I’m not one who gets a lot done at 35,000 feet. I used to feel badly about that as I watched fellow passengers pounding away on their laptops, but I have accepted the fact that airplanes are not good workstations for me.
That’s why it’s remarkable for me to be typing on my iPad as U.S. Airways takes me over … I’m not sure…maybe Nebraska? I’m flying home from the Cross Conference, a student Missions conference of around 3500 people that ended last night in Louisville, Kentucky.
A baby is screaming behind me, the guy across the aisle is snoring, and I’m trying to put into words how these last four days have impacted me. It’s not going to be easy to do it justice, but I’ll try my best.
- I’ve been reassured. The Cross Conference amplified the sense I had a couple of months ago at Moody Bible Institute (you can read about that here) that the mission of God is in good hands. The next generation is ready to take the gospel to places it has never been – I’m more sure of that than ever.
- I’ve been convicted and humbled. In my normal circles, I am the “Missions Guy.” When it comes to cross-cultural ministry, I am usually assumed to be the most passionate, the most knowledgeable, and the most experienced person in the room. But I’ve spent four days among people whose experience dwarfs mine, whose knowledge eclipses mine, and whose passion for the nations leaves mine in the dust. It has been sobering, but I think it has been healthy. It makes me want to grow.
- I’ve been stirred. I heard John Piper, the conference founder who recently retired from over 30 years in the pastorate, pray this prayer: ” Lord, I’m 67 years old. I beg you to show me how you want to use my life over the next ten years to take good news to the nations.” I don’t pray like that. But I will now.
Let me tell you something else I’m going to do, since it includes you. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m planning to increase the frequency of my posts in order to share some highlights of Cross with you while they are still fresh in my mind. It will help me to process these ideas and put them into words. And I hope it will be a benefit for you to hear, even second-hand, from men like Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, and David Platt, whose closing message was among the most powerful I have ever heard. No, scratch that – it was THE most powerful message I have ever heard. But more about that later…
I’m glad I went to the Cross Conference, and I’m looking forward to bringing some pieces of the conference to you.
Because nothing is more important than the gospel, and nothing is more certain than its spread to every tribe and tongue and people and nation. And amazingly, we get to help! If this series gets you more excited about that idea, as these four days have done for me, it will be worth our time.
Welcome to Cross. And get ready to be changed by it!
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