January 21, 2020


Taking off for Parts Unknown
Get on board as Gospel Adventures takes students, teachers, and other intrepid explorers to Mongolia for a five-day learning expedition that's fun and exciting!

Situated on the other side of the globe between Russia and China, Mongolia is vast in size and sparse in people. (It's the world's least densely populated country!) Famed for the conquering exploits of Genghis Khan, Mongolia is a land of wide-open spaces but close-knit communities.

With Go Mongolia! students and teachers get five days of online adventure that touches on numerous aspects of this captivating region. Student adventure of Mongolia takes place through short articles, videos, maps, colorful graphs, hands-on activities, eye-catching charts, identification boxes, questions for discussion, and more. All these pieces work together to highlight the country's ethnic groups, ways of living, religion, economy, culture and customs, government, language, history, and other features that make Mongolia so vast and diverse.

Drawing inspiration from Ephesians 3:17-19 and letting the immensity of Mongolia illustrate it, students will learn about God and "how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is." Student takeaways include a fresh awareness of the world's size and diversity as exhibited through Mongolian culture and its people. With this, they will gain a fresh appreciation of the work of the Gospel in their own lives and how God is at work in people's lives around the world.

This only scratches the surface of what this FREE five-day online experience holds for students. If you're a teacher, you can access our grade school curriculum sample now by clicking here.

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Explore Faith and Life Issues on THRED
At THRED you'll find a forum for the open discussion of ideas. You'll find fresh and ongoing conversations about the things that matter, the things we think about, as well as life's bigger issues —issues like God and faith and Jesus.

At THRED you can share your thoughts, communicate with others, and come away inspired by the give-and-take. THRED offers a place for people to talk about the things they care about. And while it offers a Christian perspective, visitors to THRED will find that it's amenable to all kinds of viewpoints.

At the THRED website, there are articles and vlogs (video logs) on relationships, community, society, God, Christianity, and other items of interest. These can be accessed by clicking here.

At THRED, your voice and experiences count. We know we can learn more through dialogue with each other, which then makes for wonderful and enriching discoveries. And we think the hardest topics should be talked about more, not less.

Stop by and visit us at THRED. Your Voice Matters.

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Layman Guides to Sharing the Savior
Sharing Jesus with others can be a little daunting sometimes. This popular three-pack of booklets by Don Everts, LHM's content development manager, help make these conversations easier and more natural. Titles include Who is Jesus?, Why Did Jesus Die?, and What is Faith in Jesus? For the kids, we're including Do You Know Who Jesus Is?: an illustrated, pocket-sized volume with a story kids will love to read and pass along to others.

You can get this handy four-pack for $20 (complete with display stand) by clicking here.

Don't forget there's a whole library of Project Connect booklets available which touch on dozens of topics. You can check them out by clicking here and browsing the selection.

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Our Hat, Your Head, One Photograph
The Men's NetWork is giving away the classic This Is The Life DVD for your 2020 WEAR in the World pictures. If you're unfamiliar with this long-running program that aired on commercial TV for years, you will be pleasantly surprised. Each storyline has a powerful message of faith, and viewers will enjoy the Gospel-centered character of these programs.

You'll see several stars doing some very early work. You can check out Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), Daniel Travanti (Hill Street Blues), Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), and Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men), as they ply their craft at the onset of their careers—long before they became familiar faces on TV and the big screen.

To get your This Is The Life DVD, send us a photo that meets the following criteria:

1. The photo must show you wearing a recognizable Men's NetWork item: a hat or shirt.

2. The picture must be of an identifiable and commonly accepted landmark location! We define this as the majority of the judges can view the picture and immediately recognize where the photo was taken. If the judges have to go to the internet to find the location, it's probably not easily recognizable. But either way, send it anyway. We like to see where those in the Men's NetWork are traveling!

3. To get your DVD, you must include your full mailing information.

4. The decision of our esteemed and impartial panel of judges is final.

Click here for more information and the submission process. You'll see the box at the top right of the page.

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Sentido Latino Helps Hispanics Navigate U.S. Culture
Every week, Lutheran Hour Ministries' Spanish-language podcast, Sentido Latino, features program hosts Rev. Luciano Vega-Ayala and Deaconess Noemi Guerra. Together they address significant cultural, moral, and social challenges that Hispanics face as U.S. citizens. The duo's chemistry is contagious. Speaking from a Christian-Latin perspective, they offer listeners their insights, experience, and a healthy dose of godly wisdom.

Sentido Latino means "Latin sense," and its tagline, "Donde tu vida tiene Sentido," means "Where Your Life Makes Sense." Launched in 2018, each 15-20-minute podcast raises and discusses issues and values that directly impact the family, spiritual, and community life of U.S. Hispanics. You can check out Sentido Latino by clicking here! The website provides transcripts for each program; offers articles and suggestions for real-life application and provides free downloadable resources.

Sentido Latino's accompanying Facebook page @sentidolatino engages a wider audience with daily inspirational quotes and images that can be shared via Facebook and other social media. "Un camino mejor" (A Better Way), a weekly one-minute reflection, is also shared via the web, Facebook, and WhatsApp with an even larger audience.

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Talking Bias
Understanding implicit bias can be an extremely difficult task for most people. It requires a degree of self-awareness and a willingness to admit that, sometimes, many of our daily interactions with other people are shaded by prejudice, even when we mean well. Nobody wants to own up to assuming that a person is less intelligent because of their hair color, or that they're less capable because of their age, or that they're more dangerous because of their skin color.

But, the reality is that we all have our own biases that need to be acknowledged, unpacked, and unlearned.

As a young(ish) black male, I've come face-to-face with race-based bias more often than I could even attempt to quantify. It's not uncommon for interactions fueled by biases to result in viral videos and attention-grabbing headlines. It's more common, however, for them to be felt in the tiny, seemingly harmless, micro-aggressions that members of minority groups encounter throughout everyday life.

No person of color is a stranger to moments like having your name intentionally mispronounced because it's slightly less common than "John." (Seriously, if you can pronounce Polish last names where "-dzki" is a common suffix, you can figure out "Jamel" without making a show of it.) Encountering bias is a part of life for many of us, and navigating it eventually becomes second nature.

Sifting my thoughts on this topic caused me to look at my own prejudices. What I found was that, in a strange way, being aware of how much of a role implicit bias and micro-aggressions play in my day-to-day interactions has led to me forming biases of my own as a bit of a defense mechanism.

Simply put, I assign biases to certain groups of people before I even give them a chance to exhibit them. When I see a police officer, I expect them to single me out and treat me unfairly. When I speak to "baby boomers," I expect my life experiences to be minimized and written off as an unmotivated millennial. When I meet a vegan, I expect them to preach on the health benefits of removing delicious fast-food double cheeseburgers from my diet.

So what can we do about it?

While it's probably impossible to rid yourself of all biases, what we can do is limit the amount of control they have over our actions. In order to accomplish this, we must acknowledge our prejudices and then work to make sure our interactions are not governed by them.

As difficult as it may be to admit it, this blog might be about you. Do you show favoritism or prejudice based on snap judgments of people you've just met? Do you harbor damaging opinions about other people based on insufficient data and assumptions you've adopted along the way? I've taken a long look in the mirror and named some of my biases.

Can you name some of yours?

Written by Justin Fantroy

Prejudice is difficult to overcome, especially if we don't see it in ourselves. What are yours?

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You can let the folks at THRED know what you think by clicking here.

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