Last week was amazing.
I used to go to The Tulsa Workshop as a teenager. Later as a college student and after, it became a yearly conference to attend—usually with my college buddies.
Over the years, this workshop has reinvigorated me.
It has challenged me.
It has fed me.
And the fellowship… these guys I have gone with have been some of my closest friends since I was 18 years old.
For awhile I missed a few years.
Hurricane Katrina disrupted an entire year of our lives. There was no time for such a trip.
And then, Cole’s disease progressed to the point that it was just unfair to leave one person at home to help care for him.
So I missed some years.
But last week was amazing.
I enjoyed my time with Becki.
I enjoyed my time with some of my oldest friends.
I enjoyed getting to meet face-to-face some folks I’d corresponded with for a good long while.
I enjoyed some of the best singing this side of eternity.
It was all good stuff.
And the icing on the cake? I was privileged to be one of the speakers. (You know how some kids want to be a professional baseball player? I wanted to be a Tulsa Workshop speaker!)
It was a challenge.
One topic was The Weakness of God. I love speaking about this. I really love it. And if you think the title is somehow blasphemous, just know it comes straight out of scripture. It is a message of hope to all who are broken. It is a reminder that God is not absent or done.
The other two sessions were back-to-back lessons on Is It Ok To Have Doubt, Part 1 & 2. So much of my understanding, belief, and theology about God, faith, and struggle has undergone a massive transformation. This topic in particular forced me to put some cohesive thought into the relationship between doubt and faith.
I don’t think I have ever spoken anywhere on any subject where people seemed to resonate with what I said like they did at the workshop.
It was gratifying.
It gave me a sense of ministry that has been missing from my life.
It allowed me to feel like me if only for a short time.
And more than anything else, I drove away from Tulsa knowing I had said some things some needed to hear.
I will always be grateful to God and The Tulsa Workshop.
Lots of potential changes in my life… I am praying for the opportunity to wrestle with some decisions. Would you pray with me?
And while you are at it, check out my post on the Holy Spirit as The Comforter over at Wineskins. I’d love to know what you think!
By the way, in a shameless bit of promotion, all of the lessons presented at the workshop can be ordered from their website.
Les Ferguson, Jr.