Dustin Lair is a husband of one, father of seven, a pastor, and a child of the King.
Ramblings from my first SBC I have to start with the obvious ones. The James Merritt speech and the Russell Moore religious liberty answer were amazing. I felt like I was a part of a historical moment in SBC life. These men’s words brought me to tears and I am beyond thankful for them. Robby Gallaty is a giant man. He can witness to anybody because they’re too scared to not listen to him. I don’t think that I ever saw David Platt blink. I’m not sure he can. He is also so serious that he scares me.
On that note I also believe that Albert Mohler might be a robot. I might have a man crush on Russell Moore. I also think he might be a hobbit. I might have ruined my chance to work at the Village Church because I took a picture of Matt Chandler sitting by himself and then tweeted it to him. I now realize that it was a very stalkeresque move.
Before and during the panel on racial reconciliation I watched at least 1000 messengers leave. I realize that it was before lunch, I also realize that I’ve been known to skip a few presentations (sorry seminary presidents) but it seemed like bad timing to me. I watched an African-American gentleman record all of the people walking out the door. Maybe he had an agenda, maybe he was bitter but I realized how our actions send messages. I’m not going to get up on a soapbox because it would be a hypocritical one, but I didn’t like how it went down.
I had some pastors I was talking to look right through me and others make me feel like I mattered to them. I realize that everybody has stuff to do, like buy 5$ commentaries, but it feels good to be looked in the eye and valued. I’ll remember this lesson with my people. There are some whackos in the SBC, but there are a lot, lot, lot, of Godly men and women. I’m encouraged. I’m blessed that my church would send me.