The Last Word
And this is our first booth.
Whelp, T4G is officially in the rearview mirror. Our Grimké staff enjoyed our time in Louisville working a booth in the exhibitor hall. I’ve worked many a booth in my day for many a ministry, and I’ve never quite worked a booth like this one. The idea wasn’t to try to play the booth game.1 Instead, we wanted to give our booth visitors a taste of Grimké. That’s why we drove to Louisville in a few cars and a box truck2 filled with furniture from our offices on 211 W. Franklin St. in Richmond, VA.
If you visited our booth and sat on that furniture, it’ll be the same furniture you sit on when you come for an intensive as a student. We also brought half our faculty and welcomed a few of our graduates who were attending the conference. If you visited our booth and had a conversation with someone (with or without a Grimké cardigan on), you’ll likely have them as a professor when you attend as a student.
So whether or not you visited our booth, the same principle holds: an invitation to study at Grimké Seminary is an invitation to participate in the Grimké culture.
Articles about Our Culture
Speaking of the Grimké culture and our unique approach to seminary education, we’ve published some articles along those lines you might want to check out.
It’s Time to Reconsider Theological Education, Doug Ponder - In this article, professor Ponder kicks off a series of future posts examining the deficits and needed changes to seminary education as most students experience it today.
Theological Studies are Gospel Studies, Joe Holland - In this brief essay, I had a chance to reflect on my own seminary education, the primacy of the gospel, and how not to take gospel-centrality for granted.
Interview: Bryan Laughlin on the Origin of Grimké Seminary and Sola Ecclesia - This was a fun interview for me. Bryan is our CEO, and, in this interview, he tells the story of his involvement in the founding of Grimké Seminary.
The booth game is a long-standing and unofficial competition between exhibitor booths to see who can create the most unique booth or design the most in-demand SWAG. If you haven’t attended a conference in a few years, know that things have progressed well beyond starlight mints and tri-folds.
If you know one of the Grimké guys who attended, ask them what it’s like to have a rented box truck break down in the middle of WV close to midnight. Fun times, fun times.