GARBC Conference 2010

Event blog posts from the 2010 annual conference

Random Photos

Photos from  the exhibitors display area, conference center halls, “The Quest” (young baptist leaders) workshop and (later) pizza dinner, and evening general session.

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Morning Update from Brian

As a first-timer at a national GARBC conference, I have been trying to take it all in. The worship is more traditional than contemporary although some newer songs from people like Gettys and some older "newer" songs from Twila Paris and others. From what my children have relayed to me, the children's and teen programs tend to be a little more contemporary in nature. I will say all the musical worship has been very respectful and God-centered. They're using a combination of piano/keyboard for accompaniment. The staging is simple but tasteful with decent sound and accent lighting.

Sorry to those looking for Twitter updates this morning. We're having some difficulty connecting to the hotel WiFi but hope to be up and running tonight. I'll relay some of my notes from the morning session with Dr. Dan Davey. I agree with Aaron that Dan is an excellent communicator and expositor of the Scripture. I have always enjoyed and benefited from his ministry.

After a significant introduction and overview of the book of Daniel (which Aaron summarized in his post), Dr. Davey launched into chapter two:

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Not "Just" Preaching

One feature of the GARBC Conference that many other conferences lack is a good many reports. In each general session, there is at least one report of some kind in addition to the preaching and music. These are not always exciting, but this morning’s truly was. More on that in a bit. The overall effect of the reporting is that you realize this association is doing things all over the place. The GARBC doesn’t own and directly operate very many of these efforts. Rather, they are partnered and networked with all kinds of doctrinally identical groups and “have a hand in” what they are accomplishing.

Haiti relief

The report at the close of this morning’s general session is a prime example. Chris Hindal reported on recent efforts by GARBC International Ministries (which he directs) in Haiti. But the Haiti effort is actually a project of the International Partnership of Fundamental Baptist Ministries. The GARBC is just one of these partnered ministries.

Hindal’s report featured slides of the devastation in Haiti and helpful information about what is being done and what needs to be done. International Partnership is linked with 28 churches in Port au Prince. 17 of these lost their buildings in the quake. 10 of the pastors’ homes were destroyed as well.

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Eventful Morning

It’s been a busy and blessed morning at the conference. The morning general session featured Pastor Dan Davey of Colonial Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA. His official assignment was Daniel chapter 2, but he provided a helpful perspective on the book as whole first, in the form of “four pillars” that are key to understanding Daniel and fully grasping its message.

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"Round 1"

I’ve actually only been to a few GARBC conferences, and this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to be there for the opening evening. Opening Night includes several of the kinds of things the other sessions do, but there is an emphasis on introducing the theme for the week and creating the context for what will follow. More on that later.

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