Saturday Night Live doesn’t always nail it.

This time I think they did.

Check out this promotional video for an annual Christmas church service:

snlSo… can we laugh at ourselves?

In my opinion, the humor isn’t found in just one side of this. I saw comments on Twitter when it aired like “…and that’s why I won’t go to church. Such hypocrites there!”

Meanwhile, the video itself begins, “It’s Christmas, and you know what that means: It’s time for your annual trip to church with your parents!”

That in itself has it’s own sense of satirical confrontation to the nominal faith of many people who profess God to be “God” and yet put him at a very non-God place on their priority list.

I did that for many years growing up. I was the angry, apathetic non-believing teen.

Now on the other end as a pastor, I’d like to think I can still own whatever gaps I have going on these days in my life.

It’s Christmas. Don’t just give God your best this time of year. Use it as an on-ramp to something genuine all year.

Yes, every Church on this side of heaven is imperfect. Still, Jesus has faith in us. How about we put a little faith in each other and this ragamuffin, Christ-centered community He’s created for us to grow in?

This is funny in itself… 10426780_10204538805002761_5069176132851113185_n and yet something tells me we could have so much fun with rewording these bubbles with a basic paint/photo editing program.

I’m not sure if that’s legal, as I sense the original artist its attributed to may have a bit of fun doing this himself on his website.

So let’s keep it simple – what would be the “third-panel declaration” that would get your attention?

What would wake you up?

Up for the challenge? Caption this.

Challenge accepted.

Every once in a while I like looking at what’s trending on Twitter and seeing how I can… um… “add” to the conversation.

Last night, I noticed that “#TeenChoiceShouldHave” was trending.

Apparently, it was the endeavor of a new account (likely not official) set up to promo the site.


Maybe it’s years of youth ministry that crawled out in my responses. Maybe I was just in the mood to be a little snarky.

Maybe I’m just tired of teen award shows that are more predictable and promotional than useful.

teenchoice2Here’s what I tweeted in response:

#TeenChoiceShouldHave people who just shout “WOOOO!” at whatever a good-looking celebrity says.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave a new category called “Choice Shiny Turned Up Chirped Swag Money Mupload” that makes everyone go “Is that a thing?”

#TeenChoiceShouldHave hashtags for the hashtags that you use while eating hash that’s been tagged… for salmonella.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave some sort of mad movie preview that is “so fetch.”

#TeenChoiceShouldHave a live feed of Abraham Lincoln on location at Daytona Beach.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave some reference to marriage, and how it’s between a husband and a wife. You know… to be different.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave some emo peeps connect with a swerve fam like a supersized frenemy tope moment. It’d require someone affluential, tho.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave a special “In memorium” montage to the abbreviation/phrase/hashtag “YOLO.”

#TeenChoiceShouldHave the ability to unfollow them after you friend them so you can pin it and subtract them from your circles.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave the Queen of England host the whole show. For real.

You think I’m kidding? I’ve never been more serious.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave everyone famous taking a #selfie after ordering pizza.


#TeenChoiceShouldHave ten browser tabs open at the top, each with another award show live streaming.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave a special duet between a live-action Maleficent and a cgi Elsa from Frozen.

Oh, and the Queen of England. For real.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave trending.

Then celebrations of the trending.

Then awkward “topic changing while texting” when the trending stops.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave Taco Bell.

Not sure why.

Shoot… now I’m hungry for Taco Bell.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave the urban sombrero.

Look it up.


#TeenChoiceShouldHave no wifi and be hosted in a facility that blocks cellphone signals. Film the audience. Now THAT’S entertainment!

#TeenChoiceShouldHave the countdown clock from 24 before and after every commercial.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave the cast from a new TV show that wants to appear hip and cool introduce a category about “hotties.”

#TeenChoiceShouldHave teenagers… and only teenagers. No one over 18 is admitted. #awkward

#TeenChoiceShouldHave Corey Feldman and ALF singing “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys.

#TeenChoiceShouldHave performances by the bands LOL, BRB, CYA, IMHO and OIC.

I have no idea if that entertained you.

Honestly, I laughed myself silly cranking out each one.

outoftouchThat’s what I wanted to talk to you about…

how sure are you that what you’re putting out there that you think is incredible is actually connecting with students?

Maybe they’re tired of youth ministry that is more predictable and promotional than useful.


P.S. Got any #TeenChoiceShouldHave tweets you’d create?

The Best Bible Ever!

 —  May 31, 2014 — 1 Comment


your Bible has your name gold-stamped into the cover?


Well, MY Bible…”


factThis is a super quick read.

Still, I believe something on this list will change your life for at least the next ten seconds… maybe even leak into a conversation sometime soon.

Ready? Here goes:

  • Whenever someone says “club sandwich,” just think of a regular sandwich wearing Axe Body Spray and a rhinestone covered dress shirt.And, you’re welcome.
  • “Your password must contain 8 letters, a number, a Transformer character, a green bean casserole recipe and Danny Devito.” – Every website
  • Apparently the best thing about a juice cleanse is there’s never time to eat as you’re too busy telling everyone you’re on a juice cleanse.
  • If you watch The Blind Side backwards, Sandra Bullock becomes so disappointed in her new son that she abandons him on the side of the road.
  • When stressed consider – “How much of my brain will be consumed by this in three years?” Let that context give you context.

Still unfazed? Here’s a bonus: Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers

Once again, you’re welcome.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

The LEGO Movie.

safe_imageI imagine that by now many of you have either seen it or know of kids who have. Every once in a while you find a new way to enjoy something like this yet again.

Here’s is a fun “blooper” video that captures the spirit of the film quite well.

P.S. Don’t forget to make use of this discussion starter from the movie in your circles.

What drives you crazy?

 —  February 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

So… what drives you crazy?


It can be the little everyday things.


It can be decisions other people made you can’t understand.


It can be the carelessness of others.13

It can be the misrepresentation of what is promised.


It can be mixing two things that don’t belong together.


It can be in how something has been packaged and presented.


It can be in the lack of forethought that made something feel like an after-thought.


It can be something that is so easy to fix, yet would be such a mess to even try.


It can be in that one little, tiny thing only you notice.


It can be the pattern that you can’t seem to find or form, even after you stare at the problem in front of you for lengths of time.


So… what drives you crazy?

What everyday situations did these images remind you of?

What does all of this have to do with 1 Corinthians 14:33: “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

How can we pray for you?

Need a laugh?

Check out this quite-viral video by Tripp and Tyler that depicts what a conference call might look like in real life.

(And feel free to share this post. Chances are you know someone who lives in cubicle world and needs a laugh today, too)

P.S. Simply Youth Ministry / Group hosts a lot of conference calls and webinars to serve you in ministry. Any suggestions on a topic you’d like to cover and interact with others on?