Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why Did Mike Stop Blogging?

Some of you realized I haven't posted anything on Fortune Cookies since the end of August 2010. Thanks for your encouragement and kinds words. It's good to be missed!!! No, I haven't stopped blogging because everyone already knows God loves them like crazy flaws and all. No, I wasn't on vacation. And no, I'm not sick or in the hospital [although my mom has been in twice in two months...she's better now PTL!!!].

Yes, I'm still convinced based on research inside and outside the Adventist church that meaningful Bible study and worship, active ordinary outreach, and grace based churches are three of the most influential factors that help young people and the increasing number of unchurched Americans all around us develop a positive outlook about God and lasting interest in the church [click here to read more].

So why should we continue to spend ourselves for the sake of the Gospel? Because there are plenty of people from Chile to Holy Toledo and the rapidly growing mission field where you live that are far from God!!! So let's exhaust every avenue and media to show them grace and live the love that still astonishes a watching world. That's what the rescue of those 33 trapped miners reminded me of recently. [BTW, I stopped blogging because my PC died. And my temporary replacement lacked the muscle needed to upload pics and vids. But I've got a MBP now so Fortune Cookies is good to go!!! In the meantime, click the triangular play button below to hear Toledo native Crystal Bowersox belt out her hit "Holy Toledo" and see you in two weeks!!!]

Photo courtesy: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile
From the San José mine, Copiapó, Chile



Film Fest Nominations?

During the fall and winter, we host a Film Fest once a month at church. Here's some we've watched [or will be watching soon] then discussed so far [for public showings, you must secure permission from the film's distributor and often pay a group viewing fee]. Care to add any nominations? Make plans to be here NOV 20 @ 7pm and bring some friends [click pic for address and directions]. We'll provide the snacks. Which one do YOU want to see first? Click titles for more info.

Amazing Grace

A Man for All Seasons

Born Into Brothels

Boys of Baraka

Brother Sun Sister Moon

Chariots of Fire

Elephant Man

End of the Spear

Encounter Point

Ghandi

God Bless the Child

God Grew Tired of Us

Les Miserables

Luther

Napolean Dynamite

Pay It Forward

Praying With Lior

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Ruby Bridges

Schindler's List

Shadowlands

Super Size Me

The Adventists

The Least of These [2002]

The Mission

Waiting for Superman

What Would Jesus Buy?

Culturally Aware?

Is it important for churches to be culturally aware?