Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pot Pourri

-We went and saw the movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" yesterday with our daughters. I will admit that it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but the chipmunks' voices got old about 5 minutes in.

- I had the opportunity to speak in our main service today. I had a blast, but I didn't realize how much it takes to produce a service for a church of 3000 people before. Our worship department rocks!

-I haven't had the itch to play golf as bad as I have the past month or so. If it doesn't warm up and get rid of the snow, I might just have to buy some orange golf balls and play in my snow boots.

-I've been thinking a lot about the direction for our student ministries department for the new year. I have a feeling God has big things in store for us, because I have been hit with a lot of discouraging things by Satan lately.

- I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and literally forgot how old I am. I guess with my birthday coming a few days, I better figure it out.

- I just started playing "Words with friends" on my iPhone. If you wanna play, my username is pastordust.

- KU Jayhawks still ranked #1 in the nation. How long will this ride go? Hopefully all the way!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Cookie Monster

I showed this video in our youth group yesterday, and thought I would share with you. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

You Saw That On Facebook?

WTF?... FML!... LMAO!... Know what these stand for? Your students do and unfortunately I am finding it more and more common to see these abbreviations being used on facebook, twitter, and in texts by those same students.
For some reason with the raise in popularity of social networks like facebook and twitter, so has the use of language that I know a lot of students would never use face to face. I am surprised almost on a daily basis, logging onto facebook and reading through status updates and seeing a student write something like "I can't believe that test was so hard! FML!". And what's even more eye opening for me is that it's not always the students I expect to hear that language from, but more often than not, it is from the student that I would never expect it from!
So this leaves us with the question: why? Is there this false sense of anonymity they feel when it comes to writing their feelings in a status update or through a tweet? Umm.. your name is right next to your status update! Or maybe when they are posting it they are by themselves, unlike speaking face to face, thus making them feel like no one will correct them? Or maybe because status updates are a glimpse into a person's thoughts throughout a day, it shows that these students are commonly thinking these words but have never verbalized them until now? Or maybe these abbreviations have almost become a separate language in and of itself and these students don't remember that the letters in the abbreviations stand for actual words?
Whatever the cause, I think it is something that needs to addressed. So whether you're a parent, youth pastor, small group leader, youth volunteer, or teacher, take the opportunity you have as an influence in a student's life by confronting them with their language online. Remind them their witness stretches online as well as in person.
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Ephesians 4:29