Friday, September 4, 2009

40 days of prayer for campus ministry

This is one of my favorite ones- written by Bishop Scott Jones:

Day Nineteen (September 4th)
September 4th, 2009

Oh, God, you have given us a vision. Like the man of Macedonia asking Paul for help, we see a generation of young persons asking
if you exist,
if there is meaning in life,
if there is a church where worship is passionate,
if people care for the poor,
if there are safe spaces for deep conversations,
if community can still be created,
if racism and sexism can be overcome
if the Bible is your word
if a moral life is still possible
if . . .

You have also given us a vision of a church
that needs new life
that needs a new generation of leaders
that is growing
that has younger people
that has more people
that has more diverse people.

I thank you for campus ministers, student leaders, board members and supporters who pray, who give their money, who give their time and who yearn for the ministries that lead a spiritually hungry generation to become the passionate, gifted leaders of your church. Give us the wisdom we need to do our work well. Most importantly, help us be part of what you are blessing. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Author Bio:
Bishop Scott Jones has served as the bishop of the Kansas Area of the United Methodist Church since 2004. Prior to this, he served as the pastor of 3 different churches in Texas and taught on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology. From 1997 to 2004, he served on the board of directors of the SMU Wesley Foundation, being vice chairperson for the last five years of that term. His most recent books are Staying at the Table: The Gift of Unity for United Methodists (2008), United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center (2002) and The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Discipleship and Witness (2003). Scott is married to Mary Lou Reece, who is president of Reece Construction Company. They have three children.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Do you ever blog about blogging or blog about not blogging?

I talked to one of my friends the other day about this. She blogged about how she hadn't been blogging and I thought of the many times I have seen this phenomenon. We begin to feel pressure to write something insightful or witty or comment-worthy. We stress when we haven't blogged in a few days or weeks. Then we log on and start blogging about our non-blogging. We've all done it at one point or another.

Since I am first and foremost an expert blogger, I encouraged my friend with these simple rules to blog by.
1. Release yourself from the pressure of blowing our minds every time you sit down to write.
2. Release yourself from the expectation that you won't be ligit if you don't post everyday.
3. Get back in the swing of things by posting a photo or something funny that happened at Petsmart. Jot down a musing or a song lyric that is meaningful. Chances are, it will be meaningful to us too.

This is a window into your life. It is a way for us to connect with you. You don't need to wow us every time you sit down at your computer. Just tell me a little somethin.

To quote Facebook: What's on your mind? Share.

PS: That reminds me of a song.