Category Archives: Ministry and Evangelism

What happens in Vegas… spreads love throughout a college campus.

[a continuation of the lessons I learned in Vegas. more about that trip can be found here.]

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Loving unconventionally is what Jesus is all about.

His approach to love was strange but needed for the people He came to save; ours should be too.

Our visit to Vegas coincided with what Grace City called “Love Week”: a week dedicated to reaching out to the city of Vegas to love them without restrictions or an agenda. The premise was that God’s love has no agenda. He just loves us. There’s no catch to His grace. One of the most beautiful phrases I heard all week was this: “Jesus died for the catch.” And so, we ought to love others without a catch.

Some of the ways that we reached out during Love Week were a little… atypical. At one point, I wrote “Free Hugs” on a sign, for cryin’ out loud. Two of my favorite ways of expressing the love of Christ were buying people’s coffees and the Compliment Chair.

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What happens in Vegas: A Series.

Of course, we had to visit the famous Vegas sign. I thought it would be bigger, honestly.

The biggest, most earth-shattering thing that has happened to me so far in 2015, without a doubt, is a ministry trip I took during spring break to Las Vegas. I didn’t blog about it right away partly due to time constraints, but also because I just couldn’t find the words.

Now that I have some time, I think it’s valuable to share some of what happened. The week-long trip that I and about 20 Liberty students, undergrad and graduate, embarked on was in partnership with Grace City Church, a plant that Liberty sent out a few years ago with the mission of transforming Sin City into Grace City. (I didn’t make the connection until about halfway through the trip. I felt like such a blonde!)

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Manti 2014 Debrief.

A week has passed since I spent five days camping in a small town in central Utah. The laundry has been done, the bags are unpacked, and the tent is stored back in the garage. But the impact has just begun.

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I’ve attended the Manti pageant outreach for five years now, and every year, I become bolder and more serious about the missions work to which we are called there. In Manti, 200+ Christians gather at the only Christian church in the county with one mind and one purpose: to reach the LDS people for Jesus. These incredible, loving people are currently enslaved in a religion that leads them after a false Jesus, and we seek to shine His light into the darkness of this works-based religion.Our mission is to engage faithful Latter-day Saints in conversations about the Gospel in the few hours before the annual historical pageant.

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On the religion your parents taught you.

“Just say no to anything they offer you, and don’t answer any of their questions.” -LDS mom to her children
“Stop listening to what he’s saying.” -An LDS dad as he pulls his intrigued son by the arm away from a Christian preacher
“My mom said I’m not allowed to talk to you. [“Why do you think that is? I just want to share with you from the Scriptures.” I said.] I don’t know, but I’m not supposed to. I have to go.” -LDS teenage girl
“Girls, we need you to go somewhere else right now.” -LDS youth group leader, interrupting a conversation between two LDS teens and some Christian girls and forcibly pushing the girls away from the conversation
“Ummm… I’m not sure… hey Dad?” -LDS teen when I asked her to explain the LDS Gospel to me in her own words
“Even if you think they might be Mormon, just don’t talk to any of those people out there.” -LDS boy to his friends

“I don’t understand it, but I make sure not to question it.” -elderly LDS missionary
“You need to stop asking us so many questions. You just don’t understand. Just pray and read the Book of Mormon.” -Young LDS woman in dialogue with a Christian woman

“My faith doesn’t need to make sense to me. It doesn’t have to be rational or logical; I just believe in my heart.” -Brazilian LDS teen

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On being called to missions in Africa.

Dear reader,

If God has called you to missions in Africa, I am happy for you. God is going to do great things in that continent through you. Go and change the world for Christ.

BUT. If you are reading this right now and God has not called you to Africa, you must not be spiritual enough and you should try harder to hear God’s calling in your life so go read your Bible because I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

God is still going to use you.

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On how to evangelize the “right way.”

Recently, I was asked my opinion on the best and most effective way to do evangelism. I tried so hard to just make a list with a few bullet points, but that never happens with me! Haha. This is my opinion, based on my experiences in Manti, with Worldview Academy, with non-Christian friends, etc. Disagree if you would like, and we can have a fruitful conversation about it.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Let us begin.

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Letter to Liberty University re: Mitt Romney

To whom it may concern:
I will be transferring to Liberty University as a junior in the fall of 2012, and I respect the school and its foundation on the Word of God. However, I have just learned that Republican candidate Mitt Romney will be delivering the commencement speech at this year’s graduation ceremony, and I am concerned about this decision from my future college for a number of reasons, all stemming from the fact that, in case you didn’t read all of the man’s Wikipedia page, Mitt Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In other words, he is a Mormon. He served a mission for his church, tithes regularly to the church, and even served as a bishop over a ward.
The first reason why I am upset about this decision is that it gives the university the appearance of acceptance of the man’s ideologies. Granted, the university may align with his political views and his presidency campaign is currently in the media spotlight; however, I would expect that there are many other conservative Republican men who could have been chosen by the school to speak at such a prestigious event. By allowing an actively practicing Mormon man onto the Christian school’s stage, it would seem that the school has given the man its approval, thus giving his religion approval on the school’s campus.
Even if this is not the university’s intention, as Christians we are to abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thes. 5:22), and the appearance by allowing this man to speak at the ceremony is that the LDS religion is acceptable and tolerated on the campus. I pray that this is not the truth. To help you understand why I am so vehement regarding this subject, allow me to explain. My family lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where my father serves as a missionary to these very people with whom Romney associates. My family’s lives, as well as our partners and Christian friends in Utah, are devoted to helping Mormons see the darkness and lies in this religion and show them the truth of the Gospel. I would grieve for any of that work to be damaged as a result of such a prominent Christian university blurring the lines between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism any further than has already been done.
The second reason why I do not approve of Gov. Romney’s invitation to speak is more out of concern for the students. I think that it is important for the speaker at a commencement ceremony to enforce what students have been learning for the past four years of their lives, to encourage them in their faith, and to commission them to go impact the world. I do not believe that Gov. Romney is in any position to offer students encouragement to go live as “Champions for Christ” if he himself is not a champion for Christ at all. He is a champion for a false gospel and a god who is, according to his Scriptures, not the only God nor has he always been a god at all. I am uncomfortable with a man like him addressing so many Christian young people who are so capable of impacting the world for Christ. Why not have a man such as Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, or John Piper – men who have impacted the world with their leadership and are truly champions for Christ – encourage the young people of this school and set a Godly example for what they may someday become?
I understand that, with planning so far underway for this ceremony, it is a difficult decision to reverse. However, I would implore you to reconsider Mitt Romney’s invitation to speak at the 2012 commencement ceremony. I believe it will do more harm than good for the Christian community, especially for those of us who are deep in the trenches of spiritual warfare here in Utah and strive to be a set-apart light to the followers of this religion which is void of hope and truth.
Thank you for reading and considering my request.
Carissa
LU Class of 2014