Joy Rides, Bad Burgers, and Jesus

Did you hear about the 8 year old boy who stole the family car and drove to McDonalds? Sounds like the opening line of a joke, but it was actually in the news recently!

Here’s the report from nydailynews.com:

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“On The Shores of Babylon” A Message From My Favorite Band

I have a favorite band. That has always been difficult for me to say. I have always loved such a wide variety of music that I could never pick a favorite. Now I can say this with confidence, Switchfoot is my favorite band. Switchfoot is an alternative Christian rock band from San Diego.

“Christian by faith, not by genre” has been their motto. What I love about these guys is that they couple solid, deep, and positive lyrics, with top notch alternative rock/folk/metal sound. Their music is played on both mainstream rock stations and Christian radio stations as well. At first, they would not play at Christian conferences or churches, because they wanted to take their message to the world.

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“All Things to All People”

I just started reading “Everybody Always”, Bob Goff’s follow-up to “Love Does”. Bob Goff’s larger than life personality, crazy adventures, and unbridled love for literally “everybody” inspires me to live life to the fullest. I’m only 3 chapters in, but just the title alone reminds me of the Apostle Paul and one of his personal mission statements:

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

I love this verse and I feel it’s my own personal mission statement. I’ve always had that type of personality that is drawn to a wide variety of people. I love having interesting & diverse friends and I’ve always been able to make friends with just about anybody. I’m so thankful to be an evangelist on a very diverse campus like UNT, because “becoming all things to all people” has certainly been amplified in me and in our students this past year!

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Reflections from a Christian Retreat with Muslim Friends

Last week for Spring Break we tried something different. We did a Christian Campus Community service retreat at Camp Eagle, but…. We took some Muslim students with us. The idea was to take a trip that would allow us to invite our international student friends that we have made this semester so they could have a “camp” experience with us.

God blessed this effort immensely!

We had a fairly large group of our own students and additionally 6 fun and energetic guys from Oman who are Muslim. (Don’t know your Mid-East geography? Oman is between Yemen & UAE, south of Saudi Arabia). We all had a blast!

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What’s the Best Thing?

I was recently on a videoconference with a seasoned college minister and he asked me, “what have you found to be the most difficult thing about college ministry?” I thought about it for a moment, and then replied “deciding which is the best thing to do”. What I mean is that there are hundreds of “good” things we can be doing, but it’s difficult to decide which ones are the “best”?

The spiritual need on our campus and around our community is so great. How do we decide who to pursue, who to invest time and effort into, where to serve, which ministries to partner with, how to best meet the various needs, especially spiritual needs of young adults? It can quickly feel daunting and overwhelming.

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Location
McKinney at Cardinal

101 Cardinal Drive
Denton, TX 76209

940.387.4355

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Worship Schedule
Sunday Morning
9:00 - Worship
9:35 - Children's Church
10:45 - Worship
11:20 - Children's Classes
Wednesday Evening
5:30 - Dinner (during school)
6:30 - Passion Worship
6:30 - Celebrate Recovery
7:00 - Classes/Small Groups

Children are dismissed during the sermon to attend children's church or classes. Sunday morning adult class times vary.


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