On the way home yesterday, we all learned that those nifty metal cases that we were given with the Na schedule and other pertinent info will set off the metal detectors. So many people had them in their back pockets or shirt pockets that the Louisville airport security people knew to tell us to take them out before walking through the detector.
I caused a number of people to have a good belly laugh in the airport Starbucks when I turned my head to greet people I recognized from my seminar and didn't see that the woman in front of me had stopped. I was waving hi, looking the other way, when I walked right into her. All I saw at the last moment was gray T-shirt, but it was too late to stop. What a class act! I only wish I could have seen that smooth move from the perspective of the people I was waving to! It still makes me laugh to think of it.
So here are some random thoughts as I process the weekend. First, props to Drew Garfield, who volunteered two nights in a row to walk me back to the hotel. It is immensely gratifying when men take active notice of things like this and ensure a woman isn't walking alone at midnight. That is an expression of the masculine benevolence that our pastors are constantly building into our guys. Props to him, too, for being willing to be included in Eric Simmons' sermon illustrations! Second, thanks to Phil and Nathan Sasser for lunch and personal theological instruction from the Dynamic Duo of Doctrine.
And let me not forget to mention the "reunion" dinner, as it were, of two of the original members of The New Attitude Band--Eric Hughes, who is still a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Chesapeake, VA, and Ted Slater, who is now the editor of Focus on the Family's Boundless webzine. Good times. Speaking of Boundless, it was great to meet Suzanne Hadley! Thanks for all the time you invested in interviewing our speakers. I can't wait to see the articles you write.
I'd also like to report that I was up and rocking at midnight Monday for the Telecast concert. What a talented group of musicians! They sound as good live as they do on their recordings. Lead singer Josh White is very good at weaving personal testimony and exhortation between well-crafted songs. Several people around me commented on how much they like his vocals.
However, better than all the people at the concert were all the people in the prayer room. A number of "prayer point" banners were set up inside a softly illuminated circular structure (they call this a boma in South Africa, if memory serves). These banners had Scriptures for each theme, accompanied by a selected prayer adapted from The Valley of Vision. It was a peaceful oasis in the midst of all the frenetic activity. (This would probably be a good time to plug the forthcoming worship project from Sovereign Grace, Valley of Vision, which is inspired by this book. It will be out, Lord willing, in mid-August.)
Personally, one odd highlight was seeing a number of young adults there that I once babysat. It is bittersweet to see children become young adults--and join me in the singles ministry. However, when viewed from an eternal perspective, it is a reason to rejoice. When I feel awkward about this, it's because I am not seeing life through Kingdom eyes. The fact that these young men and women are there and wholeheartedly participating is an evidence of grace, as we Sovereign Gracers like to say. But even if we use that phrase a lot, it's still not drained of its meaning. Psalm 145:4 calls us to proclaim God's works to the next generation. When the next generation is worshiping with us, it's cause to celebrate, not to be concerned. I have participated in passing the baton to them and it is more sweet than bitter to see them receive it and press on.
Finally, I want to make sure that Katherine Reynolds, the hard-working and faithful assistant to Joshua Harris, gets her 15 seconds in the blogosphere. In your service to Josh, you are showing numerous single women what it means to cultivate the qualities that will one day, we pray, bless a husband. Either way, it glorifies God now. Well done! (And a shout out to Paul and Ken from 9Marks for making this a much better photo than we had planned. And I don't care what the real story is, Paul. I'm spreading the rumor that when single men visit Solo Femininity, they are inspired to pursue a courtship. I'm overlooking how many other steps occurred in between. There's a link and I'm claiming it!)
Thanks for reading this and have a happy day. The New Attitude coverage is now concluded. Upcoming posts will tackle other topics!