Friday, July 1, 2016

John Piper in Bologna

During our last week in Bologna, John Piper visited our city before going south to be the keynote speaker at the largest evangelical conference that Italy has ever known.

Piper recorded his "7 take aways" from his time in Europe, and mentions Bologna a lot. He even mentions a group of evangelicals working at the oldest university in the world--that is us.

Read what Piper thought of his time in Italy here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Can't Stop the Feeling--Bologna Summer Mission

On our last day in Bologna, we gathered students from our Agape Italia movement and our Bologna Summer Mission team from America to make this music video, showcasing our city, our diversity, and our joy!

Can't Stop the Feeling--Bologna Summer Mission from Keri Armentrout on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

4 Spiritual Laws

Almost 60 years ago, a man named Bill Bright surveyed students at a prestigious university in California. As he reviewed the answers to the surveys, he learned that many many people wanted to know God but they didn't know how, and this broke his heart SO MUCH that he wept in his office, even in front of his staff. Because those students were intelligent, and keenly aware of the laws of science, he set to write a concise explanation of the laws of spirituality so that those who DID want to know could easily learn. Through his endeavor, literally millions have realized their desire to know God personally! This video has brought to life his words, and is beautifully reminiscent of the timbre of his own gentle voice. Whether you know God already, or want to know Him, may these humble words bless you today. Bill Bright founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 on the UCLA campus. God grew his step of faith into 60+ ministries in 200 countries around the globe. It began and continues to be a not-for-profit Christian ministry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Falling Plates Short Film

We love to watch and discuss short films. In a short amount of time, they can evoke deep emotions, create a shared experience, and give context for quality conversations.

Our favorite Gospel-themed short film is Falling Plates, and last summer, I started asking around with my connections to see if we could get this film translated into Italian. A task team was formed, and in April, it was complete!

We showed it during our weekly discussion night at our home, and we had great conversations about who Christ is.

You can watch the film in English or Italian.

Or if your first language is something else, there are options for many others at the bottom.

At the end, there is an opportunity to respond to the film with your thoughts and even sign up for a free weekly email series containing 24 essential truths about Christ!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Drawing Scripture

I've been experimenting with drawing the scriptures and it has been a great aid in meditating on these truths! Not only is it relaxing, but now throughout my day, this image with these words comes to mind.
(Can you find all the hidden words?) ;)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Walking to church

To get to church, we walk 4 minutes to the bus stop. We take a bus for 10 minutes, and then walk another 20. When the weather is nice, we play worship music on my phone and the kids skip along. But when the weather is bad, we have a system: I'm the caboose--I make sure no one gets left behind. Karl is the pace car...and occasionally the tow truck. ;)
Our congregation is about 30 people.

Worship music and the sermon is done in Italian. We have learned most of our spiritual vocabulary through the screens, as Italians don't talk about grace or redemption in everyday conversations. The kids go to a small Sunday school class--3 to 5 kids on an average week. The class is in Italian, which they still do not speak well (since they school in English). It has stretched their patience to participate in church when they don't understand the language. My oldest said, "Now I know to be thankful when I get to worship in English! I never thought to be thankful for this before!"