The New Creation: A Theology of Mercy
July 12-14, 2007
Auburn Hills, Michigan
This year's NCMI conference exceeded my expectations by a long shot, not just because of all of the excellent theological material (which was as deep or deeper than any conference I have attended) but more importantly because of the practical message. Understanding how mercy and theology (mercy and truth) are inseparably connected stretched our understanding and our charity. The round table sessions were outstanding. We were able to discuss subjects which at most conferences end up being volatile, but at this conference ended up being motivating and wonderfully enlightening. Though there were disagreements (and challenging ones), yet the love of God permeated the forum and kept a spirit of joy among all as Christ was glorified. Every message delivered was with passion and was equally moving and compelling. With the audio messages now available, I believe the 2007 conference will affect many for years to come.
The Kingdom and Mercy Triumphant, part 1
Metaphors of Mercy and the Experience of Heaven
Heaven: Now or Later?
Unity and the Body of Christ, part 1
Preterism, Jesus and Me
Dancing in Fields of Grace
The Prophetic Creation
Unity and the Body of Christ, part 2
The Kingdom and Mercy Triumphant, part 2
A hearty “Amen!” to what has been shared by speakers and attendees alike regarding both the superb scholarship and practical application of theology presented and experienced at this year’s conference. For my part I would like to express my sincere thanks to some people without whom this amazing weekend would not have been possible. The vision that Ward, Shannon and I, as NCMI, are pursuing could never be translated into conferences without the continuous, heart-felt support of our families. In fact, the partnership of NCMI is really three families, rather than three individuals. In addition to that, the support of the families of our returning speakers, Tim King and Tim Martin, was felt and greatly appreciated even though they were not able to attend this year. And I would like to say a special thank-you to Rene Hedges, who along with Karrie and Keith, served joyfully and graciously behind the scenes continually. You three blessed my heart and your service was a great comfort to me, and all at the conference were blessed by the hospitality you facilitated. And finally to my daughters Kayla and Kenzi who endured a full house so cheerfully, you continue to inspire me to pursue genuine Christian community.
I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you. (Philemon 4-7)
I want to thank everyone involved in the planning of and contribution to the NCMI conference, "The New Creation: A Theology of Mercy." I was certainly blessed by the teaching and testimonies from everyone, but I was mostly struck by the sweetness of the fellowship among those that were there. It was refreshing to my soul! I'm of the belief anymore that any studies in doctrine and theology that takes place among believers MUST enrich our love for one another. That was certainly the case at the conference and I pray we can continue that in the future.
Blessings to you all!
Grand Junction, Colorado
What an enjoyable time! NCMI's preparations were fabulous, again. I really enjoyed the open schedule for roundtable discussions as well as the overall venue at the Hawk Woods Center. It seemed to fit the messages perfectly. The honesty of the speakers, and even the openess of many of the attendees, was a breath of fresh air. A lot of conferences do not have the personal atmosphere that NCMI values and fosters. I can't wait till the next conference.
Thanks to Keith, Tami, Shannon, and Ward for a great time and quality material. NCMI's full-orbed ministry is what we need more of today.
Thank you for setting a tone during this conference that exemplifies what Christianity was meant to be. We tend to be so concerned with right doctrine that we forget mercy and the ministry of reconciliation. The spirit of this conference showed me how it could be if we all were somehow able to project the Christ Spirit all the time. Meeting the folks of NCMI has been true joy. The theme and lessons applied Jesus where we live every day. I am so glad we came. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord.”
I wanted to let you know that this year’s conference was wonderful. All the messages were well done, based on scripture and seemed to be tied together so well around the main message of mercy that it couldn’t have been planned better. The fellowship was an inspiring time, and I loved seeing everyone. I learned so much about not only love and mercy, but also about restoration and that we need the help of our brothers and sisters to achieve it. The round table times were such a blessing and such an important step to retaining the information we had learned (spoken like a true teacher!). Everyone that presented touched me in so many ways and I will never forget this time so well spent. I was especially impressed by Kayla's presentation; what an inspiration at such a young age! Simply being able to participate in my limited way was a true blessing. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all.