You've seen it with your kids. All December they plead for you to buy them the "must have" gift of the season. You're bombarded by TV ads, in-store displays, and thick catalogs. But you remember what happened last year. Before January 1 they were already bored with the toy. They moved on to something else. You can't be too hard on them, however. You did the same thing in your childhood. And you just might do the same with the gadgets on your grown-up Christmas list this year.
We want to buy our loved ones a meaningful gift, something worthy of the season's meaning, something that will last. The Gospel Coalition's 2013 National Conference runs only five days in Orlando, Florida, but we're trusting God to change lives from April 6 to 10. We're praying the world missions pre-conference would exalt God and compel many to take the gospel to the nations. And we're seeking God's blessing on a national conference focused on Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and featuring more than 80 speakers addressing subjects from "Why Cities Matter" to "The Church and Her Artists," in gatherings both large and small.
Until December 26, we're holding registration costs at their lowest point so you can consider sending a loved one to join us in Orlando. If you're a student or living outside the United States, you can register for the missions pre-conference and main event for only $150. And if you register together with your spouse as a Christmas gift, you could save up to $220. Registering early won't just save you money, you'll also reserve your spot in one of the 16 first-come "focus gatherings," ranging in discussion topic from Lauren Chandler on "Stability in the Midst of Suffering" to Bryan Chapell on "The Role of Grace in Sanctification."
Please join us in prayer that God would bless this event in such a way that he alone gets the acclaim. Thank God the gospel of Jesus Christ never bores, never breaks, and never goes out of style!
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.