Engage 24 is designed to be a week which awakens us to the people around us so that we might pray for them and seek to serve them by sharing the gospel.
Engage 24 this year is October 26-30. Here’s what will be happening that week…
24 hours in prayer for the campus! Sign up for a time at BSM!!!
24 hours of opportunities to share the gospel with others…
Tuesday Free Lunch
WednesdayOn campus from 10am until 3pm UNCHARTED at 8pm
Thursday International Student Free Lunch
Friday Free Lunch and ON CAMPUS International Fall Festival - 6pm Pancakes on Broadway - 10pm
Engage 24 is not just about events however. It’s about an awakening to see people around you. Therefore…
Will you commit to start praying NOW for 5 people whom you know that might not know Christ.
Will you look for an opportunity during Engage 24 to have a gospel conversation with someone?
Our prayer is that this week will be a time of hands on disciple making that will serve as a catalyst to help all of us engage the people around us wherever we choose to live and do life.
Welcome To Tech BSM!
Jeff Kennon - June 4
Red Raider Orientations are starting which means opportunities to meet new students coming to Texas Tech. If you are a new student checking out our website, we want to say WELCOME. This website should give you all the info you need to get involved in BSM. Be sure to like us on facebook and twitter as well.
Leadership Team @TechBSM
Jeff Kennon - March 27
Interested in being a part of our Leadership Team for 2015/16?
Hard to believe that another Spring Break is coming soon!! We are once again headed to South Padre Island for Beach Reach. Looking forward to a crazy week!!
Ready For Spring 2015 Semester?
Jeff Kennon - January 8
Are you ready for the Spring semester to start?
UNCHARTED & Campus Groups begin Wednesday, January 14 at 8pm at BSM.
FREE LUNCH begins on Thursday, January 15 at BSM from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
Jeff Kennon - December 17
It's been a great semester at TechBSM!!! Hope you have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone back for the Spring 2015 semester!
Jeff Kennon - October 21
Engage 24is October 27-31.
What is Engage 24?It's a week-long emphasis on praying for others and sharing the gospel.
We are looking for 24 students to prayeach hour of the day (you don't have to pray for an hour),24 students to share their faithwith someone around them, and BSM has planned24 hours of events. You can learn more about Engage 24 at UNCHARTED or you can email Jeff at email@example.com
Will you join us???
Jeff Kennon - October 1
Are you involved in a small group Bible study? I hope you are. I also hope it challenges you weekly in understanding the gospel and in pushing you out to those who need.
If you are not in a small group, we would love for you to conisder joining a Campus Group at TechBSM. We meet at 8pm at BSM every Wednesday night.
For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNCHARTED & Campus Groups are Starting Back!!!
Jeff Kennon - August 25
UNCHARTED and Campu Groups are starting Wednesday (August 27) at 8pm at BSM!!!
1500 Steaks Served
Jeff Kennon - August 19
We served 1500 steaks at $.99 Steak Night and are looking forward to FREE ICE CREAM on Wednesday, August 20 at our BSM building!
Jeff Kennon - July 24
$.99 Steak Night Monday, August 18 5pm - 7pm Urbanovsky Park
ICE CREAM NIGHT Wednesday, August 20 8pm BSM Building (2401 13th Street)
"Get To Know You" Lunch Thursday, August 21 12pm BSM Building
Jeff Kennon - June 3
It's summer at Texas Tech! So, it's time to enjoy the beach. The only problem is that the beach is several hundred miles from here. Actually, we have a lot of sand, just no water.
Besides trying to find water, summer means meeting many new students. If you are reading this and are coming to Tech, we want to meet you and let you know what's happening in the Fall.
Contact us at email@example.com and tell us you are headed this way and we will get you all the info you need about all that's happening this coming semester.
We at BSM have a strong desire to have students lead and serve those around them. This is why we have a leadership team made up of students who lead the ministry at TechBSM.
If you are interested in leading, serving, and using the gifts God has given you, then we would love to have you join BSM leadership team.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Becoming a Better Leader = Changing the World?
Jeff Kennon - March 8
Have you considered the fact that developing as a leader could serve as the catalyst to change the world?
Think about this: As you become a better leader, it has affects you personally. The growth in your personal life then affects your work life. And as your work life becomes more productive, then the organization you work in becomes more productive. And finally, when your organization or business becomes more effective, then society is impacted.
Do you see the domino effect that can occur by your developing good leadership skills?
Personal Skills affect Your Work which influences Your Organization which changes Our Society
You want to change the world? It begins with you. And BSM wants to help you in developing leadership skills. This is why on April 4-5 we are going to have a Leadership Training Conference. In addition we are putting together a team of leaders to lead and give vision to all the ministries at BSM.
Developing As A Leader
Jeff Kennon - February 26
I want to propose to you that every college student should develop leadership skills. Why? Here are four reasons…
Look at where you are. You are in college! Did you know that less than 1% to 2% of the world's population have an opportunity to attend college? Is there any greater place than at a college where you can learn leadership skills? Take advantage of the opportunities around you.
Look at who's around you. Sociologists have reported that the introverted individual will influence 10,000 people during his/her lifetime. Ultimately, leadership is influence. It is not just a title. How are you going to influence those around you?
Look at where you are going. The world is changing. Just consider the changes in technology that have taken place in the last 5 years. How do you prepare for the changes? Have you thought of the value of learning to lead in a changing world?
Look at what Christ has called us to be and do. We are to be the "light of the world," and the "salt of the earth." We are to be the influencers. We are to be disciple makers. Developing leadership skills aids us in being the "fishers of men" to which Christ called us.
QUESTION: Are you developing leadership skills? How are you developing them? We at BSM want to help you! More info about ways we can do this will be coming your way soon.
Something To Think About...
Jeff Kennon - February 7
William Barclay, in his commentary on James wrote, “That which is heard in the holy place must be lived in the market place--or there is no point in hearing at all." In other words, the Christian life is not a Bible study...it's a life lived in obedience to Christ as we are overwhelmed by His grace. Do we study the Bible? Certainly!! But it doesn't end there!
And so the Spring 2014 semester begins...
Jeff Kennon - January 13
As the Spring 2014 semester begins, so does plenty of stuff at TechBSM. Check it out...
FREE Breakfast Burritos and Hot Chocolate from 9am until supplies last on Wednesday, January 15. We will be outside of SUB on campus.
UNCHARTED Welcome Back Party on Wednesday Night, January 15 at 8pm at BSM. Come join us as we kick off the semester. YES…there will be food.
FREE LUNCH begins on Thursday, January 16 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Join us at BSM!!!
INTERNATIONAL Student Pizza Party at BSM on Friday Night, January 17.
Jeff Kennon - December 16
International Thanksgiving Dinner Date Change
Jeff Kennon - November 22
Due to weather conditions, we have changed the date for our International Thanksgiving Dinner to Thursday, December 12. More info will be coming your way.
Pancakes on Broadway
Jeff Kennon - October 31
What a great way to spend a Friday Night!!!
11pm to 2am behind Chimy's on Friday Nights November 1 & 8
For more info on how to help send us an email at email@example.com
31 Days UNTIL the REST of YOUR LIFE...
Jeff Kennon - September 24
What is God's mission? What has He called you to be and do? Do you think both of these questions are related?
During October, we are going to be looking at Christ's mission and what it means to follow Him. We are going to saturate ourselves with the story of God and His mercy and grace. Our prayer is that after our 31 days of October, we will continue in our pursuit of following Christ to a world that so desperately needs the hope that only Christ can give.
Here are some more details...
WHAT? It’s everyday mission on the campus of Texas Tech and beyond. It’s sharing gospel and life with those God has placed around us.
WHEN? October 1-31. Also, UNCHARTED at 8pm on Wednesdays during October at BSM will be geared toward helping us understand our everyday mission as we celebrate the grace and mercy of God each week.
WHERE? Wherever you do life. There will also be special events such as Pancakes on Broadway, Free Lunch, International Student events, and more that will help you in your everyday mission.
HOW? We will be giving you support, encouragement and various other tools as we work together as a team.
To be a part of our 31 days, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you the info you need.
Something to MEMORIZE!!!
Jeff Kennon - September 19
I'll have to admit that I have a hard time remembering things. Some of it's my age and some of it is just trying to do too many things at one time. For example, the other morning, I was making a sandwich to take for my lunch and forgot to put the turkey back in the fridge. It stayed out all day on the counter. My wife tells me that it's not good to leave turkey out of the fridge for a day. I felt bad about the turkey, but I just got so busy trying to make sure everything else was done for the morning that I just totally forgot to put it back.
I think many times as Christians we are prone to forget the gospel. I don't mean that we just totally abandon it, but it can be easy for us to not let it be the liberating and guiding force in our lives. We get busy doing all kinds of things, even good things, and forget what God has done for us. We get so distracted by all the hoopla that goes on in our world that the gospel becomes something that gets pushed to the "back of our minds."
This is why I think it is important that you memorize scripture. Not so that you can get a gold star by your name at church, but so that you can daily reflect upon what God has done for us. A guy by the name of Jimmy Davis wrote that we should practice Bible reading, etc... in order to "make space to hear how happy God is with us because of Jesus."
So I encourage you to make some space in your life to hear how God feels about you! Read, memorize, and meditate upon God's Word. And if you don't know where to start, turn to Ephesians 2:4-5:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved.
1500 Served At $.99 Steak Night!
Jeff Kennon - August 19
Largest Steak Night in Texas Tech history!!!
Jeff Kennon - August 19
$.99 Steak Night
Monday, August 19
5pm - 7pm
Urbanovsky Park (on campus)
Jeff Kennon - June 3
It's hard to believe that it is already summer time! Check out what we will be doing around BSM this summer...
Free Lunch each Thursday starting June 6. Lunch is from 11:30am to 1:00pm at BSM.
Tuesday Night Bible study. Email email@example.com for more info.
Red Raider Orientations. We will be meeting many new students coming to Tech this fall.
SO though it is summer, we are still pretty active. If you are in town, hope to see you around!!
The END is NEAR!
Jeff Kennon - April 25
It's hard to believe the end of the Spring 2013 semester is upon us. It seems that just yesterday we were having winter weather and now...oh wait...that was yesterday!
As the semester is concluding, think about these things...
What is God teaching you?
In what ways are you becoming more Christ-like?
How has God used you in the life of someone else?
Blessings to you as you finish the semester!!!
Jeff Kennon - March 20
Are you involved in making disciples? There are some who may not understand their call to make disciples or even know what that means or how to do it. We at BSM want to help you understand what it means. And, we want to help you to realize the joy of you being called to make disciples!
So on Wednesday nights, we are going to be talking about some practical aspects of what it means to be a disciple maker. As we do, we pray that you will grasp the opportunity you have to be a world changer!
Join us on Wednesday nights at 8pm at BSM
BEACH REACH 2013
Jeff Kennon - March 9
As I write this, many from Tech BSM are getting prepped for Beach Reach 2013. We are planning for an exciting and busy week. So what exactly do we do at Beach Reach? Well, that's a good question. For the sake of being brief, the bottom line of what we do is is to enter into the lives of "spring breakers" via free van rides and free pancakes with a prayerful and compassionate heart willing to share the gospel.
What about Evil & Suffering?
Jeff Kennon - February 21
The problem of evil and suffering is a huge problem to say the least. This seems to be especially true for Christians who have to work at reconciling God, who is good, loving and all-powerful, with the reality of pain in the world. C.S. Lewis, in the Problem of Pain, stated the problem by writing: “If God were good, He would make His creatures perfectly happy, and if He were almighty He would be able to do what he wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God lacks either goodness, or power, or both."
So what do we do with this problem? Well, basically, if there were some reason that justifies God in permitting evil, then it would be logical to say that both God and evil exist while not abandoning God's goodness or his omnipotence. Though there is a bit more to it than this, this solves the logical problem of evil.
But just because the logical problem of evil is solved doesn't mean that there are no more questions. This is mainly because of the fact that we all will or have experienced suffering. So why do we suffer? Well, the complex and yet simple answer is "sin." It is our decision to determine at to what is best for ourselves without acknowleding God that has caused chaos in this world.
The good news is that God did not leave us in this mess, but entered the world of suffering through his Son, who took on flesh. It is Jesus on the cross that answers the problem of evil and suffering. And it is the cross that now compels us to enter the world's suffering ourselves.
There is much more than can be written on evil and suffering, but as you continue to discern answers, I pray you continue to look to the cross. I believe it is there in which all other answers can be grounded.
Are All Religions the Same?
Jeff Kennon - February 21
So our discussion this past Wednesday at UNCHARTED dealt with world religions. The question that we asked is: "Are they all the same?" Well, with some study we came to the conclusion that they were not. For example, Hinduism has many gods, Islam and Christianity do not. Islam does not believe that Jesus was divine, while Christianity does. Buddhism does not have a personal god while many other religions do. Therefore, they are not the same.
Now comes the hard question! If they are not all the same, then is there only one that is true? The reality is that they all can't be true because they contradict each other and thus break the law of non-contradiction. So, which one is true?
Personally, I believe Christianity to be true! I realize this breaks the code of tolerance in our culture, but that is what I believe after study and reason. You don't have to agree...that is fine! But I do hope you consider the claims of Christianity. Don't discount what you have not studied!
Any thoughts? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
RESURRECTION: Is it Historically Reliable?
Jeff Kennon - February 5
There has been much discussion on whether or not the resurrection of Christ really occurred. This is why we are fortunate to have Mike Licona, an expert on the resurrection, coming to Tech on February 12 at 8pm in the Mass Comm building room 281. He will be presenting some intriguing information so I hope you will attend as well as invite someone to come along with you.
Can you believe another semester is starting? We are excited about what can possibly happen this semester as we seek God. Here are just a few of the things we are excited about...
Campus Groups. What might God do as students gather to not only study His word, but also to reach out to those around them?
UNCHARTED. For the first four Wednesday Nights, we are going to dive in to the topic of the SUPREMACY OF CHRIST!
ABIDE on Friday Night, January 25th at BSM from 8pm to 1am. We will be gathering to pray and worship through a guided time and through various stations and rooms throughout the BSM building.
All of this is just the beginning...there is much more to come! So for now, have a great start to the Spring 2013 semester.
Got Plans for Summer?
Jeff Kennon - October 19
It might seem a little strange to ask about what you are doing this summer being that we haven't even celebrated Christmas yet. But the opportunities to serve all over the world this summer through GoNOW missions are being made.
I encourage you to go to www.gonowmissions.com and see the opportunities that exist. All the info you need to begin applying along with deadlines are on the website. If you have any further questions, send us an email at email@example.com
How Will They Know?
Jeff Kennon - September 19
ENGAGE 24 is 24 hour period when college students will make a coordinated effort to engage their campuses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to see every believing college student share the Gospel with one person that day. Will you ENGAGE on October 11, 2012?
In preparation for ENGAGE 24, we are going to be doing a study entitled HOW WILL THEY KNOW? These studies will be on Wednesday nights starting at 8pm on September 26, October 3, and October 10.We invite you to join us as we encourage one another to do what some think is the hardest thing a Christian is called to do...share the gospel. Our prayer is that in these few weeks, you will not just be ready for ENGAGE 24, but for a lifestyle of sharing the gospel.
It's All About...
Jeff Kennon - August 23
From all of the food we serve, you might think that TechBSM is pretty much just about eating. Well, we do like to eat and what college student doesn't like free food? But what we are about is much more than just a great ice cream sundae or a well-cooked steak. There is something deeper that drives us to do what we do.
The bottom line is that we are all about glorious saving truth of the cross of Christ. Or in other words, it's all about Jesus and what he has done for us. If you join us at UNCHARTED on Wednesday nights at 8pm, you will be hearing more about this so we hope you come and join us.
And yes...we will most likely be eating!!!
1200 Steaks Served
Jeff Kennon - August 21
To say the least, we cooked a bunch of beef!!!! It's hard to believe that $.99 Steak Night just completed it's 27th year. And the good news is that the price has stayed the same!!
With Raider Welcome started, we are excited about the semester and what God is going to do in the lives of all who are on the Tech campus.
$.99 Steak Night
Jeff Kennon - July 18
August 20 starting at 5pm at Urbanovsky Park!!
$.99 gets you a steak, baked potatoe, salad, and sweet tea!!!
Jeff Kennon - June 12
Classes for Summer Session 1 have started, Red Raider Orienations are getting ready to begin, and the sun is shining! Yes, it's summer!
Things are still fairly busy for us, however. We have FREE LUNCH every Thursday from 11am to 1pm and our Associate Director leads a Bible study in his home on Tuesday evenings. Plus, we continue to meet and help International students on campus with various needs they have throughout the summer.
If you are a new student to Tech and are checking out our website, we hope you find the info you need. We look forward to meeting you! But until we do, have a great summer!!!!
DISCLAIMER: The photo above was not taken in Lubbock...just in case some of you were wondering.
Now that the semester is over...
Jeff Kennon - May 9
So what do we do now? It's almost summer and the semester is over!
Well, here at the BSM, besides hanging out at the beach every day (actually, we just pretend we are at the beach everday), we start our summer Free Lunch on Thursday, June 7 from 11am to 1pm at BSM, a small group Bible study begins at our Associate Director's home on Tuesday, June 5th, and we begin meeting hundreds of new students at Red Raider Orientations.
Summer is fun and we still stay pretty busy! If you are in Lubbock, drop on by...though we may be out surfing!
Jeff Kennon - April 19
Each Thursday at BSM we offer free lunch! As the photo above shows, we occasionally take lunch to the campus. It's amazing how each week we meet new students. If you are reading this and have not attended free lunch, you need to try it sometime!
Beach Reach 2012
Jeff Kennon - March 19
Beach Reach 2012 was an incredible week! There were over 78 baptisms at the Beach Baptism on Thursday afternoon and many more heard the gospel throughout the week. The heart of those who went is to continue the intensity of reaching out and caring for those around us.
Will you join us?
Jeff Kennon - March 2
So what are we made for? What is our greatest need? What should be the chief aim in our life? The answer? To know God!!
Read what D.A. Carson wrote a few years ago and see if it doesn't spark your thinking about whether really are people who KNOW GOD:
When it comes to knowing God, we are a culture of the spiritually stunted. So much of our religion is packed to address our felt needs--and these are almost uniformly anchored in our pursuit of our own happiness and fulfillment. God simply becomes the Great Being who, potentially at least, meets our needs and fulfills our aspiriations. We think little of what he is like, what he expects of us, what he seeks in us. We are not captured by his holiness and his love; his thoughts and words capture too little of our imagination, too little of our discourse, too few of our priorities.
Disciples Make Disciples
Jeff Kennon - February 22
Would you consider yourself a disciple maker? What does Scripture say about what our lives are to be about? Join us for UNCHARTED on Wednesday Nights at 8pm as we not only explore these questions but also equip each other to "make disciples."
Jeff Kennon - February 3
Are you in a Christianity Explored group on campus? We have several groups all over campus and beyond!
Jeff Kennon - December 14
Want to see what God has been doing on the campus of Texas Tech this Fall Semester? Click on the following links to watch some videos of the semester!!!
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Kennon - October 11
"The fear of man is the idolatry of our age," wrote J. Stack Miles. So, last week at UNCHARTED we talked about what it means to be men and women of courage. What we discovered was that to be courageous we need to fear the right things instead of the wrong things. In other words, we need to fear God, not man. Joshua, when he was told to be strong and courageous in leading the Israelites into the land that was promised to them, was told not to fear because God would be with him. The presence of God for Joshua would be a huge fear reducer.
Our fear of God and the understanding of His presence in our lives is critical for us being courageous followers of Christ. But this does not mean that we will still not fear. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but acting and doing the right thing regardless of what we feel. This is not always easy and that is why we must continue to be consumed with the presence of God. We must pray for each other and for ourselves that we will be bold when the time for boldness comes. What the world needs is our boldness, in all graciousness and kindess, for the gospel!
This coming Wednesday at UNCHARTED, we are going to continue our convesation about COURAGE! Why? Because if you are going to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat!!!
UNCHARTED (week 4)
Jeff Kennon - September 20
So here we are, approaching week 4 of UNCHARTED. This is the week where we really get to talking about some specifics about what an UNCHARTED life looks like. If the gospel is true, and it is, then it will push us to live outside of our "comfort" zone. And as a result, real depth will come to our lives.
Now here is where you might have a tendancy to get nervous and think, "I'm not sure I'm ready for this!" But we must remember that living an UNCHARTED life is a journey. It takes time. For some right now, living UNCHARTED means starting a Bible study in your apartment or dorm. For others, it might just mean praying daily for those around you. Most likely, we are not all at the same point in this journey. And that is OKAY! In fact, it is what it means to be the church! We need each other!
I hope you think about what it means to live the UNCHARTED life and I pray you take the next steps on your journey in following Christ. True, it is risky, but that is what faith demands. The good news is that God is with you every step of the way!
UNCHARTED (week 3)
Jeff Kennon - September 13
So what is UNCHARTED? Well, it is not just an event but a lifestyle! True, we meet on Wednesday nights at 8pm, but our main purpose in gathering is for us to learn how to live lives and speak words that make a difference in the world around us. We are seeking to be thermostats and not thermometers. We want to set the pace! We want to be leaders!
Now this might sound radical, but it is really not. It is just being who Christ created us to be. You may think you don't have the personality or gifts to be a leader, but that is not true and that is why we do UNCHARTED. We want to equip you to do what God is calling you to do on the campus of Texas Tech. We want you to do the "hard thing!" We want you to "take risks" for that is where depth in Christ will be found!!!
So if you have not joined us at UNCHARTED yet, we encourage you to attend this week. We start at 8pm on Wednesdays at BSM building.
Jeff Kennon - August 25
BEGINS Wednesday Night, AUGUST 31
8pm @ BSM Building
Wednesday NIGHT COOKOUT!!
Jeff Kennon - August 23
Come join us Wednesday Night @ 6pm for Hamburgers/Hot Dogs!!!
We will be at BSM building at 2401 13th Street located 1 block behind Varisty Bookstore!!!
Summer is an exciting time not just because the ice cream truck comes around more frequently, but because of the opportunity we have to meet new students (specifically freshmen) who are coming to Tech!!
If we have met you at one of the many orientations, we look forward to getting to know you more during the school year. We are going to do our best to keep in touch with you, but you can also follow us on facebook (click here) and this website. Also, feel free to email us or call or whatever if you have any questions or if we can help you in your transition to Tech in any way!!!
We are "pumped" about what is going to happen this fall at BSM!!!
So What is this "Spirituality" stuff?
Jeff Kennon - May 5
Okay, so I'm not crazy! I was just reading a blog by Tullian Tchividjian (the grandson of Billy Graham) in which he wrote on the topic of many people's idea of spirituality. To be spiritual for many of us it to think about our own personal piety or spiritual formation. Anything wrong with focusing on the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study? Of course not! But just to focus on those things may be one-sided.
The truth of the gospel, according to Tullian, should cause our focus to be more outward than inward. Real spirituality doesn't take us deeper into ourselves, but away from ourselves. The gospel causes us to look up to Christ and what he did, out to our neighbors and what they need, not in to our selves and how we are doing. There's nothing about the gospel that fixes my eyes on me. So to sum it up, Tuillian writes that we are so inwardly conformed by the gospel (see the irony there) that we become upwardly focused on Christ and outwardly focused on our neighbor.
So why does all this not make me crazy? Becaue as the director of the BSM here at Tech, I continue to place in front of myself and everyone else that we do not exist for ourselves, but for others! We are here for the 90% or so of Tech students who are not involved in any church or Bible study on campus. We are here for our neighbor! This is why we serve pancakes at midnight, cook burgers on campus, serve free lunch, and are willing to help anyone in need. As Martin Luther has said, God doesn't need our good works, but our neighbor does.
Jesus is Returning on May 21?
Jeff Kennon - April 27
It's official. Jesus is returning on May 21 of this year. Or at least that is what Christian Radio broadcaster Harold Camping is proposing. Actually, Camping is quite certain that Jesus will return in a few weeks. In fact, he is so confident that Jesus will come back on May 21 that he is not calling this a prediction, but a fact!
Camping has taken some difficult blows for espousing such a prediction, or rather, fact. Even one of the student editors from the Daily Toreador (Tech's University Paper) has taken a few shots at Camping. As I have personally thought about what Camping is predicting, I have been reminded of Matthew 24:14 in which Jesus says, in the midst of his talk on when the end will actually come, that this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The question we must ask ourselves, if Jesus is returning on May 21, is have all the nations heard the gospel? Now it's important to note that what is meant by the word "nations" in Matthew 24:14 is closer to our understaning of a people group. The word for "nations" in this verse is ethne, which refers to ethnic groups. Though there are more than 190 nations in the word today, there are over 11,000 ethnic or people groups. India, for example, is just one nation, but it has various ethic groups with different languages and cultures.
So, are all ethnic groups reached? According to some mission leaders, there are still close to 6000 people groups who they would consider unreached. In other words, these groups do not have access to the gospel or to a church. They will live and die without hearing about Christ.
Now what about May 21? Is Jesus coming back? According to his own words recorded by Matthew and according to our knowledge of how many unreached peoples there are in our world, there is still too much work to be done for Christ to return. God is not through with calling all nations to himself. There are still those who have not heard. And according to Paul in his letter to the Romans, how can they hear unless someone tells them? And how can we tell them unless we go?
When May 21 rolls around, if Jesus does not return, instead of us laughing at the prediction of Camping, maybe we should be reminded of the need of so many people to hear the gospel. Maybe we should use that day, if not today, as a wake-up call to what God is doing in the world and then to join him by proclaiming the gospel. We must remember that the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise [Jesus' return] as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
The truth is that Jesus could return at the end of the day, or for that matter, before I complete this sentence. But if he does not, then there is still the opportunity for someone to respond to the gospel message. What are we doing to tell them?
Jeff Kennon - April 13
As it gets closer to Easter, discussion concerning the resurrection always seems to circulate. As it does, we at Tech BSM are hoping to help others think about the significance of the resurrection. It is true that there is the question of whether or not it actually happened, but one thing I wonder about is that if Christ did in fact rise from the dead, does it make any difference? I am afraid that there are many in West Texas who might believe in the Resurrection and yet have never thought about the difference such a historical claim should make upon their life.
This is why on Wednesday, April 20th at 8pm in the Matador Room in the Student Union Building on campus, we are going to host a discussion of the resurrection and its significance to all of life. After all, if Christ did rise from the dead, could that mean that he really was who he said he was? And if Christ really was who he said he was, could not his words, life, and death on the cross have huge implications for our lives?
Jeff Kennon - March 27
This Friday Night, April 1, we will be discussing The Trinity at our Friday Night Theologia.
Friday Night Theologia's are intense times of study and reflection in which we dive into Scripture for the purpose of being transformed by doing some hard thinking about the God we serve. We will start at 8pm and end at 12midnight. Come join us at BSM for an incredible study this Friday Night!!!
Beach Reach 2011
Jeff Kennon - March 10
In about 28 hours or so, we as Texas Tech BSM will be headed to South Padre Island for Beach Reach. Though it is a crazy week, our hope is that the gospel explodes on the island! There is a great group of students going and they are excited about what can happen on the front lines of ministry this next week.
Consider praying for us! And if you are not going with us this year, consider teaming up with us in 2012.
Jeff Kennon - February 7
Just a quick reminder that February 7th is the deadline for applying!
Go to www.gonowmissions for application and more!
Any questions? Email email@example.com
Have YOU PRAYED about serving this summer as a missionary???
Spring Semester 2011
Jeff Kennon - January 6
Check out what's coming up this Spring Semester...
PANCAKES IN THE PARK(Urbanovsky Park) on Tuesday, January 11th from 9pm to 11pm (after Tech/UT basketball game) It might be a little cold, but we will have hot pancakes and hot chocolate!
FIRST FREE LUNCH of Semester on Thursday, January 13th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at BSM Building (1 block behind Varsity Bookstore)
FIRST MONDAY NIGHT @ BSM will be Monday, January 17th at 8pm at BSM.
CAMPUS GROUPS - Are you in a small group Bible study? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about these!
Friday Night Thelogia, January 21 from 8pm to 12midnight. Topic: Apologetics: Defending the Faith. BSM Building
ABIDE, January 28-29 in Austin. (ABIDE is a prayer gathering for college students)
BEACH REACH, March 11-18 at South Padre Island. Cost is $250 which includes lodging, meals, etc....
Welcome Kareen Lively
Jeff Kennon - December 16
We welcome Kareen Lively to the BSM staff as our NEW Office Manager! We are excited that she is here!!! Go Kareen!
Jeff Kennon - November 15
So what are you doing this summer? Have you given it much thought? As a college student, you should pray about giving a summer to missions. What other time in life are you going to possibly be able to do such a thing?
Check out www.gonowmissions.com and pray about serving somewhere this coming summer. If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com
Is Mission(s) Optional?
Jeff Kennon - October 13
What is the role of missions in your life? Is missions just for those who are "super spiritual" or is it God's call for every Christ follower? I hope you understand that missions is not just for those who "feel" called, but for all believers. Now this may not mean you go somewhere, but it does mean that you pray and give. We must remember that missions is not something we invented, but is something that God does. Christ's mission is our mission.
So, what are you doing this summer? How are you praying? What are you giving to? Are we willing to do whatever it takes to take the gospel to the nations?
Check out www.gonowmissions.com ways and places to serve this summer! Pray through each place! Pray about what you should give so that others (maybe even you) can go!
So What are Monday Nights at BSM?
Jeff Kennon - September 20
So what are Monday nights at BSM about? Is it a worship service? Well…um…not really! Is it a Bible study? Yes, but it might not be the type of Bible study in which most people think of when they think of “Bible study.”
So, what is it? Well, after some thinking, I have determined that Monday Nights at BSM is a gathering of students who are seeking what it means to live out the implications of the gospel. That is, we want to know what it really means to “deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ.”
We are learning what it means to pray for each other and for others. We are seeking to hold each other accountable. We are working at understanding the need to join the war for our souls and for the souls of others. We desire to push back the darkness by sharing the light of Christ found in the message of the cross.
Bottom line: Monday nights are times where we speak the word to each other so that we might speak the word to those that aren’t present. We seek not to meet just to meet, but to do so in order to understand more deeply the meaning of the cross which will in the end, push us deeper into the world!
So come join us on Mondays, but if you cannot make it, no problem for we pray that our Monday nights will spill over in your direction via Campus Groups and other small groups.
Pancakes on Broadway!
Jeff Kennon - September 14
Pancakes on Broadway is every Friday night during HOME FOOTBALL GAMES from 11pm to 2am. We might behind Chimy's!
We start each Friday night by meeting at 9:00pm at BSM for prayer & worship and then head out to make pancakes and meet others. Come join us!
September 17th is our next Pancakes on Broadway!
Jeff Kennon - August 24
It's been a crazy, but great week meeting all of you who are new to campus! If you were at Steak Night, we are so glad that you came. We served over 1200 steaks! That is a lot of cow!
As Raider Welcome continues, I want to remind you of everything going on at BSM:
Cook-OUT on Wednesday, August 25th
First THURSDAY FREE LUNCH of the Semester will be August 26th
First MONDAY'S @ BSM will be Monday, August 30th at 8pm
Campus Groups starting soon all over campus
Also, mark you calendars for our Weekend Getaway on September 10-11.
If you have any questions about anything going on, don't hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you around campus!
Welcome New Students!
Jeff Kennon - June 10
One of the most exciting times for me is meeting new students who are coming to Tech. Being at each Red Raider Orientation allows us to meet many of you. Though we only meet briefly, we look forward to reconnecting with you when the Fall semester starts.
As you look through our website, we want you to know that we continue to add new stuff so check back occasionally. Also, feel free to contact us or send us an email. We would love to hear from you. AND if we we can help with anything, and we do mean anything, with your transition to Lubbock and Texas Tech, feel free to let us know.
Jeff Kennon - May 11
We've updated our website so check it out to see what's going on this summer and what's coming up in the fall!
REMEMBER, we still have FREE LUNCH during the SUMMER! We serve from 11am to 1pm every Thursday at BSM building! Come by and join us for some free lunch! NOTICE: We only serve on Thursdays when summer school is in session.
Hope you have a great summer!
Jeff Kennon - April 29
For some time now I've been wanting to read through Leviticus and actually study it. Sound crazy? Well, guess what? I'm actually doing it. I'll have to admit it's not like reading the Gospel of John, but it is interesting. I'm still in the first chapters (and might be there for quite some time), but one thing that has really hit me is that sin is a serious thing and is nothing to be taken lightly.
If you read through the first chapters of Leviticus, what you will find are various sacrifices and offerings. Why are these things needed? Because sin is not taken lightly in the sight of the Lord. Why was a bull offered on the alter and killed before God? Because sin deserves punishment. Disobedience to God has consequences. And so it is the bull's blood that satisfies God and pays for one's sin. It was either the bull's life and blood or the sinners, which one would you choose? Somebody or something has to lose one's life. Sin is a serious thing!
As I continued to read through the first several chapters, I was reminded of Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Sin is still a serious thing, and Christ came and died in our place. His blood paid the debt for our sin. We must remember that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. How thankful we should be for the spilling of Christ's blood on the cross!
Want to read Leviticus?
I'm Not Qualified!
Jeff Kennon - April 20
As we work and pray about next year's team of leaders for BSM, one thing that is often heard is "I don't think I'm qualified to do that" or "I'm not sure that I would be good." What we should be saying is "why not?" This is not to say that everyone has to be a part of BSM's students leaders, but it does say that in some way, those of us who follow Christ and are committed to him are qualified to lead. True, some might be further along in the Christian journey than others, but this does not mean that you cannot nor should not be a part of a team of leaders. You may not be ready to lead a Bible study on campus yet, but that's the point of serving and connecting with our team of leaders! It's for YOUR GROWTH!
BSM's team of leaders is not a group of students who "have it all together." They struggle, but they struggle together. And they do so as they seek to fulfill what God has commanded and compelled us to do: To make Him known!
So, if asked about serving at BSM, your first thought needs to be "why not?" Then pray about it and venture out in faith to see what awaits you as we walk together as students on the campus of Texas Tech
Beach Reach 2010
Jeff Kennon - February 16
Thousands of students from all over the nation pounce upon the island of South Padre during Spring Break. Even students from Minnesota seek out the "somewhat nice" beaches of South Texas. Actually, they most likely attend because of the mass of students. It may be the draw of the crowds more than the whiteness of the sands!
Why Beach Reach? Why go to South Padre during Spring Beak? Let me answer this with a story. Last year, I couple of us were driving around in our van and we ended up picking up a student needing a ride back to his condo. As we began to ask this young man where he was from and all the usual questions you ask when you first meet someone, the convesation quickly turned toward a spiritual nature. As we shared some about Christ, he just couldn't grasp that God would forgive him for some of the things he had done. In his mind, he had no hope of ever having being made right before God. We prayed with him and continued to encourage him and then he left. Only God knows where he is today! All we could do was be faithful and care.
This story is what Beach Reach is about! It's about caring for others. It's about joining the huge crowd of students and offering free rides and free pancakes. It's about being friendly and being interested in other people. My prayer for Beach Reach is that it not just be a "trip" that we do, but become an extension of who we are as a ministry. After all, there will be many Tech students on the island during the break.
Will you pray for Beach Reach? Will you consider going? The dates are March 12-19 and the cost is $280. Beach Reach is about being on the front lines of ministry so I hope you will pray and I hope some of you will attend. Email me at email@example.com for more info!
Hope from Haiti
Oscar Brown - January 19
I am devastated by my lack of devastation over the tragedy in Haiti. From this, I have had to repent many times this week and ask God to break me for the 100,000 non-Christians who died on the 13th. It’s been interesting this week as God has used this to begin to transform my heart for international missions.
Tragedies like the Haiti earthquake remind me of two things. The first is that we’re not in control, as much as rich-white-america would like to think it. The second is that there is an extreme urgency to share Jesus with the world.
Join me in praying about spending some time spreading the gospel overseas. Check out opportunities at gonowmissions.com.
Fight Like Hell
Oscar Brown - January 19
As I was standing in San Antonio counting down to 2010, just seconds remaining in 2009, it hit me - why on earth are we even celebrating a new year? What really makes it so special? Let’s be honest, nothing really changes when the clock strikes midnight. So in the seconds left of 2009 I thought to myself, everyone around me, they’re hoping for a new beginning. It’s that one time a year where you get a small chance to start over. You look back at the past year, see the areas you didn’t succeed in, and resolve to succeed in the next. We celebrate because we hope for a better next year than last year.
It’s funny how in little weird ways, we actually acknowledges our own brokenness. Like at new years, when exactly a year before, we resolved to do better at things, failed, and again now we’re back, hoping we’ll do better. We acknowledge we’ve failed, and all we need is a fresh start. And we’ll do it all again in a year.
What’s also funny is that new years, really, a blurry picture of the gospel. Where we’ve tried, failed, and failed again, Jesus brings grace and mercy. He brings us new a new beginning. He brings grace to cover past mistakes. He took the shame, guilt, and punishment on the cross so that looking forward all we have is hope for a new tomorrow. So happy new year - His mercies for you are new. You have a new beginning.
For the Christian, there’s another new beginning worth celebrating. When Jesus comes back and sin is no more - when the struggle is over and we get to experience in full the freedom He died to give us. If you’ve allowed yourself to be trapped in sin, take heart, because nothing but mercy awaits you in 2010. But even more, take hope, because nothing but righteousness awaits you in the days to come. That’s what He promised - and that’s what He died to give us.
So for 2010, here’s my broken resolution: Fight sin with a fury from hell unleashed by a radical hope of heaven so that the glory of Christ might be displayed in me for others to witness. I just know that if we were to really hope in God for what He’s promised - if we really believe He delivers - our lives would be radically changed. I think we could actually count our lives as nothing and live for the task set before us - to know him and make him known. I think our fight against sin would change. What does this look like for you? Maybe it looks like getting involved in a small group or a church. Maybe it looks like making amends in some broken relationships. Maybe it looks like finally installing that porn blocker. I think our outreach would change because we would trust in God’s promises and tell people about the great things He’s done being reckless with our pride and reputation. We would have no shame, because He took it. We would have no chains, because He broke them.
Let’s fight for our freedom - our freedom from sin, our freedom from shame, and our freedom from fear that God’s not going to show up. Let’s fight like hell, brothers, because Heaven is just around the corner.
Theology of Mission
Jeff Kennon - January 19
Who is God? What is He doing in the world? It's important that we find the truth to these questions. Why? Because if God is the creator and sustainer of His creation, our whole purpose for existing is wrapped up in these questions.
On Friday Night, January 22nd from 8pm to 12midnight, we are going to be discussing these questions along with many more. It's important that we base what we do on the truth of who God is and what He is doing. I hope you'll join us.
Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON!
Jeff Kennon - December 10
With the supposed takover of Christmas by materialistic secularists (actually, can the world really take over Christmas? More on that at another time), I hear Christians often remind each other that "Jesus is the reason for the season!" TRUE! I hope we don't forget that, but as I think about it, isn't he much more than the reason for this time of year?
As I read and understand scripture, I am reminded that Jesus is the reason for summer, fall, spring, and winter. He is the reason the world is in existence. He is the reason the sun rises and sets. He is the source of all life. Without Jesus, there would be no earth nor humanity. Without Christ, there is no way of understanding why we exist on this planet. Without Christ, we have no hope in this fallen and depraved world. Without Christ, there is no salvation. He is our redeemer and savior. He is the author and perfector of our faith.
So it's true that Jesus is the reason for the season, but in reality, Jesus is THE reason! A reading and meditating on Colossians 1:15-23 would be a great read this season (actually, any season of the year!). Soak it up!
Looking for a Church?
Jeff Kennon - September 14
Here are some questions to consider when looking for a church?
Is this a church where God's Word is faithfully taught?
Is this a church where sound doctrine matters?
Is this a church in which the gospel is cherished and clearly proclaimed?
Is this a church committed to reaching non-Christians with the gospel?
Is this a church whose leaders are characterized by humility and integrity?
Is this a church where people strive to live by God's Word?
Is this a church where I can find and cultivate godly relationships?
Is this a church where members are challenged to serve?
Is this a church that is willing to kick me out?
Is this a church I'm willing to join "as is" with enthusiasm and faith in God?
(taken from Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris)
Jeff Kennon - September 1
Campus Groups are beginning all over the campus at Texas Tech and if you are reading this, I hope you are choosing to be a part of one. As of now, Campus Groups meet in Residence Halls. They are designed to challenge others with the truth of the gospel. Basically, these groups are small group Bible studies on steroids. If you are not in a Campus Group, I encourage you to be a part. I really believe that as you do, you are putting yourself in a position for God to do some unbelievable things in your life. For more info about them contact Oscar Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Kennon - July 27
Only a few weeks left until the Fall 2009 semester begins! Can you believe it? For new students coming to Tech, I hope you are excited. For returning students, I pray you are ready. It's going to be an incredible year as we begin to try a few new things in order to live lives that are dominated by the glory of Christ! To say the least, I'm excited about where God is leading us! It will take courage to follow, but who wants to play it safe anymore?
Oscar Brown - July 15
Wow! Can you believe this semester is almost over? This means that it’s not only time to get some rest, but to also become aware of various ministries taking place this summer along with all of the events coming during the Fall 2009 semester.
Are you aware of those doing missions this summer? We are fortunate at BSM because we are reaching the world this summer. There are several students from Tech who will be serving around the nation and overseas in an effort to share the gospel. We need to be praying for them!
Will you pray for new students coming to Tech? This summer, we will be involved in meeting hundreds of new students (mostly freshmen) who will be attending Tech in the fall. What an incredible opportunity we have in praying for them!
Did you know that we are going to have a Campus Group in every residence hall starting in the fall? With our new leadership structure and as we are working more closely with local churches, there will be at least one Campus Group in each dorm this fall. How awesome for local churches to work together for the sake of the gospel! If you want to help with this, please contact us!
Did you know the world comes to Tech? Many new International students will be arriving this summer and in August to attend Tech. We have an opportunity to meet them and help them with furniture or whatever else they need. It’s the great commission in reverse!
Though wearied from a busy semester, I'm excited about the opprotunities that exist in the coming months for us to glorify God on the campus of Texas Tech!
Jeff Kennon - April 9
As Good Friday approaches, I believe we must continually and consciously focus on the cross. Why? Because without the cross there is no salvation. Without the cross, there is no peace with God. Without the cross, there is no hope for righteousness. Withouth the cross, there is no forgiveness. Without the cross, there is no hope for eternity.
Paul wrote: But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...(Gal. 6:14). Paul glories in the cross, as should we, because it was the cross in which God was glorified in His Son as He paid for the penalty of our sin. It is at the cross in which both the holiness and grace of God is revealed. Therefore, we must never, and in some sense we cannot, move beyond the cross. We must instead, move to a deeper understanding of it.
We must become cross-centered and cross glorifying people. Though the message of the cross is foolishness to some, to those of us who are saved it is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18). Therefore, let's boast in the cross!
Nothing in my hand I bring; Simply to the cross I cling.
Tuesday nights, the Gospel & evangelism
Jeff Kennon - February 6
It is vitally important that we know the gospel! What I mean by "know" is that we understand the gospel in such a way that it changes our heart, soul, and mind. We allow it to so encompass our thoughts that it becomes a natural part of our speech and witness.
I am afraid, however, that many do not know the gospel to the extent to which I am writing. I believe some of this is due to the fact that we think that the gospel is for unbelievers only. We think that since we are now "saved" we can move on to deeper things. The truth is, however, you do not go any deeper than the gospel.
So, on Tuesdays, we are going to dive in to understanding the gospel and allow it to drive us to evangelism. Can one truly know the gospel and yet remain quiet about it in a "lost" world?
Though the gospel message will be primary in our dialogue, we will still discuss the fears, concerns, and means of evangelism. SO, I INVITE YOU TO JOIN US on Tuesdays at 9pm at the BSM! On Tuesdays, we hope to learn the how's and why's of being faithful to God's call for us to be heralds of the gospel in this day and time.
To Live Is Christ...
Oscar Brown - July 15
So the other day I was reading through Philippians with some friends and we got stuck on the “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1:21) We could understand the “to die is gain;” Heaven being better than earth and all. But what does Paul mean when he says to live is Christ? I think he explains it in the next few verses. Verse 22, “If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.” and verse 24, “But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”
He says two things. Paul’s living is more necessary for others (in this case, the Philippians) so that he may continue to help and instruct them. And secondly, as Paul helps them, his labor will be fruitful.
You could take this several different ways, but I think there’s something big to be grasped here. When I read this, this is what it says to me: “Every day God keeps me on this earth is because He’s going to use me to change lives.” It was a chilling realization, that every day I’m here it’s to fruitfully labor for Christ. To wake up in the morning knowing that the only reason I’m still breathing is so God can use me to change lives today. As every hour passes, “Why did you leave me here? What impact am I to make? Who am I supposed to talk to?” This is the purpose driven life, if I've ever seen one. Paul had one purpose, as do we.
My college pastor at home was talking about new years resolutions; his being to live in, live by, and live out the Word of God. I think if we’re practicing living out the Word, lives can’t help but be changed every day.
I’m hopeful for what’s to come as He uses us to call His children home every day in 2009.
So What's Next?
Oscar Brown - July 15
Fall 2008 was one of the best semester's we've had at the BSM and Spring 09 is looking even better!
Firmly focused on prayer, we're completely redoing Tuesday night. Back at the BSM, we'll keep our Tuesday night simple - group prayer. Every week at 9PM we'll be meeting together just to pray and seek God. There's no show, no lights, no fashion show, just prayer. It's nothing new, we're getting back to the roots by spending time begging our Savior to come save our campus.
Small groups are totally different too. Our small groups are meeting any night and in different places. But there's not just a Bible Study going on, the groups with learn with and pray with are the same groups we'll be serving with. Where ever your group meets is where you'll be serving. Our focus for these groups is to be teaching and training students in missional living. Most of our groups are meeting in the dorms and we'll be posting a list of groups' times and locations online in January. E-mail me if you're looking to get involved in a small group.
We're also going to have groups focused completely on serving international students. We deliver furniture as well as host the International Dinner club once a month. These groups will probably be meeting in apartment complexes that have many international tenants. E-mail Amy if you're interested in being a part of an international group.
We've also got some great mission trips coming up in the Spring. First of all, over spring break we'll be doing Beach Reach in South Padre Island. It's going to be a blast! We'll be serving tens of thousands of pancakes, giving tons of rides to people, and talking to as many people as we can. This mission trip is a joint effort with other campuses around Texas. E-mail me if you're interested.
We'll also be taking international students on a tour of Texas. We're in the process of finalizing plans so e-mail Amy if you're interested.
We'll also continue on with Free Lunch every Thursday so be sure to invite your friends!
That's what we've got going on so far. We're really excited about what the Lord is doing on our campus and we can't wait for January to get here!
Are You Spiritually Healthy?
Jeff Kennon - October 28
Are you spiritually healthy? Important question. Many times we evaluate spiritual health with actions such as church attendance, etc..., but spiritual health is much more than just activity. It involves the motivations and attitudes of the heart. Consider the following questions as you gauge your spiritual health:
1. Do you thirst for God?
2. Are you governed increasingly by God's Word?
3. Are you more loving?
4. Are you more sensitive to God's presence?
5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
6. Do you delight in the bride of Christ (the church)?
7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you? (ie. Bible study, prayer)
8. Do you still grieve over sin?
9. Are you forgiving of others?
10. Do you yearn for Heaven and to be with Jesus?
(questions taken from Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald Whitney)
It Takes Courage!
Jeff Kennon - August 28
I was reading the other day some thoughts by David Wells, a professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. What he argues I find very interesting. He basically writes that it takes no courage to "sign up" as a protestant, or in other words, to "say" that you are a church member somewhere or "belong" to a certain Christian denomination takes "no guts!" He does say however, that to BELIEVE in Christ and to ACT upon those beliefs takes tremendous courage.
Dr. Wells' words are somewhat convicting and stem from his concern of the disappearance of truth in our culture and in some ways, his fear that "truth" or "theology" has left some churches as well. You would need to read some of David Wells' material to get a full understanding of what he is trying to communicate. But what I think we can take from his comments is an understanding that it is going to take courage to believe and live for Christ!
I trust that God will grant us the courage to stand for truth. I believe that by God's grace we will stand firm as we seek to live our lives guided by His supremacy in this world. So, let's "be strong and courageous" for the LORD our God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9).
It Just Makes Sense
Oscar Brown - July 15
So I've been in Alaska the past week on a fishing excursion with the men in my familia. God has been impressing on me the importance of witnessing recently and how poor of a job I have been doing at it. So I decided that I would make it my goal to share the gospel this trip several times, to my family, to our fishing guides, and to just whoever else might cross my path.
Thus far God has let me share with 3 people. All three of whom were under the impression that as long as you were a good person, helped others, and said you were a Christian, then you were one. And more so, if you were just a good person, it didn't matter what you really believed, you were golden for heaven. As I hear these things from these people I begin to get excited to flex my spiritual muscle a little because, as always, the truth is about to overcome the lies.
So I tell my new friends why Jesus really died. I tell them it's not because He was a do-gooder that for some reason no one liked but because we fall so short and we need redemption. That we all have done evil and deserve punishment, and so in His death He took that punishment and in His resurrection He conquered sin. I then tell them about how good works come after salvation... How once we trust in Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and this new creation is drawn toward holiness. And this holiness is what produces the fruits we call good deeds. Salvation by faith in Christ produces good works. Not salvation through works produces even more works.
All three of them responded in the exact same way, "Oh, well that actually makes a lot of sense." What?!
Not the hostile reaction I was expecting, but I'll take it! The gospel, when you think about it, makes perfect sense. I just could never see that until I was saved. Which makes me hopeful that since these people see that with their minds now, they will embrace it in their hearts very soon.
From the last frontier,
What is an Altar?
Oscar Brown - July 15
This was written by an American doctor serving in India.
I was studying Psalm 43 with a friend in Urdu (their language) the other day. We came to where it says in English, "I will go to the altar of God." As I read along in Urdu, I did not know the word for "altar," so I asked my friend what it was. He didn't know how to translate the word into English, but he gave the following English description: "It is God's bloody place, where the throats of the animals are slit for sacrifice."
Of course. It's an altar.
Sometimes I think of an altar as the carpeted stairs and dais at the front of the church meetinghouse. But it's not. It is a bloody place - a place of sacrifice and death.
Welcome to our brand new website! We've got lots of great things on here for you to feast your eyes on. Browse around and check out what the BSM is all about.
We're getting excited around these parts for the upcoming school year. I know that God is going to do more than amaze us this time around. It's my prayer that you'll come check us out and let God amaze you with His infinite greatness and glory. Let's get ready because living for Him in 08-09 is gonna be a wild ride!