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?

Tony Myles —  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?

When it comes to Bible translations, I’ve typically been an NIV 84 guy. I won’t be using their new version, though – from my vantage point, one too many liberties were taken in the update. I’d like to hear your thoughts on some suggestions on what to transfer over to in the future.

It’s why I like Adam Ford’s clever post on this blog about the different ways you can understand Bible translations:

So while we’re on the topic, which tends to be your personal favorite translation:

  1. For your own study?
  2. For giving to students?

Thanks for your thoughts!

P.S. Like the NIV 84, too? I found a website where you can still use it online:

Twitter is full of parody accounts, including some that only those who serve in a church may fully appreciate.

For example, here’s “The Deacon.”

Committee meetings all weekend... wish I was the pastor. Then I could just preach and go home. #ifonlypeopleunderstood #hardwork

Or if you like your deacons a little more “surly,” try the “Surly Deacon.”

Don't start any trouble at my church. I'll be all over you like a worship pastor at a skinny jeans sale.

There are those who represent the grumbling we hear from the congregation, such as the “Church Curmudgeon.”

When we've been there ten thousand years, we may just get to sing Amazing Grace the normal way again.

Then again, it’s worth noting hard pastors can have it via “Unappreciated Pastor.”

Moses' staff split the Red Sea. Mine split the church.

The “Bad Church Secretary” fesses up a bit, too.

I reminded the youth pastor he's preaching tomorrow. He'll be to embarrassed to ask around and find out he isn't.

How about a “Mad Worship Leader?”

Sure we're taking requests for this Sunday morning service.... just a sec and let me put the Holy Spirit's leading on hold... we aim to please!

How about an “Uncensored Pastor“?

Thanks for telling me how unhappy you are at our church. I was just sitting here wondering if we were making you happy or not.

Another strong one is “Stuff Christians Say.”

Changed the Wifi network at church to 'Jesus is watching you'   Bet those teens think twice about where they go online now


Lots of fun, right?


how about those directed at the Youth Ministry nation?

There’s the “Mistreated Youth Guy

Met a lady today who says she goes to the church I work at but was surprised to hear I've been the Youth Minister there for a couple years.

Or the things a “Youth Pastor Says.”

You really need to cut a larger check for the youth designated fund...I looked

A “Hipster Youth Pastor” chimes in.

I lose followers when I make fun of church camp

As well as a “Bitter Youth Pastor.”

Hey Young Life! Heard your game last night involved twerking and eating Oreos out of each others' mouths. I'm sure Jesus was glorified!

There’s even a “Ghetto Youth Pastor.”

I HATE YOUTH - Every youth pastor immediately following all major events

Not to mention a “Smug Youth Pastor.”

Still looking for the ultimate.....full time pay w/part time effort.

How does this make you feel?

A few weeks ago, I shared a post about Christian Hipsters that had its share of support and criticism. I wonder if when we read about a niche group in the church we enjoy the laughter but feel even just a tad bit defensive when we’re the ones under the spotlight?

Got a thought on this? Know of another parody account worth taking a look at?

Chime in.

Here’s a funny reason why you shouldn’t wear flip flops to the county fair.


That “fair warning” comes courtesy of Mike Kupferer, who reveals the irony is it’s the foot of a parent of a 4H student. This was not her first time at the fair, which makes it even more unbelievable. From his vantage point, “She didn’t seem bothered at all by it.”

Quick question…

that next opportunity you’re about to step into?

There’s going to be some “dung” somewhere in it.

  • A person whose grumpiness you let make you grumpy, especially as you unconsciously try to make others grumpy about his/her grumpiness.
  • A broken and flawed person who by now you expect to be unbroken and unflawed. (P.S. Have fun waiting.)
  • A system that is full of “crap” (pardon me if that offends you) that doesn’t offend you like “crap” should (pardon me if that doesn’t offend you).
  • A major character flaw in you that affects people you’re trying to impact because it makes them more focused on what’s dangling off of you than what’s coming out of you.

This is the point where I’d perhaps suggest an action step – something you could do get better at this.

Instead, I’d suggest the opposite.

Simply be bothered by it versus walking around with it…

then surrender…

and let Jesus wash your feet.footwashing

“…so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13:4-5)

Maybe you assume the question is, “What is the ‘dung’ you wish other people were more bothered by?”

Then again, maybe the question really is “What ‘dung’ in your own life do you wish you were more bothered by?”


christian hipsterChristian hipsters.

How can you not love them? They make your church feel relevant.

(Whether it is or not.)

Ever eavesdrop on them?

I have. They’ve actually never said any of what I’m about to write. I’ve found them to be quite awesome, intelligent people. I feel cool just for knowing them, especially since I buy my clothes at Old Navy and Wal-Mart.

Then again… I know there’s a stereotype out there for a reason. Don’t we all imagine their world has hip lingo that goes something like this?

  • “Dear God, bless this food I’m about to upload pictures of to Instagram.”
  • “Why yes, that is a coffee stain on my Bible.”
  • (texts pastor during sermon) “I like where you’re going. Only you should totally quick add this ancient Russian poem into your talk right now…”
  • “Time to pick out my skinny jeans for the day. White or orange?”
  • “Skinny jeans are sort of like the denim version of unleavened bread.”
  • “Give me a moment. I’m trying to pray about the right profanity to use here.”
  • “I used to play the guitar in our worship band. Now I play the rhythm egg.”
  • “This past weekend I went on a spiritual hike into the woods with my sketch book, an avocado and God…”
  • “I was thinking for the church potluck I’d bring a ceramic pitcher from Pier One full of scalding hot water and some organic fair-trade coffee from Mustard Seed served in a Mr.T lunchbox. Then for the adults…”
  • “I’m sensing God wants me to do a 40-day fast from facial hair, but He didn’t say anything about my neck hair. So I think I’m just going to grow that out by itself… you know, like Job did.”
  • “No, I don’t keep a prayer journal. And I gave up on phone apps last year. Now I use post-it notes.”
  • “I’m not into labeling my faith. If you really twisted my arm on it, I’d just say ‘Ouch.’ Then I’d pray for you.”
  • “Why, no… it’s not a sash meant for the cross. It’s my scarf.”
  • “My church just upgraded its podcast technology. Now you can download our sermons on vinyl.”
  • “You can’t begin to fully appreciate the original language of the Bible until you read it in German.”
  • ‘My ‘group’ this past week was awesome. We rocked out a spontaneous ‘Lord’s Supper’ together with Greek Yogurt and bacon bits.”
  • “You’ll really like my church. The sermons are so ‘Blue Man Group’ and the worship is an acoustic ‘Insane Clown Posse.’”
  • “I usually park in the furthest spot in the parking lot. That way I ‘love my neighbor’ and get some good cardio out of it.”
  • “Are your communion wafers vegetarian?”

Believe it or not, someone actually called me once and asked me that last question.

Like I said, though – I love Christian hipsters and their heart for God. They have a valid place in the Body of Christ. Perhaps it’s just that they (like any Christian subculture) have a stereotype we enjoy.

What else have you heard (or imagined) the Christian Hipster nation is musing about?

Share your thoughts. Link it to them. They’ll get a kick out of it.

UPDATE: I want to briefly address one perspective on what I’ve written. Someone shared on Faceook, “Articles like this are why 20-30 year olds are leaving the church. imagine instead of this being about christian hipsters, it was about your senior adult members? It’s hard to say you really love someone when you keep the stereotypes going…uhhh.”

Without changing the content of what I’ve shared, let me add this – what’s your thought on when it is appropriate vs inappropriate to laugh at our own subcultures? Maybe there is a better way to do it than humor. Then again, I’m the guy who bought the book “Stuff Christians Like” as a Christmas gift for my church staff.

Perhaps there are some topics we need to laugh at in order to have a conversation about them. We’re all a bit absurd, whether we’re drawing lines on how we shouldn’t draw lines, or peeling off labels that only create more labels. I’ve seen enough videos and posts about the stereotypes I fall into – some absolutely appropriate, and others “not so much.” How can we point out what it means to be subjective without being subjective? Thanks for your thoughts!

I found this in my inbox this week (click on the graphic below)


Thank you, Olive Garden… from pastors who strategically set up meetings in your restaurants “for a limited time.”