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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

September 10: The GOSPEL and SOUTH PARK Week one: Starvin' Marvin, Cornelius, Pat Robertson, and the Marklar

To kick off our month of cartoon inspired Bible study we watched South Park episode Starvin' Marvin in Space (you can watch it at southparkstudios.com) and read Acts 10. The episode is all about Starvin' Marvin, an Ethiopian the boys of South Park know, and how he tries to transport his people to the beautiful planet Marklar that is free from Christian missionaries. Acts 10 tells the story of Cornelius, a nice guy but a gentile, who Peter shares his faith with. All this lead to an interesting conversation about evangelism and how we are called to evangelize.

A lot of the discussion focused around what how we are called to evangelize with more than our words. "Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words", goes the saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, although he never wrote that.

We also read the story of the good Samaratin as an example of how actions can mean more than words when it comes to evangelizing. We closed with James 2:14-18. Leave a comment and say what you're thinking about evangelism. -jwood.

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