Satur-deja Vu

Pastor, author Tony EvansI wrote Tuesday morning that I was in Augusta, GA for the bicentennial meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention. There had already been a missionary sending service on Sunday evening, a preaching conference Monday afternoon and the first session of convention meetings Monday evening. The Tuesday afternoon session features the convention sermon each year, brought this year by pastor, author, orator and radio/television host Tony Evans from Dallas, Texas. I don’t know the official seating capacity of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta but the attendance Tuesday afternoon exceeded that. I did have a seat in the sanctuary, in a row of chairs put out for the overflow crowd. The room was stuffed and I retreated to the lobby where I found a much more comfortable chair parked in front of a flat screen. A small group of us watched together and listened in to the remote broadcast and each time the crowd in the room broke into applause we could hear that for real. I did step into the back of the sanctuary to take part in the standing ovation at the very end. Anyone can stream individual sessions or the entire 3 day meeting from the GBC website.

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GBC #200

The Southern Baptist Convention began in Augusta, Georgia, 200 years ago. We are celebrating that bicentennial at this year’s Georgia Baptist Convention held in, appropriately and obviously, Augusta.

I always try to make it in time for the Preaching Conference on Monday afternoon. In a three hour meeting we heard four sermons with a little bit of praise & worship in between each speaker. The Preaching Conference featured three pastors from Georgia and one from Florida that I really enjoyed; Brad Whit, Jeff Crook, Dennis Watson and Zach Terry. Then in the evening session of the convention we heard a missional sermon from Josh Smith and a doctrinal sermon (on the doctrine of forgiveness) from Wayne Robertson. Jeff Crook and Zach Terry were my personal favorites from the preaching conference and Pastor Robertson “came to preach” to close out the day.

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Satur-deja Vu

Welcome to the Satur-deja Vu for the week ending November 12th. I realized about three items in that I have an unusual number of food related bits so we’re just going to look at all of those and then see what’s left. Thanksgiving is coming up and Americans celebrate by eating too much, you know, just like every other day. So unfasten the button on your jeans and let’s get to it.

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes Ice Cream – I realize this breaks my no Christmas until after Thanksgiving rule. In the case of Christmas Tree Cakes they are available for such a limited time that if you wait until December you might not get any. When I find them, and I haven’t yet by the way, I will buy three boxes and two will go in the freezer*. In the meantime I discovered Christmas Tree Cake ice cream might be a suitable replacement if worse comes to worse. It’s vanilla ice cream with red frosting swirls, green candy sprinkles and bit of yellow cake batter thrown in. It takes exactly like Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes. My wife described the flavor as “way too much sugar” which is exactly what Christmas is supposed to taste like.

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Satur-deja Vu

Steven Curtis Chapman wins this meme. I don’t know the history of how and when this particular meme got started but I’ve seen dozen of variations in a short period of time. Props to Chapman for either being social media savvy or listening to the young whipper snappers that coached him.

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