April 19, 2014
Easter Musical Interlude: In Christ Alone
Not just because it is Easter, but because this is one of the most theologically loaded songs I have ever heard. Enjoy, and rejoice!
Meet Me in São Luís: High (yet accessible) Culture
It's been a while since I've done one of these MMISL posts, highlighting the culture or interesting facts of my adopted city. Last night I got to experience a cultural event that illustrates just why I love this town.
Mikey and I had the privilege of joining two young people from one of our churches at a classical music concert in the magnificent Arthur Azevedo theater. On stage was the Academia Jovem Concertante (Youth Concert Academy), with a repertoire of Bach, Mozart and a couple lesser-known Brazilian composers.
This organizations puts uber-talented kids from all over Brazil together for a week of intense training, and then a few weeks of traveling. Below is a promotional video that shows their work:
To say it was amazing would be an understatement. The rich, high-quality classical music, together with the ambiance of the magestic Arthur Azevedo made for a stellar event.
To give you a taste of the event, here is a video of the group playing a Mozart piece (note: this video is not from last night's performance).
A couple pictures I took:
The obligatory "selfie"
Full balconies at the Arthur Azevedo Theater
A little chamber music
Members of the orchestra who are from here in Maranhão
April 18, 2014
The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction
The vast majority of messages or lectures I give are in Portuguese. Every once in a while, however, there is an opportunity to do something in English. Here is the audio of the talk I gave at UFMA (the Federal University here in São Luís) on the subject of the Resurrection.
April 10, 2014
This Sunday at the Ebenezer congregation we will be presenting a study in the life of Noah, catching the wave--so to speak--of popular culture. It appears there will be several visitors on that day
Poster for the message on Noah
Then on Monday I will be giving a lecture (in English) on the resurrection at our local university.
Poster for the resurrection lecture.
In addition to these events, this weekend will also include leadership training (Saturday morning), a puppetry seminary (Saturday afternoon), speaking at the inauguration of a new congregation (Saturday night), and Sunday School (Sunday morning).
Any prayers gratefully accepted!
And yes, I mean that kind of football. This is a great ad for a *real* football team in the state of Bahia.