Pastor Greenbean has spent the last three days at the annual gathering of his particular regional denomination—the Northwest Baptist Convention. One of the things he always enjoys is connecting with old friends, swapping stories, and getting free books. However, he noticed, there were fewer free books this year. It must be the economy. Now we have one more day to go, and the business session is yet to be had, but I would rate this as a very good convention so far. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed.
- The quality of preaching has been very high and it has been done by folks who minister up here. In years past we’ve tended to farm out the preaching to people from the South, but this year, we’ve taken care of it ourselves. I think that has been a great benefit.
- There seems to be less anxiety this year than in years past. Nothing controversial is up for discussion, no cluster of conspiracies forming, and in general a feeling of joy permeates the group.
- The music has been very good. From what I’ve been able to see, there has been no attempt to “blend” the music. Instead, what I think we’ve seen is just high quality music being led by people who love Jesus.
- The exercise room was sweet!
- My hotel has very poor wifi. At first it was so poor I thought it didn’t exist. This has caused me to not be able to stay in touch with the worldwide headquarters back home and running up my data usage on my cell phone plan. I had to get this blog out here on carrier pigeon.
- There is a dearth of quality restaurants in the area here around Pasco, Washington—at least that I’ve been able to discover. I think this area is beautiful; in fact I love the geography. But there aren’t many great places to eat.
- The book store section is pretty thin. I usually get a chance at the convention, at least in recent memory, to purchase titles I don’t otherwise see. It seems like the bookstore only brought Christmas trinkets and Beth Moore products. Is it wrong of me to assume that a convention of mostly preachers, they might want to serve our needs and bring a few more ‘pastoral’ themed books for sale? I mean, really, I wanted to spend money but just saw nothing worth buying.
- The worst part about this convention is that there are a lot of great people in this convention, but sadly, I will not see most of theme again until next year. Somehow our convention must figure out a way to gather us more frequently. I know that money and schedules conflict here, but we need to worship together more often and maybe without the pretense of ‘business.’