This past Saturday, I was privileged to attend the 2018 “All In” Promise Keepers conference at Woodvale Pentescostal Church. It is interesting because this theme is the same one as another conference to do with adoption and serving refugees, that is occurring on March 24, 2018 in Ottawa.
This was my third PK conference, and first one I attended as representative of the Gideons. Praise God, we handed out many, many Scriptures to the men in attendance! Uplifting conversations were hand and what was really cool was that I bumped in to a number of Christians I had not seen in a while.
Promise Keepers is a great movement and organizations. It calls men to be better husbands and fathers. It assists men in combatting pornography or other crippling addictions. It’s a formidable launch pad to propel men into community with other men, to keep each other accountable, as “iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17).
Firstly, the calibre of speakers was phenomenal. Their passion was visible. Regulars included Kirk Giles and Caleb Bislow, who talked about being totally sold out for the Kingdom of God. This is a message that the Church needs to hear, and something that others like David Platt has encouraged us by preaching.
Secondly, in addition to the solid teaching on marriage about being kind to our spouses, Brady Boyd was particularly compelling to me. He has been a faithful steward and has incredible testimonies to God’s faithfulness. The stories of adoption about his two children struck a special chord with me since my wife and I cannot conceive. I talk about my journey in my forthcoming book called Father to the Childless.
Lastly, the worship was refreshing. This organization had humble beginnings, started by a football coach, inspiring men to live with integrity. Hopefully the Millennials are catching on! I loved singing and hearing songs about God’s goodness, something that I have struggled with in this last season, but I know that He is faithful to show me what this means as I draw near to Him.