by Walker Moore
– founder and president of AweStar Ministries, a teen missions organization that has taken thousands of young people around the world for the sake of growing missions-minded hearts, the Gospel, and lost souls.
I remember watching a grainy black-and-white movie years ago on our tiny DuMont television. The cabinet, the size of a small refrigerator, held a screen that glowed like a Cyclops. Sitting on top was the rabbit-ears antenna, stretched out and trying its best to pull in a signal. All this modern technology astounded us.
I don’t remember much about the movie, but I know it featured a young man who was transported into the future. The changes he found there amazed and bewildered both him and his audience. Looking back, I have to laugh. His future and our present turned out to be nothing alike. Continue reading
Mission Trip Reflections
by Rick Patrick
After investing our Spring Break on a mission trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico–a desert city of nearly one million people–our mission team of ten church members will never be the same. It is challenging to reduce to words the waves of emotion and brokenness one feels when immersed in a culture that celebrates death, deifies Mary and places faith in the practice of witchcraft. After briefly describing four days of activities, I will share a few general observations regarding this field and offer some personal reflections. Continue reading
Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, family reunions became part of my cultural education. My kinfolk were mostly one or two generations removed from being church-going people. Therefore, after the Sunday dinner, the men of our clan enjoyed an assortment of thirst-quenchers. Wash tubs filled with ice and colorful cans of Falstaff, Pabst, Schlitz (opened with church keys) seemed to pacify them as some played Gibson guitars and bowl-back mandolins under a parasol of Pin oaks; while others listened, sang, or danced an occasional Scot-Irish jig.
One Sunday after sundown, my great uncle Joe (being led by the spirits) gave his nephews a Bible lesson that we never soon forgot. He told how the serpent in the garden of Eden seduced the woman named Eve and had sexual relations with her (I forget his exact idioms). The world was never right after that. He declared that within mankind there are those born with the good seed and those with the serpent seed; with the latter destined for the everlasting lake of fire. I got scared but faked gallantry. Continue reading