Exponential Conference 09: Loving or Hating

Are loving or hating the only option? I’ve seen graphic designs that say “Love or Hate.” I think my daughter even wants to design a T-shirt around the concept. And in one sense, yes…we have a choice every moment to love or not. But sometimes I think there’s another alternative. Maybe learning?


Today I’ve been watching the Exponential Conference for church planters in Orlando. I’m tempted to hop in the car and get there because tomorrow the authors of The Tangible Kingdom (a book I love) are speaking. Today Erwin McManus is up on deck. There’s a slew of interesting people speaking. You can watch the conference at this link.

So here’s the deal: there is NO WAY that I will agree with every approach to church planting. Impossible. Because, frankly, everyone has a slightly different approach to living out this crazy life in the kingdom. But I do believe that each of these people has a heart that is chasing after God. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a piece of truth I need to learn from them.

I’m saying all this because as I watch the conference on Mogulus — and every time there’s a conference on Mogulus I’ve noticed this, not just at Exponential — there are viewers who seem to be called to disect and destroy every speaker. Now some viewers have honest questions, issues they would love to see addressed. But there are others, the preaching type, who are there to convince others of the errors of their ways.

It made me think today about my own response to issues I disagree with. Am I so dogmatic in my verbal responses that no true discussion can take place? Would an opinionated response from me really convince anyone anyway? And what about my response to others who are opinionated and loud in their opinions?

I want to have God’s eyes, to see the hearts of the people in my path. Loving and hating aren’t the only choice.

Watch the conference stream with the link above or you can follow it on Twitter with the tag #exponential09.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.