I didn’t know how to wrap up my experience at the 2008 SBC, so I decided to just make a list of stuff I am thinking. This list will be complete thoughts, but not expounded upon unless you want to hear more.
Thoughts in no particular order
- I didn’t vote for Him, but I love and deeply admire Johnny Hunt and believe he will be a great president.
- The music was wonderful. I was moved to tears more than once. The Gettys particularly, but also the combined choir from the final night. My favorite song is here. (start at the 5:23 mark in this one)
- After seeing the IMB report, I am deeply convicted that I need to go on a foreign mission trip.
- I only saw 2 votes unopposed – Moving the schedule forward 15 minutes because the order of business committee didn’t have any business, and appreciating 100 years of RAs. Every other vote had at least one person waving a ballot in the negative
- Frank Page runs a tight ship. We were ahead of schedule nearly the entire time.
- Folks at the convention seemed generally positive. Different from the general tone of the blogging world, and a great encouragement to me.
- For some reason I really enjoy the business part of the business meeting, where we have motions, amendments, and calls for the question and such. Is that weird?
- I was not there for resolution 6. (I didn’t get up when my sister-in-law tried to wake me.) But it was the most important of the convention. I’m glad it was amended and hope it has some effect. Also, this is a good summary/commentary. Or you can watch it yourself here (it starts around the 15 minute mark)
- Half of all Guidestone claims are for “preventable” issues such as diabetes and heart conditions. As a fat dude (though not Guidestone insured), I’m ashamed of that.
- 7300 messengers is more than I expected. Especially with the convention being held north of the Ohio.
- The Annie Armstrong banquet was wonderful. The speaker was great, the fire alarm ruined it
- The falling dollar cost us $18 million as we tried to spend LMCO money...Wow
I’m not that popular but I saw a bunch of people I know pretty well
- Mitch Minson
- Tim Burdon and family
- Don Mathis
- Rick Hatley and family
- Carlton Binkley
- Myron Yandle
- Drew Farr
Here's some other stuff not necessarily convention related but related to my trip.
- For the first time ever I pumped ethanol. $2.99 but it got much worse mileage.
- The GPS I borrowed tried to lead me through a football stadium.
- My brother’s dog is humongous.
- The TSA took my toothpaste. Stupid liquid rule. But I learned that saline is allowed in your carry-on.