Thursday, October 21, 2010

Piper, Livingstone and Keller - What a Day 3 - Abdul

Piper hit a homer this morning by making sure we keep the atonement at the center of our prophetic mission as the Church - I won't give more details except to say you should watch the video!

Piper also hit on the reality of suffering's role in advancing the gospel.  When he finished (to a rousing applause), Libby Little, the widow of Dr. Tom Little (who was killed along with 9 other team members on a medical mission in Afghanistan this August) came out to speak.  She shared some of his final journal entries (which were eerily prophetic), including the blood-stained Scripture notes from his last message to his colleagues before they were killed.  Not a dry eye in the place.  She got the second standing-O of the conference (the first being the N. Korean teenager on night one).

Her exit was followed by a fervent time of prayer to our sovereign God who, as Piper loves us to remember, works all things together for good for those of us who love God and are called according to his purposes.  I can't wait to hear about those who will believe in Jesus from Nuristan because of Tom and his team's witness to them, sealed in blood.

I had lunch with Greg Livingstone.  What an amazing man of God.  We had such a good time that we had to schedule another meal this week.

Finished off the night with a nice chat with Tim Keller at the Gordon-Conwell alumni reception.  Keller then told what I thought was a joke about a young, starstruck, but rather short conference attendee who tried to shake his hand several times but could only reach up to his belt.  Everyone laughed pretty hard.  Like I said, I thought it was a joke until I read Warrick's post.

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