May 29, 2016

It’s Just a Phase: Young Adulthood

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My MCC supervisor Nathan McDade leads several staff teams, among them Young Adults, capably seconded by MCC second year resident Sarah Willey. He was the spot-in choice to speak on Young Adulthood as part of the It’s Just a Phase series. Here are YouVersion-Bible.com notes on his message.

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 21, 2016

Conversation on History of Islam

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I attended a thought-provoking “Conversation on the Iistory of Islam,” led by MCC member Joseph Butta. He’s a published author (The Dawn of Islamic Literalism) and presenter on Islam and Christianity, and other religious history topics. This was one of the last Ethan Magness‘ official spiritual-formation-coordination events, but my participation was motivated by more than merely teammate loyalty 🙂 Joe B used many orignal source references and plenty of historical facts. Thanks to my Cincinnati Chr U history professors (Jim North and Sherwood Smith), I already had some familiarity with the material, but the evening was a good reminder of how different Christian discipleship is from life under sharia.

May 17, 2016

Finishing Well

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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

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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.