April 22, 2014

Sermon Audio: A Ressurreição, Fato ou Ficção (The Resurrection, Fact or Fiction)

Easter Sunday message at the Igreja Batista Regular Ebenézer. An English-language version can be found here.

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Birds-eye View

Google Earth recently improved the resolution of their pictures of the Morros area, so I grabbed a shot of the camp property and added some lines (via Skitch) to give you an idea of what God has given us.

In related news, we had another exciting meeting last night with the committee that has formed to get the camp off the ground. It looks like we will be digging a well and having a topographer look at the property before the end of May.

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April 19, 2014

Sermon Audio: O Verdadeiro Noé (The True Noah)

Every once in a while Hollywood presents us with an opportunity to talk about the Bible. Even though they royally messed up the story, more people are talking about Noah these days than in recent years combined. Last Sunday at Ebenezer we examined the biblical Noah.

This audio is in Portuguese, so if you have any lusophone (Portuguese speaking) friends, feel free to pass it along.

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Easter Musical Interlude: In Christ Alone

Not just because it is Easter, but because this is one of the most theologically loaded songs I have ever heard. Enjoy, and rejoice!

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Meet Me in São Luís: High (yet accessible) Culture

It's been a while since I've done one of these MMISL posts, highlighting the culture or interesting facts of my adopted city. Last night I got to experience a cultural event that illustrates just why I love this town.

Mikey and I had the privilege of joining two young people from one of our churches at a classical music concert in the magnificent Arthur Azevedo theater. On stage was the Academia Jovem Concertante (Youth Concert Academy), with a repertoire of Bach, Mozart and a couple lesser-known Brazilian composers.

This organizations puts uber-talented kids from all over Brazil together for a week of intense training, and then a few weeks of traveling. Below is a promotional video that shows their work:

To say it was amazing would be an understatement. The rich, high-quality classical music, together with the ambiance of the magestic Arthur Azevedo made for a stellar event.

To give you a taste of the event, here is a video of the group playing a Mozart piece (note: this video is not from last night's performance).

Update

A couple pictures I took:


The obligatory "selfie"


Full balconies at the Arthur Azevedo Theater


A little chamber music


Members of the orchestra who are from here in Maranhão

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