Courtesy of: Online Colleges
More than a year ago, I wrote a post called Pushing Paper where I laid out a case for encouraging students to bring a â€œrealâ€ paper Bible and to not rely on using one the many great App based Bibles for their phones. I felt my case of bulletproof, signed sealed delivered and the jury would be unanimous. Of course it was not that easy and lots of people had some well thought out arugments for and against the case that I laid out for using paper Bibles over electronic:
Status: I may seem obvious but in most cases, a student’s cell phone is the most expensive thing they own, its their treasure and something they have worked very hard for. I respect how important the phone is to them but I ask them to respect or request to put it away in place of a paper Bible. We do allow phones and have had students text in questions, but for the most part, we ask that they be present and resist outside distractions, allowing them to focus on God.
Less Distractions: I donâ€™t often find students thumbing through Leviticus instead of listening to my Sermons but I know that there are tons of distractions on iPods and cell phones and if I were honest, I would be working my way through Angry Birds some nights. Limiting distractions is helpful to keeping students focused, and help to not be a distraction to those around them. After all paper Bible ddoesn’t get texts, tweets, instagrams, tumblr, facebook or any other sort of digital distraction and the battery never seems to die on my NIV either.
Bibles are Cumbersome: This is a good thing! I love seeing a student walk in with a Bible under their arm. They are distinct and beautiful, many decorated with stickers, duct tape and they are unmistakable. Carrying your bible around is a statement, itâ€™s a stance, it shows that it is something you value and that you are willing to tote around this obvious symbol of that.
So I am bringing the issue back for your consideration because a few weeks back, I messaged our leaders and asked them to please bring their paper Bibles to youth group and refrain from using their phones. For most of the team, it was business as usual and they understood the rationale and were more than happy to not use their phone Bible App.Â But one my leaders; who often asks good questions, asked me if I was simply delaying the inevitable and that paper Bibles were a thing of the past and why not just accept it.
So my question is: Is my paper Bible going the way of the Commodore 64 / Blackberry? Am I just being a thirty-year-old fuddy-duddy? Is this a hill worth dying on?
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i would love to be able to say i never take things for granted, but am instead grateful.
but i can’t if i’m honest.
this past sunday at Colossae i taught on Romans 5:12-21 paul here is comparing the man Adam with Jesus his point is clear: they are different people and each leads us in a different direction. here is the comparison he makes between these two in this section:
Adam led to: sin and death (12, 17, 21); Condemnation (16); Disobedience (19)
Jesus led to: Justification (16); Righteousness (17, 19); Obedience (19); Grace (15, 20)
polar opposites. here is what i know to be true about gratitude in my life: when i take my focus off man (which includes self) and put it on Jesus gratitude is a part of my life additionally, when i look at where i came from (i.e. the life of Adam) to where Jesus has brought me, i’m grateful and it’s when i can keep these things at the front of my mind that i remain thankful more than just a weekend a year.
Back in September I shared about a mild diet/exercise/lifestyle change adventure thing I would be on until Thanksgiving…you can read about it here. Â I just wanted to follow up and say it went well and the technology I used was superÂ encouragingÂ and helpful.
My favorite helpers were my FitbitÂ monitor, my AriaÂ scale,Â and watching my progress with my free fitbit.com account (and I should add in the ellipticalÂ I used at the YMCA that had an iPhone adapter so I could watch Netflix while elliptisizing)Â . States were fun to watch and helped keep me on track. Â I know there areÂ differencesÂ between pounds and inches, I never let myself get discouraged when things did not happen fast but the good news was things happend. Â I lost 20 pounds from September to Thanksgiving…YAHOO!
Hopefully some of the these tools could be a help to you if you are thinkingÂ aboutÂ taking the plunge into watching your diet and moving away from the computer desk. Â TheÂ sedentaryÂ lifestyle ministry professional lead can be trouble for theÂ waistline and the chins. Â Christmas is around the corner, if you are a hard person to shop for, fitbit just can out with a couple newÂ modelsÂ andÂ Â their wifi scale is pretty cool, even of your not looking to lose weight…these could be good gift ideas.
The good thing about busy work is how it helps you feel productive. Â Budgets, forms and emails are all tangible tasks with tangible results. Â You might hate doing them; however, when you clear that pile of paperwork off your desk or you inbox is empty you feel good. Â To get through the busy work you just need to focus.
Then there are those times when youth ministers need to be purely creative. Â There are messages to be written, curriculum to be designed and problems to be solved that demand your creativity. Â Unlike busy work it’s hard to stay focused on creativity because it requires so much more of our emotions and energy. Â To stay creative is a challenge.
To consistently think outside the box is not only a challenge but a skill. Â To keep the ideas flowing and to overcome potential roadblocks you need to be consistently:
While there is no exact science to getting your creativity flowing, there are definitely habits you can develop to keep them moving. Â Making your creative time a planned part of your schedule; but at the same time give yourself some flexibility. Â It will stink when your mind can’t go further, but trust that God will see you through.
How do you stay creative?
I really liked this simple approach to promoting our upcoming Winter Camp. Simple, clear ask – not super clever or funny but a direct approach to someone who wants to grow spiritually. Love it.