The main speaker for the week was Dr. John Mincy of Heritage Baptist Church near San Francisco. I had never heard of him before, but I found him to be a quiet blessing. He reminded me of a grandfather gently offering wisdom from his experience in the ministry. During one of his messages, I was reminded that the Lord has entrusted me (i.e. He trusts me) to do the work of the ministry. That was an encouragement and motivation for continued faithfulness.
Each evening, an OBF pastor also spoke about an assigned subject. Pastor John Ashbrook spoke Monday evening about teaching biblical separation to your congregation. Pastor Dan Greenfield spoke about the history of the OBF on Tuesday evening. And Pastor Don Gallion spoke about discouragement in the ministry.
Tuesday afternoon, we traveled to Berlin, Ohio to peruse the history of the Anabaptists at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. After sleeping through a 15 minute documentary, we were given a 30 minute guided tour of the Behalt Cyclorama. Our Amish tour guide explained the significance of each picture in the 1o’ by 265′ painting which covered the walls of a large, circular room. What interested me most was his answers about salvation and good works. My limited experience with the Amish had led me to believe that all Amish people are trusting good works to gain God’s favor. But this man (from the Old Order) clearly stated the need for faith in Christ alone for salvation. Apparently, Amish beliefs differ from place to place.
Throughout the week, I listened in on several interesting conversations. A recurring conversation over the last year or so has been about the kingdom. Is there a present aspect of it now in the hearts of men, or is it limited to the future, millennial kingdom? That took up much of the return trip from Berlin. But the conversations which I enjoyed the most were those with my cousin Brad.