This past weekend I had the privilege of leading the singing at the 2011 NEXT conference in Orlando, FL, along with the Na Band and Generation Letter. For some reason they keep letting me hang out with the young guys. Don’t mind that at all.
This year’s focus was understanding how Christ transforms the way we look at the world. The speaker line up included D.A. Carson, R.C. Sproul, Jeff Purswell, Kevin DeYoung, Scott Oliphint, Vern Poythress, and others. Great messages that really stretched my mind and fed my soul. You can listen to or download the main session messages here.
I came away with a fresh understanding of how Jesus Christ is Lord of all. It doesn’t matter what the area of life is — art, reason, philosophy, science, medicine, music, politics, or business — everything is held together and ruled by Jesus Christ. As Abraham Kuyper put it, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”
For that reason, we sang songs that emphasized the sovereignty of Christ and our appropriate responses of gratefulness, awe, trust, and submission. We introduced a number of songs from our recent Risen album, enabling me to highlight that Jesus is indeed a living and reigning Savior.