Apr 29, 2008

Dwell Conference | Day 1

I felt privileged to sit under the preaching of some of the finest preachers in evangelicalism today. The lineup was:

C.J. Mahaney
Ed Stetzer
Eric Mason
Mark Driscoll

C.J. Mahaney's message hit me real hard for my own ministry. He preached on "Pastoral Priorities: Watching Your Life and Ministry" from 1 Timothy 4:16. He told the story of a man who was about to go to an important meeting, and he had leftover cream cheese on his face from breakfast. Should he tell the man, or should he let him go forward to the meeting?

The point was, we all have "cream cheese" (sins) on our face that we're not aware of, so we need others to discern those sins and tell us honestly. A couple of things he mentioned in relation to this was, "We all have pockets of spiritual blindness. Our perception of our own sin is as accurate as a carnival mirror."

So we need to surround ourselves with the honesty of our wives and other leaders. Where is there cream cheese on my face? Your face?

I'm looking forward to more from Driscoll and Tim Keller tomorrow. Blessings from NYC!

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