Friday, April 28, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
We also found a bowl of water balloons on our counter and various notes about our kitchen inluding one on the knives in the drawer that said, "watch out these are sharp!"
Thanks for the notes Autumn and Sarah!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Also, we had a great time over coffee this morning with Deann who grew up in Prineville, OR with Jody. She is a copy editor at the Oregonion in Portland and she also writes a witty blog about TV for a paper in Anchorage. Check it out for if your making your weekly schedule of tv watching. She admitted to us that her Tivo was so full that she had to delete some stuff before she could record some more.
Now we enjoy some airport food, before heading back to Bozeman. I'm trying not to be fooled by all this nice weather in Portland...I know the truth about the rain and the clouds.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I've gotten to meet alot of the Stinters and interns from the Greater Northwest and have eaten lunch with Andy and Allison who are headed to Croatia to join returning Stinters John, Alexis and Taylor. What a joy to see 40 students giving a year of their lives to go all over the U.S. and the world to tell others about Jesus Christ.
I've been reminded that I love this lane of Campus Crusade...that is the international side of things.
I've learned that I won't be old enough to run for president in 2012. I will only be 33 and you have to be 35.
I've learned that Matt Mikalatos is even crazier than I suspected.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tomorrow we take a trip down to crazy country - Portland, OR to be exact. We're going to whip next years Stinters and Interns into shape. Mwaaahhahahah (evil laugh).
Portland would be one of my favorite places but it is always clowdy and drizzling rain there. Maybe it'll be nice like this while we're there though....
If Jesus was anything, He was relational. He was the life of the party and He was the one who would leave the party to comfort the hurting one. He was the center of attention, and He was the first to give attention to society's most unlovely. He was magnetic, and in the relationships that ensued with the people who were drawn to Him, He was intentional and directional. He seems seldom to have convened Bible study meetings and discipleship groups, but nearly everyone who was around Him changed. Jesus was the consummate discipler.
In like manner, if we are intentional and directional in our relationships with one another, discipleship will happen. Unfortunately it's often difficult totrack it, plan it, and describe it in measurable terms. It's not so quantifiable, but then, neither was Jesus. It's relational; it's often uncomfortably subjective, but it works.
Taken from Ted Haggard's book: Dog Training, Fly Fishing and Sharing Christ in the 21st Century
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Mik: I'm your regional director hear me roar!
McC: What...did you say something, sorry I was promoting the McComas/Zagorda presidential ticket on my blog
Mik: Go get me some coffee
McC: Sure anything for you
Mik: mwaahahahaha (evil laugh)
McC: why do you laugh like that?
Mik: Like what?
McC: Like you've just concieved a plan to take over the world.
Mik: Its because my diabolical plan is unfolding and I plan to rule the world with my iron fist. I'm Matt Mikalatos! Hear me roar...you must all report to me!
I'll let you know how this plays out this weekend. I'm sure I'll more juicy news to report about the Mikalatos/Culbertson campaign. I hope Mikalatos doesn't fire me for this post.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Anyway, last night, Sam and Addie, who was married to Blake shared their story in front of 300+ students. It was raw, emotional, and powerful. They got a standing ovation at the end. They both have experienced pain beyond what I can imagine and yet they cling to the Lord, full of hope, and not only that...they want others to hear the story they've been given!
I was moved to tears last night. Probably a lot because I know these people, but still...what an incredible story of how God carries people in their darkest hour. The night was capped of by a cute little visual aid of Addie's son, little Blake, sitting in her lap and clinging to his mom.
Click here for Blake's story as told by backpackinglight.com, where he used to work.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Two major articles were in the student newspaper today. I (actually my alter ego Matt McCormas) was quoted throughout the main one. They actually did a fairly good job explaining the heart behind this thing and even advertising for our gathering that took place tonight.
Tonight Steve Mathewson and Brian Hopkins answered questions about Christianity in one of the large lecture halls on campus. Let me just tell you...it was a sweet time. The atmosphere was so cool and comfortable. My only thought is I wish more nonbelievers would have experienced it. There were great answers to hard questions, funny questions and laughter. Those two did an unbelievable job. Tonight I believe the non-believers in the room looked long and hard and Jesus Christ and really had no choice but to consider him in a new light.
My prayer for this week is that ultimately people that are far from Christ got a clear picture of who Jesus Christ is. For those that know Christ my prayer is that they would continue to have humble hearts to those around them (not arrogant about their beliefs) but be willing to pursue these kind of conversations with people in a loving way.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I got interviewed by the Exponent (student newspaper) today too. It makes me nervous to think that my words will be in the paper. I hope she understands our heart behind everything. It was cool though because Stephanie who interviewed me acknowledged that there were things that made her mad about Christianity, and I got a chance to apalogize for those things and by the end of the conversation I really would consider her a friend. She was genuinely interested in what we were doing.
Answer these questions for me, will ya?
Steady flow of conversations and people
This made me sad today. She didn't want to talk and stormed out of the area. I wonder what her experience has been with Christians?
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
As for me...I'm tired. Trying to be outgoing for two days in a row is wearing me out and I still have two left. Pray for strength for all our staff and students!
The Elephant on campus
A few of the comments and questions
That is one good lookin elephant
Monday, April 03, 2006
selling some t-shirts
Praise and prayer kickoff
early Monday morning in the center of campus
Sunday, April 02, 2006
I built a 6' tall, 8' wide wooden elephant in my garage this weekend that says "question christianity" on it.
Pray for our campus. Tomorrow morning reverse confession boothes appear in the center of campus!