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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Missional Church of the Risen Lord

Almost every Sunday, Allen has been speaking at different churches. Most places he has preached the Apostle John's version of the Great Commission found in John 20:19-24. In this talk, Allen is talking to Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

The main idea of the talk is that the resurrection of Jesus is not an escape from the world, rather it is basis of church's mission into the world because Christ is the Lord over the world. And on resurrection Sunday, Jesus mediates three gifts from each person in the Trinity to the church, so that she maybe the staging center for God's kingdom in the world. Here's the three main points...

1. The Peace of the Father: the push from fear to mission, John 20:19-21

2. The Mission of the Son: the privilege to join God's mission, 20:22

3. The Life of the Holy Spirit: the power to fulfill this mission, 20:23-24


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

9 weeks to go!

. . . and props to my 6 year old wan-a-be photographer

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Su Casa

Allen had the privilege of preaching and leading worship this morning at "Su Casa", a Spanish church plant of 2nd Presbyterian Church here in Memphis. They have been meeting for less than a year and most of the attendees are students of an ESL (English as a Second Language) outreach ministry of 2nd Pres. We try to attend their service when we are in Memphis. After the service, Allen went to one of their homes where everyone was gathered to watch the World Cup finals!

Please pray for this church plant and their pastor Ricardo Green (from Honduras). There are about 100,000 Hispanics in Memphis in need of the Gospel.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Happy 4th!

My brother and his family came to Memphis to celebrate the 4th with us. It has been 5 years since we have celebrated our country's independence day in our country. We do celebrate with our U.S. missionary friends in Peru, but it is definitely not the same when we are only 20 or so out of 1 million people celebrating in our Peruvian city of Trujillo. Not to mention, there are no fireworks, American flags, or red, white and blue decor. So, this 4th of July was special.

We enjoyed participating in our neighborhood parade, eating Memphis BBQ and watching a great firework show.

To all our missionary friends. . . we hope you had a good 4th and we look forward to joining you next year to celebrate in our creative missionary way.

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