John’s First Epistle

So in transit we are starting to look at 1 John. This is one of those books that’s shallow and deep at the same time. It’s a great book, full of love and rebuke, and encouragement all at the same time.

I’ve been reading the Message lately and I have really dug it. I can’t get enough of this paraphrase. It’s always good to mix up the translation your reading out of to keep things fresh. Very fun

podcasting

I’m still working out this whole podcasting thing. I am working on getting a church blog base for podcasting, check it out at creeksidechurch.blogspot.com I am trying to make this as painless as possible for other people to update this, and keep it free. There are some really great sites out there, I’m going to list them for you

archive.org
ourmedia.org
feedburner.com

these three sites have been quite helpful. This is quite a learning effort that we are putting together. We’ll see what happens if we ever try to vodcast.

The reason that I am trying to do this is because I want to create a resource for youth pastors that would be distributed through podcasts. I want to make this resource free as well.

Our church is so far behind in terms of our online presence that we need to catch up quick fast, many people are finding us through our website, imagine if they could get a feel for our services before they even step foot on our campus. That would be a pretty valuable tool, and I think it woudl ease the first time guests nerves about what church would be like.

Any way, I just thought I would through that up to y’all.

Podcasting >>beyondcast>>

So I’m trying a little experiment, Chris has been faithully recording our messages from sunday nights, and he’s the man. We are trying to create an internet presence, so I have been researching how to podcast, and I have succesfully submitted a beyondcast to iTunes. Please take a minute to check out the >beyondcast>>

Youth Pastors are the best people ever . . . EVER !!!

So today I had the priviledge of hanging out with a group of youth pastors this morning. It was great to be with a group of like-minded people who are able to talk about youth ministry from experiences, both good and bad. I know that I learned a lot, just by listening to these great men of God.

One of the great messages that I heard today was that youth ministry is hard work. And that’s so true, and it’s great to hear that I’m not the only one who sees it as hard work. We were able to be honest and real with each other and with the people who were there.

I don’t really know who gave Brandon my number to call and fill in at the last minute, but I’m glad they did.

These panel discussions are really great. If you are on a panel you have to keep your mind open to what other people say and allow yourself to be taught by them. It’s not about how much you know or being an expert on anything. If the people in the class didn’t learn anything, at least I did.

Dodgeball

So we had an all church dodgeball event on friday, we had youth, college, and young married folks, and people who had never been to our church, but were invited by friends. It was awesome to see all these people getting together to play on of the best games ever.

I hope that we have more and more events like this. I think this is one of the keys to helping students make a transition from youth group to the entire church. We can’t just keep all our ministries holed away from each other. We have to find ways to integrate the different ministries to make the whole church stronger.

These events don’t have to be difficult either, we can just open up the gym and play a game that everyone knows. We don’t have to spend a ton of money, we just have to do something. Pretty stinkin’ cool.

Easter

I love easter. It’s probably the best day of the year ever. This is the day when Jesus was raised from the dead, and if it wasn’t for this day then I would really have no reason to be, I would have no hope, and I would have no life. But good thing Jesus was raised.

I didn’t eat any candy or chocolate and I didn’t see a single bunny, all in all, I think it was a successful easter on that regard.

Church was hopping this morning too. We had tons of folks, new faces aplenty and I love seeing that. It shoots adreneline into the soul of the church and reminds us what we are here for.

Easter Rocks