Well, three days since the TOAM conference finished for another year, but I’m still trying to process it all. I approach the conference like a spiritual binge session – it’s a pretty intense schedule and I fill whatever gaps there are by catching up with as many friends as possible. I don’t expect to sleep more than five hours a night, don’t get any exercise, and eat odd food at strange times. Its great!
Of course, the thing that stood out this year was the ministry of Mark Driscoll, who challenged, inspired and generally performed open heart surgery on Newfrontiers. You can listen to his talks (and everyone else’s) here. We have had some pretty solid speakers over the years – John Piper, CJ Mahaney, Wayne Grudem – as well as more left-field men like Rob Rufus and David Carr, but none has spoken so directly to us as bold Pastor Mark.
I had read and listened to quite a lot of Driscoll previously but it was great to meet him in the flesh, as well as fellow Mars Hill elder Scott Thomas who was with him for the trip. One evening I was fortunate to be able to have dinner with Driscoll and a small group of other pastors. Being able to ask questions up close and personal was a real privilege, and lots of fun. He is the real deal.
Last night Grace and I, along with daughter No. 2, went back to Brighton for the evening meeting at Church of Christ the King at which Driscoll was preaching. CCK have spent some money on their AV kit since I was last there and it looks and sounds good – a standard for Alder Road to aspire to.
Mark was in top form and enjoying himself. This is a talk that needs to be listened to by all young men!
Back home at Alder Road we had a great weekend with Greg Shepherd from New Community and my friends Stephen & Molly Manhanga from Zimbabwe. Greg led us in worship and Stephen preached an awesome word about the hills we need to take and the giants we need to slay.
Today Grace and I managed to get some down time together and I went in search of an iPhone, but they have all sold out. Tomorrow we are back into international mode as more Zimbabweans pile into town to bless and enrich us. They are a remarkable bunch. Downloads of all the sessions they are doing are available on the ARBC site.
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