As Kristen posted below, I was greatly encouraged and blessed through this year's Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology! It was wonderfully edifying, humbling, transforming, and spurring. Definitely, spurring! In Hebrews 10:19, 24 the writer says
"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body... let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds"
I thank God for the blessing it is to be spurred on by Godly brothers in Christ to love and good deeds! There was way too much to recount here so I'll just mention the pre-conference in which Joel Beeke reflected on persevering in joyful humility, prayer, & in the face of criticism. More than anything, I valued his wisdom and joyful heart in teaching us how to practically fight pride, seek to be prayer warriors, and how to react to and humbly face criticism.
Aside from the conference we also enjoyed:
Living in the city for the weekend (albeit in a hotel)
Avenue17 (a jazz bar with amazing live jazz music on Friday nights)
Meeting new people
Shawarma pita sandwiches at the Pita Pocket on 16th & Walnut
Cheesesteaks at Tony Luke's with Andy & Leah
A parking ticket
A flat tire on Sunday
A bathtub (Kristen)
Buying new books &
Gaining renewed excitement for ministry in the city (Kristen & I)