First off, if you aren't familiar with Desiring God, then you need to be. These folks get it. And they understand that the critical thing that matters in today's world is the Glory of God.
Above All Earthly Powers just wrapped up. You can read about the conference from the folks who live blogged it here. Also, you may want to buy the book that the conference was built around. It was a powerful conference that left me pondering what the messages shared this weekend meant for both me and Upward.
There are many things I take away from this weekend.
- Jesus is King. Not Your Buddy!
- Microwave Gospel presentations need to move to the crockpot!
- Truth must be defended!
- You can learn a lot from one chapter of the Bible. Think about all that is contained in John 17!
- The emergent church is missing the point.
- John Piper has a clearer view of God than any other man I've ever heard.
What's funny is that when I arrived in Minneapolis, they told me that people actually fly to Minnesota just to go to the mall. I quickly said that might be the dumbest thing I had ever heard. However, on my trip to the airport to fly out, I discovered that these folks actually do exist. They are from Fort Wayne and they have 3 great grandchildren and 3 grandchildren. She wasn't overly friendly because of being tired from a full day. I feel sorry for this poor guy. He shared with me that they walked the mall all day.
Most of all, thank you God for grace and truth, embodied and made available to us in your Son. More stories to come later. But I wanted this to be my innaugural post. I look forward to sharing things that hopefully by the grace of God, will be impactful in the lives of the people I know and care about. And hopefully to strangers as well.