There is hope for you!

There is hope for you! Yes, you! God can use you regardless of what you think. Check this out:

1 Corinthians 1:21

Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never know Him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.

Praise the Lord! He can use my words no matter how dumb they are. I never feel like I am saying the right thing but God uses my A.D.D. words and transforms lives through them. Too many times I let Satan get me down because I don’t know the right thing to say or even do. Do you ever feel like that? The Bible is constantly telling stories of how the Holy Spirit gives life to the words of people who follow after God.

So what about you? Do you hold back saying something for fear of saying the wrong thing? Then you are in the perfect place to be used by God. If you knew everything then you wouldn’t need Him would you? So what are you going to do about it? Keep your words to yourself or speak out?

Preach it yo!

Crossroads: How much do I focus on Evangelism?

I am at a crossroads. Where do I put my focus as a campus minister? Do I focus on evangelism? Do I focus on building up the body? Do I focus on salvations? Do I focus on leaders? Do I spend my time answering emails in my office? Do I spend more time on campus trying to connect with my students? Do I spend enough time sharing Christ on campus?

These questions flooded my mind this morning in ways that have never made me stop and think like this before. Let’s start with evangelism.

e·van·ge·lism/iˈvanjəˌlizəm/
Noun:

  1. The spreading of the Christian gospel by preaching or personal witness.
  2. Zealous advocacy of a cause.

Is my responsibility as a campus minister to get on campus and be zealous about Christ and spread the Christian Gospel? Is my goal to see more souls saved? Am I supposed to get the word out about Romans 10:9-10 as much as possible?

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Should I be trying to get college students saved by praying a prayer and telling them “Now you will be in heaven with me! Woohoo!?” Should I be trying to get students to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” so they can experience God? Sometimes I don’t even feel like that, in fact sometimes I doubt myself being in the presence of God BECAUSE I DON’T FEEL LIKE THAT.

I want to explore these questions I have and hopefully get some feedback. Next time we will bring up discipleship.

Where are you in all of this…whether you are in ministry or not?

Are you overwhelmed by Him?

Psalm 72:19
Praise his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!

Something I realized this morning as I was spending time in the Word was that this is a big prayer! Think about it. The whole earth be filled with God’s glory. Not just my heart, not just the hearts of those around me, not just USF’s heart. But, the whole earth. When you think about Jesus Christ on that cross, blood flowing from his hands and feet, and how He blotted out our sins, do you get overwhelmed?

My devo said this:

You are not a man unless you start from your knees and cry, ‘Let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen.’ Your piety is worthless unless it leads you to wish that the same mercy which has been extended to you may bless the whole world.

My wife and I had the privilege of praying with someone to receive Christ this week in our living room, on our knees. That overwhelms me, that God can change someone so much that their fiancée notices a transformation before the wedding. Now God is truly going to be in their marriage.

When was the last time you were overcome with His grace and mercy? If so, why are you keeping it to yourself?

The time of harvest is here, but are you ready?

Why the Old Spice guy marketing campaign is effective

I love the Old Spice guy commercials! They crack me up and are absolutely hysterical. As I was in the BCM taking a shower after a rigorous game of racquetball with Jason I noticed two containers of Old Spice shower gel. The marketing campaign is working…why? Could it be because both me and women love this guy? Men – he is amazing! We love him because he is so stinking funny and up front with the purpose of the commercial. He is straightforward. We love him because the commercials don’t make sense…but do. Ladies – he is gorgeous! Women love his looks, the fact that he is confident, talks about his pecs and wish their man looked like him.

However, the marketing campaign goes beyond television commercials. Many people have been to youtube to see his responses to tweets. They are just as funny. Whoever the writers are (they have not disclosed who these brilliant writers are yet), have made the Old Spice guy an icon for generations of guys and girls. They have created a tribe that has the internet buzzing about his sayings. Old Spice realized the value in creating something that couldn’t be planned. The upper management had to have tons of trust in the video producers as they are being churned out daily.

What can we as a college ministry? church? or even business learn from this?

Do we need to be more random? Do we need to find an incredible looking guy who drinks orange mocha frappuccinos? Do we even know our audience? (did you ever notice that the commercials target women but it is a women’s body wash…they know something!) How can we create a buzz about our ministry or heck, what about creating a buzz about Christ?

Bible Illuminated

Yesterday I had the honor to have a cup of coffee with my good friend Victor. He is a collegiate church planter in Canada but originates from South Africa. While we were talking he mentioned a new way of printing the Bible called the Bible Illuminated. I was intrigued as he mentioned that Dag Soderberg (who is THE advertising guy in Sweden!) created it. His reasoning behind creating the book was that many laws are based upon the Bible, it is the best selling book of all time and it contains much of our history. He wants people to constantly be reading this “holy” book. However, he is not a believer! That’s amazing!

What is the goal of publishing The Book?

There is no religious mission behind The Book. We believe that its success will be driven by the fact that this is not coming from any specific faith, religion or church. We are from many faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs; ultimately we are trying to create something for the many and not just for the few. The goal is to drive an emotional reaction and get people to think, discuss and share. It’s meant to trigger bigger moral questions that will in turn help people to understand the common heritage between all religions through the Bible’s text. We hope people will find the images, design and layout intriguing—intriguing enough to talk about the actual stories in the Bible and what the morals and lessons mean to them. The more you know, the more you can participate in discussions about the world and understand the bigger picture.

Taken from the Amazon product page

I’m pumped about this as a new way of getting people to look at something in a whole new light. What a great way to share Christ. Not through a deceptive “oh look at this really cool magazine” but just a fresh perspective. The book really stands out because it has pictures of Bono, Angelina Jolie, a woman giving birth and some graphic pictures as well. I just ordered mine and it comes with 2! I can’t wait to put one on my table at home to see if visitors will pick it up.

Go to Bible Illuminated to learn more about it, let me know what you think.

It’s gone too far…

During E3 (the biggest video game conference) EA games wanted to promote their new game coming out in 2010 titled “Dante’s Inferno.” The way they did was pretty funny and upsetting at the same time. They hired people to ACT as Christian protesters who wanted the game banned. Read more about it here.

I was not upset about it and thought it was funny. Wrong…but funny. But, now they might have gone too far…

The video below was really funny when I thought it was a joke. Basically, it is going to church (actually Mass) as a video game called “Mass: We Pray.” Then I went to the website it promoted and found out that it was legit! I could not believe it! So I still thought it was a joke until I clicked on the “Pre-Order Now” button. When I did, I yelled “hell no!” (no pun intended…kind of)

The website/promo video/game was promoting the Dante’s Inferno game for EA again! However the thing that upset me the most was that after clicking the button a popup for the game came up and wanted you to put an application on your Facebook page that says “Damn they fellow sinners to hell on Facebook with the Go To Hell Application.” I feel that EA went to far with that one. The Mass: We Pray was pretty funny but damn your fellow sinners to hell does not help my cause of helping people experience the love of Christ!