Archive for April, 2012

T4G 2012 – SBTS

A very generous friend from the area offered to take me to a conference last week. I was able to arrange for a week of vacation and on Monday we drove to Louisville, KY for the T4G 2012 conference held at the Yum! Center.

We were also able to save some money by staying at one of his friend’s houses who lived in the area and also attended the conference with us. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to know this brother better as well as his wonderful family. He works at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary¬†and on Tuesday morning I was able to get a personal tour of the whole place. While I was there I got to see the actual Bible that Spurgeon used to preach from. You could see where he had highlighted verses and several annotations in the margins noting where he had addressed certain verses in various editions of The Sword and the Trowel (a magazine he used to publish).

The campus had three separate chapels: small, medium, and large. My favorite was the medium chapel as it was all white and the pews had doors on the isles that you could close. It is really gorgeous and I guess it gets used for a lot of weddings.

I also got to look around the bookstore for a little bit and I’m pretty sure that I could have easily spent a couple of months there. While I was there I was able to get The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves for super-cheap. I’m done with the first three chapters and it is a really enjoyable short book on the key issues of the reformation.

The bookstore also had busts of Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, and Bunyan, but they were a wee bit out of my price range. But they were super cool.

I also got to look through all the doctoral work that had been done that was located in the research section of the library. It was pretty neat to see all the stuff that people wrote their dissertations on. Some of the titles were so long you would have thought they were trying to get every letter in the alphabet in there.

If I ever do one I’m pretty sure I’m going to title it, “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.”

It will have something to do with preaching. I’m just not sure what. But at least I’ve got a title.

Over the next few days I’ll try to put up a few more entries about fun stuff from the trip.


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Easter Week

Well, the week leading up to Easter has come and gone. And boy was it a full one. I think it was probably the busiest week I’ve had since moving up here.

I basically had to do three services, three sermons, in four days. We had a Maundy Thursday service, then a Good Friday service, and then Easter Sunday service.

Once I was done with one service, I would just turn around and start on the next one. I was pretty amazed that it all got done. God was very good and it seemed like he was doing some good things among us each time we gathered.

We had about two dozen people at our Maundy Thursday communion service, and I pretty much turned it onto a giant scriptural walk-through what happened that evening. I’m hoping that I can use this same “script” again next year. In a sense it was more like a ceremony than a service.

This was the first Good Friday service the church has done in a long time. We had about three dozen people come out, but it was really good. How can you not want to preach on Good Friday?! I would take Good Friday over Christmas Eve any day. At least from a preaching standpoint.

Then we had Easter. We had way more visitors than any of us expected and we ended up having about twice as many people there was we had the Easter the year before. It was great to see new folks and to get to share the gospel with them. I did things a little differently this Easter and preached on four important implications of the resurrection.

It was a great but long week. It was great to serve the Lord that way, but I’m also glad it’s over and I’ve only got one sermon to do this week. Sort of feels like a vacation.

Speaking of vacations, on Monday morning, after Easter, a friend offered to take me to a conference in Louisville. I’ll have some more posts in the coming days about that. Another full, but fun time.

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