Christmas Conference 2008

Dr. Robb D. ThompsonDr. Bill GothardMr. Jon Burnham 

December 12 through 14 marked yet another refreshing and exciting IBLP Christmas Conference! Special speakers included Robb Thompson, Jon Burnham, and, of course, Bill Gothard.

Robert playing his part in the duet

The dynamic duoClayton skillfully playing

One highlight of the weekend was Robert and Clayton’s thirteen minute Christmas piano duet; incredibly invigorating, intense, and inspirational!

Making snowballs in the ice-skating rink Esther giving testimony of the Lord's work in Mexico Ernesto playing the guitar for fun late on Saturday nightPiano special by MelindaRobert leading congregational singing

Over the weekend, we enjoyed ice-skating, powerful testimonies, one-accord singing, and beautiful special music.

First place prize in the gingerbread house contestHeadquarters Staff Center made of gingerbread!The colosial 4 foot tall gingerbread model of the ITC!

Pictured above are a few of many amazing decorations creatively designed and crafted by the Indianapolis Training Center staff.

 2008 Christmas Conference

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can
look up into the Father’s face and tell Him
you have received His Christmas gift.” —
John R. Rice


  1. Amanda Morris December 17, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Wow, it looks like all of you staff had a blessed time at the Christmas Conference! Great pictures! Thanks for posting.

  2. Daniel, Jonathan, and David December 17, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Incredible! Excellent! Fabulous! Spectacular! Heavenly! Astonishing! Colossal! Fantasgreat! Splendid! Beautiful! Ingenious! Amazing! Creative! Stunning! Bedazzling! Dumbfounding! Innovative! Unprecedented! Awing! Flabbergasting! Astounding! Unbelievable! Marvelous! Captivating! Extraordinary! Brilliant! Mind-blowing! Stupendous! Superlative! Terrific! Wondrous! Arresting! Grandiose! Breathtaking! Impressive!

    P.S. How many different songs did Robert and Clayton fit into that duet, anyway?!! No wonder it was 13 minutes!

  3. Tim Hynese December 17, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Great photos! I especially like the ginger bread creations. 🙂 The DOF might be a little shallow in the last shot. I find it hard to decide what DOF to use when shooting along a plane like that. 🙂 BTW – Image 5 and 6 are the same photo.

  4. Crystal December 17, 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    I would have loved to of heard the duet!! I heard them in Nashville and thought it was great. If they ever make a CD, add me to the list to buy one:-)
    Thanks for sharing about the Christmas Conference, sounds like it was quite enjoyable.
    BTW, I really thought the model of the ITC was amazing. It’s hard to imagine a 4 ft. tall gingerbread.

  5. Joshua December 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Whoopee! Thank you for giving us a taste of what appears to be a most glorious weekend. I have been checking your blog over the past couple days knowing that this post was on its way! Looking forward to hearing (or maybe watching???) the duet one of these days – can only imagine what it must of sounded like.

    And what a powerful quote by Mr. Rice – how true.

  6. Robert December 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    Great pictures, James! You did a wonderful job of capturing many fond memories.

    The piano duet had the following carols: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, The First Noel, Who is He in Yonder Stall, O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard on High, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Ring the Bells. I’ll have to check with Nathan and see if he can get us the video of it. It was sure a lot of fun to play!

  7. James December 21, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    You guys are so hilarious, Daniel, Jonathan, and David! I didn’t know there were so many lively adjectives!

    Thanks for your critique and input, Tim. That encourages me, especially when it comes from an experienced photogapher.

    I must confess, now that I think about it, that the gingerbread Training Center was actually more like 3 feet tall than 4. I think I was exaggerating a bit after the excitement of seeing it. :\

  8. Allen P. December 23, 2008 at 6:14 am #

    There is a picture of the Gingerbread ITC on the Paine family’s last entry. It is shown next to the girls for scale. Still, 3′ is huge! I’ve never seen food so amazing! It’s apparent that a lot of care went into those houses. Just think how much care and time God has put into us! Isn’t it just breathtaking to think that He cares for us all with immense love? “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalms 139:14).

    I too eagerly await seeing the performance. I hope Nathan has a good video.


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