fellow pastors to attend the first Gospel Coalition conference. It was 2007 and the conference was in the chapel at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I don’t know if there were even 500 people there. I was richly encouraged as I met brothers from different regions and denominations. I became hopeful about what God might be doing in our day to, as DA Carson would say, bring the gospel from the periphery to the center.
But at that time, I was thinking personally and globally, or about me individually and the church universally–until I ran into Darrin Patrick. I literally bumped into him. He is a big guy so he didn’t budge much but it was enough of a thud that an explanation was necessary. I apologized and we introduced each other. In the midst of the brief talk he said, “Since you are in Omaha you are probably friends with Bob Thune then, right?” I answered him back, “No, actually. I’ve heard Bob’s name before, but no, I don’t know him.” Patrick then smiled and said, “Well, when you get back to Omaha you need to reach out to him.”
Patrick helped me to see that …
If you are attending The Gospel Coalition conference in Orlando next week you may want to make plans to attend this panel discussion and Q & A on Evangelism that I will be sitting on.
I have found that when Christians make a point to talk about evangelism there is usually something that I can take away that is very helpful and immediately applicable. I would anticipate the same from this meeting. Plan to join Tim, Rebecca, Rico, and me from 8-8:55am in Wekiwa 3-5 on Wednesday April 15th.
There is more information available here.
The common good requires some laws that limit personal freedom. This conversation between Tim Keller, Al Mohler, & Collin Hansen is very helpful.
I have been writing at this blog for nearly 6 years now. I enjoy it. I honestly can’t imagine not having an outlet like this to express ideas and work through issues.
That said, there have been multiple times where I’ve seriously considered pulling the plug and trying to ignore the Christian (particularly Reformed) blogosphere all together.
Why? The tone (perhaps better, the TONE!).
From my seat the posts that get the most attention are those that are the most controversial. This sets up something of cycle of controversy for those who are aiming to make an impact in the Christian blog world. While I believe that in some cases controversy is not only helpful but essential (see the recent Rob Bell firestorm), I don’t believe a steady diet of it is. If you are a blogger governed by the cadence of crankiness then you are probably not very happy, and neither are your readers. Regrettably, I have personally contributed to and felt the teeth of many “discerning” blog readers. With the obvious exceptions mentioned above, this type of constant scrapping and picking is exhausting and distracting; it takes our eye of the ball. Overall, it hasn’t been all that helpful.