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Helmet Evangelism

I had a professor last year, Dr. Bob Stein, who is particularly adamant that his students wear bike helmets when cycling. He will unashamedly demand that any student he sees riding their bike without a helmet get off and walk. I’ve seen him do it and I’ve seen the poor Poli Sci student hop off and saunter. Dr. Stein will rave about this subject for hours. He, of course, always faithfully wears his helmet as a cyclist himself, especially after he was recently hospitalized in a cycling accident which cracked his helmet, instead of his skull. Appropriately, he calls himself an “evangelist” for bike helmets.

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The moment was intense. I’ll admit, I’m no dog lover. I’m actually allergic and didn’t grow up around household pets other than fish. So while I was very excited my church was hosting an event as unique as Kingdom Dog Ministries, I’d strategically selected my seat in the middle of the back pew. But then I saw it, 3 bones fell one by one encircling the Labrador Retriever’s nose. Along with the audience, I gripped the edge of my seat waiting to see what he would do. (more…)

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Allan Martin at the ignitionblog discussing the message behind The Least of These.

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While many may grimace and groan when I mention it (having been force-fed its pages as juniors in high school) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter remains one of the favorite pieces of literature I’ve ever studied. There was always something so real, so substantial about the character Hester Prynne. Imagine how my ears perked, then, upon hearing the allusion to the novel in the lyrics of Casting Crowns’ song, “Does Anybody Hear Her?”

If you recall, there are actually two people who bear scarlet letters in Hawthorne’s novel (come on, dust those webs off, you remember!). There is Hester Prynne, the woman who wears her scarlet letter upon her chest, and Arthur Dimmesdale, the man who suffers in secret, silently bearing his scarlet letter and the guilt that accompanies it. Both have the same offense, both know the error of their ways. The only difference here is how much of a presence their scarlet letters have in their lives. (more…)

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Check out Jesus Loves Jeans at 7:30PM CST via the live webcast at: http://www.jesuslovesjeans.com/

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What are you doing tonight? Our house has been dark for the past decade or more, and there was never a question about what we were doing for Halloween, because we weren’t. It hasn’t always been like that though, before joining the SDA church our house was the creepiest on the block with mechanical witches and carved pumpkins on the front porch. This year though, I’m revisiting our notions about what to do or not to do on this day. (more…)

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1782357680_76cbc15604_o.jpgWant to start a youth/young adult group? Serve lunch on a perfect day, outside (preferably in the beautiful Austin hill country), bring your guitar, and then pop the questions. Austin First SDA Church has been a hub for vibrant young adult and youth ministry right in UT’s backyard for the past several years. Times have changed, however, and of course with new people you have to change things up a bit in order to rejuvenate and meet new needs. So, Austin First decided to launch something fresh by taking us outdoors.

I got the message while attending an event in College Station. My buddy Kijana asked me to join her & company in Austin this past Sabbath for a picnic. I accepted via text message, and showed up on the perfect day at the perfect time in the perfect place. We headed over to Zilker Park for lunch after church along with several other young adults. (more…)

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