ICYMI: Posts from Testify

Back at the end of March, we mailed out a print publication called Testify to all Urbana 15 participants. While we don’t have anymore Testify’s in print, we have been we publishing posts from Testify here on urbana.org. Here they are all gathered together for your reading pleasure.

Micah’s work has taken him into places that are uncomfortable, both physically and spiritually. He has pointed a camera directly at the pain and brokenness in the world. Micah’s experiences have placed him firmly in the uncomfortable place of asking difficult questions…
Some of these systems have explicit racism at their inception, but many are racist out of the ignorance and apathy that festers when those in charge don’t intentionally seek the benefit of the minority in the margin.
In John 13, Jesus commands his disciples: “Love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another…” The way we love those whom we have not seen is through prayer.
God is not seeking so much to use us as to love us. Our participation in his work comes out of his love for us, not the other way around. If we really want to be a part of God’s work we must first linger in his love for us in the present.
You have been fearfully and wonderfully made. But you have not been made in a vacuum. Whether or not you’re aware of it, who you are is intricately and uniquely linked to the communities you’ve been a part of. The worship style that resonates with you most deeply—your worship story—comes out of these communities.
Every every time someone asks you, “How was Urbana?” it’s an opportunity to share not only about your conference experiences but also about the broader story of God you’re living in.
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