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Postby Ed Pettibone » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:36 pm

Link to General Assembly streaming.

http://www.wordandway.org/content/view/3092/53/
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:38 am

Is the CBF assembly dealing with any particular issues this year Ed?
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:28 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:Is the CBF assembly dealing with any particular issues this year Ed?


Dozens of them. Have you tried the link?

But No, I do not see any "issue" being lifted above all others.

CBF is about assisting individuals and churches identify and develop their passion as it pertains to being the hands and feet of Jesus. The assemblies are one way of connecting with others who share the same passion or passions.

Perhaps the most unique is a "Church" that meets along a 24 mile bike, walk, run path. Not my cup of tea, but I do find it intriguing and will keep my eye on it.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:15 pm

Ed, I did look at the link. I mostly saw information about the live streaming.

A lot of groups are trying innovative approaches to church. It will be interesting to see which of these ideas work and which just turn out to be fads.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby KeithE » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:49 pm

Went to the Resource exhibits this morning. Briefly talked with Bruce G and John Pierce. Bought books including The Paradigm Pastor.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:56 pm

KeithE wrote:Went to the Resource exhibits this morning. Briefly talked with Bruce G and John Pierce. Bought books including The Paradigm Pastor.


Ed: The resource center is the part that I really miss by not being there. But I have enjoyed a few hours of the live streaming. Looking forward to tonight's worship service. I will be interested in your reaction to The Paradigm Pastor.

I am praying for the three of you, while you continue your trip.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:30 pm

Timothy Bonney wrote:Ed, I did look at the link. I mostly saw information about the live streaming.

A lot of groups are trying innovative approaches to church. It will be interesting to see which of these ideas work and which just turn out to be fads.


Ed: Tim you may want to check out the Live Streaming of the Evening Worship Service at 7:30 PM Eastern time.

I do wish they would add some captioning to identify folk. During the Co-Missioning (that is what it was called) service last night I could only identify 2 couples in the audience. However I was able to identify several of the active participants. Had never before seen Bo Posser in a suit, couldn't tell if he was wearing socks.
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Re: CBF Assembly / and a prayer request

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:09 pm

The Worship Service was truly that. Can't wait to read Baptist Press.

I look forward to the the Morning business session at 9:30 A.M

I missed the Business this morning because we sat up until 2:30 A.M. with the family of our church treasure who is in Hospice care.

again the Live streaming link for is http://www.wordandway.org/content/view/3092/53/

Look for the "Click Here" in the 2nd Paragraph.

Just as I was typing that, we got a call that Cheri has gone home. Please be in prayer for the family of Cheri Harwood. there are 4 generations Her Mother, Her Husband, Her Adult children and Grand children, from age 15 to 22. And please pray for Trudy as Cheri has been a good friend.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Tim Bonney » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:39 pm

I'm afraid I was in the midst of a meeting at that time. Thanks for the idea Ed. Will they save any videos for later viewing I wonder?
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Ed Pettibone » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:38 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:I'm afraid I was in the midst of a meeting at that time. Thanks for the idea Ed. Will they save any videos for later viewing I wonder?


Ed: I don't know how long the videos will be up but Wednesday's where still up Thursday evening.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Mrs Haruo » Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:31 am

Perhaps the most unique is a "Church" that meets along a 24 mile bike, walk, run path. Not my cup of tea, but I do find it intriguing and will keep my eye on it.

I get occasional panic attacks due to some very frightening incidents that happened when I was working around aircraft while in the Navy that were added to after being in a major earthquake. Being in an old building where I hear people (children particularly)running upstairs from me can set off a "fight or flight" reflex. When I was in a residential PTSD therapy program at the VA hospital near Tacoma WA. many years ago, we heard of a church that had started an outdoor worship in a park near the hospital on Sunday afternoons. I was one of many veterans who wanted to hear the message and the music, but for one reason or another, very uncomfortable in your typical church building. This outdoor worship met a real need. If I started to feel closed in, I could step away from the group and still hear the message.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Neil Heath » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:33 pm

My take on the meeting:
My wife and I both attended and volunteered during the meeting. We came home Friday evening before the final session of the Assembly, but it was a good meeting for me. I always enjoy the display area, so I'm sorry I missed seeing you, Keith. Also missed seeing Trudy's book. It was interesting to see how empty the display area was during the US soccer game. We had the place all to ourselves, it seemed, and I had my choice of freebies to collect. (I'm always looking for the good pens.)

I go to these meetings for the chance to reconnect with friends and spend time catching up on our lives. The program is secondary for me. But the general sessions I attended were very good. I attended one one workshop led by Randall Balmer discussing his new book about Jimmy Carter. He was well prepared, and I got a sense of the extensive research he had done before writing.

We attended three of the partner meals, and the food was excellent, though $40 a person is rather high. Some were priced lower, but that just means the sponsors made up the difference. The opening banquet was sold out well ahead of time, and we had quite a few inquiries about tickets at our booth in the registration area. The room would not hold any more, and they had two measly rows of chairs in the back for people who wanted to attend the Co-missioning Service without the $25 meal.

There were some negatives. The room was the smallest I've ever stayed in for that kind of money. Somewhat triangular in shape. Just big enough for one bed, a chair, and a small desk. Tiny bath. It felt very European and spartan.
There was a lack of cell phone and internet access. I got a weak cell connection in our room on the ninth floor. I could not place or receive phone calls or texts in most areas. Wi-fi was free in the lobby, but $9.95 in the room. Needless to say, the lobby stayed full. And when we drove out of the hotel last night, undelivered texts began beeping in on my phone.

Valet parking was $32/day. There was also a Hyatt-owned self-parking garage fairly close by for $18 a day. It stayed full.

Next year is Dallas, and the following year is Greensboro again. I think they may have voted in some past year we missed to come to Atlanta every third year, so we may see you all again in 2017. We were both involved in the work of hosting the meeting, and I can testify to the heavy demand it places on our state staff and volunteers, but it was fun, and I would do it again if asked.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Ed Pettibone » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:09 pm

Thanks for the report, Neal. I kept looking for you on the live feed. But in fact I saw only one couple from New York
(Buffalo} and another couple from Virgina that I could identify. I did see people that I recognize as having see before but do not actually know. I am pretty sure that BFN had at least a dozen people there.

] I am not sure but I think Trudy's new book was only available at the Baptists Today booth.

I really enjoyed working the information booth at the first New Baptist C0ovenant meeting, I had also enjoyed working the New Baptist Covenant Booth in the ABC resource area in Washington with Trudy the year before when we had the over lap meetings of ABC and CBF. Also when we worked the ABC-USA Interim Ministries both at a Biennial in Richmond. However the BL.C. booth in Fort Worth several years ago was pretty slow, I latter learned that a lot of folk thought BaptistLife was an insurance company. :roll: However I wouldn't mind trying it again, say in Greensboro IF we could get some more people interested in working it. I think Flick still has the banner. We need some new participants. The handful we have these days are pretty predictable.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:10 pm

You can read all of the CBF Communications news reports, blog posts, view photos, watch videos (we're in process of adding a few more videos from Friday), etc. at:

http://www.thefellowship.info/content/atlanta2014/

The links to news reports/columns will take you to:

www.cbfblog.com

My colleague Emily Holladay and I wrote some 9,000 words in 14 reports/posts during the week - and we'll be posting "reflection" columns throughout the week from participants. Lots to read.

I really enjoyed the worship time - especially the music from Cynthia Clawson on Friday. Andrew Young was great on Thursday and Chuck Poole on Friday was brief, but great substance.

We in the newsroom enjoyed the peaches, Neil. Not sure if you helped out with those - but was a nice gift from CBF Georgia.

And Ed, I had a nice long conversation late one night with an American Baptist pastor from New York - Alan Rudnick, who is joining the CBF Missions Council.
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby David Flick » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:46 am

Ed Pettibone wrote:Thanks for the report, Neal. I kept looking for you on the live feed. But in fact I saw only one couple from New York
(Buffalo} and another couple from Virgina that I could identify. I did see people that I recognize as having see before but do not actually know. I am pretty sure that BFN had at least a dozen people there.

] I am not sure but I think Trudy's new book was only available at the Baptists Today booth.

I really enjoyed working the information booth at the first New Baptist C0ovenant meeting, I had also enjoyed working the New Baptist Covenant Booth in the ABC resource area in Washington with Trudy the year before when we had the over lap meetings of ABC and CBF. Also when we worked the ABC-USA Interim Ministries both at a Biennial in Richmond. However the BL.C. booth in Fort Worth several years ago was pretty slow, I latter learned that a lot of folk thought BaptistLife was an insurance company. :roll: However I wouldn't mind trying it again, say in Greensboro IF we could get some more people interested in working it. I think Flick still has the banner. We need some new participants. The handful we have these days are pretty predictable.

    No, Ed, Bruce has it. The last time I saw it was at the CBF National General Assembly in Ft Worth. Can't remember the exact year, but I think it was 2007. Maybe earlier...
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Re: CBF Assembly

Postby KeithE » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:15 am

Ed Pettibone wrote:
I am not sure but I think Trudy's new book was only available at the Baptists Today booth.


That’s where I got the book and didn’t see it anywhere else. Nurturing Faith material was shown at the Baptists Today booth.

So far only read chapter 1 (Jesus as Preacher) and it read well. I like the lines about the SoM: “Jesus was an equal-opportunity disturber” and “Much of Jesus’s preaching... would not be welcome in many churches today”. The book is aimed at pastors but I expect more good stuff for laypeople as well. I’ll finish it at some point.

Right now I’m absorb in “Ethics as if Jesus Mattered, Essays in Honor of Glen Stassen” written just before Stassen died (also bought at the Assembly). Stassen saw a “triad” structure to the post-Beattitudes SoM with each section having 1) traditional righteousness, 2) a “vicious cycle” of bad religiosity and 3) a “transformational initiative” which is the takeaway message. A little forced exegetically but places focus on what I believe are Jesus’s key messages to the people. More importantly, Stassen is consistently spot-on wrt social issues (imo) like Peacemaking, Helping the Needy, and Restorative Justice. I had not realized that he was the son of Harold Stassen who ran for President 13 times as a Progressive Republican.
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