Friday, May 28, 2010

The Flame Got Fanned

I'm home from the National Pastors' "Fanning the Flame" event in Green Lake, Wisconsin. There were 200 pastors and leaders from our American Baptist denomination in attendance. I taught a workshop for 28 of them on spiritual renewal and transformation. I've re-posted some of my writings in this area below. Thanks to all of you who were with me, for your willingness to hear from God, and the depth of your sharing. I remain inspired and moved today.

I also backed up on guitar our friend Hannah Ford as she did a great job leading worship. That was a lot of fun for me!

I got reacquainted with a lot of friends, had many wonderful discussions, and got to hang around the incredible beauty of Green Lake.

I had many God-moments there. The pinnacle for me was Dr. Wallace Smith's sermon on Tuesday night. He preached out of Isaiah 6. As he was half way through his message I wrote thse words in my journal: I am now listening to and be spoken to by one of the greatest sermons I have ever heard in my life. I came to teach others, and now God was deeply touching me. During Dr. Smith's message there were times when some of the pastors were standing up cheering. Right now as I write this I am starting to cry. God took a "live coal" from his altar and deposited it deep within my spirit. Today God is showing me what this "live coal" is doing within me.

God moved among our American Baptist leaders in the last few days. He loves us!