Wednesday, July 19, 2006

It's Going to Be a Hot Time in Tulsa

Today is the first day of the second national convocation of New Wineskins. Last year we met in Edina, Minnesota, with beautifully mild weather. This year we’re in hot Tulsa at its hottest in years. The temp tomorrow is going to push 105 (fortunately, with low humidity, it will only feel like 115). Still, it’s a cool 73 throughout the Kirk buildings and the only hot thing in here, we hope, will be our hearts on fire for the Lord.

I’ve seen many, many friends coming in the early hours of registration. More than 250 of our wonderful members are serving as much-needed volunteers. Our staff has been printing, collating, stuffing and distributing material non-stop. There’s a real sense of impending blessing.

One of the differences between the NWI convocations and others I’ve attended is that ours are worship-centered. We believe that all good—including good decisions—come as we glorify the Lord. So, we’ll hear great music led by Michael Card, sermons by many great teachers and preachers, and we’ll have ample times of prayer and reflection throughout.

What will come of this? I can’t tell. I do know that hundreds of congregations are dismayed with the direction of our denomination—that’s already been expressed by mail and in person here so far. There are many options, none of them easy, for us to follow. But there is one that is the Lord’s. This is what we’re here to discern. Pray for us.
Your brother in Christ,

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