Top Ten Reasons why the Higher Things Conference in Logan, Utah Was Absolutely Great (in no particular order)

10. “Pastor, after the breakout today I have decided I want a Christ centered wedding and not a bride centered wedding.”  Where do kids get these thoughts? HT.

9. Fabulous preaching. Top honor goes to Rev. Mark Buetow who preached what is arguably the best crafted sermon I have ever heard. It was on “feet” in the bible. The gracious feet of Christ, my feet so quick to offend, the feet of those who proclaim the good news. Really great. Marcus Zill gets honorable mention for the longest portion of sustained unconditional gospel of the conference. “He gives you forgiveness and you can’t give it back to him.” Where do you hear such great sermons? HT

8. Singing, “O God O Lord of Heav’n and Earth” four times during the services. Then the kids sang it once more in the car coming back from the Great Salt Lake on Friday night after the sun had set, lighting the service book with their cell phones and finally demanded that it be sung on Sunday morning to be assuaged only having learned that the service was already put together and could not be changed. Where do kids learn to love such great hymns? HT

7. “So pastor, you’re saying that the pastors involved in the service are eating and drinking the remainder of the body and blood because the bible doesn’t tell us what else to do with it but eat it? Is that it?” “Right, thanks for asking.” Where do such conversations take place? HT

6. I-pads used to facilitate registration. 23 people registered in less than five minutes.

5. “Pastor, the guy leading the in depth isn’t all concerned about speaking like kids do and he wasn’t the most charismatic speaker but I learned an awful lot and I am so looking forward to tomorrow.” (Speaking of the in depth on “Life is Precious and Sacred – Always” by Dr, James Lamb.)  

4. “What, pastor, we kept you up last night? Our bad. We’ll move a room over tonight. We know the walls are thin. Is that OK?” Who teaches kids this kind of concern? Their parents and HT.

3. After the Dodge Ball marathon one of my kids were overheard saying, “I know that head shots don’t count but inflicting them sure is sweet.” Where do they learn this aggression? HT?

2. Mark Sell’s picture of the two fish. I still can’t get the image out of my head. Thanks Mark.

1. And the number one reason why the Higher Things Conference in Logan Utah was so great; Mr. Christopher Loemker who played the organ. He made it growl with sin, death and the devil. He made it twinkle and glow with grace. He married the emotion of the music with the elegance of its message. He made me cry and laugh while still teaching. It was a joy. Whoever thinks that music is neutral is not only lieing to himself but has not heard Chris play.


Top Ten Reasons why the Higher Things Conference in Logan, Utah Was Absolutely Great (in no particular order) — 13 Comments

  1. I fine #3, in particular, to be quite humorous. So glad all went well, and I hope to attend next years conference. God Bless.

  2. Thank God for Higher Things! It has been a wonderful blessing to so many, and the congregation I serve, because of Higher Things, has a renewed zeal for youth ministry!

  3. We saw 22 kids and adults from our congregation and Holy Cross, Kansas City, MO off to Nashville yesterday. I hope/expect that Nashville will be just as amazing. Wish I could have gone!

    Eric Ramer,
    Kearney, MO

  4. This sounds soooooo encouraging…….Keep up the good hard work and GOD BLESS all of you.

  5. I love this list. My kids and chaperons had a fantastic time and got nothing but Jesus preached to them!

  6. My husband wanted to kidnap the organist and bring him home for our congregation to hear. Alas, there wasn’t enough room in the van for one more person! 😉

  7. We are so blessed as a Family and as a Congregation to have Pastor (Husband and Father) Mark Buetow and Higher Things. I’m so thrilled that there is an organization that puts Christ first into the lives of my “me centered” teens. I’m not there but I’m freaking out knowing that my teen daughters are at Higher Things and attending a workshop on Marriage and Weddings! Wow, only HT!

    Thanks for your post!

    Susan Buetow

  8. I was at Nashville, and would have loved to have heard the old speech again on keeping play, worship, and work separate. I thought a couple of the sermons brought “play” into the pulpit too much, and at least one of the plenary speakers used too much theatrics and “shock value.” The lines were blurred. But other than that, another good conference. Perhaps I would have enjoyed Logan, UT more.

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