Saturday, April 28, 2007

Conference on the Holy Spirit

I expect to post ruminations about the Conference on the Holy Spirit in a week or so. Regretably, I missed a good bit of the conference. I hope to see video and catch up with everyone else before commenting in detail. I greatly enjoyed getting to meet everyone, although I feel sharply the regret of having virtually no time to devote to the informal interaction of the presenters. I met for the first time (corporeally) Alan Cross, Wade Burleson, Debbie Kaufmann, Bob Cleveland, Sam Storms, Boyd Luter, Jack Maddox, and a whole host of others. Robin Foster and I renewed a long dormant relationship. Ben Cole and Dwight McKissic I had met once, and the continued interaction was delightful. As to my presentation, I will let others evaluate it. I always walk away wishing I had done better. After hearing the registration numbers, I was surprised at how few people were there. Word must have gotten out that I was presenting. I'll let Robin Foster tell about what happened to him last night. I missed it, and that is one huge regret of mine! :-) At the conclusion of this experience, I walk away profoundly aware of how undeniably and unchangeably white, stodgy, and Baptist I am (none of those adjectives is meant as synonymous with any of the others). Enough froth…I'll give some substance later.


Jack Maddox said...


You did a GREAT job Bro. I was right proud of ya!!! I thought it was a little unfair that during the q & A you got ambushed with a bunch of polity junk...but you handled it well. Good to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Your semi, somehwhat reformed, anti, partial, cautious, progresive continuing ceasationist friend


Debbie said...

It was so good to meet you Bart. I thought you did a wonderful job of presenting. You explained things so that anyone could understand what you were saying, I appreciated that. You were honest but not offensive. Gracious and kind, clear with honesty. That's a good thing.

Bart Barber said...


There was no fair or unfair. In an open forum like that, you have to be prepared for anything. Thanks for the encouragement, brother. I enjoyed our brief time to visit, and I greatly appreciated your faithful attendance—it was an encouragement to me.

Bart Barber said...


The pleasure was all mine.

Harold M. said...

I enjoyed finally getting to meet you. I thought you did a very fine job in your presentation. Thanks for being there. My brother and I had a lot to talk about on the long drive home and we both felt that the conference was well worth the effort.

Bob Cleveland said...

Bart: As I mentioned on my blog, I enjoyed your presentation immensely. Yours was exceptionally conciliatory in demeanor, which I appreciated. And I was indeed pleased to meet you, and I thank you for that as you're the one who did the introducing.

I'm sure you will do well by the committee assignment for which you've been selected.