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I received an excellently produced invitation in the mail to attend a major church conference focused on the way churches minister to children, students and families, namely “reconnecting parents with kids”.  On the back of the flyer, one quote reads, “This is the central conversation in the church today.”

Wow!! That should make me want to attend this conference, except for the fact that it’s not the central conversation.  CJ Mahaney said, “The most important truth is the easiest to forget… the foundational reality that Jesus Christ died so that sinners would be reconciled to God and forgiven by God.”  The cross is the central conversation of the Church and, in our society, it is also the conversation that is constantly in danger of being put aside.  This conference has the means and an incredible opportunity to further the conversation of the cross, but it seems they have been distracted.  Jerry Bridges wrote, “The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history.  Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living it.”

Let’s hope the speakers, or “Champion Communicators”, who have accepted invitations to address the attendees center their messages around the cross and the gospel of grace.  Let’s also center our lives and ministries upon the most important truth… the gospel of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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