October 21-24, 2007
Bethel Baptist Church, El Sobrante, CA
Theme: The Purity of the Church---The Doctrine of Ecclesiastical Separation
This is the first year of this conference in honor of the 20th anniversary of our church. The conference will include seven speakers, two of them Pastor David Sutton and myself from Bethel Baptist Church. Five other pastors will preach. Between the seven of us, we will cover this doctrine in fourteen sessions, each 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours long. The conference will last from Sunday to Wednesday. Available will be a notebook with fill-in notes for every session. We will record in CD and DVD. Out of the conference a book will be published on The Doctrine of Ecclesiastical Separation. I will let you know more about the conference the closer we get.
The goal is to preserve and propagate the truth. Many of the sessions will be expositional messages on the ecclesiastical separation passages, explaining the text and making the appropriate application. Through all of this, we will get a Biblical Theology of Separation. Separation is a local church issue. The book that will culminate from the preparation for the preaching sessions will flesh out what the Bible says about keeping a church pure. Our goal is to understand, teach, and spread the message of Scripture on this doctrine.
Starting Monday evening, our church will supply meals for registered conference attendees. We will have supper that night and then breakfast, lunch, and supper Tuesday and Wednesday. The afternoons will be free for rest and some sightseeing. Registration for the conference will be free, but there will be a charge for the notebook, the CDs, and DVDs. We will be sending out materials for the conference some time in the near future, but if you are interested in receiving some, email us at email@example.com.
MY SON WINS CONCERTO COMPETITION
I have four children. Each of the children plays an instrument. Kirk (just turned 16) plays trombone and piano. Julia (12) plays violin and piano. Natalie (9) plays violin and piano. Gabi (6) so far plays just piano. My two oldest play in Berkeley Youth Orchestra, which is a hundred piece full symphonic orchestra. Natalie plays in Young People's Chamber Orchestra, a 30 piece string orchestra. Each year BYO holds a concerto competition. These are very good players, in several cases young people who go to full-time music schools, such as Crowden. Thirty four competed for three to play solo concerto with the full orchestra. One violin, one viola, and then my son, Kirk, won, he the first trombone player to ever win the concerto in the history of the orchestra. That concert will be on May 20 in the afternoon at Laney College in Oakland. He will play Concertino for Trombone, Op. 45 No. 7: I. Preludium: Allegro pomposo by Lars-Erik Larsson.
Yes, I'm happy about this. :)