(Video) 2020 TD Year-End Celebration!

Full video of ’20 TD Year-End Celebration

Hey TD!

By all accounts so far, the ’20 TD Year-End Celebration was the best Zoom event that any of us has ever had!  Even the coronavirus couldn’t keep us down and couldn’t keep us from whole-heartedly celebrating God’s abundant goodness and faithfulness to us this year!

It’s easy to see that SO MUCH planning and hard work went in to making this the best event possible.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who did their part in making this such a memorable celebration, especially to Aileen, Calvin, Daniel/Sandra who hand-delivered all the Martinelli’s to each and every home!

ENJOY!

’20 TD Year-End Celebration Table of Contents

0:00 – 8:50                         Daniel’s Awesome Recap of the ’19 – ’20 TD Year

8:50 – 9:18                         Intro to Worship – John emcee

9:18 – 17:07                      Worship – “Sovereign Over Us” – Robert, Kathy, and Hannah

17:08 – 17:51                    Guess That Baby! – Allison emcee

17:51 – 20:43                    Tribute to Parents – Anabell

20:49 – 21:14                    Guess That Baby! – Gaby emcee

22:34 – 23:04                    Intro to Game – Charis emcee

23:36 – 31:48                    Round 1 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

31:52 – 34:45                    B-Ball “Knockout” – Angela v. Daniel v. Arthur

34:46 – 36:56                    Joke Break – Alycia emcee

36:56 – 51:13                    Address – “Drawing Near at Arm’s Length?” – Arthur

51:14 – 51:58                    Charis/Raina emcees

51:59 – 55:03                    Round 2 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

55:04 – 59:32                    Ping Pong – Stella v. Arthur

59:46 – 1:00:30                Guess That Baby! – Caleb/Harmony emcee

1:00:50 – 1:03:36             Tribute to Parents – Benson

1:03:40 – 1:04:10             Guess That Baby? – Caleb/Harmony emcees

1:04:15 – 1:06:40             Tribute to Parents – Stefan

1:06:49 – 1:07:10             Guess That Baby! – Harmony emcee

1:07:27 – 1:07:48             Allison/Rebecca emcees

1:08:10 – 1:13:05             Round 3 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

1:13:35 – 1:17:40             Nerts – Sandra v. Daniel v. Angela v. Stella

1:17:45 – 1:18:04             Gaby/Alycia – emcees

1:18:53 – 1:24:36             Thanking TD Leaders – Sandra

1:24:48 – 1:25:33             Rebecca/Harmony – Emcees

1:25:37 – 1:30:17             Thanking Arthur/Sandra – Kathy

1:30:17 – 1:30:55             Charis – Emcee

1:31:18 – 1:36:19             Tribute to Anabell – Sandra

1:36:25 – 1:40:56              Tribute to Stefan – Robert

1:41:00 – 1:46:13             Tribute to Paul – Calvin

1:46:25 – 1:51:26             Tribute to Jade – Rebecca

1:51:30 – 1:57:14             Tribute to Benson – Daniel

1:57:15 – 1:57:39             Raina emcee

1:57:40 – 2:05:32             ’19 – ’20 TD Year-End Slideshow

2:05:47 – 2:06:16             Harmony emcee

2:06:17 – 2:07:05             Daniel thanks Jonathan

2:07:06 – 2:10:00            Trivia Game Winners Announced – Arthur

2:10:07 – 2:17:19             Year-End Toast – Daniel and Friends

2:17:19 – 2:18:02             Closing Remarks – Allison emcee

2:18:03 – 2:18:35             Daniel Thanks Juniors

2:18:40 – 2:21:07             Closing Prayer – Sandra

2:21:08 – 2:23:44             Remarks to Parents – Arthur

 

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Hey TD!

We have a great TD Year-End Celebration planned for this Saturday to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us this ’19 – ’20 year!

Though we can’t be together physically, it’s going to be fun and meaningful closing the year out together.  PLUS, we’re going to honor our departing seniors as they become TD alumni.

We need your RSVP’s ASAP, otherwise we can’t include you in some of the specific special things planned.

Your families are also invited to join us!  Please RSVP with your small group leader if you are coming or not, and if your family will be coming.  Again, we need your response ASAP.

We are also requesting that guys wear collared dress shirts and gals wear something similarly nice!

See you on Saturday!

 

A Father’s Day Podcast – “That’s My Dad”

Daniel and Arthur’s “A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast

* If you cannot directly access the podcast via the embedded icon above, please click the link below:

“A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast (mp3)

Hey TD!

My son, Daniel, knows my heart.  He knows I love my family.  And he knows my mind is always thinking of how to edify those under my spiritual care.  So, for Father’s Day a few years ago, he produced a 12 minute multi-generational podcast for me that kills 3 birds with one stone: 1) his introduction honors me (while leaving me laughing); 2) the message honors my father, K.C., who raised and led me to my Eternal Father; and 3) through this podcast, you will come to understand who I am and why I am the way I am better (you’ll learn a lot about me that you didn’t know); which will help us both, as I attempt to push you, challenge you, lead you, cheer for you, support you, teach you, provide for you, protect you, inspire you, equip you … to love, honor, cherish, and live for your Eternal Father in a fuller and more meaningful way.

So, click on the icon above and enjoy!  I hope it will be an encouragement to you. Thanks, Daniel!

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That’s My Dad TV special hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman

The title of today’s post is inspired by a special TV show that my friend, Steven Curtis Chapman, hosted this weekend, called That’s My Dad.  It was a terrific show that was fun, encouraging, uplifting … and challenging … to me.  You’ll recall that his daughters, Emily (Executive Director of Show Hope) and Shaoey were so kind to join us at TD several weeks ago!

That’s My Dad has everything

– great music from Tauren Wells, Jillian Edwards, and of course, SCC himself (including the world premiere of his new song, That’s My Dad.

– great interviews with Naomi and Nathan Zacharias, Tauren Wells, Ernie Johnson, Jr., and Scotty Smith,

–  great recollections from Michael W. Smith, Zach Williams, the Chapman kids, and Mary Beth Chapman of their fathers.

I’d encourage you to watch it with your family.

Since Steven forgot to ask me to be on his show, the podcast is my tribute, as I join the others in saying … that’s my dad!

Would you take the opportunity to give thanks to God for your dad this Father’s Day? And then would you go to your dad, tell him you love him, and share with him why you are thankful for him?  I know you’ll bless his heart when you do.

– Arthur

TD Fri. – “A Biblical Look at Race, Pt. 2”

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Hey TD!

Last week, we tried to take an objective and biblical look at race – the way God ordained and looks at it.  Then we explored its deviance – in the forms of personal and interpersonal racism – and were challenged with taking a deep look inside to uncover the stereotypes and prejudices we personally have and actually carry out on a daily basis.

This Friday, we will explore institutional and cultural racism, as God cares also about the systems and communities that are the infrastructure of society, particularly at the levels we live at.  It will be a valuable, albeit potentially uncomfortable discussion.

See you Friday!

 

Hear from RZIM President, Michael Ramsden on “Where is God in the Coronavirus?” on Thursday! Register now!

Thursday Online Event Series Kicks Off This Week

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Hey TD!

Wow, RZIM is really coming to bat big time!  They are hosting the Thursday Series each Thursday for the next few weeks.  This Thursday is with Michael Ramsden, President of RZIM!  He is amazing – sharp as a tack, yet witty, funny, and winsome.

If any of you saw Vince last week, you know that he is a cut above.  Well, Michael, Jo, and Max are in the same category.  Top, top notch.  If you’re able, you definitely want to hear them, especially during the live Q & A.

I want to give you the opportunity to access the tools to grow as thinkers, future orators, defenders, and ambassadors for Christ.  To know Him and how He thinks and feels well will be invaluable for your future.

If you consistently take advantage of these opportunities, you will find your “game” improving, without even really knowing how it happened exactly.  It’s just like sports, where if you keep playing with the big boys, your game naturally improves.  Anyway, I’d commend it, if you’re able! – Arthur

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Where is God in the Coronavirus?
Speaker: Michael Ramsden (President of RZIM)

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Love at Arm’s Length: What Social Distancing Teaches us About Relationships
Speakers: Dr. Vince Vitale (RZIM Director for the Americas & Director of the Zacharias Institute) and Dr. Jo Vitale (Dean of Studies at the Zacharias Institute & RZIM itinerant speaker)

Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Life in the Marketplace Post-Pandemic
Speakers: Max Jeganathan (RZIM Asia-Pacific Regional Director)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 7:00 pm (ET)
Topic: 
A Christian Response to Past Pandemics
Speakers: Dr. Michael Haykin (Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

COST:

We are grateful to Noetic Shift and the partners of RZIM Canada who have made it possible for us to offer this event series for free.

REGISTRATION:

Click the button below to register for the event series. Following the first event, subsequent email reminders will be sent with access to the next event. You can choose to unsubscribe from these at any time. Please check your junk mail or email us at events@rzim.ca if you do not receive an email upon registration.

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Fixed: In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

** The podcast link in the previous post has been fixed

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

If you cannot directly access the podcast via the embedded icon above, please click the link below:

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

Hey TD!

In the midst of such historic times of social unrest, people of all colors have been protesting for the equality and freedom of those in black communities across the nation.  I sometimes wonder if everyone really knows the true nature and quality of that freedom that they are protesting for. It not only comes at a significant cost, but with a significant responsibility.

In this fourth installment of our In Joy podcasts, Sandra brings us to some of the history of this conflict through the lens of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, who was wrought with heaviness over a nation torn with racial strife over slavery.  It’s a timely podcast on the aspects of true freedom that aren’t often thought of … but need to be.

Listen, consider, and enjoy!

If you missed any of the other podcasts in the In Joy series, you can hear them by clicking below:

In Joy Podcast #1 – “Joy in the Un-Enjoyable” (Rebecca)

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

In  Joy Podcast #3 – “Finding Rhythms of Enjoyment” (Angela)

– Arthur

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

If you cannot directly access the podcast via the embedded icon above, please click the link below:

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

Hey TD!

In the midst of such historic times of social unrest, people of all colors have been protesting for the equality and freedom of those in black communities across the nation.  I sometimes wonder if everyone really knows the true nature and quality of that freedom that they are protesting for. It not only comes at a significant cost, but with a significant responsibility.

In this fourth installment of our In Joy podcasts, Sandra brings us to some of the history of this conflict through the lens of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, who was wrought with heaviness over a nation torn with racial strife over slavery.  It’s a timely podcast on the aspects of true freedom that aren’t often thought of … but need to be.

Listen, consider, and enjoy!

If you missed any of the other podcasts in the In Joy series, you can hear them by clicking below:

In Joy Podcast #1 – “Joy in the Un-Enjoyable” (Rebecca)

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

In  Joy Podcast #3 – “Finding Rhythms of Enjoyment” (Angela)

– Arthur

TD Fri. – “A Biblical Look at Race”

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Hey TD,

Building upon the discussion started last week during “God, Racism, and Us: A Look Inside” (please read if you haven’t done so), we will continue to work towards getting a better handle on this issue by grounding ourselves with a biblical understanding of what the Bible says about race.  From there, we can begin launching into discussions of sustainable long-term response and action.

Please feel free to use this as an opportunity to reach out and invite your friends to our discussion!

TD Fri. -“God, Racism, and Us: A Look Inside”

Video: Dr. Tony Evans on Social Injustice

Hey TD,

It’s been an historic week for our nation.  Paradigm shifting.  Explosive.  Peaceful.  Violent.  Hopeful.  Emotional.  Confusing.

Join us for TD this week as we dialogue about the issue of racism, both from without as well as within.  We’ll take a look at it societally and biblically and attempt to navigate our way towards God’s heart in all of this.  With all that’s going on, we are being forced to sit up and respond, and that’s a good thing; but each one of us will be required to do our own research, form our own convictions, and make our own statements … hopefully under His leading.

Amidst the cacophony of voices, each espousing a call and a cry, it hasn’t been easy to think and evaluate clearly.  One thing is for sure, His perspective is the fullest, fairest, most loving, and … the best one; and thus, His voice has to  have the most authority.  We’ll begin the journey of discovery this Friday.

It’s very difficult to empathize and sympathize with others unless we have experienced something similar ourselves.  Most TD’ers – students and leaders alike – have had minimal meaningful interaction with black people, so it has been hard to feel as emotional for blacks in America as we should.  That has undoubtedly led to an ignorant unawareness of and an indifference to their circumstances and plight.  They are letting the world know now how they are feeling; as Christians, we must listen – with our minds, with our hearts, and with God’s Word – and then meaningfully respond.

Here are some meaningful resources to read/watch to help us hear, listen, consider, and then act:

A Christian’s Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd

Eschatology and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests – The New Yorker

Regarding Chinese in America, here’s a lighter, but fascinating article about Bruce Lee (my childhood idol), his impact in America, and the racism that existed, which may help you empathize better:

Bruce Lee: Asian Pioneer, American Original

See you Friday for this valuable meeting!

 

Ravi Zacharias: A Personal Conversation, Pt. 2

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Pic: Ravi and his son, Nathan, at our home

Once again, we have the privilege to hear from Ravi Zacharias via an interview I did with him.  Though done years ago, his answers are timeless, interesting, and applicable for us.  This time, we take personal and insightful look into his life and ministry.

For those of you who missed Part 1, Click Here .  Ravi was a precious friend and hero who has had an immeasurable impact in my life as well as thousands of others.  He was widely considered as the finest and most impactful Christian apologist/evangelist in the world before his passing on May 19, 2020.

We have used the last two weeks to honor his life and legacy and to help inspire you to have a greater perspective on life and your calling in Christ:

Ravi: A Poetical Sketch – A Tribute to Ravi Zacharias by Daniel Hsieh

Ravi Zacharias: A Personal Conversation, Pt. 1

Ravi Zacharias: A Singular Life (1946 – 2020)

Ravi Zacharias Buried in Casket Built by Prisoners

A MUST WATCH! – Ravi’s Memorial

Enjoy and glean from this titan of the faith! – Arthur

Arthur:  You said at Founders Weekend (an annual weekend retreat for close friends of the ministry), with respect to the ministry, that God gave you a vision without giving you omniscience.  I knew what you were saying because if you really knew what lay ahead, in your human mind, you would have been overwhelmed and felled before you even started.  But what was it that you did see?  I’m sure you never envisioned the grandness of the impact that RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) would have.  What was it that you were looking to do when you started the ministry?

Ravi:  The need.  I saw the need .  That’s about all I could see . . . that the need was incredibly vast to reach the mind and that we were going to be committed.  What I did see in my mind were university open forums, businessmen’s luncheons, international conferences where we are reaching the thinker;  and so I very clearly envisioned these audiences coming in large numbers to listen to a defense of the Christian faith but I did not envision, say, the growth of the radio ministry, the growth of our team, . . . the marvelous opportunities that have come are extraordinary.  I mean we have a full time staff of 18 here (Atlanta), 14 or 15 in Madras (India), and now with Oxford (England), and Canada . . . we have contained growth in our planning.  We have made every effort to limit growth.

[Note: It was in 1984 that Zacharias founded RZIM, which today has 16 offices throughout the world in the United States, Canada, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and the Middle East. Through its global team of more than 90 full-time speakers and nearly 300 employees worldwide, RZIM seeks to impact the heart and intellect of society’s thinkers and influencers through evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, training, and humanitarian support.]

Arthur:  That’s a new approach!  Everyone else seems to strive to do it the other way (i.e. strive for growth rather than limit it).

Ravi:  (chuckling) This is the truth.  People sort of chuckle at it in our meetings but I think one of the most difficult decisions in life is to know when you are at your maximum and not to go wider but to go deeper.

Arthur:  That’s something I came away with at Founders.  Let me tell you that that has been so profound in my life.  Not only the messages but the people I was around . . . talking to different people and listening to the testimonies, I was there humbled . . .  It was kind of scary for me because I had never thought in such grand and deep terms.  It seemed that everyone I was meeting had that kind of deeper vision for ministry.  I was kind of scared because I think, as you would say, Aslan is on the move;  something was going on in my heart, like I was approaching a next step [in my spiritual life] or something.  That was so enriching.  We appreciate that (being included) very much.

Ravi:  I appreciate that, Arthur.  That was a special weekend, no doubt.

Arthur:  Back to the ministry, how did it come about that the vision came to mind.  [Weren’t] you in the business world before you were in ministry?  How did God bring you to this point?

Ravi:  When I came to Canada (from his homeland, India), I worked in the hotel industry.  I trained in catering technology and hotel management.  My whole goal was to be in the hospitality and hotel industry.  I enjoyed that very much and still miss it a lot because I like the hospitality industry, my focus mainly being food and beverage management;  but after working in it for two years, there was no doubt in my mind, that as each day was going by, God’s voice was getting clearer and clearer.  By that I don’t mean an audible voice but a tug at the heart to get myself into theological training and into ministry because that was where I was most fulfilled – in sharing my testimony or speaking to audiences.  It was very obvious to me where it was going but I just did not know what form it would take.  I knew it was going to be ministry but I didn’t know whether it would be as a missionary or an evangelist.  I just did not understand those terms very well, coming from India. . . .  I finished my undergrad and then worked full time for the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) for one year.  I then felt I needed graduate level education in philosophy if I was to truly wrestle with the questions people were asking.  I did my graduate level work at Trinity and after that became a professor for the Alliance . . . When I finally left the professorship to form RZIM, it was with the goal of reaching the thinker and training men and women to be able to think again for the glory of God.

Arthur:  Going back to [your early life], you were converted in India.  You said you were very sick or something?

Ravi:  Well, I was on a bed of suicide when I was 17.

Arthur:  Oh, that’s right. Was it really that meaningless or seemingly so at that point?

Ravi:  I think so because of the kind of culture in which I lived.  There’s a lot of pressure to do well in your studies and if you’re not going to do well, there’s no hope.

Arthur:  The Chinese kids that I work with have a strong feeling of that.

Ravi:  Exactly.  I talk to them here at Georgia Tech.  I’ve had them come to the office.  A Chinese youngster understands that very well [and] an Indian youngster understands it very well.  There’s a great similarity because of the size of our nations and the emphasis that is placed on scholarship, and then limited opportunities . . . it’s not good enough to do well, you have to be at the top of your class.  That’s the pressure.  If you don’t make it, there’s a lot of shame.

Arthur:  That’s right. So, you said your mother brought the Word in to you?

Ravi:  Yes, somebody brought a Bible into the hospital room –  a friend of mine whom I didn’t know that well – and he gave her John 14 to read to me.  In the hospital room, when she read it, that’s when [I made my commitment].  I had heard the gospel before but I didn’t have full understanding of the terms.

Arthur:  When she was reading the words, did something happen?

Ravi:  When she came to the verse when Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also” I said, “Lord, I don’t know exactly what this means but if this means that You’re the giver of life, then I want it, and I want Your life because the life I have I do not want.  I will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of truth if You will just change my life for me.

Arthur:  Afterward, then, was there an immediate difference?

Ravi:  Yes, an incredible difference.  I left the hospital room a brand new man.  I got involved in Bible studies with Youth for Christ and they became my nurturing agent really.

Arthur:  You told me in your letter to me last year that you thought the Chinese people had a special role in God’s plan in the next century.  What did you mean by that?

Ravi:  Well, I think they are a very, very uniquely gifted people.  If you look at the Chinese culture, there’s almost nothing, in terms of human capacity, that they as a culture do not possess.  [They are] incredible artists, very competitive in athletics, very gifted musically.  They know the diligence of thinking [and] scholarship – the Chinese scholar and so on.  They’re very, very gifted in business acumen and learning to make the best out of difficult situations.  They have an incredible survival instinct . . . through thick and thin, somehow they have managed to keep the home fires burning.  There’s a lot of courage in Chinese culture . . . If the gospel takes hold in China, I have no doubt that they will be the agents of change in the twenty first century . . . the key is going to be how the gospel takes root.

Arthur:  Are there any plans for RZIM to (minister in China)?

Ravi:  I think so, Arthur, I think so.  We generally wait for things to come about naturally;  we seldom construct a specific plan but the way God has opened up doors for us in the past, I think something will happen because of the impact we had in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

Arthur:  In your last statement here, what is your life’s passion or purpose?

Ravi:  Oh, to receive the divine accolade, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”;  I think to win the applause of God rather than anything else;  that God would be pleased with my life, that is my goal without a doubt.

Arthur:  Ravi, this has been a great time for me.  Thank you so much!

Ravi:  Oh, I appreciate that, Arthur.  We appreciate you, too, very much.  Give our love to Sandra . . . and thank you for taking the time.  It’s good to talk to you again.

Arthur:  You and your family have a great Christmas.

Ravi:  You too, my brother.  The Lord bless you.