Dan Gaitanis wrote:
I'm on a train headed home from the best Bibleschool I've ever been to. Eastern was absolutely wonderful.
All three speakers said something that I can take away from it:
John Bilello said in his exhortation, "Don't confuse the truth with the
people in it."
I thought that was a great quote--quite often we follow
certain people who we think have it all right, when in reality, they
could very well be wrong. Not everything said in every Christadelphian
class is exactly right on everything, whether the speaker is from the
USA, Australia, England, or wherever.
Mark O'Grady made an
object lesson--he said "Say we were in a complete eclipse and it was
midnight and it was pitch black in here and someone came in the room and
lit a candle/light. That light would shine, you'd be able to see it
from all over the room. If they lit a bright light it would dispel all
the darkness that's in the room. Say someone walked in here and they had
a box, and you say 'well, what's in your box? (imagine Mark saying this
like a really excited person)' and they said 'oh I've got a box full of
darkness!' And you take it to the center of the room and...you take the
lid off! What happens to the darkness, does it fill the room? So what's
that telling us? Light overcomes darkness. Be not overcome with evil,
says Paul, but overcome evil with good."
And Jonathan Bowen
told us a sad story about one of his friends from high school, who he
got in a debate with about heaven/hell-going. And Jonathan won the
debate, but his friend thus left Christianity because he was no longer
worried about burning in hell, so basically, even though Jon won the
battle, he lost the "war", saying that we shouldn't be out to "win", but
rather to "win someone over to Christ". How often do we do that?
have these stupid divisions and such and people leave because of them.
So we might win the battle of being right, but we still lose in the long
run because we lost a member of the body, or a potential member of the
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to be with
those brothers and sisters. It was my first time and I was welcomed
with open arms and felt right at home, almost as if I'd known those
people for many years. Those New England people are pretty cool. And
I've known that xD