T4G Day One

The session kicked off tonight in grand fashion and was meaningful, deliberate, convicting, and worshipful (and any other positive adjectives you might think of). Mark Dever preached the opening session on “The Pastor’’s understanding of his own role.”” His text was from 1 Corinthians 4 and his points were:

“Three Marks of a Real Minister”
1.Cross-centered message
2.Cross-centered life
3.Cross-centered followers

I needed to hear this sermon in a big way and the Lord has certainly renewed some dormant thoughts, attitudes, and convictions that have gathered dust in my life. All praise to Christ.

The conference is a sea of church leaders from wall to wall. The fellowship is very close…literally. I have enjoyed seeing old friends from seminary and blog celebrities. For a real blog recap see Tim Challies here.

If you see me please introduce yourself, I would love to connect with as many of you as possible. Now here are some candids from the day:
Eric Bancroft who is in competition with C. J. Mahaney for slickest scalp (what’s the deal with shaved heads and Sovereign Grace Ministries anyway?).

Marc “Purgatorio” Heinrich

Allen “Country boy will survive” Cagle

Ben Holland chatting with new friend Zach.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Send my greetings to Allen and Eric.

    I hope that you are having a good time at the Conference!


  2. Paul,

    I hope that these next few days bring you much refreshment and encouragement in the Lord!!

    It was encouraging for me to see that the first session right out of the gate was being a man of the cross and not how to pack more people in the pews with gimmicks and Starbucks gift cards!!

    Tell Allen hello and we will see him here in Mobile in June.

    ps – that pic looks like a car full of trouble! :)

  3. Glad you got that picture of Zach. He proves that not all Sovereign Grace guys shave their heads! He is an intern at Grace Community Church (a Sovereign Grace church) in Ashburn, VA. He is also a songwriter and worship leader (see the FUSE CD from Sovereign Grace music).

  4. Carolyn,

    We sat next to Zach for the first sesssion and enjoyed his fellowship greatly. Thanks for dropping in.

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