Minnie got all dressed up in her patriotic colors to watch the first presidential debate tonight. We watched it with another missionary family at our house. It was fun to watch it with them, even though political debate isn’t always my thing.
“Eating humble pie”, “To get long in the tooth”, “To lead a dog’s life”, “Grasping at straws”, and “Up the creek without a paddle” are a few of the weird sayings we have. Many times we don’t understand what words really mean. Friday night with the MCCA middle school and high school students, we’re going to look at what it means to be humble. Is there such a thing as false humility? Was Jesus humble? How can we be humble as we worship God with our lives? It’s going to be fun, and we’re going to learn a lot. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, and as always, check back for pictures of the games and Bible study. We’ve got a busy weekend coming up…MCCA Bible study on Friday night, game night with the church youth group, and then I preach Sunday morning at church. Good thing there’s no class tomorrow at the seminary!
A few months ago, at the beginning of August, I went to Kentucky for some meetings with YMI. These meetings were with the leaders of all of the Centers for Youth Ministry in 5 different countries. I just received in the mail today an article from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville about the meetings. If you want to read it, click here. You’ll need Adobe Reader if you don’t have it.
Tonight we had a good youth group meeting. We had the usual amount of people, but I really feel we are getting to know each other. Rigo led worship with Giovanni. He is going to start teaching him how to play the guitar and investing his life in him. I pray that it will work as a great discipleship relationship for Rigo. Next Sunday, I preach at church, so please pray for me to hear from God what needs to be said as well as have the words to say it.
Yesterday, I took 4 seminary students with me to a follow up youth ministry training meeting in Cuautla. It was a 2 and a half hour drive each way there and back, so we had plenty of time to get to know each other. The meeting was to follow up a conference we did there in July. We are planning on having another conference for area churches in November. We might add to the conference an evangelism event for students in the Cuautla area. We’ll see how it goes. The pictures are of me and Pastor Antonio, and of the seminary students overlooking the city of Cuernavaca.
How big is 7 millimeters? Not very big. It’s about as big as a lima bean. Or a jelly bean. Or as a baby at 6 weeks in its mother’s womb. We found out today that Janell is pregnant! We are very excited, and although this picture just looks like a blob to you, the doctor says it’s a baby. Isn’t he/she cute? Please pray for us during the next 8 months as we go through all the new things that are parenthood. We feel very blessed by God and appreciate all the prayers from all of you. Thanks.
What does it mean to be culturally relevant? We talked today in Youth Ministry 110 at the seminary about the phrase, “culturally relevant.” We, as the church, must be relevant to those we are trying to reach. We must identify the culture to use the culture to reach the culture. Too often, we are like the woman in the picture, who stare at the “outcasts” or “others” when we should be reaching them. In a survey done by the youth ministry students at the seminary, young people do not attend church because it is “boring”, “has nothing to do with real life”, and “the church doesn’t want us.” It is time that the church of Jesus Christ begins to become relevant to the culture where we live. We can no longer ignore it. We must become “all things to all men so that by all means we can save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-25).
Some articles that have to do with being culturally relevant: