As you know, Rock the Universe at Universal Studios September 6 & 7, 2013 has been a labor of love on our part for many years. Without question this year the top artists and worship leaders, Chris Tomlin, LeCrae, David Crowder and Casting Crowns are going to be here. Universal Studios graciously hosts the Youth Pastor Summit and Rock the Universe each year. Rock the Universe is a high energy, world class event where your students and young adults hear the gospel, great music and ride the best roller coasters in the Southeast. Of course, there is also the candlelight service to close out Saturday night.Continue Reading...
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In a time where everyone has a philosophy on student ministry, Reid takes a hard and honest look at the motive and focus of biblical, missional student ministry in the local church. This is not another student ministry book that you need to read when you get to it, it’s a book that goes to the top of the list, but make sure you grab a pen & carve out time to evaluate the health of your heart and student ministry.Continue Reading...
Francis Schaeffer, a Christian philosopher and church leader who died in 1984, was a prolific and prophetic writer on Western thought and culture. One of his most popular books How Should We Then Live? opens with these words:
There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people. people are unique in the inner life of the mind — what they are in their thought world determines how they act. This is true of their value systems and it is true of their creativity. it is true of their corporate actions, such as political deci- sions, and it is true of their personal lives. The results of their thought world flow through their fingers or from their tongues into the external world. This is true of Michelangelo’s chisel, and it is true of a dictator’s sword.
During the time period of the birth of Christ, the Magi were men skilled in philosophy, medicine, and natural science. They were also mystical, possibly astrologers or at least astronomers, since they we’re guided by a star and interpreted dreams. They studied the heavens and pondered the One who made them. It is through these observations that God spoke to them concerning the entry of the King into the world. Some traditions say these men were kings (compare Ps. 72:10 and Is 49:7); although in later times, they might have been viewed as “magicians.”Continue Reading...
I remember it like it happened last week. I graduated from college and my father and I boarded a plane to Uganda, Africa where the following two weeks would transform my understanding of ministry and influence. The days were filled with personal evangelism, pastoral training, medical seminars and clinics. While it was my first trip to Africa, Dad had been there multiple times and in the forthcoming years would journey there many more. Over the years I have made several trips to the continent to preach Jesus, teach leadership and take part in festivals. While much has gone into my development as a leader (and I am sure much more is needed), I would have to say my trips to Africa have played one of the most significant roles in this development to this point.Continue Reading...
It is beyond rare that I would ever ask anything that involved finances of those who subscribe to or read this blog. Yet this time of year when we are all making lists, buying presents and attending Christmas parties I was hoping to turn your attention to something very close to the heart of God: children and poverty. As many of you know SLU is in its second year of a partnership with Compassion International helping students, their families and youth groups sponsor children in need around the world. This week my hope and prayer is that you will take the next 93 seconds, watch the following video and consider sponsoring a child. Remember…one act can save a life.
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It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
I heard a wise man once say, “You show me someone wrapped up in themselves and I will show you a pretty small package.” In Acts 20:35 Paul is concluding his message to the Ephesian elders, after which he will depart for Jerusalem and never see them again. His final message, or rather the final point in his message, is taken straight from the mouth of the Master. He wanted them to know that the road of blessing is paved with generosity. In one sense he wanted them to guard their hearts against a selfish ‘me-centered’ approach to life. While these words of Jesus are not recorded in the Gospels and Paul probably received it by oral tradition, the substance of his testimony screams down through the ages that He came to give himself so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). We give because we have been made rich in Christ Jesus. If grace cannot be tangibly seen then the act of giving must be recognized as the irrefutable fruit of a life that has experienced grace. The opposite must therefore also be true, if one doesn’t give, has that person really been saved? Additionally Paul is not saying that those who receive are not also blessed. Rather the emphasis is on giving, which makes perfect sense considering his audience is church leaders.
It is impossible to have an over-emphasized focus on your own needs when you are focused on the needs of others. I hesitate to even say, “give to be blessed” because such a statement seems to reduce grace to something cheap that can be manipulated…give God works and He will give you a prize. Instead let the application of the words of Jesus be understood this way: give because you have been blessed and in so doing you experience the joy and satisfaction of honoring Jesus…which is itself an immeasurable blessing.
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