Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Friday, April 28, 2006

An Accidental Meeting

So far the only picture I've gotten from the Together for the Gospel conference with someone I've never met before is the horrible picture above, where I'm squinting at the camera. I'm hoping to get more pictures tomorrow, but I may not be able to if I cannot figure out how to turn the flash off while taking pictures, as flash photography greatly aggravates Dr. Sproul for medical reasons associated with a previous stroke. (Dr. Sproul, from the pulpit, threatened to assist someone in personally meeting Jesus face-to-face when they took a flash photograph of him. He was kidding- sort of.)

Anyway, the more normal-looking gentleman above, who is not squinting at the camera, is pastor, author, and blogger Josh Harris. Pastor Harris sat on the row behind me during the first night of the conference. Before the conference, I saw him speaking with some of the conference speakers and I thought, "I know that guy from somewhere." It wasn't until I saw his name badge, however, that I realized who he was. I then had the privilege of thanking Pastor Harris for impacting my spiritual life, particularly in his book Not Even A Hint (Now titled, Sex is not the Problem- Lust Is.)

If you are a single person struggling with temptations concerning sexual immorality (did that miss any singles out there?), then this book is an invaluable resource.

In our brief meeting, Pastor Harris displayed an incredibly gracious attitude- I could tell by his whole demeanor that he truly considered me to be a brother in Christ even though we had never previously met.

[For a much better picture of me, please visit Purgatorio.]


Blogger Nathan White said...

An excellent book. I'm glad that your encounter with Josh supported the Godliness that comes out in his writings.


P.S. Sproul is hilarious! Same thing at the Shep Conf. He didnt crack any jokes about personally knowing the Puritans did he :)

2:14 PM  
Blogger thelittlefields said...

So...the pic on Purgatorio. Is it a Trogdor polo? I'm dying to know. If so that has made my weekend. --Kathy

12:40 AM  
Blogger ajlin said...

Nate: Honestly, all of the Sovereign Grace guys there quickly became known for their graciousness and humility. (I'm hoping to blog on this soon.)
Sproul didn't mention the Puritans, but he did say something about being present at Luther's funeral- I guess he's gotten older since you saw him.

Kathy: It was indeed TROGDOR the burninator. My wife got me that shirt for Valentine's Day.

5:36 PM  
Blogger J.R. Freiberg said...

I saw you from across the room and wanted to say hi but couldnt get across the throngs of people. Good conference wouldnt you say?

4:47 PM  
Blogger ajlin said...

j.r.-I hate that I missed the chance to meet you! There was little chance that I would have seen you there accidently as I have finally come to realize just how bad I need to get glasses soon, since I couldn't identify anyone more than a couple of rows in front of me.

9:20 PM  

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