Month: April 2009

Reflections on Q Conference

I’m doing some blogging on the Q Conference. There have been some powerful moments during this conference, the least of which was not Ted and Haggard’s transparent, gospel-gripping testimony about their post-excommunication journey. Unfortunately, we’ve been asked not to blog on it, so suffice it to say that what he said was profoundly biblical and gospel-centered. I was brought to tears and to praise.

Q Conference

This week I have been participating in the Q Conference, a conference committed to exploring new ideas in the areas of Future, Culture, Church, and Gospel. Abraham Kuyper would be proud. This conference is stimulating, innovative and sane. Each speaker talks for 18 minutes, followed by smaller “talkbacks” to futher the conversation. Speakers have addressed issues from Nuclear Disarmament to Spirituality in the Suburbs. Here are a few noteworthy speakers/projects:

Two Futures Project – compelling case for the role of Christians in advocating nuclear disarmament. Tyler Wigg Stevenson made the case that Christian vocabulary and a theology of the impossible compel Christians to take up this cause for the sanctity of human life.

The Future of the Suburbs – presented data arguing for continued migration to the suburbs which will become new centers of cultural influence, competing with urban culture.

Culture, Power, & Privilege – Andy Crouch shared some seeds for his new book project on the role of power, privilege and sacrifice in culture.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis – advancing justice and mercy in the third world through groups like “The Elders” a collection of peace-making leaders like Desmond Tutu, President Carter, and Nelson Mandela.

*Yours truly will speak on a panel tonight on the topic of American Ecclesiology.

Acts 29 Texas Regional

The upcoming Acts 29 Texas Regional will be a highly strategic meeting for A29 members and candidates only. We will share vision for the Texas region and ask you to participate in pioneering strategic initiatives to “develop reproducing, gospel-centered churches that engage all the peoples of Texas.” If you are A29, I hope you can make it!

Acts 29 Regional | Texas

Monday, May 11, 2009, 9:00 AM – Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 2:00 PM

Title: Acts 29 Texas Region Gathering

Description: A time for Acts 29 members and candidates in the Texas region to gather together to network, fellowship, worship and pray with one another. It will also be a time to discuss the direction of the region and what part each planter plays.

When: May 11th-12th

Where: The Village Church at the Highland Village Campus

Schedule:
May 11th – 9 am to 8 pm
May 12th – 9 am to 2 pm

RSVP: churchplanting@thevillagechurch.net