September 30, 2008


Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 3:30 pm

Saturation begins in just a few minutes. Today, we’ll be reading Mark 5, 6 & 7. It mainly consists of Jesus performing miracles. Most of the questions I’ve prepared for the group ask something like – if they believe that God is able to accomplish anything through them.

Each week I’m asking the group to summarize the reading with just 3 or 4 words (it’s a great exercise to help us think in big themes & to summarize what we’ve read so that we don’t miss the big picture). Last week crowds, preaching, repent, and follow were some of the words given for Mark 1-4. I’m anxious to see what they learn from God’s Word today.

It Won’t Die

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 10:48 am

Jesus Is My Friend that I posted about here just won’t die. Michael was jealous about me posting it before him & my friend Gary emailed me about it. David Crowder Band (great website), my current favorite band (although my current favorite song is Tomlin’s Jesus Messiah – at least until it becomes overplayed & over sung). David Crowder blogged about it his band singing it here. Anyway here’s the band doing there version of Jesus Is My Friend.

September 29, 2008

Good Links

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 10:08 am
The Glenns with Bobby Jindal

The Glenns with Bobby Jindal

September 28, 2008

Happy Dog

Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 3:41 pm

While I’m at home this afternoon working on 2 book reviews, Amanda & Roscoe went to her parents for lunch & to spend the afternoon. There are few things Roscoe enjoys more than riding in a car (sleeping, eating, having his butt scratched, & sleeping some more). He especially enjoys riding in the Miata rather than in the back of my truck. Here’s a few pictures I took as they were leaving:

September 26, 2008


Filed under: Personal,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 11:10 am
  • Amanda’s grandmother passed away on Wednesday afternoon, the visitation was last night and the funeral is this afternoon. Her grandmother’s last few weeks were so difficult, the family has really been able to rejoice that their wife/grandmother/great-grandmother/sister/aunt is no longer suffering.
  • The family asked me to preach her funeral, but last night while at the visitation I noticed on the order of service that a Reverend Tullos is preaching, so I’m anxious to see who that is (I use to punch the kids in my 1st youth group if they ever put “brother”, “reverend”, or any other preacher sounding title in front of my name. It worked amazingly well at getting those country kids out of that habit. Click here to read about a similar account on my old blog).
  • Tonight, I have the huge honor of participating in the homecoming ceremonies at Hillcrest (Jamie’s old school) where one of our freshmen girls is in the homecoming court. I’m getting to drive the convertible. I have a nice selection of songs to play that will likely freak her out & I’ve warned her that the school may consider our drive a parade, but to me it’s a race.

September 25, 2008

Does Giving Matter?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 1:24 pm

I’m not planning on posting much of my political views, but this post by Tim is a must read.  He provides details of McCain’s, Obama’s & Biden’s record of charitable giving (Palin has yet to release her tax returns).

  • How big on an issue is charitable giving?
  • Does it matter if our president gives to charities?
  • What does it reveal about their heart?
  • What does my/your giving reveal about my/your heart?

Go & read Tim’s post.

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

September 24, 2008

Brief SYATP Reflections

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 9:37 pm
  • Amanda’s grandmother died this afternoon.  One of Amanda’s aunts said it well as her mom passed “mom, you’ve finally made it.”  It is a relief for the family in many ways, but still difficult.  The funeral will likely be Friday & the family has asked me to preach the service.
  • SYATP was a good day.  Kids gathered & prayed so it was a success.
  • Good crowd tonight for the city-wide service.  I’d guess somewhere between 300-325.
  • Josh Brister will forever be known as “John” Brister after the band’s introduction tonight by a well-meaning teen.
  • After the worship service Amanda & I ate w/ Josh and the band (Charlie, ‘Topher & Brett).  I really appreciate those guys.  Their great musicians, have great hearts & have a great sense of humor.
  • I’m proud of our teenagers.  They really are a great group of teenagers.

See You At The Pole

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 11:20 am


This morning was See You At The Pole. I really like it for 2 reasons:

  1. Teens gather to pray for their friends, family, teachers, schools, city, country, etc.
  2. It brings many of the Clinton churches together. All of us youth ministers (Kenny, Mark, Stevie & myself) began meeting a couple of months ago about today. Last week we met w/ a few students from each school to help them plan & to do some videos we’ll use tonight at the city-wide youth worship service. This morning we each went to a different school to video, we met up at CHS to give Mark (he’s incredible at video stuff) our footage, and then dined at Chick-fil-a.

Tonight all of the churches will worship together at FBC Clinton from 6:30-7:45. Parents, the best place to pick up your teen after the event is in the parking lot behind the FBC Sanctuary. See the map below for directions & a layout of their campus.

Random Pictures

Filed under: Pictures — Neil @ 10:54 am
I don’t  post pictures nearly as often as Nicki, but here are a few from the past few weeks.
Roscoe sleeping in the floor of the Miata

Roscoe sleeping in the floor of the Miat

me & Roscoe

me & Roscoe

My neice pointing the way for the Arrows at her first CHS game

My neice pointing the way for the Arrows at her first CHS game

Mature college & high school kids before sr. high worship

Mature college & high school kids before sr. high worship

Amanda & I at The Varsity

Amanda & I at The Varsity

30 minutes before kickoff at Ga. Tech, by far the best part of the "game"

30 minutes before kickoff at Ga. Tech, by far the best part of the

September 23, 2008

Saturation Begins

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 12:22 pm

Saturation begins today at 4:00-5:00 p.m. at D.Q. I’m really excited about Saturation. I don’t know rather 3 or 30 teens will show, but regardless I believe that we will witness DRAMATIC GROWTH in the life of teenagers who develop the discipline of reading God’s Word.

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