Thanks so much for holding us up in prayer. God was gracious to us and made his face shine upon us, and I don't take your part in that for granted. So again, thank you.
The time last evening with Don Witney was good. About 30 or so people crowded into Kenny Stoke's hotel room and we just asked him questions. He's become pretty well known for writing and teaching and speaking on "spiritual disciplines" from a biblical and reformed perspective, and thus he mostly helped us think about how to remain connected with God in the ministry and how to keep from burning out or falling into moral failure.
One thing he said really struck me. He told us about a pastor from England who had fallen into moral sin. As that pastor's supervisor listened to the reasons why, he nearly stopped him from telling the story because he knew what he was going to say. The pastor had left off personal time with Jesus in the Word and prayer because he thought he had "grown beyond that," and that he didn't need it. HERE'S WHAT REALLY STRUCK ME: the supervisor later reported that every single known case of moral failure among pastors in England was due to the same cause. Wow!
Connecting with Jesus in the morning is not exactly a chore for me. There's nothing in life I love and cherish more. But the seriousness of this warning really hit me between the eyes and I was encouraged to let my commitment to that time remain fierce and to grow fiercer.
After that meeting, I worked on my sermon for a couple of hours and then went back to the convention center to meet with "Friends of John Piper." About 50 or 60 of us crammed into a room and just chatted with Pastor John. It was good to see him, as it's been a while. We both laughed that we had to come to Louisville to see each other! Pray for him, he's going on writing leave next week.
Finally, Pastor Kevin and I came back to the room, touched in with our wives, and then talked about various issues for an hour or so. The Lord really blessed us in that.
Thanks again for praying, I can't tell you how encouraging it is to know you're standing with us. To God alone be the glory.