National Pastors Convention 2008 is wrapping up this morning with a Communion service led by N.T. Wright. All around the conference you can see conference attendees hugging and shaking hands farewell to old and new friends. It has been an incredible week of learning and refreshment for everyone.
Thank you for following NPC 2008's Live Blog this week! Stay tuned to www.Zondervan.com/blog next week for more audio clips from N.T. Wright and others. Also stay tuned to this blog for more conference photos and reflections.
John Ortberg led a terrific General Session #5 this afternoon! You can listen to a 5 minute clip of his talk at: www.sermonconnect.com/npc . You can buy a download of the entire session at: www.npcmp3.com.
At both links above you can also find from earlier today J.P. Moreland's session "Sex and Secularism: Why Islam May Win the West", Carolyn Curtis James' "Looking at God from Ground Zero: When Leaders are Hurt and Broken", and Greg Boyd's "The Myth of a Christian Nation."
NPC 2008 conference attendees are a buzz today about N.T. Wright's Bible study this morning, where he took participants through the book of Acts in just 45 minutes! N.T. Wright will also be speaking at tonight's General Session #6. Look for an audio clip from this session tomorrow morning.
One of the best thing about National Pastor's Convention 2008 is the chair giveaways. At each General Session a book or two is given away to every attendee of that session. Chair giveaways this year have included The Faith by Chuck Colson and The Fisherman's Testament by Cesar Vidal.
To not only NPC attendees, but to anyone anywhere, Zondervan is also offering free discussion guides for both of these books on our website. You can download the free discussion guide in PDF formats for The Faithat this link and for The Fisherman's Testamentat this link.
At National Pastors Convention 2008 Chuck Colson delivered an incredibly strong General Session #3 message about the importance of knowing the tenets of the Christian faith. He stressed the need for Christians to not only do good deeds, but to know our creeds. Chuck discussed how Christians needs to stay grounded in Scriptural Truth, or we can be at risk of losing our bearings. Chuck's new book on this topic, The Faith, was given away free to all attendees yesterday, which brought great joy to everyone who heard his powerful general session. Chuck will be embarking on a 10-day blog tour for The Faith next week, which you can learn more details about at this link.
Chuck later participated in a panel discussion hosted by Krista Tippet from Speaking of Faith. Krista interviewed Chuck, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne in a moving conversation about politics and Christianity. Other highlights from yesterday included Brenda Salter McNeil's General Session #4 last night, Greg Boyd's seminar on "How to be Evangelical without being Conservative," and Shane Claiborne's seminar "Jesus for President."
National Pastors Convention 2008 is a buzz this afternoon after Shane Claiborne (pictured above, right), co-author of Zondervan's upcoming book Jesus for President, spoke at two sessions. The first session titled "The Relationship Between Politics and Christianity" was hosted by Krista Tippett from Speaking of Faith. Krista led a lively panel discussion with Shane, Chuck Colson, and Greg Boyd. The hundreds of NPC conference attendees who were at this session were all deeply moved by the conversations. Look for this session to be on a future Speaking of Faith radio show.
Shane's second session this afternoon was titled "Jesus for President," and he discussed many of the ideas about faith and politics in his new book with the same title. Shane and co-author Chris Haw will be touring several cities this summer beginning June 23rd. You can see if Shane and Chris will be coming to your city by visiting www.jesusforpresident.org.
National Pastors Convention 2008 is offering nearly all of our seminars for sale online at our NPC Media Store at www.npcmp3.com. Most sessions are available for download about 3 hours after a session ends. You can view the sessions schedule at this link.
We are also offering 5 minute samples of many of our sessions throughout the conference. We've just posted up sessions from Bishop John Rucyahana, Stephen Newby, and Dale and Jonalyn Fincher at www.sermonconnect.com/npc.