MOST of the people who came for the Aldersgate Convention 2008, held at Wesley Methodist Church from May 19 to 24, found it “worth attending”. Not everyone, however, agreed totally with what the two speakers had presented, but most of the attendees said they “have learned something interesting from the speaker’s interpretations”.
They were referring to the evening talks and seminars conducted by the Rev Dr Ben Witherington, III, the convention’s keynote speaker, who is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, the United States.
One church member, who declined to be named, told Methodist Message: “I may not agree with everything Dr Witherington said, but what he said made a lot of sense, and it certainly got me thinking. He set me on a reflective mode.”
Added Ms Yuen Wai Mey from the Methodist Church of the Incarnation: “When Dr Ben Witherington read the Scriptures and sang, I felt it was like the foretaste of the glory to come. I have been blessed by such an engaging speaker. I wish more people had turned up.”
While the Rev Dr Witherington’s three evening talks attracted an average of 400 people and his public seminar drew about 110 people, two talks in Mandarin garnered 142 people on the first evening, May 19, and 128 the following evening. The Mandarin speaker was the Rev Dr Ezra Kok, Principal of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia.
About 500 attended the Aldersgate Service on May 24, fewer than the number of attendees in past years.
METHODIST MESSAGE PICTURES BY DANIEL LIE