inneapolis. The Desiring God Conference. Darlene and I are with Bill Fickett, staffing the Grace to You display downstairs. If you're at the conference, come and say hi. I have a small supply of bumper stickers. Ask for one.
Longtime readers will recognize the great Marc Heinrich, blogmaster of one of the best Christian blogs of all time, the once-legendary (but now virtually defunct) Purgatorio. Marc and his lovely wife came by the booth. I begged him to get back to blogging, but I don't think he's going to do it. Marc's a musician and songwriter, and one of his songs, "Stand," is the conference theme song. It was great to see him. He says not blogging has done wonders for him.
Yeah, yeah. I know. Don't tempt me.
I also met Justin Taylor face to face for the first time. He's a gracious in person as he seems on his blog. A much nicer guy than I am. Justin moderated the Q&A with John Piper and John MacArthur tonight. It was a poignant look at the personal side of these two menwho for all their well-known contrasts, have a surprising amount in common.
Several other bloggers, blog-readers, and hard-core Pyro-fans stopped by and said hi. I won't spoil any reputations by revealing the names of some of the people who told me they read PyroManiacs on a regular basis, but let's just say you might recognize a couple of those names, and it'd probably be a good idea for everyone around here to behave better.
I didn't take my laptop today. (Hence this late-night update.) But the Convention Center here has wireless, so I might post a live update Saturday. Then again, maybe not. The conference is going to be excellent.
The conference bookstore is also something amazingI'd guess it's close to two acres of tables stacked high with great books.
Incidentally, the Cubs clinched first place in their division tonight. (They backed into it, really, losing three of their past four games while watching the Brewers' losses chip away at the magic number. Even tonight, when the Cubs won, it was technically Milwaukee's loss, an hour later, that sealed first place for the Cubs.) I learned about it via a text message during the Q&A session. So if you were there and heard what sounded like a loud charismatic guy amening, speaking in tongues, and praising the Lord in a context where nothing the speakers said seemed to warrant such an outburstthat was me.