Gift Matching Opportunity
Late last year, Marty released a three-part teaching series as we wrestled with what it means to respond to our cultural moments. The series elicited some passionate responses, some of them quite angry. This was disheartening to see, as our desire was not to be politically provocative, but to leave room for many different voices and perspectives to join together and rise above how the culture pitches the conversation, inviting us to approach it differently. Indeed, this was addressed directly in each part of the series. While we have been trained by our world to be combative, we also hold an invitation to be retrained by the Holy Spirit to be gracious and empathetic. This is still our intent. While the comments on voting are no longer as immediately relevant, the campaign is very much active.

Impact Campus Ministries and BEMA will be matching all gifts given to this campaign through the spring semester up to $5000. There are many different ways to address issues that are provocative. One way is to ignore them and avoid them at all costs; another way is to model an alternative approach. We may not be perfect in our attempts here, but this is our desire. Please feel free to use the button below to explore the series more!
What’s Happening Around the Globe?
Emma’s Story
This is Emma.

Emma’s from Phoenix, Arizona, but she heard about BEMA while she was in Scotland with some friends at camp. Looking back over the last couple years, she believes that what God has done through BEMA was one of the most transformative experiences of an action-packed summer. She started digging in intently before the pandemic and wanted to be deeply committed to diving into the Text for herself before listening to each episode.

To those ends, Emma made her own “reading schedules” where she read first and listened later. In Session 3, she swapped her approach since she was more familiar with those passages. She knows that these plans are not perfect, but she saw God routinely show up in this approach. She’s deeply grateful to God for the work of BEMA.

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We are often asked about reading plans for our study. We’d love to share what Emma has designed here. They aren’t necessarily the “official BEMA reading plan,” but we share it for multiple reasons:

1) You might find this reading plan to be exactly what you were looking for.
2) This idea may spark creativity in designing your own.
3) We love to share stories of how God uses our listeners; if BEMA is helpful, “how much more” will God’s work in you be?
Marty or Brent may be coming to your neck of the woods (and hopefully sooner than later with COVID numbers trending in the right direction). 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.

MARCH 11–16: Marty in Washington, DC
MARCH 21: Live Q&A on Facebook at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET
MARCH 25: Virtual teaching with InterVarsity NC/SC
MARCH 27: Passover
MARCH 28 – APRIL 4: Unleavened Bread
MARCH 28: Marty in Knoxville, TN
MARCH 29–30: Marty in Chattanooga, TN
MARCH 31: Marty in Hendersonville, TN

APRIL 1–2: Marty in Nashville, TN
APRIL 4: Marty preaching at University Christian Church
APRIL 6: Live Q&A on Marty’s Twitter at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET
APRIL 8–21: Discipleship Training School with YWAM Cascade
APRIL 22 – MAY 3: Time in southern Idaho for INSPIRE weekend at TFRC

MAY [TBD]: Live Q&A on Marty’s Instagram
MAY [TBD]: Donor/Campus Ministry Live Q&A on Impact’s Instagram
MAY 17: Shavuot
MAY 26-29: Association of College Ministries Campus Ministers Retreat
Published by BEMA Discipleship, in partnership with Impact Campus Ministries.