November 30, 2009

Good Weekend

Filed under: Sports,Videos — Neil @ 12:20 pm

November 28, 2009

Dexter McCluster’s Testimony

Filed under: Sports,Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

Today, is the annual Egg Bowl.  I’ll be ringing my cowbell in full support of the Dogs, but I recently saw this video of Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss running back) & was moved by his faith in Jesus.

I wouldn’t mind him having a terrible game today (which isn’t likely), but he’s a rebel that I can root for as he moves on to the NFL.

November 27, 2009

Lock It In

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 8:00 am

November 25, 2009

Song List

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 2:00 pm

This week our student ministry’s MacBook Pro arrived.  As a result we are switching from using MediaShout to ProPresenter for our student worship services.  As a part of the process I’m having to develop our song library for ProPresenter.

This morning I went back thourgh each of worship services for this fall.  I created a list (see below) of each of the songs we’ve used.  To my surprise we used 34 different songs (plus a few more when we had guests come in & do some of their originals).  Also, to my surprise we didn’t repeat songs as often as I thought (we only sang 1o songs more than once & none more than 3 times).

Here’s what we’ve sung this semester:

Let God Arise
Beautiful the Blood
Come & Listen
Doxology (Crowder)
Everlasting God
Glorious One
Glory to God, Forever
God of This City
Happy Day
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
How Great Is Our God
How He Loves (Crowder)
How Marvelous (Tomlin)
Inside Out
Jesus Messiah
Jesus Paid It All
Marvelous Light
Mighty to Save
O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Revelation Song
Salvation is Here
Spring of Life
Take It All
Take My Life
The Stand
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Wonderful Cross
You Alone

Youth Culture

Filed under: Media,parenting,Parents,Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

1 of the very best youth ministry resources for keeping up w/ the youth culture is the Center for Parent & Youth Understanding.  It’s weekly email newsletter is the best youth ministry newsletter that arrives in my inbox.

Here’s an interview w/ Walt Mueller, CPYU president & founder, on youth culture 101,” narcissism, and the Apostle Paul’s approach to culture in Acts 17:

November 24, 2009

Repost: Should I Force My Teenager To Go To Church

Filed under: Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 10:00 am

I posted this blog entry back on February 25, 2009 & it continues to get traffic day after day.  So, I’m reposting it (check out the original post to view the comments it generated.) Here’s the original post:

I’m faced w/ that question on a regular basis or something similar like “Is it ok to ground my teen from church?”.

D.C. Curry, youth pastor at Granger, answered the question on his pastor’s blog.  Here’s what he said:

My blunt answer is yes!

The Bible teaches us that one of the responsibilities of a parent is to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

One thing I love about this passage is that it projects that there is a way in which a child should go…because there is.  There are so many important things that parents will make their children do without even thinking about it like take baths, go to bed, brush their teeth, go to school, but when it comes to church they resort to the great debate.  “Should I or should I not?”

It seems to me that the same reason that governs why they have to brush their teeth, go to school, get some sleep, take baths, should be the same reason that governs why they should go to church, it’s important!  So we make/force our kids to do everything that we think is important so if we don’t make/force them to go to church does that mean we don’t think it’s important?

As a parent, it may not always be popular to make them go to church but it has eternal implications.  It’s not just about their attendance, it’s about their eternity.  We who are charged with the care of students (parents, youth pastors, teachers, godparents, etc.) must see to it that they find The Way and are trained to live in that Way.
Also know that training is not always easy, comfortable, or fun, and usually doesn’t come without a bit of pain.

A very respected parent recently told me, “I don’t care what they want to do, I (as the parent) am committed to getting my kids in environments where they can grow closer to Christ.”   He believes it’s important, so he follows that up with his actions.

Do you agree?

Twitter as a youth ministry tool

Filed under: Media,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 7:00 am

I’ve been using twitter for almost a year.  I use it to keep up w/ a few friends, to follow a variety of leaders, & as a youth ministry tool.

I use it as youth ministry tool for the following:

  • follow youth ministry leaders (@terracecrawford, @cpyu, @dougfields, @kurtjohnson)
  • follow church leaders (@youcanknowgod, @timsteevens, @reggiejoiner, @rickwarren,
  • specific searches
    • I use tweetdeck to organize twitter for me.  I have a few “permanent searches” built into it like “youth ministry” & “student ministry.”  I don’t glance through these columns every day, but it’s an easy way to keep up w/ a broad area.
      I create columns for a specific topic that I’m researching.  For example, I’m in the midst of preparing for a youth parenting class that’ll begin in January.  So, I could set up a search for “parenting teens” or “how to discipline teenagers.”  The result will be lots & lots of links to articles & ideas.  It’s a great way to find current info on a specific topic.

November 20, 2009

Roscoe is jealous

Filed under: Pictures,Roscoe — Neil @ 9:00 am

Roscoe has recently gotten jealous of @banjoisadog (currently the funniest thing on the internets (thanks w)).  He’s wanting to spread the word about what’s going on in his life.  For now I’ll just post a picture of his favorite moment of this week.

Friday Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am
  1. Unauthorized Version by Mark
  2. Breakthroughs and Drips by Seth
  3. Five Good Quotes by Brad
  4. I switched to using Chrome on my pc @ work this week; so far so good
  5. @ Work by Jeff Henderson; it’s a 3 week sermon series that was preached at North Point; check on Jeff’s blog entry here & to watch or listen to the sermons click here.  It’s the best thing I’ve ever heard explaining work from a biblical perspective

November 19, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 5:13 pm

Sunday I’m teaching 1 of our senior Sunday School classes.  The topic: Being Thankful (& understanding that being blessed = blessing others).

We’ll be primarily looking at Genesis 1:27-31 & Genesis 2:8-15.  As I’ve read & studied those passages I kept thinking about this quote by Seth Godin that hangs above my computer in my office:

Do you deserve the luck you’ve been handed? The place you were born, the education you were given, the job you’ve got? Do you deserve your tribe, your customer base, your brand?

Not at all. “Deserve” is such a loaded word. Most of us don’t deserve the great opportunities we have, or the lucky breaks that got us here.

The question shouldn’t be, “do you deserve it.” I think it should be, “what are you going to do with it now that you’ve got it?”

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