Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Observations from Tulsa

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Tulsa Workshop. It is a gathering of believers primarily from the acapella or noninstrumental churches of Christ. For perspective, it’s kind of like their version of the North American Christian Convention. I had never been to something from that particular group of the Restoration Movement before (I hate to even use that kind of partisan language, but it’s needed to set this up correctly). Over the years I have had much contact with these brothers, primarily through blogs, facebook and other online venues. I was finally able to accept their invitation to attend Tulsa.

Some observations:

1.       Acapella singing, when done right, is wonderful. Over 1000 people lifting their voices to the Lord sounded terrific. And these folks really know how to sing the different parts. It was a new experience for me.

2.       The Lord has some gifted preachers in every part of his Kingdom. I was blessed by the powerful teaching from God’s Word.

3.       They know how to fellowship and make a newbie feel welcome. I never felt like an outsider, and I made many new friends.

My time at the Tulsa Workshop was well spent. I hope to return.


coffeedrinkingpreacher said...

It was nice meeting you while enjoying pie and breakfast foods at 9 PM. I'm glad you enjoyed it. You acted like you have always been there.

brian said...

brother, it was awesome finally getting to meet you in person. hope you come back next year.

Trey Morgan said...

I enjoyed getting to know you and hope we'll get much more time together in the future.

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed it.

John Dobbs said...

Mike, I enjoyed spending so much time with you at the Workshop. You must teach your fellowship GloryLand Way, though! We all need a happy song to sing sometimes! I enjoyed hearing your insights and comparisons. Since I've known you a long time you will not be surprised by this ... but I never think of you as one of "them" (whoever that is) but as one of "us" - which reaches beyond our COC walls. You are my brother and I'm glad we serve the same Jesus that will save all those who trust in His name. Love ya!