Just Speak Up

Just Speak Up

So you may have seen this Burger King bullying ad. If you haven’t take the time to watch it.

What facinates me are the comments below the video. Sprinkled in with your typical responses there are 3 basic types of negative responses:

  1. People who are mad that Burger King messed up the food (can you really miss a point this bad?)
  2. People who think the kid should have spoken up for himself
  3. People who think that doing something wouldn’t make a difference.

The first one is just…I don’t even know. The second two are interesting. I am pretty sure I would say something, but as a youth pastor I am wired to tell teenagers what to do. It is actually hard for me to stop doing it in public. But that is just me and my job. There are lots of other things that I tend to look the other way about. I think it is because there is this deep social contract that says “leave everyone else alone.” When you speak up to a stranger like that it breaks that contract. So people tend to think that those things shouldn’t happen.

The thing is often it is just a word that is needed to remind people what they are supposed to be doing or to defuse a situation. Simply speaking up and calling out bad behavior goes a long way (especially in the minds of a teenager) to helping them see their actions are inappropriate.

One thing I have noticed in this board game club thing that I am doing is that there are some people who a bullies without processing they are being bullied. For instance there was this guy who had a little leather bag he was carrying. It wasn’t a purse, but it looked like one. One of the girls we were playing games with looked up and said, “Hey! Nice purse!” in this very mocking tone. The boy defended himself said it wasn’t a purse, but you could tell that he had been dealing with that comment all day.

So I looked at the girl and said, “Why would you say that? Were you just trying to be mean?” She looked back at me genuinely perplexed. She had no clue that she had said something wrong. She had a thought and without pausing to think about how that thought made someone else feel she spoke it.

When someone is able to stand up to those type of bullies it makes them pause and think about their words at least for a moment and it gives the person being picked on an adversary and a feeling like maybe everything isn’t against me. So watch the commercial and practice speaking up for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt

You know that classic youth group game where you give students a list and a driver and send them off in the city to take pictures of themselves doing silly things. Well, Life’s Journey has a modern variation on it. Instead of given the students a list you text them with the next picture instruction. There are lots of ways to use this method that make it neat. You could use camera phones to send the pictures back to you and reward whoever sends it to you first. You could use it over the course of a weekend or while at an amusement park so to keep the game fresh and lasting all day.

Check out the full list of picture ideas and other tips here.

Church tech on Gizmodo

There is an article on Gizmodo today about 3D projector technology and its use in churches. Some of the stuff looks really neat. The ability to do things that go beyond just projecting a pastor on stage (like two live singers appearing to be covered in floating rose petals) has some potential.

But the reason that I wanted to post this article isn’t because of the tech, but rather because of the author of the piece and his admitted non-Christian take on the whole experience. So be sure to check it out.

Alfred, the slide building monkey

Do you need a quick way to make custom announcement slides that have a consistent look? Then check out Alfred, the slide building monkey. It is apparently for Seacoast Church, but the site has no contact information and no terms of use information, so it could be intended just for in-house use. The idea is a simple and brilliant one. You select a background. Choose a title and 3 lines of information and then generate the slide. All the slides have the same font and all of the information is in the same place. Only the pictures are different. It is fast and easy.