I can hardly believe it! New Word Alive is suddenly no longer a far off event to which we can look forward, but is now upon us. By the time you read this, all the preparations will have been made and the long car journeys completed. Usually at a conference like this there are two groups of attenders—old hands who feel like they are part of the furniture, and the newbies. This time we are all first-timers since, while New Word Alive has roots in what has gone before, it truly is a new beginning.
We are surely in for a treat. We are fortunate to be looking forward to teaching from John Piper, Don Carson, and others, and our worship times promise to be God-intoxicated. As I think about this event, there is a strong sense in my heart that Christians from a broad spectrum of church backgrounds are being called together for a purpose. We are here for Jesus. We are here to celebrate him and renew our devotion to him. We are here to learn. And we are here to form bonds of fellowship and unity that transcend any differences we may have.
I will be writing full reports of the events surrounding New Word Alive all week. I will also be recording live video interviews with Terry Virgo, Don Carson, and John Piper, which will be available here after the event. If you are reading this at the conference do say hi if you see me!