Saturday, May 08, 2010


I am back from the Pepperdine Lectures.  Thrilling!  Amazing!  Marvelous moves of God!  I loved it all.

Jerry Rushford and his ant-farm team did a profound job of putting together one of the most complete packages of "encouraging experiences" I have ever encountered.  From the early morning moments of being greeted by the ocean's breeze on my way to breakfast to the last bit of pie and coffee waaay past bedtime (CDT)...what a boost to my spirit!  What a boost!

The keynoters were right on.  Randy Harris broke open the Word for me in a way I am still reeling as I try to grow up to the level of his absolute revelation from Acts 2, 8, and 10.  So good.

One of my favorite things about the past week was something not on the program.  It really caught me off guard to the extent I didn't realize what was going on until about the third day.  I had so many young men and women seek me out privately to weigh problems and approaches to their ministry. 

It became apparent that lunches, dinners, and Coke breaks were much more than friends being with friends.  Constant counsel...ongoing....there is so much wonder to ponder in His vineyard!  We were highly engaged in kingdom concepts and opportunities.  How fun is that?

We have a brilliant group of young, committed, faithful leaders coming over the horizon.  A thing I love about God is that because He is faithful we are all the same age in the kingdom....brand new every day (II Cor. 4:18)!  I may look older than them.....but I am in kindergarten beside them.  What a privilege for me.

It was special, too, to room with one of my sons, Dusty.  I have such admiration for his insight and connection to the God of creation.  Plus...we did get the giggles maybe too many times.  That boy is funny!

Jerry Rushford.....job so well done it will carry us on to greater faith as we learn to continue to speak of The Hero of the Story.


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Gilbert Kerrigan said...

I asked my wife what her favorite moments were at Pepperdine. She said one of them was the morning we ate breakfast with you and Dusty. We both enjoyed that so much. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wish I knew Dusty better, but I know of him well enough to agree with how funny he is! Sounds like a blast!

Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

Terry it was great to meet you at Pepperdine. I thank Amanda for suggesting that. Your class encouraged me to be very "flexible" ... LOL. But it was very encouraging. I hope you will read and enjoy the books Kingdom Come and A Gathered People. Blessings upon you and your ministry.

And yes ... Pepperdine was that good!