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This week at the Orange Conference has been a special one. We heard things about… same-sex attraction and middle school ministry…depression and the church… why the church kills so many marriages, and everything in between. I’ve seen it all and argued both sides of nearly every point in my church ministry career, so I can appreciate an environment with tension in the air.
This conference, this week, we embraced the tension. Just some of what we heard from Reggie Joiner on the opening night summed it up:
You can KNOW God, but God is a MYSTERY
You can become a Christian in a MOMENT, but it will take FOREVER to understand what that means
You can trust that the BIBLE is true, but everything true about LIFE isn’t in the Bible
TRUST leads to stronger faith, but DOUBT also leads to stronger faith.
You should enjoy the CHURCH and you should enjoy living in God’s created WORLD.
Your BELIEFS matter, but PEOPLE matter more.
God has an IDEAL for your life, but God also uses BROKEN people.
That God is GOOD and that you should DO good.
If you’d like to take some of The Orange Conference 2014 home with you, then keep an eye out on http://theorangeconference.com/ for information on how you could purchase recordings from breakouts and main sessions from this awesome week together.