Mardi Gras Madness – Part 3

mlab Blake, Engaging Culture, Missions, Staff

Street preaching, sign holding, tract dispersing, cross carrying, conversation engaging – these are all common sights in the city of New Orleans, especially around Mardi Gras time. In addition to the people who inundate our city for “The Greatest Free Show on Earth,” we also have a number of outside and diverse groups coming to engage in evangelism – sharing the story of Christ with those they come across. We’ve talked a little about what Mardi Gras looks like for those of us who live here year-round: parades with marching bands and bejeweled floats, golden coconuts and bedazzled shoes being thrown – I mean “handed” – to people filling the streets, grandstands, and specially-designed ladders. It’s not all one happy-go-lucky …

FOCUS – Reframing Our Vision

mlab Behind The Scenes, Blake, Staff

This is a guest post from Blake Newsom, our camp pastor and the Dean of Chapel at NOBTS. You can follow his personal blog HERE. What is worship? Is worship what we do in a bedazzled building on Sundays or Wednesdays? Is worship the participatory singing that we do when we gather in our buildings? Or is it more than that? At its most basic level, worship is a response to God – and it’s with this simple understanding of the term that opens up what practices we consider to actually be worship. This view also provides restrictions on those practices we sometimes see as worship in its entirety. With this basic definition, we understand that singing can be worship, …