Monday, August 30, 2010

"Hide Your Wife, Hide Your Kids" Song

The origin (yes, it's real):

The remix song:

I know, it's a serious subject matter. But in all seriousness, this man is a hero. I just want to say, thank you, Antoine, for popularizing an anti-rape slogan. Thank you for making it cool to protect your family. And thank you for making news interviews much, much less pointless.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The "BIG NEWS" from CMU?

Why didn't I hear about it??

Because I was on my honeymoon. The news hit me like a brick when I read Wes's blog. We had apparently missed all the foreshadowing about the "big news" that was supposed to be coming. So we are just now hearing about it all at once—and it is BIG NEWS!

So, here it is, verbatim:
16 Aug, 2010

Stringfellows Moving to Work Full-Time Toward Nationwide Campus Ministry Plants

Youth ministries are very common among Churches of Christ, but very few campus ministries exist … in all, less than 150. There are over 2,600 accredited, four-year institutions in the United States alone, and if you factor in community colleges that number soars to thousands more.

Why am I telling you this? Because 77% of those who make a decision for Christ in the United States do so by the age of 21. Over 97% of the colleges and universities in the United States lack a Church of Christ campus ministry … this matters because as a fellowship we’re barely even trying to reach millions of students (much less actually doing it) when studies show the college years are among some of the best to do so.

Campus Ministry United (CMU) exists to remedy that.

Cryptic messages abounded on Twitter and Facebook last week prophesying “big news” to be announced in one week from CMU. One week is up, and the announcement is here: CMU is hiring two full-time staffers to promote church-run evangelistic campus ministry plants all over the country!

Lynn & Carol Stringfellow – long time campus ministers for the Bay Area Church of Christ in Tampa, FL – will be assuming their new role about a year from now.

Their job will be to work full-time in advancing CMU’s mission in four primary ways:


•Provide support for ministry/university church planters trained through CMU.

2) Networking & Recruiting
•Bring new students into CMU’s training program.
•Make connections with churches interested in sponsoring campus ministry/university church plants through CMU.

3) Research & Development
•Organize bi-annual study of Church of Christ campus ministry.
•Provide enrichment materials to address needs through provided outlets (CMU’s web presence, annual CMU workshops).

4) Public Relations
•Serve as an ambassador between planters, churches, Christian colleges and secular universities.

The Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, OK, has committed to being the sponsoring congregation behind this work, and Tulsa will serve as central headquarters for the Stringfellows and their ministry.

This work is a missionary effort, and like all missionaries the Stringfellows will live on support kindly donated from churches and individuals. We have about $100,000 we need to raise immediately to cover the operational budget (mostly the working fund) for this ministry for the first year.

If you have a heart for reaching college students and would like to find out more about financially supporting this ministry, please email CMU at expressing your interest and someone will get back with you quickly.

I am very excited about this news! People all over the world will now be blessed by Lynn & Carol’s work. Their ministry in Tampa has consistently made an impact on the lives of students, most of whom were not Christians before encountering the Stringfellows. The church as a whole will be blessed as their evangelistic zeal, focus on the unchurched, and influence spreads.

Folks, we’re working toward making CoC campus ministry plants a regular occurrence in a healthy way that’s never been done before. More news will follow – please post any questions you may have in the form of a comment.

Congrats Lynn & Carol – may your work be blessed! I’ll be keeping this work in my prayers, and I hope you will too.

-Wes Woodell

Reading this was exactly how Greg and I found out the day we got back. Literally, while we were driving home, I read it to him on my iPhone. I don't even think I "read" the last half. And they're apparently leaving in February, much sooner than expected, though no one knows why "the elders" aren't having them stay to finish out the school year. Sketchy. (Come on, people, I can't be an amateur journalist like this.)

But overall, this sounds like an awesome thing, and I pray that God uses them powerfully. The fact that there are only 150 campus ministries in the nation is just ridiculous!!

Lynn, Carol, Jeff...we'll miss all three of you dearly. We will keep in touch. (Lynn—get a blog!) In the meantime, I will be praying hard that our ministry at USF in Tampa stays strong with the loss of three of our key people. Maybe it will even get stronger. (I guess this means Greg and I will be sticking around at Bay Area a little longer than expected. Can do?)

I was saved through campus ministry. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, so I'm really glad we'll have some more workers out there through this new program. But if you're reading this, Lynn and Carol, you'd BETTER update us with how it's going!! :)