True Church Conference – Thursday, February 18, 2010

Berean Husband is reporting live from the True Church Conference at Grace Life Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, This is an annual four day conference that Grace Life hosts. I believe this is the fourth year for the conference. We came here together last year.  But I’m here alone this year, except for our Sunday Night Pastor is here. My wife is home with the kids.

The topic for the conference this year is “The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism.” I wonder, is Hyper-Calvinism a real problem in the church today, or is it just a small number of churches that are off in the “quagmire of hyper-Calvinism”? Is it important enough to talk about for four days?

Last year there were (I heard) 900 people registered for this conference, and one night there were 1,200 people here when some of the regular Grace Life congregation joined in. I heard that there are only 450 people registered this year. Could it be because of the topic or because of the economy?

One of the highlights of the conference is the bookstore. There is no wasted room in the bookstore. Every book is either a book you have read or a book you want to read. I spent $25 in a couple of minutes. I bought Dallimore’s biography of Charles Spurgeon and a collection of George Whitefield’s sermons compiled by J.C. Ryle. Not your typical Christian bookstore fare.

I think Jeff Noblit described in one sentence why the topic of hyper-Calvinism was selected for the conference: How can we know the truth and not share it with others?

The worship music is another highlight of the True Church conference. The conference is worth coming to for the music alone. There’s nothing like singing great hymns with hundreds of people who really want to be gathered together in church. I would say there are probably 600 or 700 people here tonight.


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