I am not normally enthusiastic about traveling cross-country, but I am thankful that I attended the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2015. During 24 years of ministry I have attended many conferences. I gleaned helpful thoughts from an assortment of presentations in the past, but this conference was different. Every lecture challenged me as a pastor and theologian in my thinking about the immensity and greatness of our God. I sat, at times, in awe of Him and other times giving thanks to Him. The conference reassured me of my need as a pastor to grapple with the doctrine of God both biblically and in general revelation. We need not give up the “battlefield of general revelation” to secular thinkers. My job, as pastor/theologian, requires me to think through who God is even in places of mystery. Although the doctrine of God leads to mystery sometimes, there is still much for me to learn concerning our God. I went away encouraged to read more on theology proper for my personal growth and the benefit of the local church.
Pastor Brandon F. Smith
Trinity Reformed Baptist Church Jackson, GA