April 29, 2009
Bruno is Back
And he is answering the question that is on all of our minds.
April 28, 2009
Student Ministry Spotlight: Deaf Ministry in Barbalha
Suzane, a first-year student in our deaf ministries program, sent me these pictures of her work with the hearing-impaired at the Diadema Baptist Church in Barbalha.
April 20, 2009
The Chair Rests
Actually, the chairs rest--in the chapel, after having been thoroughly cleaned by myself and a redoubtable team of seminary students. Said cleaning of said chairs was in preparation for our missionary conference, which starts on Wednesday.
I was especially proud of Michael, who pitched in and worked the entire time, without complaining, right along side of the college kids.
Part way through our washing process, a torrential rainstorm passed through. Rather than dampen the spirits of the students, it raised them, as can be seen by the picture below.
Finally the rain cleared, and we were able to pose with the finished product.
In case you missed me in the picture, here is a closeup...proving that I can still hold my own with the "youngsters".
We are greatly looking forward to the conference this week. The men who are scheduled to speak have done great things for Brazilian missions, and there is a sense of anticipation on campus.
And, thanks to my outstanding team, we will have clean chairs to sit on!
April 10, 2009
Bruno the Brazilian: I Don't Speak Spanish!!!
Bruno the Brazilian in his first major appearance, shares one of his pet peeves. Background for this episode can be seen here.
The Fresh Start Project
I am convinced that one of God's greatest tools in the spread of Christianity is literature. The greatest legacy of men of God--from the apostles, to Augustine, to Luther, Calvin, Edwards and Spurgeon--has been the written word.
Our work here in Brazil is no different. For the past five decades our churches have been served by the Regular Baptist Press of Brazil. Recently, the need has been seen to update the material that is being put out. John and Karen Swedberg--BMM missionaries who are helping with this project, sent me the following poster, which I would like to pass on to you. Please read the information, and consider how you can invest in the power of the written word here in Brazil.
April 8, 2009
Student Ministry Spotlight
Two husband-and-wife teams minister at nearby Canaã Baptist Church: Carlos and Larissa, Neto and Sanábia. In response to my recent plea, they sent some pictures for me to post here.
Book Review: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
Some books you read once, set aside, and never think about again. This is not the case with "Spiritual Leadership" by J. Oswald Sanders. I get the distinct impression that I will be visiting it again and again over the course of whatever time God has determined for me on this earth.
The chapters are full of practical wisdom, spiritual insights, and profound quotes about the requirements, challenges, dangers, and rewards of spiritual leadership. I found myself underlining large sections.
Three chapters really stood out to me: "The Leader and Time", "The Leader and Reading", and "The Perils of Leadership".
Whether you are a pastor, a missionary, a Bible college student, or a Sunday school superintendent, this book is a must-read.
April 3, 2009
Meet Bruno the Brazilian
Yesterday I posted pictures of a puppet in the process of being made. Today, meet Bruno the Brazilian!
This is the long version of a video I posted on Bubble Tweet. The original was too long, so I had to pare it down.
Bruno will appear here periodically to discuss issues related to his beloved Brazil. Stay tuned!
April 2, 2009
Inteligent(?) Design and International Recognition
Last week I spent some time with friends Cicero and Nice, making a puppet which I will use in an upcoming project. Here are a couple pictures Cicero snapped of the process.
This guy's name is Bruno the Brazilian, and if you keep your eyes on the blog he will make his official debut in the next couple days.
While on the subject of puppets, Cicero and Nice have been making their puppet patterns available via their PuppetsBrazil website, and have developed quite an international following. People have sent them pictures of puppets made using their techniques from as far away as Chile (ok, that's not too far away) and India (now THAT is far away).