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Saturday, November 12, 2005 

Liveblogging from ETS

This year is the 57th Annual Evangelical Theological Society meeting taking place in Valley Forge, PA. This year's theme is "Christianity in the Early Centuries." It takes place from November 16 - 18th. The Society also has a quarterly journal, which can be accessed at their site.

In a small way, I hope to do a little live blogging at the conference. Each day, hundreds of papers, debates, conferences, and proposals are carried, so there is no way I could ever hope to give you a taste of even a fraction of the event. However, my experience of ETS will be quite unique from the average attender: several hours worth of bus ride crammed in with other students and pastors; late night theology discussions with some of the leading scholars up late in the hotel rooms; my penchant for picking Continental philosophical talks, anything that relates to John Owen, and various "Reformed" categories; and all of the plenary sessions; as well as photo and bookstore; this will definitely be ETS through a certain lens, but what a lens!

Hopefully, I'll conspire with some of my fellow students to get their thoughts and reactions from the various sessions they attend. If I get anything concrete, I'll post it.

In order to attend ETS, you have to assent to two theological propositions:

"The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory."

In the spirit of live blogging, our esteemed comrade Ryan Griffith has offered to do some live blogging himself (uh oh, the pressure's on!). Opting out of attending ETS, he will accompany John Piper to Finishing the Task conference in Asheville, NC. Perhaps we can twist his arm to get him to liveblog from there. Please?

So anyway, I will be doing a lot of traveling in the next few days. All blogging will be from my iPAQ 5550, so expect delays and bugs until I figure out the WiFi out in PA. All will be well, and I'll be truly mobile. It will be a great test for my little machine. I'll probably also rely on Bluetooth through my Motorola V330 for pictures and getting online. Mobility: you can't take the tech out of a guy.

Look for a lot of info. Have a great weekend from Veteran's Day, and don't forget that tomorrow's Lord's Day is prayer day.

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