Super excited about this new powerful spoken word video Sincerely Freedom by Nick Vitellaro. Good stuff about the powerful addiction of pornography. Love Craig Gross over at XXXChurch for putting this one out. Excellent.

JG

Weekend Teaching Series: XXX (series premiere, week 1 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence:
How to escape the clutches of pornography.

Service Length: 70 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend Craig Gross, founder of XXXChurch, spoke to our high school students in all 4 weekend services. He is a gifted and passionate speaker and this subject is fully in his wheelhouse. I was so happy to have him there to take this topic head on. It was

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we went for content over anything else – the guys made a creative stage design and we asked a couple of very direct polleverywhere cell phone questions about porn etc. Really strong weekend!

Music Playlist: We Are the Free, Our God, Savior of the World

Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was … that I was gone this weekend! I got a chance to escape for a weekend away with the family. We did it up simple, just a quick 2-night hotel stay in the area with no phones, computers, worries. Just the pool, great meals and time with the kids. Super fun!

Up next: XXX (series finale, week 2 of 2)



Weekend Teaching Series: Worship (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence:
The power and purpose of music.

Service Length: 78 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend our Student Ministries Worship Leader Taffy took over the services in HSM and created a fantastic weekend talking about the purpose of worship, the power of music and the trigger and emotion of what we listen to. It was a FANTASTIC weekend that carried incredible power with students understanding and participating in worship music.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend was typical for this time of the year – we’re typically down in the Spring but this weekend had great energy. We had a hilarious boy band parody video to kick it off, and a fun “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” type element in the middle of the message. Lots of students involved, a great student band, lots of weekend leaders, lots of fun.

Music Playlist: Divine and Holy, Grace, The Stand, We Shine

Favorite Moment: I love Taffy – he’s the best pastor at Saddeback and this weekend was the culmination of years of hard work caring for, pastoring, training and discipling students. SO proud of him!

Up next: XXXChurch (series premiere, week 1 of 2)

XXXChurch.com and X3Watch

 —  January 10, 2012 — 1 Comment

Yesterday’s poll on youth workers and pornography raised a few eyebrows to say the least … without a doubt there is a problem here. First step: get help from XXXChurch.com with their fantastic X3Watch software. Do it now.

JG