Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Eggstravaganza Video

Here is a short video I made from our Easter Egg Hunt.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tools I use in Ministry pt2: PC to Video EZ

Back in January I had every intention of making this a continuing series, but with a pastoral transition and a few other things cropping up, it just hasn't happened. Well, I'm gonna rectify that problem right now. So, without any further ado, here's tool number two1.

PC to Video EZ
If you are blessed to have your own room to decorate and minister to students in at your church, rejoice! We are, and I love not having to set things up every week. However, in order to get in there, we had to give up all the cool toys the sanctuary has to offer. One of those that was sorely missed was the video projector. We love doing powerpoint to help reinforce the messages but normal tv's don't have VGA inputs. Then I discovered this nifty little device:
All you do is plug a VGA cable in and it converts it to RCA or S-video. It works great for smaller youth rooms where a projector just isn't practical. If you're in that situation, you can pick one of these up by clicking the link here: It retails for $49.99 and is well worth the cost.

1Hey, I'm a poet and I didn't even think about it very much (HaHa).

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Do our words matter?

I found this interesting article and I'm interested to get your take on it. Click here to read the article, then you can read my comments below.

Being a youth pastor, I know students have learned to censor their language when their around me. Also I spend a lot of my time working with Christian students at church, which isn't an atmosphere conducive to swearing (although Tiffanney would tell you she learned to swear in a church youth group). I have noticed a lot more hateful language coming from our teens. Even words said in jest are powerful, and we have to be careful with the words we choose. One girl in our group constantly is saying "I hate you." And I know she means for it to be funny, but the bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue, and words like those can be easily misunderstood. You have to be cautious when you throw around words like that, because the words you speak go on forever. Words can be powerful weapons, we need to treat them as such.