Reflections on Together for the Gospel

(Me and my dad at the “Band of Bloggers” meeting. Picture taken by Marc Heinrich)

I went to this conference with high expectations and this conference exceeded my highest expectations!!! I’ve attended several conferences over the past six years and this one was my favorite of them all! The messages were great, the format was great, the fellowship was great, the venue was great, the music was great. In other words it was great! For a better description of the experience that summarizes my thoughts about the conference see this Jason Robertson post at Fide-O. The conference was live-blogged by Tim Challies. Tim did a great job capturing the atmosphere of the conference. Below is a quick reference guide to his posts on each of the sessions:

For pictures from the conference, check out Timmy Brister’s and Marc Heinrich’s posts.

One of my favorite things about the conference was the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones! This was not incidental to the conference, it was actually encouraged by the organizers of the conference. One of the goals of the conference was to unite people together for fellowship around the gospel. I firmly believe and fervently pray that this goal will be realized!

Mark, Ligon, C.J. and Al were not content to speak about the gospel in general, they issued a statement clarifying exactly what they both affirmed and denied about the gospel. It is a great document and I would have no problem signing my name at the end of this document as these men have done. To read the document, click here.

It was great to fellowship with my companions on the trip: Pastor Mike Beach and Garry Weaver (my dad). It was also great to see some old friends like Zachary Smith, Barak Tjader, Ken Taggart, Ray Rosenbarg (sp?), Jeremy Floyd, Ed Stucky and many more. It was also great to make some new friends (I hope) like: Scott Lamb, Marc Heinrich, Jason Robertson, Timmy Brister, Dwayne Ewers, Tim Challies, and Mick Porter (one who travelled all the way from Australia for this conference who has a tremendous testimony of God’s grace in his life and church). It was also great to have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Michael Haykin and discuss my plans for my work on the ThM through Toronto Baptist Seminary. I’m excited about this great opportunity.

Some however, were LEFT BEHIND! My advice for all of you is that when the next Together for the Gospel Conference convenes in April of 2008, DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND!!! In the meantime, you can read the Together for the Gospel blog to get the benefit of “listening in” on the interactions between these four friends whose friendship has inspired us all.

2 comments

  1. Steve, it sounds like a great conference and I must say your endorsement of it over six years of conferences has me very interested. Thanks for the helpful links all on one page. I am very touched by the pic of you and your father. It says a thousand words about a son’s relationship with his father and yours in particular.

  2. Steve,

    This was a great conference and I was blessed to be able to share it with you and your father.

    Again in ’08…

    MB

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