May 22, 2016

Early Childhood

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Following last week’s message on Finishing Well, Ben Cachiaras  swung back to an earlier life stage as he taught about “Early Childhood,” and how Christian adults should nurture the children in their lives (as parents, or in extended family, or any relationships of influence). YouVersion-Bible.com notes for Ben’s Bible citations from Deuteronomy 6 and more

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I don’t understand why, but the humorous MCC version of Running Man video seems popular😉 For those w/ Facebook access, here’s a link.

May 17, 2016

Finishing Well

Posted in better disciples at 11:17 AM by alexlozada

I was away at Livi and Tyler’s graduation from Cincinnati Christian University, but I participated in the MCC’s weekend services through the live-stream beta test #YayGodviatech. In a providential counterpoint to college graduates receiving their bachelor’s degrees, Ben Cachiaras continued MCC’s series “It’s Just a Phase, so Don’t Miss It!” by speaking on “Finishing Well.” Check YouVersion-Bible.com notes for individual or group study, AND the Tweets for other quotable highlights from his message…

May 10, 2016

It’s Just A Phase

Posted in better disciples at 4:16 PM by alexlozada

Nathan McDade began MCC’s new weekeend message series “It’s Just a Phase” with a Mothers’ Day themed message, based on Romans 16:13.  He talked about how all of us can be “like a mother” to people, without “mothering” (smothering?) them. Here are the YouVersion-Bible.com Event notes.

May 7, 2016

Racial Gaps (in retail and in churches)

Posted in better disciples at 5:41 PM by alexlozada

Three articles that address the topic of gaps with racial overtones. While I might not agree with each specific in Dr Russell Moore’s NY Times op-ed “A White Church No More,” he does wrestle with the need for those American congregations which are predominantly white Evangelicals to consider their words and deeds in this contentious socio-political year. As a frequent (and mostly  content) Amazon Prime user, I followed the launch of their Prime Same Day Service. My outsider guess is that Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s leadership is not racist, but they are capitalist … and Amazon’s Prime Same Day focused on the neighborhoods that were most profitable, as this Bloomberg article mentions. This Business Insider article from two years ago, “These Maps Show that Android Is For People With Less Money” (though the URL is more provactively labeled Android-Is-For-Poor-People) could show the same kind of racial/poverty divide which the Congessional Black Caucus is directing at Amazon – hmmmm?

One of my ongoing challenges in my MCC role which is very focused on tech is remembering that tech ownership and use is not uniform across racial or generational or socio-economic clusters. The Church is called to serve all, across the gaps.

May 1, 2016

Bob Goff at MCC

Posted in better disciples at 8:25 AM by alexlozada

Bob Goff, author of the best-seller Love Does on which this recent message series is based, spoke at MCC this weekend. Though he didn’t sport a NY Yankees hat as he did in a promo picture (he told me that he’s not a Yankees fan, a publicist put it on his head for the photo shoot!) he was even more hi-energy in person than in written word.

 

Please remember that for copyright reasons (not from MCC) there will be no YouTube or any other video or audio recording of this weekend’s message. MCC is allowed to post YouVersion-Bible.com Event notes here.

April 27, 2016

A Mission Next Door

Posted in better disciples at 4:05 PM by alexlozada

I’m grateful to Kelly Carr and the team at The Lookout magazine (from Christian Standard Media) for publishing “A Mission Next Door” — seeing the (American) suburbs as your mission field.  As my boss and Minnesoatan-bred friend Ben Cachiaras remarked to MCC’s staff team “our NYC [guy] writing about outreach in the suburbs”😉

April 25, 2016

Be Not Afraid

Posted in better disciples at 8:27 AM by alexlozada

Ben Cachiaras continued MCC’s Love Does series with a message on “Fear – Be Not Afraid.” You can supplement the Thomas Nelson Publishers study guide with  YouVersion-Bible.com Event notes.

April 18, 2016

Audacious Love

Posted in better disciples at 8:42 AM by alexlozada

Ben Cachiaras opened his message, “Audacious Love,” with some humor on the difference between action figures and porcelain dolls. You can see his illustrative pics, and more importantly his Bible citations and message points at the YouVersion-Bible.com Event notes.

April 11, 2016

Free to Fail

Posted in better disciples at 8:44 AM by alexlozada

In this weekend’s message, Nathan McDade enouraged us, “If we love, we will fail sometimes!” For more of his message points and Bible verses, check the YouVersion-Bible.com Event notes.

April 9, 2016

Empowered by the Metro

Posted in better disciples at 10:22 PM by alexlozada

Thank you to Marty Wilson, Keith Canton and the Metro Christian Convention (NYC) folks for inviting me to share a workshop on “Social Media – Are We Building Up or Tearing Down?” The Holy Spirit empowers us to connect with believers and non-believers through social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.. The dozen or so attenders and I learned from Jesus, Paul, and Peter about ways our online interactions can “make the most of every opportunity… full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6)

Here are my rough draft notes for the session.

My friend and senior pastor Ben Cachiaras was the featured speaker for the two main sessions “Power is unleashed through BOLD prayer” from Ephesians 3:20-21 and Ephesians 4:6-11 — definitely more congregation-interactive than past speakers🙂

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