"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Master's Touch

For a counterpoint to the previous quote, read the blog, The Master's Touch, to learn how God's love is being lived out through music and hula from Hawaii to Kentucky. This is MUST READING.

(Have tissues handy to dry up the eyes.)

Quote for the Day

"There is perhaps no better proof for the existence of God than the way year after year he survives the way his professional friends promote him."

--Frederick Buechner
Listening to Your Life (this passage from Whistling in the Dark)

Monday, July 16, 2007

You Need To Know Me: Ava Lowery

Here is a courageous girl and a true patriot. Get to know her at this MTV interview if you missed her on CNN and other networks. This is a good introduction.

You Need To Know Me: Ava Lowery

Then visit her web site: Peace Takes Courage

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tough Talk on Impeachment

Once again Bill Moyers has provided the platform and guided a discussion of one of the most critical issues facing The United States of America today. If one wants to know the future we face if we do not rise to the challenge, one only needs to study the history of Zimbabwe from the time of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence until today. The aggregation of power to the president and his party in Zimbabwe and the results of that mania for power is a warning to us in the USA. I will address the parallels in more detail later.

For now, join the discussion with Bill Moyers:

Moyers on Impeachment

Tough Talk on Impeachment, Part I

Tough Talk on Impeachment, Part II

Friday, July 13, 2007

Senior Ohana -- Tour of Chinatown

The Senior Ohana of Olivet Baptist Church has regular monthly outings. Here is a video of a walking tour of Chinatown. In addition to seeing this historic part of Honolulu, we learned something of Chinese culture and history from our guide who grew up in Chinatown.

As well as being a ministry to seniors, giving them the tourist experience at home, this outing provided an opportunity to see a mission field in our midst.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bringing the Hula To Off-Island Inmates

Not all baptists are preoccupied with building bigger buildings and programs. Olivet Baptist Church in Honoluou, Hawaii is reaching out to minister to "the least of these" lost in a strange culture. "I was in prison and you visited me," Jesus said. Here is a "literal interpretation" that is not simply rhetoric.

The Master's Touch is a christian hula group, a ministry of Olivet Baptist Church. Read what KHNL TV had to say about this ministry and view the TV news report about the trip using the link on the web page.

Follow along at The Master's Touch Blog.

It IS possible to be a Southern Baptist and a Christian at the same time!