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Pushing Through The Crowd

I delivered a talk at USC last Thursday night that I had never given before. I don’t always love the first time I give a talk but this one was sticky.

If you or someone you lead needs an exhortive word on boldness, this is the talk. 

It will inspire and move you to take more risk for the sake of your friend knowing Jesus. 

Are you going to turn it up or turn it around?

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Alabaster – The Bible Beautiful

Bryan and Brian are friends and colleagues of mine and they have an exciting project they are launching into the world. It is a new Bible format driven by their desire to connect us with beauty in a more meaningful way. I am a financial supporter of this project and think it is an amazing creation. They are 90% funded and need that last little push. Check out this interview with them and if their project inspires you, please support it and share it!

Briefly describe your Kickstarter Project, Alabaster:

Bryan: Alabaster is the bible beautiful. It integrates visual imagery and thoughtful design within the text of the four Gospels for an engaging reading experience. The large majority of the images in the books are original artworks created specifically for this project. With Alabaster we aim to enter the conversation of beauty and faith, and explore how beauty is an integral part to experiencing the entirety of who God is.

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A Refreshing Evangelist

We need a refreshing type of evangelist to emerge today that is more like Philip.

Ready to follow the Spirit wherever He leads – spontaneous and not driven by their own agenda – but also trained in the gospel and willing and able to lead people to Jesus from any point in a conversation.

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The Bold But Not Beautiful

Why does it have to be the creepy, intimidating, domineering couch guy that is the vision for bold evangelism?

Last weekend I was sitting in my man cave and I hear my neighbor yelling at me to come over to give him a hand with the couch he is giving away. Someone had come to pick it up.

As soon as I get over there, the guy who came to get the couch starts launching in…

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These fraternity and sorority students from USC just got their very first Bibles and they are pretty excited!

Never Too Late To Buy Your First Bible

God is doing something really exciting at the University of Southern California (USC) right now.

This year, I have had the privilege of watching God awaken handfuls of fraternity and sorority students to his presence for the first time.

Just a few weeks ago I had a group of them over for dinner and to help me with the kids while Kristina was gone. As we were sitting in my man cave later that night, we realized none of the people in the room came to college following Jesus. In fact, one of them decided to start following Jesus earlier that day! It was an amazing realization.

I declared in that moment, “We need to go Bible shopping!” and everyone was so excited about the possibility of having his or her own.

Wow, what a drastic difference than the usual Friday night on Greek Row.

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Evangelism or Social Justice?

Sorry I have not been writing lately. I have been up to so many things on campus reaching Greeks (fraternity & sorority) students with the gospel. One of the tensions I am wrestling with as an evangelist and ministry leader is how does evangelism and social justice go together? For so many of us it becomes an “either or” and that is not good enough.

Here is how I am embracing the tension in my neck of the woods.

Row To Row

In our effort to do both great evangelism and pursue social justice, we believe God spoke to us the idea of “Row to Row”. There are two very distinct “Rows” in Los Angeles and they are only miles apart – Greek Row (which is extremely privileged) and Skid Row (which is the largest concentrated place of homelessness in America). We believe God was calling us to be the match maker and to get these two communities knowing each other and working together for transformation in both directions. (Read more)

The USC students have embraced this challenge and have been serving down at the Union Rescue Mission every Friday afternoon. Just this last Saturday they put on an awesome Christmas party for the families.

Row To Row is about connecting people of great privilege (Greek Row) with those of little privilege (Skid Row) so real and transformative relationships can develop.

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Would You Pray With Me?

Would love your prayer for the ministry I am leading here in Los Angeles.

It is all explained inside this email update.

But in short, I moved to Los Angeles three years ago to start ministry to Fraternity and Sorority students with InterVarsity. There are 17 campuses that have Greek Systems in Greater Los Angeles, but Intervarsity was reaching none. So, I was charged to come up with strategy to spread the gospel into the Greek Systems across the 17 campuses.

Right now 6 campuses are sprouting up at once and I feel an urgency to pray and fast. Maybe you would join me?