Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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Last week I had the chance to visit the annual conference for the Fellowship of Presbyterians in San Diego. During this gathering I was reminded that Philippians 1:6 is no doubt true: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” This passage has meant a lot to me since my youth pastor, Greg Anderson, wrote it in my 9th grade yearbook the spring after I had put my faith in Christ.
Last week I spent one of the most fascinating days I’ve experienced in quite some time. San Francisco Theological Seminary included me in a conversation of dreams and hopes for the Center for Innovation in Ministry that they are developing. The most famous participants might have been the grande dame and sound-bite-queen Phyllis Tickle, whose books include The Great Emergence and The Age of the Spirit, and Brandan Robertson, an almost-graduate of Moody Bible Institute whose Revangelical blog has led to speaking and writing opportunities all over the country. Joining them were pastors, seminary trustees, Christian leaders, and denominational officials like me.
This past weekend I visited Los Angeles for two events. The first was time at Fuller Seminary; the second of the two events was the regional conference for the Fellowship of Presbyterians, about which I am writing here. The conference was a meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. This organization is a group mostly made up of theologically-conservative churches and teaching elders who remain committed to the denomination (rather than seeking dismissal to another Reformed body).