A few thoughts about the "Together Conference" which is later this week. First, it's important for those of us who are speaking and attending to remember that important discussions have been going on for a long time between members of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches. We're not blazing the trail. We're just jumping into prayers and discussions that have been going on for a long time. Second, we must make sure that the center of the discussions is never about who's speaking at whose churches and lectureships. Now I would say this: it's been a shame that the Christian Churches have so generously included many of us speaking at their big events, but we have seldom reciprocated. But beyond that, this isn't about a few preachers and where they'll get to speak. Rather, it's about individuals, families, and churches "discovering" each other, realizing our unity in Christ, and finding ways to encourage each other in our work for Christ. Third, in situations like this we're always surprised by how much we have in common. But we're also surprised (as in any family reunion) with how different we are in ways we weren't expecting. To most of us, it's a foregone conclusion that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. What we're looking for (as the hundred year "anniversary" of our formal split in 1906 approaches) are ways to bless and encourage each other as we seek to follow the Way of Jesus. - - - - Thoughts about the new museum at Highland as we approach our 75 year anniversary. I mentioned at our assemblies yesterday that I went through it Saturday with no one around. I felt like I was hearing the voices of the eight men who preceded me as Highland preachers: Lynn Anderson, John Allen Chalk, Mid McKnight, James Willeford, and the others. I sensed their encouragement to be a more faithful minister of the gospel to this church they served so well. But beyond that, I also realized that the story of the preachers is hardly the story of Highland. The real story is all those people peeking out in the photos who were seeking to make a living, raise children, nurture a marriage, and follow the lead of Jesus. These are people who, in their own small (and sometimes large) ways turned the world upside down.