What a invigorating feeling it is to spend time with other believers! That is just what Steve and I did this past weekend. We traveled to Wake Forest, NC to attend a conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Friday evening and Saturday morning. You can read what other bloggers (Lew, Steve, Theron and Alan) have written regarding the content of the conference. I will say this…I went to the conference not having any prior knowledge about the content of the topic discussed and secretly wondered if I would be able to get anything out of it, but I came away from the conference excited about what I had learned and wanting to learn more on an academic level. I do appreciate the tone at which the conference was presented and to quote Dr. Black, ” Regardless of the position we take on the ending of Mark, the important thing is to proclaim the Gospel Of Jesus Christ to all nations.”
When we arrived at the conference Friday evening, we were able to see Alan (and others) briefly before the presenters started speaking. Afterwards, we were asked to go to Rob and Brandi’s for coffee, in which we were able to fellowship with Alan, Rob and Brandi, Mael and Cindy, Leah and Samuel (her 7 1/2 month old cutie-pie!) and Theron and Cheryl ( I hope I spelled everyone’s names correctly!). We had a sweet time with them…until the hour of midnight! Afterwards, Steve and I went to Leah, Ed and Samuel’s to spend the night. Thanks so much Leah, for your hospitality. You are awesome!
The following day, we went to Starbuck’s (of course) and then attended another session of the seminar. Afterwards, we went out to lunch to an Italian restaurant in Wake Forest with Alan and his sweet wife, Margaret, Dr. Black, Dr. Nelson, Lew, Theron and Cheryl, Mael and Cindy, Jay Baird and Ray Clendenan (of Broadman and Holman Academic). It was an awesome time to be able to get to know each other better.
After our lunch, we (Steve and I, Alan and Margaret and Theron) went to Starbucks (yes, that’s twice in one day!). We stayed there until about 4pm talking with our new friends. We also went back to SEBTS to get a few pictures of the campus.
Then, back to Boone we traveled. I have to say that it was very hard to leave. The fellowship that we were able to experience was incredibly special to us. Not to mention that the weather was gorgeous!
Especially when you come home to this
It is amazing what a few hours travel to the western part of the state will do.
Thank you, everyone for a special time together. We were truly blessed by all of you and hope to meet again very soon.