I didn’t see or hear any convention hall, hallway, sidewalk, or restaurant talk about the speakers or conference being a disappointment.
I saw a lot of people who didn’t look like the usual convention crowd.
I didn’t see or hear anyone take a shot at the Cooperative Program, state conventions, seminaries, or mission boards.
I did see all leaders expressing support and appreciation for the CP, often while recognizing that many attendees would likely not be familiar with either the terminology or concept.
I didn’t see, hear, or even get a whiff of Calvinism/Traditionalism by any speaker, in any printed materials, from any attendee. I only heard the “C” word from Dave Miller at supper and that only after I baited him on the topic.
I did hear one SEND city coordinator talk of dozens of plants in his area since 2010. More on this later.
I didn’t see as much gray hair as at the SBC annual meetings (or state convention, or local associations) although all the keynote speakers (Platt, Ezell, Greear) have a bit. Russell Moore, not any.
I did hear, and feel, the music. It was loud.
I didn’t see younger people with their yaps shut during the music. They knew these loud songs and sang over the drums, guitars, keyboard and fiddle. That counts as worship in my book.
I did, finally, see a couple of actual Bibles, as in paper and ink. Moore used one and Platt had one along with his device.
I did get to spend some time with Alan Cross and Dave Miller. It was a pleasure.
Glad I was at the event. I was present at the first such conference.