Recently, I received an email from a lady who shared what she was doing in her Lutheran denomination as a result of hearing me speak on the book of Genesis. I asked her for permission to share her email with you, and she wrote the following:
My goal is to encourage others to realize “IT’S NOT THAT COMPLICATED” to start a few initiatives at your church and/or Christian school. The Lord can then do His work if we make the effort to open the right doors!
In her original email, she stated the following:
Ken, I wanted to take a minute to encourage you that your speaking events are changing lives. I was one of thousands honored to hear your speech last summer at Oklahoma City’s Reclaiming America conference. God used your words to convict my heart that I had been undercutting His Word when I had been foggy and inconsistent in my understand and communication on creation. That conviction has led to action . . . and I share this, not to brag on what I’m doing, but rather to inspire other ordinary moms (or dads) to embrace this issue as the modern-day “Reformation” that’s needed in the Church.
1. I developed — for our LCMS-Lutheran Church — an outline for a proposed Creation Crusade, which voters approved for 2011 (attached outline)
2. A centerpiece was booking Mike Riddle at our church-school in April for both the Sunday speaking sessions at the church, but also conducting a Saturday teacher/church worker training on Saturday and all-day sessions for area Lutheran/homeschool students on Monday.
3. I’m on a personal mission to make sure the national Lutheran school accreditation body adds intentional language and requirements for consistency in a biblically based science curriculum. (This has received very warm and enthusiastic support from the head of [a Lutheran schools association], and the issue will be brought up as a board recommendation at the next national meeting this summer.)
4. Along that line, the [Lutheran school group] is spotlighting our school’s creation-revision efforts in the March magazine–which will go out to all Lutheran school administrators nationwide.
5. I’m guest-writing blogs on these worldview issues for my sister’s growing ministry, called Frontline Moms. (Here’s a link to today’s post: http://frontlinemoms.com/2011/02/10/dinosaurs-basketball-and-one-frontline-mom/ ) If you can take the time to read, there’s a couple of amazing encounters I had when sitting at a table marked, Creation Corner!
6. Additional steps at our church: adult Bible study series on creation by our pastor (using many of the Answers in Genesis DVDs as a basis), “Creation Corner” displays and giveaways at youth community basketballs games and upcoming community dances for middle school students, and a creation display at church with your AiG tracks as giveaways.
I’ll continue to pray for your ministry, and for you to find ways of inspiring similiar efforts. I think there may be wisdom in AiG sponsoring a “creation re-creation” contest of some sort to encourage other churches/parochial schools to make similiar changes. (I think there’s a marketing angle here, too, of bundling resources that you offer now as a “re-creation” packet.)
Blessings on your day and keep up the good work for His kingdom.
– Beth, Oklahoma City
More and more people like Beth are making a difference in their church and community as they take what they have learned and use it to reach others with the message of biblical authority and the gospel.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,