This Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma, my father - Paul Burleson - will begin a weeklong Bible Conference entitled "What I Wish I Had Known Forty Years Ago." I asked him several months ago to prepare this special series for our church, and I wanted him to particularly focus on those significant, life transforming spiritual truths God has shown him during his fifty years of pastoral ministry. What he shares will challenge your traditional way of thinking, but it will also warm your heart. We invite you to join us.
Many of you know my father by reputation. He is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary and has pastored Southern Baptist churches in Texas and Oklahoma these past five decades. There are now literally thousands of pastors across the United States who were discipled by him while they in seminary and attending Southcliff Baptist Church, just a few miles from Southwestern. He continues to travel the country as an intinerant teacher, and is known by Southern Baptists nationwide.
During this coming week I will post the the sermons that Paul Burleson will preach at Emmanuel during our January 7-10 Bible Conference. Joel Engle will be leading the worship, and we may also post a couple of special worship times during the course of the week. I will follow this posting schedule regarding the messages:
Monday -- What I Believed Then (1967)
Tuesday -- I Believe In The New Covenant
Wednesday -- I Know Who Is The Boss
Thursday -- I Know Where The Truth Is
Friday -- What I Believed Then And Still Do
I hope you take the time to listen to each message and let us know what you think. The comment section will be open for our questions or observations about each message. My father has made a journey from a very strict Fundamentalist who focused on the performance and failures of others, to a very grace oriented, relational Christian who allows God to do His unique work in others --- according to His timetable. He has never lost his conservative belief in the authority and sufficiency of the Word of God, but the transformation that has occurred in his Christian life and in his views of what really is important in one's Christian understanding is remarkable. I have the sneaking suspiciion that much of what he says in this Bible Conference can be a help to all of us who affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention in this day and age.
Tune In Sunday Night at 11:00 p.m. Central Time for Monday's post of the message delivered Sunday morning at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
In His Grace,