New BEMA Merch Store
Here is your opportunity to grab some BEMA merch! One of our listeners is a graphic artist who runs various TeePublic on-demand stores. He offered to open a store for BEMA and give the profit to our ministry, which sounded like a win-win for us. We decided to initiate our offering in conjunction with Session 6 of the podcast—celebrating the close of five complete Sessions of the BEMA Podcast.

For those of you who stuck with us from Episode 0 through the capstone of Session 5, we invite you to enjoy a special design you’ll find there (if you so desire). This is completely done on the honor system, but remember that Jesus is watching! (Just kidding.) [Ed. note: But Jesus is watching. But it doesn’t matter.] [Have we taken this too far?] [Yes.]

We’re super pumped to be able to celebrate what God is doing through the ministry in this way, and we’re honored it can help raise funds, but we aren’t getting into the merch business… we’re into the Text here at BEMA! So we won’t be fielding any clothing design critiques or spending a bunch of energy on this. This is fun, but we must remember our main purpose:

Love God. Love Others. Become People of the Text.

What’s Happening Around the Globe?
Seera’s Story
This is Seera.

She was born and raised in Japan in a non-denominational church pastored by a missionary from the United States. Seera was taught to love God, but her church was shallow and legalistic, upholding “American culture [and] theology” while demonizing Japanese culture.

Seera went to college in Seattle, and her home church crumbled while she was gone, and the loss of her church family was traumatizing. She and her husband fell away from church for almost seven years, but God invited them back through hardships in their lives.

Seera found herself at a church plant in Tokyo. The gospel-centeredness of this new church was certainly a blessing, but she still felt out of place. She didn’t feel comfortable with the western way of thinking and of studying the Text.

Then she started listening to BEMA, and it was the first time she’d ever heard her eastern way of thinking was valuable and could coexist with western theology. Seera gained resources to renew her perspective of God, the Text, and the Church. And hearing Marty share his own struggles around not fitting in with his community, yet still yielding to the importance of submission and trust, she was encouraged to strive for the same.

“Becoming someone who can trust the story, live selflessly, and pursue the Kingdom of God (shalom) is my prayer every day.”
Marty or Brent may be coming to your neck of the woods (though not likely right now as we continue to try and weather the holidays with COVID). Reach out via the contact button at the bottom of this email and see if there is some time you can meet up with them or attend an event. If more information is available, we will include it below.

FEBRUARY 9: Teaching time for the NCC Protégé program
FEBRUARY 16: Livestream Q&A on the BEMA Twitter account
FEBRUARY 19–21: UMass and New England-area virtual Bible conference
FEBRUARY 25–26: Purim

MARCH 21: Livestream Q&A on Facebook
MARCH 25: Virtual teaching with InterVarsity NC/SC
MARCH 27: Passover
MARCH 28 – APRIL 4: Unleavened Bread

APRIL 8–21: Discipleship Training School with YWAM Cascade
APRIL 22 – MAY 3: Time in southern Idaho for INSPIRE weekend at TFRC
Published by BEMA Discipleship, in partnership with Impact Campus Ministries.