Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brister: yet another conference!


Dear Bob:

First, Happy Birthday! May the Lord give you many more productive years in his service. Have appreciated your friendship over the last few years, especially of late, and look forward to more to come.

Secondly, a couple of weeks ago we took note of the number of conferences which the new stock of Reformed and Calvinistic groups hold since they are always holding or attending them. Now today I see that Brother Brister is peddling another Conference which includes the same bodies that are common to the other conferences.

If The Preacher were alive in our day and observing these Reformed groups, Ecclesiastes 12.12 could perhaps have read, "But beyond this, my son, be warned: the attending of many conferences is endless, and excessive devotion to conferences is wearying to the body."

"Many" and "wearying" indeed.

With regards,

BOB'S NOTE: We appreciate Brother Ian's frequent observations on this blog, and he helps "keep tabs" on the Reformed. Since our brother Charles is still in absentsia, Ian has been especially helpful in calling certain matters of significance to my attention.

If attending Conferences and doing research could have helped the Flounders, such as Timmy Brister, accomplish something besides blog & twitter, they would probably have planted one or more churches by now in the Cape Coral, Florida vicinity. As things stand, they are apparently simply spinning their wheels in their Hybrid Calvinism rut.


Since posting your email, Ian, I have read Brister's commercial for this conference, and he says participants are John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, Danny Akin, Bryan Chapell, J.D. Greear, Eric Mason, and Tyler Jones (five Southern Baptists and four non-Southern Baptists). The subtext to the conference is “the power of God’s gift to His people–the church!”

The price for registration begins at $127.

I wonder if these preachers who discuss "the power of God" will take some time to try to make use of that power of God which is unto salvation (Romans 1:16) by fanning out into the city and spreading the Gospel to lost souls? -- or, will they just confine themselves, as usual, to pulpiteering, "preaching to choir," jawing at the dining table, and promoting the sale of their products such as books, CDs, DVDs, and whatever?

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