Preaching to Preachers


Pictured: Bryn MacPhail and Alistair Begg at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 14/05/08

As I type this I’m sitting in a church dining hall that seats approximately 700. I’m in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for the 7th consecutive year, attending a Pastors Conference at Parkside Church where Alistair Begg is the Senior Pastor. I just love this event. This is where I come to recharge my spiritual batteries.

The conference stat sheet says that there are 625+ pastors and church leaders here. I’m one of 35 Canadians who made the trip. The teaching is top notch…just what I needed. This year we’re being blessed by the wisdom of Jerry Bridges, Alistair Begg, and Voddie Baucham. Each speaker gives at least two key addresses. The theme of the conference is, ‘Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves’. What a fantastic theme. 600+ pastors who appreciate the need to taste for themselves the food they plan to serve to others.

As I consider all that I’ve heard and learned thus far, I can’t imagine summarizing this in a single blog post. But if you’d like a breakdown of the conference content, let me commend to you the blog of Tim Challies, a Toronto native, who is officially blogging for this conference.

This post is merely my opportunity to share how much I am being encouraged and blessed by the teaching, the fellowship, and the generous hospitality of the people at Parkside.

If you are a pastor, or a church leader, I’d like to strongly recommend making the trip in 2009. If you live near Toronto–well, maybe we can carpool!

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