Missing Pepperdine; Anticipating the Table

Reading others’ blogs this week has been more of a trial than usual. So many of my favorite bloggers were able to go to the Pepperdine Lectures, and I couldn’t. I went last year, for the first time, and would gladly make it an annual event if it weren’t for the timing.

This weekend was my daughter’s eleventh birthday party.

My involvement minister was in Tennessee to close on his old house there.

My preaching minister, singles minister and our Family Life Center manager all went to Pepperdine.

I look forward to hearing their reactions to it.

I am also looking forward this morning to a worship hour at my home church which focuses solely on meeting Christ at His table.

As far as I know, it will be a traditional celebration with small portions and forward-facing pews. It won’t and can’t be all that you or I or anyone else might yearn for.

At the same time, I believe – as I commented on Mike Cope’s blog recently – if we give our hearts to the table in whatever setting we find it, Jesus will change us there and draw us closer to His own heart.

8 thoughts on “Missing Pepperdine; Anticipating the Table

  1. I’m with you — it was hard to read all the Pepperdine accounts. I really wanted to be there, but had other commitments.Perhaps next year…..

  2. Oh, the time at the Table was wonderful this morning! One verse in particular, one that I’m sure I’ve read many times but never paid much attention to, grabbed me this morning. I never really gave much thought to Jesus saying “I have eagerly desired” to celebrate the passover with his disciples, which is recorded in Luke. But it is a blessed thought to know that He also “eagerly desires” communion with all of us!

  3. Not a silly question…and not all COC’s have an “involvement minister.” But my understanding is that his job is pretty much what it says…he tries to get EVERYONE involved in the life and ministries of our church. Because our church is so large, he tries to make sure that nobody slips through the cracks, so to speak, or just becomes a pew-sitter on Sunday mornings, not ever getting involved, meeting anyone, or doing anything.

  4. I don’t know that it’s restricted to cofc, but an involvement minister at PV matches members’ gifts and interests with available ministries and tasks.

  5. Keith, I would have rather seen your daughter’s birthday party than be at Pepperdine Lectures any day. I will spare you my soapbox on Lectures being overrated. Hope you had a great weekend.

  6. That’s okay, Teresa … < HREF="http://ceruleansanctum.com/2007/03/the-christcon-con.html" REL="nofollow">Dan Edelen<> did a pretty good job expressing his view of conferences as an alternative to revival some time back.My singles minister came back disappointed. He thought that what PV was doing in that arena, and in Family Life Center management, was WAY beyond what the speakers in those sessions described.

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