I was treated to two pastors conferences these past two weeks which brought refreshment to my own soul with respect to things most especially related to the ministry. The first one was the conference sponsored by the Higher Rock Christian Church which was held at the UP Theatre in Diliman, Quezon City. The place was so cozy with nice, cool air-conditioning and soft, comfortable seats that if not for the fact that the preacher was engaging it would have been easy to drift into dreamland. I have been there before to watch rock concerts when I was still an unbeliever; thank God that I am now listening to preaching.
The guest speaker was Dr. Steve Lawson of One Passion Ministries (and also of John Macarthur’s Master’s Academy and RC Sproul’s Ligonier Ministries) and the theme was on preaching with precision and power. Although I have listened to many a conference sermon of Mr. Lawson on Ligonier, this is the first time I have listened to him live and also the first time to hear this topic.
Dr. Lawson is an exceptionally gifted preacher. His messages were well-organized and clear. He uses pithy statements that are catchy. His illustrations were lively and at times humorous. His style was one that would prolong the attention span of one who easily loses focus like me.
The conference too was professionally organized, hats off to the organizing team of HRCC.
An added bonus was that a few Reformed Baptist pastors were treated to a luncheon where they could come up close and personal with Dr. Lawson. I appreciate the fact that among 800 or more who attended the conference we were a few of the 50 who were invited to a hefty lunch that Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the other conference was held at the Quezon City Evangelical Church, an old Chinese congregation established in the 60s. The speaker was Dr. David Van Drunen of Westminster West in Escondido, California whose office, he says, is just a wall apart from the dean of the Reformed Baptist Studies in the same school, Dr. Jim Renihan.
Dr. David Van Drunen is the Robert B. Strimple professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster. He has authored a few books as well.
The topic was on the Solas of the Reformation in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the 16th century Reformation. There were about 200 attenders mostly of the paedobaptist kind. It was open to women.
Although we were not able to attend the second day of the conference, the messages that we heard were enough to prod us to do a series on the Solas of the Reformation probably in October, Lord willing. This will be our own church’s recognition of the 500 years of the Reformation and the rich spiritual heritage that it has endowed on the present-day Christian church, such as ours.