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Ministry to/with Millennials

A guest missionary speaker showed the following video in church yesterday morning as he spoke about the challenges of mentoring those in the millennial generation. His thoughts fit in nicely with the book, Meet Generation Z, which speaks of the challenges of ministering to the newest generation, the one that follows the millennials.

A friend also shared the following video which is slightly tongue-in-cheek about a new ministry, Millennial International. Pretty funny.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Mentors, Ministry, Videos

 

Introverts Speak Out!

At a TED talk in 2012, author Susan Cain delivered a powerful and helpful address on “The power of introverts.”

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

You may not agree with everything she says, but her thoughtful presentation will make you think about the issue. As an introvert myself, I found it very encouraging.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Character, Personal growth, Videos

 

Known and loved

Known and loved” is a powerful retelling of John 4 and the story of the woman at the well.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Scripture, Videos

 

Strollin’ through a Summer Wonderland

Our NZ daughter, Caitlin, sent us a link to Air New Zealand adaptation of “Winter Wonderland.” Since the seasons are opposite down under, Air New Zealand is promoting a “Summer Wonderland.” Click on the link and enjoy. Hard to believe that in another month, we’ll be headed that direction ourselves.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Fun, New Zealand, Videos, Winter

 

Caroling the Announcements

First Central Bible Church‘s intern, Jack Gilbert, decided to “carol” this week’s announcements. Click on the link and learn what’s happening at FCBC. Pretty creative & fun. Go Jack!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in First Central Bible Church, Fun, Videos

 

A kids’ eye view of the Christmas story

St Paul’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand, has created a video using children to tell The Christmas Story. While not necessarily the most biblically accurate (the shepherds and wise men were not all present at the same time at the birth of Jesus), it is very creative, fun, and well done. Click on the link and enjoy.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Christmas, Videos

 

Are you outraged?

Two weeks ago (or several years in terms of news cycles) NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit during the playing of the National Anthem. Since then, other sports stars such as NBA star Stephen Curry and soccer player Megan Rapinoe, and others verbally applaud and or sit/kneel along with Kaepernick. The NFL Seattle Seahawks are considering a team unity protest to show their solidarity with Kaepernick.

On the one hand, the response to the issue reminds me of Peter Finch’s “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” speech in the 1976 movie, Network. His character, Howard Beale, expresses his outrage on live TV and tells his viewers to stick their head out the window and shout along with him. The next scene shows a city block of apartment dwellers doing just that.

On the other hand, I find it both interesting and sad in how the focus of the issue has changed. Initially, Kaepernick was protesting what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. The uproar had to do with whether or not people thought his actions were disrespectful to the flag. Now however, the issue is on free speech and whether or not an athlete or anyone else has the right to speak their mind.

Personally, I was put off by his actions. I agree that an athlete or anyone else has the right to speak their mind. The manner in which he did it was disrespectful, at least in my opinion. As Christ followers, we are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and season our words with grace (Ephesians 4:29).

What gets lost in the media haze is: (1) Is there a problem of injustice and inequality in America? and (2) How can we deal with and fix the problem? I believe the answer to the first question is, Yes, there is injustice and inequality in America. The answer to the second question, however, will not be found through donating the proceeds of jersey sales or roundtable discussions. The answer will only be found by coming to Jesus Christ.

Ultimately, it is not a simple matter of injustice and inequality. The root of the problem is sin in the heart of each and every person. True equality is only possible when the problem of sin is addressed. It is only through Jesus Christ that we become sons and daughters of God on equal footing. Neither a social protest nor a social program will fix the problem. Only the gospel can make a man or woman new from the inside out.

“for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2016 in News stories, NFL, Scripture, Videos