If you’re wondering, I’ll probably be reading

So I’m going back to school.  Yeah I know, my life is crazy enough already, with a wife, a 2 year old, a baby on the way, a puppy and youth ministry.  I’m going to add one more thing Grad School.  Kathy and I talked and prayed about this, and we figured there really never is a good time to improve yourself.  There’s never a good time to go to the gym, there’s never a good time to read that book, there’s never a good time to take a sabbath.  So you just need to do it.

With that said I will be taking 2 courses this fall, and I was emailed my reading lists for those two classes. So my new years resolution of reading one book at a time will have to come to an end soon. Here are the books that I will be reading.

For Meaning of Christian Community

  • How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems
  • Lectures on Calvinism
  • Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works)
  • An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives
  • Worship, Community & the Triune God of Grace
  • Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staffs Can Grow Together
  • The Shaping of things to Come (I’m already reading this.)
  • Created for Community (I’ve already read this so I will be reviewing)
For Theology and Contemporary Media
  • Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry
  • Christ and Culture 
  • Film Art: An Introduction
  • Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue
  • Art And the Bible: Two Essays (Ivp Classics)
  • Plowing in Hope: Towards a Biblical Theology of Culture
  • Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture
  • Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication
So I’ll be pretty busy with reading in the future.  

Good News

So either bloglines finally got around to creating an iPhone specific page, or I just found it.  Either way, it’s awesome.  Good News.

I love the WordPress iPhone app.  Good News.

We had our second beyond::film::festival last night, it was loads of fun, and I will post the videos shortly.  Good News.

Staff meeting was today and it was quick and now we are rocking and rolling.  Good news.

Anyway,  I’d love to hear your good news.  Leave a Comment.

Bucket List Review

Last night kathy and I rented the bucket list. The premise of the movie is inspiring. Two people facing death decide to do an entire list of amazing things together. Before they kick the bucket. Having read In a Pit with a Lion, bucket list is right in line with that book.

The movie itself wasn’t as good as the story could have been. Wasn’t too impressed with jack Nicholson who has really been the same character for the past decade. Morgan freeman was great though.

Those are my thoughts.

Youth Leaders Meeting = Awesomeness

I know what you are thinking, how could any meeting = awesomeness.  Well I will tell you.  First of all the acutal meeting was brief.  Which is key to awesome meetings.  Second, we allowed for people to hangout and have fun together.

I’m going to be really honest right now, I have not felt that way after a youth leaders meeting in a long time.  The last time I felt like this was when I was interning with Jay Smith and Cedar Park.  Our youth leaders meeting were often the most fun part of being in youth ministry, because we all loved being together.

I hope that our meetings can continue to have that vibe where we want to get the meeting out of the way so relationships can be built.  I think it’s important that the team that you work with likes each other.

I was super encouraged by this meeting because if our team continues to build relationships and love for each other, then we will be more willing to charge hell with a water pistol together, because we’ll do it together.

who are you kids becoming?

this is from rick lawrence in this months Group Magazine

“I challenge parents to pay more attention to who their kids are becoming than to what they’re acheiving. Kids’ achievements may or may not impact the world for good, but who they’re becoming certainly will.”