Funny Church Sign

Josh Griffin —  June 29, 2010 — 1 Comment

Hilarious. (courtesy of FailBlog)


The Volunteer

Josh Griffin —  June 29, 2010 — 1 Comment

Another really great video from YS. Maybe rip it and show it at your next volunteer meeting to remind them that what they do matters!


Episode 137 of the Simply Youth Ministry Podcast hits today – enjoy the show – just enough youth ministry so you don’t feel guilty for listening



troy —  June 29, 2010 — Leave a comment

I’m speaking at Point Loma University this week. Last night I was given the topic of sin to speak on. The theme for this camp is confronting the “me-centered” culture we live in today. So, I decided to talk about the sin of pride. I did explain what sin is, the fact that it separates us from God (Romans 6:23), and we all have the same issue (Romans 3:23). But here’s a couple of the thoughts I included in my message regarding pride:

  • Pride is a focus, defense of and exaltation of self.
  • Pride denies it’s own existence.
  • Pride kills. I’ve never heard of a marriage breaking up because both people were too humble. I’ve never heard of a church splitting because it was filled with too many humble people. Pride kills.
  • The first sin was pride. Satan sinned in this way. And in 1 Peter 5:8-9 we see him “prawling around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” So, my point was that if this is what drew him away it’s possible that this is one of the biggest ways he seeks to draw us away as well. And I happen to think it’s worked really well in our culture. At the very core of our cultural beliefs is “the personal right” to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That last part, pursuit to happiness, has crept into the church far too much. We often make life all about us (pride) and our personal happiness. People in the church even rationalize away sound biblical teaching by stating, “God wants me to be happy, right?” I see that rationale all the time, especially in marriages heading toward divorce.
  • Since pride is a focus on self it is in direct opposition to what Jesus says in Luke 9:23-25. And it seems as though it’s in direct opposition to the reason for Christ dying as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. In other words, our focus on ourselves (pride) is contradictory to the gospel message.

I made it clear that we all struggle with this, but we have to be honest about it. Again, pride denies it’s own existence, so I wanted all to realize that it does in fact exist and to understand the ramifications of it in our lives. Anyway, just some thoughts that I thought could speak to you today on a personal level. If we’re not careful pride can also kill our ministry. Be watchful (1 Peter 5:8).

Doug, Matt, Josh, and Katie return to the studio and spend the whole podcast answer one question. ;It’s a really good question about sermon preparation which leads into a 45-minute discussion on sermon prep strategies, insecurities, and best practices.

Weekend Teaching Series: Trinity (week 2 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: A focus on the 2nd person of the Trinity (3 Persons = 1 God) and welcoming in the new freshman.
Service Length: 73 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend’s message focused on the 2nd part of the Trinity: God the Son Jesus Christ. Once again a challenge teaching this in a creative and understandable way at our entry-level program, but thought the students grasped the concept. We talk a lot about Jesus in our student ministry (shocker I know!) – so it felt more like a normal talk then the second part of the series, honestly. We talked a lot about Jesus the hero of the Bible and over sin, and compared him to the world’s view of him as a good man and prophet.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We planned some extra fun elements this weekend as we welcomed in the freshman to HSM. This was promotion weekend, so we played a Minute to Win It Game called Junk in the Trunk then a chaotic and messy crowd game called Flight Control. Everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun at the service – we made it a point to use freshman in the programs and they even created one of the videos we used this weekend, too. And instead of typical (read: boring) announcements, we did a live newscast of sorts that was fun, too!

Music Playlist: Jesus Take the Wheel (remix), Jesus Saves, Flight Control, Savior King, Salvation is Here

Favorite Moment: I loved the game Flight Control – where everyone in the crowd makes a paper airplane and throws it at a runway we created with tape on stage. The closest wins a prize – it is so fun to watch them all come flying in!

Up Next: Trinity (series finale, week 3 of 3)


Neely McQueen —  June 28, 2010 — 3 Comments

There is one thing I will never understand about ministry to girls…
No matter how many times you talk about not dating non-christians they still do.
I did when I was in high school even when my parents and youth leaders told me that it was an unwise decision.
I am talking student leader girls…
what in the world? seriously…

I had a little dilemma today at church. Our HS service is called Forum- we sit in semi-circles and build in time for the groups to dialogue about the topic.

Well, today we talked about Atheism. And at one point, our groups were suppose to share a little bit about what makes them doubt God. In our circle, no one was saying anything. So I asked does anyone struggle with why God would allow bad things happen. One student spoke up and very strongly explained why it wasn’t an issue for them. Unfortunately, they weren’t “techincally” right. So, I pushed back but they stood by their statement. (This statement was pro-Jesus but not exactly accurate…does that make sense?)

Anyway, I kind of felt like their heart was in the right place despite their lack of knowledge to back it up so I stopped pushing. I am not sure that was the right thing to do…what do you think? Did I totally miss a moment to help that student grow?