December 27, 2009

4th Time Is The Charm

Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 7:00 am

December 26, 2009

It’s A Candlelight Christmas Eve or A Seance

Filed under: Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 11:15 am

We lost power on Christmas Eve around 6:00 p.m. & it returned on Christmas morning around 9:30.  We spent a few hours at my parent’s home on Christmas Eve and returned home around 9:00 to the total darkness.  Amanda lit 33 candles & strategically placed them around our home.

Thanks to the hardworking guys from Entergy who worked through the night to restore power to our neighborhood.

December 24, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 pm

2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,s so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

December 22, 2009

What Christmas Really Means

Filed under: Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

Don Wilton is the pastor at FBC Spartanburg.  His son, Rob, spoke at Parkway’s Disciple Now in 2007.

December 21, 2009

Deconstructing Tiger

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 pm

Walt Mueller wrote a great blog post on Tiger Woods.  You can read it by cliciking here.  One line that jumped out at me was:

Yes, we were created to worship. The only problem is that we consistently get the object of our worship wrong. . . over and over and over again.

Bring Your Cell Phone to School

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

A youth ministry topic that’s being debated right now is: what to do w/ cell phones.  Some ministries are banning them totally.  Kids have to turn them in at the door or before loading the bus to go to camp or a retreat.

Others don’t take them up prior to small groups or worship, but will take them up if a teen uses during the meeting.

My personal philosophy: use them to your advantage.

Our student ministry has been using YouVersion Live since it was released.  We’ll ask for teens to post status updates while they are at church.  We’ve used them as an outreach tool (ask teens to send a text to a friend during the worship service).  We’ve also used them as a way for teens to pray for one another.  They are really useful in having teens send prayer requests or questions to us during a student worship service.

I’ve even had Sunday School teachers who didn’t have any luck w/ teens verbalizing their response to questions that began texting the group questions.  The result? Almost every teen responded to the questions.

Each philosophy has its positives & negatives.  Why not leverage them to help us accomplish our goal.

If you don’t see the video below click here for an interesting news story on the same topic.

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more about “Bring Your Cell Phone to School“, posted with vodpod

December 19, 2009

What a group

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

I got to spend last night w/ the Parkway class of ’09.  Great time.  Great group of teens/young adults. I’m proud of how they are growing in their faith & serving others.

I cooked supper for the group.  We exchange presents (they had to be bought at Dollar Tree; 1 guy forgot a gift.  He retrieved 2 golf balls from his truck & “wrapped” them in a saltine crackers box.). Made the short drive to the Canton square.  Told a lot of old stories.

Amanda missed out on hanging out w/ the group.  She was serving as an emergency bridesmaid fill-in in a friends wedding.

December 18, 2009

Coffee & Faith

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am

Christmas is actually a slow time for our student ministry.  No Sunday night (discipleship groups) or Wednesday (worship) activities.  Most of what I’m working on are big events for 2010 (Krave, Summer Camp & Disciple Now).

The relaxed schedule has allowed me to spend a few hours reading each afternoon.  While I was reading (& holding a very hot cup of coffee) on Tuesday this hit me:

My faith is too often like the cup of coffee I’m holding.

It gets really hot at times (great quiet time, good worship service, retreat,…).  It feels like I’m making a difference.  I get energized to serve, love, & obey.

Then it cools off.

My cup of coffee cools because it’s not connected to a heat source.  My faith cools becuase of a lack of connection to it’s source.

John 15:4-5
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

December 17, 2009

Downtown Jackson

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 7:00 am

Even though I grew up in Clinton I seldom made trips to downtown Jackson.  Just wasn’t much going on besides a couple of good places to eat.  That’s changing.

Working downtown for the past 8 months has made me more aware of all of the development that is occurring.  Check out Downtown Jackson Partners for all the info.  If you’ve lived in the metro, but haven’t kept up w/ downtown I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it’s resurgence.

Today, also marks the opening of the King Edward (click here for the wiki article).  1 news story that has been constant for the past 20+ years is what to do w/ the King Edward? A variety of developers & government groups would dream big plans that never moved beyond the drawing board.  Today, that all changes as the King Edward opens its doors.  For more info on the King Edward check out the following:

December 15, 2009

Nativity Dance

Filed under: Videos,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 10:44 am
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