Just Speak Up

Just Speak Up

Links, Teen Culture
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: People who are mad that Burger King messed up the food (can you really miss a point this bad?) People who think the kid should have spoken up for himself 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…
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Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt

Games, Links, Youth Ministry Ideas
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.
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Alfred, the slide building monkey

Cool Stuff, Links
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.
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Online Study Bible

Cool Stuff, Links
beta.mystudybible.com Sure it is the Hardcore Southern Baptist version, but Holman actually has some neat stuff going with their new Bible online. It is still in "beta" phase so there are some kinks to work out, but I am in love with the quick links to the Hebrew and Greek definitions. Look through the text and almost every word has a small highlight. Hover over that word and a pop-up window appears with the entry from the Bible dictionary. There are also a few commentaries and study notes. It looks almost as slick as youversion.com  but with the added bonus of the deeper study tools. What it doesn't offer is other versions (just HCSB and KJV) or a mobile component (my ipod couldn't even load it).  You can tweak it to…
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Project 61

Cool Stuff, Links, Random Thoughts
  If you are a regular reader you know that my sister and brother-in-law sold their house in the suburbs of Nashville to go live in a major city in Africa The community that they are working in is beyond poor. It is situated right beside the city landfill so most of the people survive by scavenging food and other things from the dump. They along with people in their church, have started Project 61 ministries (the name comes from Isaiah 61). One of the ways that they are making a difference is by getting sponsors to send children to boarding school. Our Vacation Bible School offering this year was enough to send a kid to school and also help with the summer food program. So we we given a…
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