1a4YVx.AuSt.69You may have heard back in 2006, when my Chicago Bears we playing the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl®, that the NFL told Fall Creek Baptist Church they were in violation of trademark laws for marketing a Super Bowl® party and charging for this party. This blog post on Fox News says…

NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church’s “Super Bowl Bash” on the church Web site last week (2006) and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.

Initially, the league objected to the church’s plan to charge a fee to attend and that the church used the license-protected words “Super Bowl” in its promotions.

Pastor John D. Newland said he told the NFL his church would not charge anyone and that it would drop the use of the forbidden words.

As I am sitting here planning my 2014 events calendar I thought to myself, “Can I have a Super Bowl® party or do I need to have a “Big Game Party?”

I am not sure what legal precautions I need to take so I do not infringe on the trademarked Super Bowl® or their intellectual rights. I found this video from a law office in Texas, don’t take these words as the absolute truth, but this may be all you need to know to make sure you and your church are above reproach:




One of my favorite church media websites is giving away a killer Christmas series graphic. Check out churchmediadesign.tv for the specs and to download.


TIPs-YesThis is one of the coolest wall chargers I have ever seen! No wires, no electrician needed to install and it charges iPhones, tablets, Android phones, and more. The crowdsourcing site Indiegogo is host to the thingCHARGER, it virtually vanishes when you pop it on over an existing wall outlet.  If you think it looks good enough to own you better hurry, funding ends December 13, 2013 at 11:59pm PT. Check out the video below and head over to their site to check out the details.


Yahoo! recently released it’s year in review “Top Searches For 2013,” and I saw that their #5 most searched for question was “How to Take a Screenshot”!

Sometimes it is the simplest things that give us the biggest headaches. Grabbing a screen shot is not difficult on your Mac, PC, or iOS device, let’s take a look.

How to Take a Screenshot from your Mac:

  • Holding down Command (⌘), shift, and then pressing the 3 key will capture your entire screen and place that image on your desktop
  • Holding down Command (⌘), shift, and then pressing the 4 key will allow you to use your mouse to capture a specific area of your screen and place that image on your desktop
  • Holding down the control key while doing any of the above shortcuts will not save the image to your desktop, rather it will hold it on your clipboard ready for you to paste. (to past press “Command” and “V”).

How to Take a Screenshot from your PC:

  • Simply press the print screen button, it probably says “PrtScr.” Here is an image of the PC key location.
  • That is it, however it will not save to your desktop, it will only be on your clipboard. You will need to open an image editor like Photoshop or the built in MS Paint and hit “Control” and “V” to paste.

How to Take a Screenshot from your iOS Device:

  • Hold the power button and the home button
  • Find it in your Photos app.

If you want to take a screen shot from your Android phone ask a friend with an iPhone to use their camera app, snap a picture, and email it to you. Some Android phones need to be rooted (cracked) to screen capture, and other simply depend on its make, model, and OS.

I hope this makes you the expert the next time you hear someone ask, “How to take a screen shot of my…”



Advent-AppI just found this great, totally free, Advent devotional app from Saddleback Church Retreat Ministries. If you are looking for a devotional for you, your family, your team, or to recommend to families in your ministry check out and share “Advent Devotions” app for Windows, Android, and iOS.

URLToday I was messaging a friend a few links on facebook and the length of the URLs (aka web links) were ridiculously long. Have you heard of URL shorteners? They are pretty great. These types of sites will take any link and convert it to a shorter link using their specially branded URL code like this…

From This: https://www.google.com/search?q=happy+dog&safe=active&espv=210&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=i7aWUoyQKOqwsATr14GoBA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1388&bih=743#es_sm=91&espv=210&q=simply+youth+ministry&safe=active&tbm=isch

To This: http://goo.gl/vXr6W3

Those are the same links, try them. There are several URL shorteners to choose from but my goto is http://goo.gl, Google’s URL shortener.
Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 2.44.42 PMGoo.gl Pros:

  • I like most of what Google does.
  • If signed in to your Google account, it keeps a history or ALL links you have shortened.
  • Good sorting and searching tool for all past links.

Goo.gl Cons:

  • No Frills.
  • No Custom URLs.
  • Every once in a while it askes for me to authenticate via captcha, I understand the security need but I hate captcha.

Check out http://goo.gl

Brandon Early


We recently used “Made,” a sermon series by Kurt Johnston™©, in our Sunday morning program. It is a great teaching tool for any youth worker. This robust package (marketing tools, graphics, presentation slides, transcripts, etc.) is also complete in a way that a ministry leader can feel comfortable handing it to a volunteer and letting them run with it. If you want to buy it, let me hook you up with a 10% discount. Just click the “made” graphic to the right and then search “made” in the Simply Store.

We added a 4th week to this 3 week series by creating a prayer experience at the end. The experience was simple and powerful. Feel free to use, edit, or springboard off these elements and ideas. Here’s what we did:

There were 7 stations, each explained by these signs. You can print these out on legal paper, each page represents one station.

Items Needed:

  • Signs for each station (download here)
  • Paper people to cut-out (something like this, or draw your own and photocopy)
  • Scissors (don’t forget those green handled ones for the left-handed kids)
  • Board to display people cut-outs on (we have a metal wall and magnets, if you do not have that consider tape and a wall or a cork board and pins)
  • Markers (for 3 different stations)
  • Refrigerator letter magnets to spell “I WAS MADE TO
  • Play-Doh (We called it molding clay, it is less messy than clay)
  • Cotton Wool (We just bought cotton, but if you can find real wool that would be good)
  • Salt (We had about 100 students, so we asked a fast food restaurant if we could have a hundred salt packets)
  • MADE Sign.  For the series we had someone in our church create the word MADE from wood and hung it on stage for set design. We had sharpies at this station and asked all the students to sign a letter.
  • Background Music (optional, here is our short playlist…took about 25 minutes to get all the students through)
  • Scripture video loop.  Download it here for FREE.

We asked our students to complete the walk in any order, but to stop at the Scripture video loop last. This had us end at the same place while keeping the other stations from being clogged.

Prayer Walk – Broadband from Brandon Early on Vimeo.

If you have any questions about the curriculum, the prayer walk, or the 10% discount just leaving a note in the comments.

Brandon Early