Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Haitian food night

February 3, 2009 Leave a comment

CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — tonight was Haitian food nite.  Great food, especially the pumpkin “freedom” soup!
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Equadorian food night

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

081202_sjvcs-equadorian-food-night-3CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — tonight was food from Equador.  Good eatin’


Colombian food night

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

081118_sjvcs-colombian-food-night-09CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — Tonight was Colombian food night.  I forgot what everything was named, but it was all good, especially the dessert of banana in sweet orange sauce.  Also showed some videos about Colombia … first one is sweet … second one is funny with lots of movie clips involving Colombia … check them out.

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Colombia is Passion

Colombia: Are you willing to take the risk?  (funny)

Talladega food night

September 2, 2008 Leave a comment

CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — Our seminary tradition of Tuesday Cultural Food Night has started up again this year with Talladega Food Night.  Some great redneck culture with BBQ chicken, cornbread, potato salad, coleslaw, fried onions, fried mushrooms and peach cobbler for dessert.  — country music for mood, of course!


Cuban food night

Tonight’s CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT featured Cuban food, which I helped (un pocito) with after classes.  Chicken & rice (secret ingredient = Corona), plantains (chips & cooked).  — Great eatin’ / delicioso!
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Church history, #2 Paul the Troubleshooter

St. Paul the ApostleAs I revist the book, The Story of the Church: Peak Moments from Pentecost to the Year 2000, chapter 2 is “First-Century Adjustments,” focusing on Paul the Apostle.  It has always confused me how Paul was the “go-to-guy” to answer any questions of theology & the Christian life.  He wasn’t even one of the original 12 apostles, but spoke with such authority, even declaring himself an apostle.  His conversion story (Acts 9) is amazing enough.  But even more unbelievable is how fast the Christian community embraced him and bestowed authority to dictate Christian “policy,” an even greater testament to grace and the submission to the Holy Spirit.

Paul is a master cameleon of evangelization, able to adapt the gospel message to any culture.  He was well-versed in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT), had a heart for his audience, walked in their shoes, and presented the challenge of the Gospel in their “language.” — everything a Christian is called to do.  A great example is Paul’s sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17:16-34.  It seems so supernatural … because it is … it’s only possible through the Holy Spirit.

That reminds me of a line from the “Fishers of Men” priesthood video when it’s said, “It’s not natural to be a priest … it’s a supernatural calling.”  — You can’t disagree with that.

Pope, drugs & Brazil

Pope in Brazil (May 2007)I read an article in the Miami Herald today on Pope Benedict XVI in Brazil saying “Drug dealers face God’s wrath”on the front page.  Americans (especially non-believers) must see that (like I did) and say “Duh! — the Pope just discovered drugs are bad?”  I think it’s because most Americans forget how many Latin American countries have government officials so influenced by drug dealers (like special interests in our country), that they’ve been numbed to any promises of changes.  A fresh outside voice may jump-start the hard work that needs to be done to bring healing.  With nearly half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics in Latin America, the churches are experiencing an “exodus” of the faithful, like in Europe:

”People only go to church to ask for a favor, and when they get it, they go away.” …”People don’t know what church they belong to anymore, and they’re trying out everything.”

Surveys show that although Brazil remains the world’s largest Roman Catholic country, Catholics are now only 64% of the population, down from 89% in 1980. Those calling themselves evangelical Protestants rose to 15% from 7%.

What’s going on?  I can’t say I’m surprised about the numbers.  What’s always surprised me is how most Latin Americans can be Catholic in the first place.  They have such an extremely patriarchal culture, where woman are expected to ignore “modesty” and ignore their men’s extra-extramarital affairs as a by-product of being over-sexualized.  I understand that our response to our Catholic faith differs dependent on our culture, but this kind of culture make Catholicism so superficial that it justify the exodus.  I hope and pray that the Latin American and Caribbean bishops’ conference finds some practical ways to awaken a “purified” fruitful response, and not just a paper mission statement.  If they don’t, ministry to Latin Americans, especially in south Florida, will continue to be an uphill battle that the church can’t ignore.

Kermit?  Anyone?