Talks and Writings

Every conference begins with opening remarks and we’ve created an archive for those.  As well, introductions for speakers have been a way to give some added insight into the character and accomplishments of some extraordinary people.

Introduction for Kay Warren – The Gathering 2015

Maybe that’s just the right place to introduce Kay this evening because she has been down many roads over the last several years. C.S. Lewis said that a young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere – Bibles laid open, millions of surprises…fine nets and stratagems. God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.” It was one of th ...[Read More]

Introduction for Andrew Peterson – The Gathering 2015

Artists require a special quality of humility. Not the kind that denies their gift but that which is often surprised when the ideas, images, words and melodies first come to mind. Because, in the end, they do not create out of nothing. The best are those who know how much of their work is listening and then following the thread to see where it leads. When asked where his inspiration comes from And ...[Read More]

Opening Talk – The Gathering 2015

There are times when people ask what the theme of the conference is and without exception I tell them there never is an intentional theme.  We have no idea what the conference will be when we start thinking about next year. But sometimes a theme emerges that is totally unplanned and we are all surprised. Yet, this may be the first time in many years I have seen something ahead of time – but ...[Read More]

Tribute to Peggy Shipley

Bill’s request was for us to share a memory of Peggy. I know we have all laughed for years about her probing how I really felt about anything and everything. She wanted to go deep and I wanted to skip stones on the surface. However, it’s something else I want to say just now. I was 24 in 1970 when a friend took this picture. We had just climbed to the highest ridge of Wildcat Mountain ...[Read More]