Friday, May 22, 2009

FIRE Conference 2009

I have just returned home to Alabama from Indiana. I attended the annual FIRE conference which was held at the First Baptist Church, Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. The meeting was excellent, as always. Hearing church reports and missionary reports are informative and inspiring. The preaching was also excellent. The theme of the conference was Our Amazing God. We heard Steve Krogh, Jim Elliff, and Conrad Mbewe preach faithfully and powerfully God’s word (in Jim Elliff’s case, a first-rate presentation of George Mueller and prayer). John Sale was scheduled to preach but was unable to make the conference due to illness.

One of the highlights of the FIRE conference every year is seeing old friends and getting acquainted with new ones. One of the best parts for me this year was hearing and meeting Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin. Dr. Haykin came up from Southern Seminary to fill in for John Sale. I have read many of Dr. Haykin’s books, heard him preach and lecture on tape, and have corresponded with him, but I had never met him face-to-face. It was a privilege to sit around the table with Dr. Haykin and others and discuss Baptist history.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know that letters which appear here are often taken from books written by Dr. Haykin. In fact, there are bits of letters posted just last week from books by Dr. Haykin on John Sutcliff and Andrew Fuller. We should all be thankful for men like Dr. Haykin for providing us with books that make us appreciate our forefathers in the faith.

The annual FIRE Conference will be held next year (dv) on the campus of Wheaton College. The dates are May 17-19. The church I pastor in Madison, Alabama, Grace Baptist Church, will be hosting a Regional FIRE Conference this year, September 21-22 (dv). Fellow FIRE men Jerry Marcellio, Donnie Martin and John Crotts are scheduled to preach, and David Ellis, pastor of Hinckley Baptist Church, England, will be the main preacher. The theme of the Southeast Regional Conference to be held at our church is The Grace of God and the Gospel. I will be posting more information about this conference on this site at a later date.

So I have had a wonderful week, highlighted by meeting Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin.

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