It is a beautiful Monday morning at Camp Wapo in Amery, Wi. I am about to begin a week of teaching our middle school Confirmation students about God’s Love as it is expressed and documented in the Christian Bible. This is the third year that I have had the privilege to carry on Easter Lutheran Church’s tradition of offering to our families the option to receive Confirmation training in one intensive week at camp.
Our goal this week (and this year in our various Confirmation Options) is to walk through the Christian Bible (what most people call the New Testament). We hope to:
- See the four portraits of Jesus painted by the Gospels,
- Ride the Roller Coaster of Jesus’ life and ministry,
- Learn the importance of Jesus’ key teachings and how they apply today,
- Meet the key characters of the Gospels and Acts (and make a movie about it),
- Learn what it means to be a witness in our world,
- Grow deeper in our trust that Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection really is the hope of the world.
- connect these stories to our stories and how we can carry on the work of Jesus in our world.
I love Camp Wapo and I am thrilled that their theme for this year is Claimed: Wildly Loved by God. It complements our topic perfectly.
I invite you to pray for the 84 middle school students, 12 high school students (here to be student leaders), The Wapo Counselors walking with our students all week, Deacon Hans, our interns (Kendra and Ben), and me as we seek to grow deeper in the love of God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the world this week.
The Graphic Novel is Now in Print
The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus.
Jesus was a Jewish teacher who was not afraid to speak truth to power, challenge social boundaries, and show unconditional love to all people, regardless of status. Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection are both the fulfillment of what the Hebrew prophets foretold and the promise of God’s coming Kingdom.
This graphic novel version of the Gospel of Matthew invites you to enter Jesus’ story as one of the crowd who listens to his teaching, watches what he does,