Monday, April 20, 2015

Worldview Apologetics Conference

This year is starting to become a blur of conferences, but that's a good problem to have.  Over the weekend I drove up to Bellevue, Washington to attend the Worldview Apologetics Conference.  The whole weekend was pretty busy.

Friday was a bit of a whirlwind.  First I had breakfast with a friend.  The restaurant owner probably wondered if we'd ever leave, we sat around talking for so long.  Next I went home, packed, and went to meet my friend Erica, who was going to the conference with me.  We had an extremely long drive up there, between Portland after-lunch traffic, car accident traffic, Lewis-McChord early Friday rush hour traffic, and taking a wrong turn.  We finally got to Bellevue in time for a hurried dinner with Ben before the conference.  I don't think I've eaten that fast since Basic.

We arrived at the conference a few minutes late (long story), but all we missed was some opening remarks of welcome.  We had a few hours of general session speakers, including Dr. Ravi Zacharias.*  It was after eleven by the time Erica and I checked into our hotel.  We spent the remaining time before midnight finishing conversations from the long drive up.

On day two we were up early enough to enjoy a leisurely (and delicious) hotel breakfast before heading to the conference.  We heard from a couple of speakers, then went into two workshops - smaller group sessions.  When we broke for lunch, Erica and I sped away to a Subway and ate back at the conference.  That gave us time to look over the book tables some more.

Dr. Zacharias spoke again after lunch and was truly inspiring.  I love it when he gives sermons and this was essentially just that - a sermon, out of the book of Acts.  It was also very encouraging.  Loved it.

After the conference ended, Erica and I hit the road to come home.  For reasons unknown, the first 10 miles or so of freeway was basically a parking lot, but we no trouble with traffic for the rest of the trip.  We stopped by her brother-in-law's for a quick (and delicious) dinner, and we got back to Erica's place just after 11:00.  I got home just before midnight, so it was a pretty long day, but it was worth it.

The next day was Sunday so I was able to sleep in before going to church.  The sermon that morning was really good.  We've been going through the book of Luke, and were examining the section where Jesus talks to the Pharisees and then his Disciples about the kingdom of heaven.  I had lunch with Aunt M and Uncle B, then managed to get some homework done before care group in the evening.  I finished up the homework afterwards.  I didn't have too terribly much because I did what I could the previous Thursday, knowing I'd be busy the rest of the weekend.

And that's that.

*I found out about the conference because of looking at RZIM's schedule page to see if Dr. Zacharias was ever going to be in my neck of the woods - I had no idea there was a whole apologetics conference right there in my proverbial back yard.

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