May 29, 2009

Bye Jay

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 4:20 pm

Tonight, we say goodbye to Jay Leno as the host of the Tonight Show.

When he initially took over for Johnny I was a bigger fan of Dave.  I was really intrigued by NBC’s decision making to select Jay rather than Dave to be the Tonight Show host.  I even read Late Shift which gave all the behind the scene details that occurred.

I stayed loyal to Dave through my college years.  Sometime after that I began making the switch to Jay.  In recent years I only check out what Dave is up to while Jay is having a commercial break.

I’ve set the dvr in case something comes up & we are away from the tv tonight from 10:30-11:30.

Bye Jay.  See you @ 9.


Friday Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 8:41 am

May 28, 2009

Texting May Be Taking A Toll

Filed under: Media,Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:43 am

Texting has become a primary form of communication.  I average about 2,000 texts each month.  I’d guess that most of the teens in my ministry average more than 5,000 per month.  A few clear the 10,000 mark.

This article gives some really interesting points on the toll texting may be taking on us.

2 quotes that stood out to me from the article:

Psychologists expect to see teenagers break free from their parents as they grow into autonomous adults, Professor Turkle went on, “but if technology makes something like staying in touch very, very easy, that’s harder to do; now you have adolescents who are texting their mothers 15 times a day, asking things like, ‘Should I get the red shoes or the blue shoes?’ ”

Even though they text 3,500 messages a week, when they walk out of their ballet lesson, they’re upset to see their dad in the car on the BlackBerry,” she said. “The fantasy of every adolescent is that the parent is there, waiting, expectant, completely there for them.

Wednesday Reflections

Filed under: Summer,Wednesday Nights,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:13 am

Last night was our final Wednesday youth worship service until August 19.

  • Much of our crowd has been @ the beach the past 2 weeks.  Although last night’s crowd was smaller they were really engaged.  We removed a lot of seats, did a different seating arrangement & redid all of our stage lighting.  All of those really seemed to help.
  • Music was good.  We are at the start of a transition for our youth worship.  Josh Brister (Mike’s son & led w/ me @ Parkway) has joined us as our youth worship leader.  During the summer he’ll be working w/ teens to develop a youth worship band.  So, for right now we are doing a laid back acoustic style worship – I think it’ll be good for the summer.
  • Mike finished up the final week of Simplify Your Life.  His main points were: just say no, turn it off, & clean it out.  The main passage was 1 Kings 19:11-12.  He really challenged the group to elimanate the junk (or even a few good things) in our lives to make room for God.
  • This Sunday we start our summer youth worship services on Sunday nights.  They’ll feature youth sharing their testimonies & a few of our college students sharing w/ the group.
  • Wednesdays will be our fun hang-out time during the summer.

May 26, 2009

My Boxer

Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 8:08 pm

Poor guy, Amanda wouldn’t let up on him.  She even has a smile on her face.  At least it wasn’t me this time.


May 23, 2009

Awkward Family Photos

Filed under: Pictures — Neil @ 11:30 am

Looking for a way to spend a rainy Memorial Day weekend?  I suggest

Here’s a sampling:


Filed under: Pictures,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:10 am

Yesterday, I spent much of the day working w/ a group of our teenagers in the neighborhood around Mission 1st.  Our mission was to serve others by taking care of the yards of widows & the elderly.

One of our high school guys organized the day.  He recruited the adults & the teens.  Found the needed tools (mowers, weed eaters, blowers, rakes, shovels, etc.) and the trailer to haul everything.  Pretty impressive.

We cleaned 6 yards.  Met some great folks.  One of which was an elderly couple who had been worried about how they were going to take care of their yard this summer.  I spent much of that visit w/ the gentleman on his front porch along w/ 2 of our teens.  He told them of being baptized in a cow pond in 1940, being married for 59 years, & a few tips on dating (looks ain’t everything, & don’t settle for just anyone).

Here’s a few pictures from the day.  Teens will always make whatever they are doing fun.


May 22, 2009


Filed under: Children's Ministry,Videos — Neil @ 10:00 am

Aren’t you always afraid that this kid will show up in your Sunday School class?!

Friday Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:30 am

May 21, 2009

Daily Bread

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:50 pm

Today, I had the privilege of serving alongside a few other ministers at Stewpot.  We arrived around 11:30 in order to fix the plates & drinks.  Following the chapel service we served the homeless & helped w/ some of the clean-up.

As I was serving it hit me that the biggest question I ever face about lunch is What? & Where?.  I’m incredibly blessed to never worry about not having something to eat.  My prayer is that I realize that each meal is blessing from God.  I think He knows that I & most of us would struggle w/ being thankful for the basics of life because He said that when we pray we are to pray like this:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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