That’s both the good news and the bad news.
While the presentations have been uneven in content and quality and there was no discernable “buzz” as in previous years, there were some real worthwhile moments.
The panel discussions on homosexuality and racial reconciliation were especially thoughtful and worthy of note.
There was little talk of numerical growth and (to the chagrin of some) little mention of Chuck Smith.
Indeed, there were few old guard CC guys anywhere to be seen.
It was, for all intents and purposes, a generic “evangelical” conference addressing the issues in the evangelical world.
It’s in that generic quality that the problem arises.
Another opportunity has been lost to define the identity and purpose of the Calvary Global Network.
Without a clear identity no group can survive or thrive as it’s members have no way to define why they are part of the group.
Why this simple concept is so hard for the leadership to grasp is beyond my understanding.
The failure to do so will show up next year when many of this years attendees stay home.
As a side note one of those leaders kept showing up on the live feed between speakers looking as if he just got back from a successful possum hunt and didn’t have time to get cleaned up…hardly the image one should present for the yearly conference of a struggling organization…
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire and many think his replacement will swing the court to overturn “Roe vs Wade” and possibly even same sex marriage.
If so, now would be the time to start planning for the unwanted consequences of any prohibition on something previously legal…
I get mail…asking what I would do about the immigration situation.
This is really simple, but not easy…they won’t stop coming until it’s safe to stay where they’re from.
If your family was starving and your children in imminent danger, you’d be on the move too…
Finally, the death of our society as we know it won’t come at the hands of foreigners, but at our own.
It will be our hands around the throats of each other, as we’ve convinced ourselves that the “other” is less than human, devoid of the image of God, and unworthy of bare human respect.
We’re running out of time to stop this…