Conference and Family Joys

Joel Beeke, Derek Thomas, Burk Parsons, Bart Elshout, and David Murray

What a blessed and packed weekend this has been! First was the Puritan Reformed Theology Seminary conference on “The Beauty and Glory of God the Father,” which went far better than I expected. Nearly 500 people attended. Dr. Derek Thomas’s closing address alone was worth the price of the conference. Addresses can be heard on

Derek Thomas and Me

Then our son Calvin became engaged to Laura Sweetman—to our great joy! One hour after she showed us her ring, my oldest daughter, Esther, came home with a birthstone ring from her boyfriend, James Engelsma—again to our great joy!

Calvin, Laura, Lydia, Esther, James, Mary, and Me

In addition to two sermons, and a Youth Group meeting, yesterday was packed with visitors, family, and friends who attended the conference. And this morning, Esther left for Lithuania for a semester of study (yes, my wife and I both cried), while our youngest daughter, Lydia, was leaving on the bus for her first day of 11th grade. Meanwhile, I rushed back from the airport to give an opening address on “Eleven Commandments for Theological Students” for the fall semester (which will be posted at And now I need to rush down to Kalamazoo to meet with my brothers and sisters who have also come from British Columbia and Ontario to divide up the few possessions that our dear Mother left behind. I’m so glad that the treasury of prayers she left behind was far greater than her treasury of earthly things!



  1. John Van Voorhis

    What great pictures to accompany joyful news!

  2. Wonderful news! Congrats to the Beeke family! Really enjoyed the conference too…

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