Maybe it’s me but there’s a different feel to the convention this year: it’s better, fresher, younger, more energetic and vibrant, less perfunctory and predictable.
Maybe it’s because I’m spending my own money here and feel compelled to enjoy it and get my money’s worth.
I sit in on the Executive Committee meeting. It’s Southern Baptist sausage making, reminds me of my own church business meetings at times, but they get it done. JD addresses the group. If he has written remarks he doesn’t look at them; nonetheless, he hits every correct note. It looks to me like he is so thoroughly versed in this that he addresses it extemporaneously. It’s quite impressive.
In the room are most of the entity heads and a lot of recognizable folks. I’d say I’m sitting among greatness but it’s more like sitting with importance,
i bump into Bart Barber in the exhibit hall. He’s smiling, congenial, and dapper, just off a sabbatical. Never had one but I recommend them.
Kevin Ezell has more personality in his little finger than all the entity heads combined. Who else would make a reference to “Armani Ronnie” in front of several thousand people? He has some fun with new entity heads. Maybe it’s time we all stopped taking ourselves so seriously. I was drafted to attend the NAMB luncheon, hadn’t been to one in years. It was a grand slam. Beyond impressive.
Dinosaur sighting in the exhibit hall… an actual LifeWay bookstore. I’m not in the market for books other than the free one ERLC is giving away, ChurchCares.
is it just me or is there less strutting this year?
…and the convention hasn’t even started yet.