Bethlehem Conference for Pastors and Leaders: Olivia, Riddley, and I

Tomorrow Olivia, Riddley, and I will be heading to Minneapolis on the annual trek to the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors and Leaders. It will be my 13th year in a row. I am always excited about what God will do as a result of these three days.

IMG_2769This years speakers include Francis Chan, Kevin DeYoung, Miguel Nunez, Sam Storms, Jason Meyer, and of course John Piper. The theme is, “Gospel Power: The Christ-Exalting Work of the Holy Spirit.”

As usual it will be deep in spiritual growth, worship, networking, and learning how we all work together for the gospel to be spread with a joy and passion for all people.  I will be writing here on my blog three times during the conference. Tomorrow night, Tuesday afternoon, and Tuesday night. Thursday after I return home I will give a summary blog of the conference.

In the meantime please pray for safe travels, an open and soft heart to what the Holy Spirit has for me, and a refreshing time of worship and fellowship with like minded believers. AMEN!!

Riddley Sockmonkey


Riddley is a sock monkey  that I use to stir up conversation. He goes on adventures when I travel called, “Where’s Riddley?”. Some of the places he has gone are whale watching in California, 10,0000 feet on the Bear Tooth Pass in Wyoming, blizzards of South Dakota, and he is a regular attender of the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors every year in Minneapolis. He and Olivia can often be found together.