Seek First the Kingdom: A night on priorities and time management
Here is the talk from the 11/30 Youth Night on priorities, order, and time management. This talk really seeks to understand what is driving our busyness and some biblical principles for getting things straight.
The thesis is really this:
Saying "Jesus is Lord" of my life means that my life cannot look the exact same as it did prior to the encounter - Jesus is Lord = life-changing experience.
So, will you seek first His kingdom, will you put your treasure there?
Fr. Carroll breaks through some common misconceptions about God the Father and our struggles to grasp who God is. This talk challenges us to work past the tendency to make God in our image, so that we can truly be made in His.
Here's Tony breaking down rules for engaging in dialogue, the Church, the Bible, and sola scriptura. He gets into an argument from Scripture for the Eucharist, but we ran out of memory on the card to capture all of it!
Woe to me
Date: September 29, 2014
Woe to me
Talk by Brad on the Youth Ministry theme for this year - PROCLAIM. Why is proclaiming the Gospel with our deeds and words a duty? Why do I have to proclaim in order for my joy to be complete? Why is "woe" to befall me if I don't preach the Gospel?
It all comes down to how you answer one question: "Who do you say that I am?"
If He is Christ, the Messiah, if He is your God and your Lord - then He gets all of you and you get a share of His mission.
This talk was given at the 2014 High School Youth Ministry Kickoff. Simply put, we cannot live out our call to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed if we are spiritually deaf (i.e. unwilling to hear God's word). But, God has a response to our deafness...
Here, Brad engages the mentality that Mass and the sacraments are just the same old thing week in, and week out. We often find ourselves overrun by what appears to be mundane, and miss the Mystery. We often find ourselves filled but stale and stagnant, because we are not allowing ourselves to be poured out in service to the Gospel, to evangelization, to others. We are not hungry enough and so we reduce the encounter with Christ to "same old, same old."