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Funny and true, all done in the style of “The Office.”

Ignatius from travis hawkins on Vimeo.

It was between cute and crass. Cute won the day. (What’s wrong with me?)

Talk about a great trip down memory lane. This is a website that looks at some internet superstars of the past 15 years and where they are today.

Askaninja made it, but Homestar Runner did not. How can that be? Check it out.

It appears that Halloween is bigger than ever. According to the following article, we are expected to spend $5.77 billion on Halloween this year. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? People are complaining about the stock market, the price of gas (although that’s getting better) and groceries, but we’re more than willing to buy costumes and candy that will be used for one day, eaten in one day, or cause a lifetime of tooth problems.

Alright, I’ll get off my soap box. Here’s the article.

Are you having a “Fall Carnival” or “Trunk or Treat”? Or do you just not have time to come up with a costume idea? Here are some great ideas that are quick and fit a Youth Minister’s budget!

(1) Melted Snow Man
Drench yourself in water and carry around two sticks, a scarf and a carrot.

(2) Piece of Gum Stuck to Your Shoe
Dress in all pink and attach a shoe to the top of your head.

(3) Chia Pet
Wrap yourself in duct tape so the sticky part is facing out, then roll around on the lawn.

(4) Ceiling Fan
Write “Go Ceilings!” on the front of your shirt. Add other gear if you want (pom poms, big foam finger, etc.) And don’t forget to cheer!

(5) iPod Commercial
Dress completely in black clothing, wear a black wig or hat, and use black make-up to cover your face, hands and any exposed skin. Carry around an iPod and dance wildly.

(6) Tornado
Dress in all black or grey. Attach small play figures (like a barnyard set that has animals, tractors, fence, etc) to you with string and safety pins. Spin around so they figures fly out and spin around you.

(7) Kissing Booth
Decorate a large box, cut so that it fits around your chest. Make duct tape suspenders to hold it to you. Attach wrapping paper rolls to the top and connect with a piece of cardboard over the top of your head. Offer free kisses. (not appropriate for most youth ministry events)

(8) Candy Cane
Wear all white. Wrap red or green duct tape around you for stripes.

(9) Black-eyed Pea
Wear black pants and a white shirt. Get some black makeup cream or black eyeliner and draw a circle around one eye to look like a black eye. With a fat permanent marker or some black felt, make a huge black “P” on your chest.

(10) Don’t like any of these? A simple search of “Homemade halloween costume ideas” will give you plenty of websites to research.

Starting today, I’m leading a group of youth workers and then youth in a time of prayer and visioning. For two whole days we will be asking God what His plan for ministry to youth and youth workers in Kansas West will be.

Would you please be praying for us that we will know what God wants? Thanks.

This is a dangerous thing to blog about… my health. Years ago, I was a very active, healthy person. However, as my priorities shifted with marriage and children, I have been “gifted” with more than a few extra pounds and a sedentary lifestyle.

Yes, this is entirely my fault.

After a visit to the doctor (getting the last one in before the uncomfortable “40 physical”) and a strong dose of reality (“You’re pretty healthy, but you won’t be able to keep up with your kids unless you start exercising and lose about thirty pounds!”), I’ve decided that it’s time to do something about it. So, last week my family joined the YMCA.

Now, I get how important it is to take care of your physical health (“Your body is a temple and all…”), but also think about the call to serve others (which includes giving time and energy to my family, the body of Christ, and the world). So, how does one fully live both of these out while also continuing to grow in relationship with God and others? There doesn’t appear to be enough time in the day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

From the YouthWorkerJournal.com, September/October 2008 Issue

The Vatican recently said it’s OK for Roman Catholics to believe in aliens.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” says the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

This could take the United Methodist mission statement of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world to a whole new level.

Before I went there, I was told it was a very friendly church. Words that I have heard all too often. I left the church thinking, “If I hadn’t preached, I wonder if they would’ve connected with me at all.” Oh sure, I received plenty of thank you’s, but little to no visiting or fellowship. Why is this?

I read last week an exaggerated statement that really gets to the point: “There is not a single church in decline that doesn’t believe they are welcoming and friendly.” Do we get it?

Now, our Annual Conference has developed a mission statement based on Robert Schnase’s book, The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, and one of those key points is radical hospitality. I want to ask… What should that look like within our worship services? How are we to live this out on Sunday mornings? Am I doing my part?

I think these may be good questions for all our churches to ask, as well as a good evaluation of our role as a “radical” while attending church.