WORKING AROUND THE RAIN
August 29, 2011, University of Wyoming
I have not preached much at UW over the years since it is out of my usual way and the preaching season is short. In times past, I have spoken at the back of the Student Union. I started speaking at 11:45 with a pretty good flow in front of the Library. In the middle of the break someone said in passing that I would do better at the front of the Union. I instructed Sister Pat to check out that location. She reported that it did look better. Since I did not get anyone to stop at the break, I was going to return to the car to get my stool and go to the front of the Union. However, a boy and a girl stopped me to inform me that I was going about it in the wrong way. I argued with them for a time and others entered into the argument. Soon the argument turned to living above sin. There was a girl who did most of the talking who claimed she had studied two years of Greek. Somehow the Greek text justifies sin in her mind. It seems if they cannot justify sin in the English translation, they will go to the Greek. I am afraid the girl might end up screaming Greek in Hell.
|Students inform Bro. Jed that he is doing it the wrong way.|
I never did relocate to the front of the Union. Just before the noon break two policemen came out because they had gotten calls that people were arguing. I talked with them and showed them my driver's license. They seemed satisfied as we conversed as the classes were breaking. Student began to stop to see what was going on. By 12 noon I had a crowd of fifty. About 1 PM I turned the meeting over to Sister Pat. Shortly after, it started raining. Many left, but Pat continued preaching in the rain to about 10 students. One of them was a female who identified herself as a bisexual.
|Using Greek to justify sin!|
Pat was able to lead the students to cover in front of the library as the rain came pouring down. She preached until 2 PM. Meanwhile, Todd Schmidt arrived, who preached for the first time in the open-air last week at CSU after I turned my crowd over to him. He lives in Laramie with his wife and nine children. He holds two degrees from UW. Since there was a short break in the rain I started preaching loudly again and drew another crowd. But it was not long before there was another downpour so once again everyone took cover under the library awning. I had already informed Todd that I was going to turn the meeting over to him and let him finish the day since we had an 8 hour drive to Lincoln, NE.
We left campus at 2:45; Todd continued speaking. We drove through rain to North Platte, NE, which puts us in about 3 1/2 hours of the University of Nebraska for a Tuesday preach.
We had a productive day despite the rain. Todd appears to be committed to the campus ministry. He interacts well with students. Pray that the Lord will anoint him mightily to preach the Word. I gave him a copy of Who Will Rise Up?.
The following is a note Todd posted on FB concerning his experience last week: "I would like to ask you to pray for me and my campus ministry at the Univ. of Wyo. Wed., Aug. 24th, I had the privilege to go to CSU (Ft. Collins) and do some open-air preaching. There was another man on the campus preaching and I preached after he did. You can see some pictures in my photos that he took while I was preaching. I got to speak to students for over 3 hours. It was fantastic! They were attentive, listening and asking questions. I want to go back!"
|Students listening at the University of Wyoming.|
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FIGHTING THE SAVAGES
August 30, 2011, University of Nebraska
We drove five hours last night and another three hours this morning to reach Lincoln, Nebraska. John and Penny Harvey and their son, Daniel, met us on campus. John had a sandwich board sign and he was active witnessing on the sidelines all afternoon. They also passed out the mock $100 bills with a gospel message on the back from Living Waters ministry.
|The Harvey family ministered with us each day at the University of Nebraska.|
We did not start preaching until 1:15. I opened the meeting during a small break. After 20 minutes a few were sitting around which I thought would be a good group for Sister Pat. As she spoke a large class break passed and she picked up a sizable crowd.
|Sister Pat and the Holy Spirit captivate the students at UNL.|
About 2:45 I started preaching again and went non-stop until 6:35 PM to an attentive crowd with lots of questions. Jesus being the only way to salvation always stirs the pluralists. I was able to talk about the necessity of atonement. I was often in apologetics mode giving a reason for the hope within me.
Social, political and historical issues dominated much of the dialogue.
Yesterday, a female Christian objected to me addressing such issues. "Just tell them about Jesus," she demanded.
I answered, "If you believe that, why are you going to college? How much do they or you talk about Jesus in the classroom?"
|"Just tell them about Jesus," a critic demanded.|
Someone brought up the issue of Manifest Destiny. When I referred to the Indians as savages, it raised uproar among the students. It is bad enough to call them Indians anymore. Never mind that our founders in the Declaration of Independence used the term savage when they wrote that the King "has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions." Of course, the Declaration itself has become a political incorrect document today with four references to God, including speaking of him as the source of our rights.
I used the term savage because I wanted to contrast Christian civilization with savagery. Christianity is the engine that drives civilization. Rejection of Christianity returns a people to a state of barbarism. One of the marks of civilization is that it builds upon the knowledge of previous generations and attempts with each passing generation to improve the way of life though technological advancement, science and education. Of course, the students wanted to label me as racist in using the forbidden term. But I explained the problem of the tribes was not their race but their religion. Since they were into ancestor worship, they considered it an affront to their ancestors to significantly change their way of life. Also, they were animist who worshipped nature. Therefore, they were not going to bulldoze through mountains and build commercial highways which would cause offense to the God's of nature. The multiculturalists to whom I was speaking did not have a clue as to what I was teaching. They are into the greening of America which is a return to a state of nature or savagery. The savage party animals whom I daily address do not respect civilized institutions like marriage. They copulate like animals. Their musical tastes are base.
|"Christianity is the engine that drives civilization."|
Sister Pat was ecstatic over was she repeatedly called a "great day." Indeed, it was and it will be an unforgettable day to many of the savages.
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BATTLING TO SET THE SLAVES OF SIN & SATAN FREE
August 31, 2011, University of Nebraska
The hot, humid, muggy weather returned today. Thankfully, there are trees in front of the Student Union which provide shade. Students were already sitting on the steps of the Union when Sister Pat started preaching. So after her hour she was able to turn a crowd of about fifty over to me which remained constant for most of the afternoon. I noticed many of the same faces from yesterday.
|Sister Pat draws a crowd despite the hot and humid weather.|
One new face kept coming up with Bible verses for me to read. His first passage was 2 Tim 2:22-26, which is a good campus text:
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
I read it like he had never heard before, emphasizing fleeing youth lusts and the fact that the students are captives of the devil and do his bidding. As I raised high my crucifix staff, I proclaimed, "I have come as a soldier of the Lord to set you slaves free through the power of the gospel."
|"I have come as a soldier of the Lord to set you slaves free..."|
"But this passage says you must not argue," he responded as he held a cigarette in one hand and his computer Bible in the other. "You are arguing with the students."
I replied, "Jesus constantly argued with those who challenged him. The prophets of old argued with their opponents; Paul's letters are polemic."
Like many this student confused meekness with weakness. The Bible teaches Moses was meek above all men right after he orders 3000 rebels slaughtered.
As he brought up other verses and I responded by quoting other related verses, he accused me of "cheery picking" the Bible. Mind you, he was the one who was picking the verses and asking me to respond.
This encounter led me to teach on the rules of Biblical interpretation with an emphasis on considering the textual and historical context. Very few students begin to be qualified to interpret the Scriptures since so few have read a significant portion of the Bible. Hardly any have read the entire Bible. Therefore, they are always taking things out of context.
|"You are generalizing," students often complain.|
In John 8:15, Jesus warned against judging by mere appearance or human standards. Our Lord did not judge after the flesh but he judged righteous judgment. We are to judge in the light or conscience, reason and the Bible.
As it turned out the young cheery picker was a member of my college fraternity. He resented me putting the girls on "pervert alert" when fraternity boys were passing by. He claimed I was judging according to appearance and not judging righteously. Actually, I was judging according to my experience of fraternity life. Most frat boys are consumed with lust.
|Member of Delta Upsilon, Bro. Jed's fraternity, quotes the Bible in objection to the preaching.|
Throughout the day I was accused of generalizing. "Of course, I am generalizing; a generalization by definition implies exceptions."
Another student who came out blowing on his saxophone with the obvious intent of hindering my message had the audacity of accusing me of being rude. It wasn't long before another boy came out with his saxophone. Eventually, someone from inside the Union talked to the boys and the second boy put his sax back in his case. I had to often speak over the sax for an hour or so.
At the end of the day I called on Daniel to tell the students what Jesus met to him. He boldly said, "Jesus is my Savior, Lord and Judge." As I was driving the Harvey's back home, Daniel said, "That was the first time I preached."
|Daniel preaches for the first time!|
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AN ATTACK FROM MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
September 1, 2011, University of Nebraska,
Shortly after I started preaching, I was confronted by a mother, who was on campus visiting her college daughter. The mother was defending the students. She said that she was divorced. The daughter began to defend her mother for her divorce. I thought that this would be a good case for Sister Pat, who often addresses the divorce issue. And I prefer to let Sister Pat deal with the contentious women. Sister Pat addressed the Biblical responsibility of the wife and began to press the divorcee on why she was divorced. The response was, "It's none of your business!"
|Sister Pat often addresses the divorce issue.|
But of course it is the business of preachers to sustain the institution of marriage. It is everyone's business. That is why marriage and divorce are matters of the public record. That is why one gets a marriage license and must go to court to get a divorce. Unfortunately, the states established no fault divorce in this country in the 70's and it has had devastating effects on the family and society. The daughter said that she still "hangs out" with her father. Malachi taught that God hates divorce. Pat said in her day respectable people did not divorce. One can see the devastation of divorce when a father just becomes another friend to "hang out" with. The two women finally stomped off in a huff. God takes vows very seriously, as Jephthah found out. His vow was made in haste. Marriage vows are made with deliberation and made before many witnesses and usually in church. Yet they are so often broken with little fear of God.
Sister Pat told the male students, "You boys do not respect the girls. If you did, you would not have sex with them." A number of boys did claim they respected the girls even though they were having sex. Regrettably, the girls have no self-respect or they would not be fornicating. Neither the boys nor the girls have any fear of God. A Jamaican, a Bob Marley want to be, was lewd and vulgar and he had a couple of cohorts with him. They were making strange noises, cackling like chickens.
|"You boys do not respect the girls," Sister Pat.|
By the time Sister Pat tagged out the mob was in an uproar. I started by reading and commenting from Proverbs 8, "Doth not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. . . O ye simple understand wisdom: and ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate."
|Two policemen were monitoring the rabble.|
|The numbers reached up to 150 at UNL.|
The numbers reached up to 150 students. Two policemen were monitoring the rabble. One of them went up to one of the Jamaican's cronies and said something which calmed him down. Soon after, he left. Gradually, the throng settled down and I began to get some thoughtful questions.
From 2:30 until 5:30, when we closed out the meeting, things were relatively calm. Several students commended me on the sidelines for our ministry. A man from Slovakia
with a strong accent, who is planting a campus church in Lincoln, had lots of questions for me on confrontational evangelism. He has been working the crowd each day; Tuesday he even prayed with a homosexual. The Presbyterian pastor likes our style of ministry. I gave him Who Will Rise Up? and Walking in the Spirit. Brother and Sister Harvey remain active. For most of the afternoon they had a group around them.
September 2, 2011, University of Nebraska
It was very productive four days at UN. Students had lots of questions with many of them thoughtful. Today was the first time that I told the complete version of the Brother Jed Story. I related neither the '54 Chevy story nor sang the gay song despite several requests for it. One Christian girl asked me to tell my favorite Bible story. I told the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. She commended me for being such a great story teller. She asked me to tell the story of Jesus. I was glad to comply. This girl who started off questioning my love ended up shaking hands with me and giving me encouraging words.
|Slovakia minister praying with a UNL student.|
|Students were listening today.|
While Sister Pat was preaching, Titos Trxscak, the Pastor from Slovakia, asked me to pray for him. Titos approached me several times the last two days with questions concerning evangelism. He asked me about what he should read. I recommended Finney and Wesley. He said, "I want to be able to preach like you. You are very logical, yet simple, in your teaching."
|Titos Trxscak, a Presbyterian minister who encourage our work.|
I asked him if he had been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. He affirmed that he had been. I laid hands upon him and prayed that God would give him a baptism of boldness and that he would have wisdom to stop the mouths of the gainsayers. Titos believes in the future that the Lord will send him to Greece.
The last three days the students have been playing Brother Jed bingo while I preach. It does have the positive effect of helping them concentrate.
|UNL students playing Bro. Jed Bingo.|
My host, Dennis Nutter, with whom I go back to the 80's, came out this afternoon and witnessed most of the times on the sidelines spending an hour with one of my regular girl listeners. The Harvey's were out again today and promised that they were going to continue the ministry after my departure.
Shelby, to whom I gave a copy of Walking in the Spirit, wrote concerning my meetings, "Brother Jed continues to amaze on the streets of UNL!"
Rev. Christopher Keating, a Presbyterian minister in Missouri, wrote a critical article entitled, "Confrontational evangelism ignores the real needs of college students." Yet the Reverend had to admit in regards to a student who had contacted him regarding my ministry, "Even Brother Jed and Brother Micah could be a teaching point to a young adult who clearly was longing for a theology that makes sense. I doubt if he's been to church lately, but these evangelists were making him think. What did he really believe about God?"
|Playing Bro. Jed Bingo forces the students to focus on the message.|
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