Tomorrow morning, we are heading to St Louis to attend the LEAD Conference. This conference is hosted by our mother church, The Journey, and has an excellent lineup of speakers and breakout sessions focused on the theological and practical implications of ministry in an urban context.
I'm eager not only to be at the conference and benefit from the sessions, but also to benefit from interaction with people and making new connections (if you're planning on being there, please stop me and say hello-- I'll be the guy with largest cranium in the building)
For those unable to attend the conference, you can listen to the conference via Live Stream. All the main sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday will be streamed live on the Planting Channel. Check out the schedule below and tune in.
Tuesday, October 21 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Darrin Patrick on "Gospel Centered Repentance"
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM: Eric Mason on "Hybrid Leaders"
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Dr. Bryan Chapell on "Christ-Centered Preaching"
Wednesday, October 22 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Randy Nabors on "City Leaders"
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: Matt Carter on "Broken Leaders"
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM: Jonathan McIntosh on "Missional Leaders"
Also, though I didn't mention the book, Murray Harris offers a wealth of information regarding slavery. His book, Slave of Christ, is a comprehensive survey of slavery as a background to a biblical theology of devotion to Christ. I read the book in 2001 and have returned to it several times since.
Also, I mentioned as we closed that your small groups would be a great place to advance the discussion and talk about how we apply the truth of gospel to the current realities of human trafficking as well as how we can take action as a church.