I am in between sessions and had a few random observations not entirely related to the conference, but blogable for the sake of (my own) amusement:
1. Did you know the "Louisville Slugger" plant and museum is right here in Louisville? I know- duh! Apparently you can take a tour, see how the bats are made, and even get a free bat at the end.
2. There are pictures of the Colonel (Kentucky Fried Chicken, of course) and Muhammed Ali (second best boxer ever, born here) everywhere in downtown Louisville. Interesting.
3. Locals and other southern folk here pronounce "Louisville" as Looaville or Loo-i-ville but no one calls it Louie-ville like me, a Yankee. What makes no sense, to me at least, is why the city is pronounced as noted, yet the bat is known the world over as a "Louie-ville slugger". I just don't get these southern folks. Maybe they're fake southerners, after all, they did NOT have sweet tea at the Kentucky Convention Center- one of the great gifts of southern culture. I do think the Union army burned this city during the Civil War, didn't they? They have to be southern then. I'm confused.
4. Related to the conference, there are several different evangelical traditions who label themselves "reformed" represented here. There are a token few Presbyterians (PCA guys like me, represented by speakers Ligon Duncan and RC Sproul), tons of Baptists (I'd say the majority are in this category, represented by speakers Al Mohler, Mark Dever, and John Piper), a good representation of MacArthurites (you know, independent "bible" church types, represented by John MacArthur of course), and a bunch of Sovereign Grace guys (so-called "continuationists" who are basically hand-raising, charismatic Calvinists, represented by speaker CJ Mahaney). This dynamic is very interesting and dare I say refreshing? Don't get me wrong, I am more comfortable with my own kind (Liturgical Presbyterians) and I would quibble with labeling all these groups reformed, but I'm comfortable in such a fellowship because we all do agree on the main fruit of the Reformation- a clarifying of the gospel message. The wider evangelical church is in serious need of what is being taught at this conference.
5. Again, related to the conference and in light of #4- I have noticed several of the speakers (particularly the baptist ones) jokingly refer to us presbyterians as "uptight" and/or "stiff". I find this hugely amusing. Forget us presbyterians for a moment, the baptists seem plenty uptight to me! Are they not uptight because they might yell out an occasional Amen ? A large portion of the guys who are chuckling when the uptight presbyterian jokes are fired have been wearing a suit this whole conference! I'll be they always wear a suit. I never wear a suit if I can help it, except for 90 minutes on Sunday. I'm as loose as a goose hanging out with a moose compared to these guys! Further, I'll believe my baptist brothers are not themselves uptight when I see them kick back, drink a glass of fine ale, and smoke a choice cigar in public!
Fun times.....more later.