Monthly Archives: May 2011

How Many Minutes Will Kids Actually Listen?

Why talk for 25 minutes when you can say it in 5? Seriously. Think about it for a moment. Picture a typical youth gathering where an adult has the opportunity to share the truth with kids. Now imagine this. A … Continue Reading

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Scotty McCreery or Gaga

The stage featured Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Lil John, Judas Priest… and a humble, church-going teenager from Garner, North Carolina. America’s 10th American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has the opportunity to be a light in a very dark world. One of Scotty’s youth pastor’s … Continue Reading

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Is There Any Decent Christian Music?

I’ll be honest… I haven’t always been a fan of Christian music as a whole. Don’t hate me. I just like good music, and the selection of quality Christian artists hasn’t always been abundant. I’ve found several good ones, but I’m … Continue Reading

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American Idol Too Racy?

American Idol will most likely be viewed in more homes than any other show this week with its highly anticipated season finale both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Historically this show has been deemed a show acceptable for the entire family, but … Continue Reading

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Something Clean in the Top 10

This week I’ve had my eye on the music charts as I was studying youth culture for my CONNECT WORKSHOP I’ll be teaching this Saturday in PA. Most of what I saw in the charts was typical: racy lyrics and … Continue Reading

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Massive DVD Give-away

Earlier this week we were going through our office and I found some of our FINAL COUNTDOWN DVD’s from a few years back. This DVD has three really cool countdown videos on it that I use before workshops, at youth … Continue Reading

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If the World Doesn’t End Saturday…

I don’t know if you have a billboard in your town, but one of the major highways in my town has one of Harold Camping’s billboards talking about the end of the world being this Saturday. Sigh. I guess if … Continue Reading

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Tomorrow My Son Turns 18… Have I Raised Him Right?

Tuesday, my son Alec turns 18. In just a few months I’ll be dropping him off at his college dorm, over 300 miles from home, where he will start the next stage of his life… finally out on his own. … Continue Reading

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The Intersection of TV and Music

It’s always interesting to see what songs kids are listening to, and what TV they’re watching. But sometimes it’s even more intriguing to see the intersection of the two. This week on American Idol (most recently the second most watched show … Continue Reading

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Giving Away “Life in Student Ministry”

My buddy Tim Schmoyer over at wrote a cool little book titled, Life In Student Ministry. I really enjoyed it, so I’m going to give away 5 of these books. Let’s have us a simple little contest! Here’s how it will … Continue Reading

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