We're in our third day at the North American Christian Convention in Orlando, and I just have to tell you that if you've never been to the NACC, you are missing out on an incredible experience. Many people think the NACC is only for preachers, but there are programs, workshops, and seminars that can impact anyone and everyone. Plus, the main speakers and teachers are some of the best and brightest in the world.
I just finished a breakfast sponsored by Taking Christ to the Millions International (TCMI), a ministry of which many E91 folks are familiar. At the breakfast, Dr. Gary Weedman, president of Johnson University, lectured on "Reading Ephesians from the New Perspective on Paul." Sounds exhilarating for a 7:00 a.m. lecture, right? Well, here's how helpful his lecture was for me personally, and this is just one example of many on the benefits of attending the NACC.
Will, our sixteen-year old, has been in discussion with other teens his age concerning Calvinism. When I was his age Calvinism was not at the top of my list of things to discuss with friends, but that's an issue for another time. Will and I have been talking about the five points of Calvinism, and I was having a hard time explaining my perspective and disagreement with this systematic theology. Will even texted me two nights ago asking me to explain the "TULIP" to him once again while he's attending a youth conference this week at Daytona Beach. (Can you imagine male teenagers talking about Calvinism at the beach? Come to think of it, maybe that's a good thing?) So here I am sitting at breakfast at 7:00 a.m. listening to a lecture on Paul's letter to the Ephesian church, and I'm actually intrigued and can't wait to tell Will about the things I learned!
My point? Biblical study and theology have their place in our day-to-day lives. If theology isn't being lived out practically, then it's not very good theology.
Oh, and by the way, the NACC isn't all about theology. As I said, there's something for everyone, and I hope you'll join me next year at the NACC in Louisville!