Tuesday, September 30, 2008
From the mountains you can see things differently
Photo from the IFESWORLD stream
Testimonial preaching from a Serbian colleague that was some of the most persuasive apologetics, a narrative apologetic from a Bulgarian and the most penetrating preach by another Bulgarian whose imagination and humour got the truth of the gospel under my skin. I've received instruction from a French Zacharias Trust Associate who taught me more about how to construct and deliver a talk than I ever knew. I've been inspired to press on with Dostoyevsky by a German professor. And that's before I even consider the sheer courage of these IFES colleagues of mine who serve in contexts far more difficult than my own.
I'm aware of my own lack of humility and presence of arrogance that takes blessings for granted and is often unwilling to listen to others. I'm aware of the poverty of my heart that has often passed up opportunities to fish for people and preferred to just look after the aquarium i.e. I've often easily filled my diary with teaching Christians and not left room to go to those who aren't. I'm inspired by the lifetime experience, generosity of spirit and humility of Michael (aged 77) and Rosemary Green who poured out their lives for us over the past week. I'm provoked and inspired by their example, by their quiet charismaticism, by the evidence of God's hand through them, and for the way that they're giving their latter years to still doing evangelism and to training the next generation.
Some recent sermons from Michael Green can be downloaded from Holy Trinity Church in the USA where he was serving in 2007
Please pray for the outworking of this in student ministry, in my marriage and in my local church.
Michael Ots left the conference early to go and preach at his church on Acts 1v1-7