Tonight my wife and I had the pleasure of eating dinner at the Salt Grass Steakhouse in Arlington, Texas with Dwight McKissic and his lovely wife Vera. Eating with us were Gary and Sandy Smith, Sam and Ann Storms, Ben Cole, Jason Epps, Denny Davis, Art Rogers, Robin Foster, and Alan Cross. You might recognize many of these names through their individual blogs or ministries, and I enjoyed the fellowship with one and all. However, this short post is dedicated to Pastor Dwight McKissic and his wife Vera.
I don't know when I have been around a more hospitable, gracious and generous couple as the McKissics. Though I have known Dwight and shared supper before with Vera and him, this was the first opportunity that my wife Rachelle had to meet them both. Rachelle told me that she felt instant warmth in the presence of Dwight. You can't help but be drawn to him because he exudes the grace and love of Christ. Likewise, Vera is genuinely kind and warm, and she displayed a very hospitable spirit to all of us out of towners.
Pastor Dwight is hosting The Conference on the Holy Spirit, beginning today, at his church, the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington. I am very interested in hearing all the speakers at the conference, and though it had not yet officially begun last night, the fellowship, dialogue and discussion around the table has already been profitable and edifying to me personally.
I am grateful that Dwight McKissic is a Southern Baptist. I am thankful that I can count him a friend. He and his wife Vera represent all that is good about our convention, and we are better off as a denomination because of their leadership among us.
I will post later tonight about the opening sessions of The Conference on the Holy Spirit.
In His Grace,