I know that I am Broken. I know that I need Jesus.
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The idea of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a term I never want to hear again, but yet I am faced with a world that constantly throws it back at me! As a youth worker I don't want to admit this, but I am sometimes finding myself as a fish swimming against the current on this issue. The odd thing about that analogy is that usually when a christian fish is swimming against the current, he/she is swimming opposite of non-believers. It is hard for me to say this but right now I am swimming against what the mainstream church culture is dishing out. They seemed to have dumbed down Christian theology to a point where believers don't know what they believe and they have made the gospel message so self serving that those who were supposed to be following Christ only end up following themselves. Seriously though, its not my teenagers that are causing this, its their parents. Nowhere in my job description does it say that I am to make sure that all students feel happy and like God will be there when they need him. It will be important for us to tackle this issue from the top down, as well as the bottom up. Pastors will need to grab a-hold of this idea, especially in the holiness tradition. I feel like I have gone off on a rant about this, but I am tired of hearing the term and I am done standing by and watching people being taught that God exists to make them a better person. OK I will get to Tim Elmore soon! You know it is so hard for me to say nice things about him, but I promise I will :) Until next time -Just Jon
Today Mac, Christian and I decided to begin trading our NYC 2011 Swag! At the end of the night we decided to post here a picture of the items that we acquired! We have many multiples but it is important to note that we each only started out with our Tennessee Swag bags which include: a bag, a fan that lights up, a flash light, a Tennessee shirt, a regional shirt, a horn (The annoying ones), A Trevecca Lanyard, a towel, sunglasses and a headband. From there we acquired an amazing amount of items for which we have developed a point system and we want to share it with you. Here is the Official NYC TRADING POST! The Yum Cup: 20 Points Available in the Yum Center for $5.50 d Hawaiian Beaded Necklace: 100 Points (Took forever to get one) Trevecca Lanyard: 25 Points SNU VIP Lanyard: 50 Points West Virginia South Lanyard: 40 Points Tennessee Horn: 100 Points SWO Light-up Key-chain: 55 Points TNU Staff Beach Party T-Shirt Butler High School All Purpose Tool: 100 Points School giveaway from c
Carpetball is the most fun game in youth ministry right now! You must get one for your youth room if you can! Step 1: Buy Supplies You Will Need To Buy: Playing Surface 2 : 8x4 Plywood Boards The Thicker The Better, Pine Is Great . Side Rails 2 : 12x1 Foot 1 1/2 Inch Wood Boards Legs 4: 3 Feet Long 4x4 Posts For a shorter Table Get Shorter Legs Backstop 1: 8 foot long 12 inch x 1 1/2 inch board to be cut in half then sized to fit Support Beams 2 : 10 Feet Long 4x4's Carpet Top 1 : 12 Feet Long and 3 Feet Wide Outdoor Carpet Large Screws 72: 2 1/2 Inch Wood Screws Small Screws 48: 2 Inch Wood Screws Staples 200: T50 Staples Surface Riser 2: 10 Foot 2x4 Boards Pool Balls 1: 16 Balls Assembly 4: 8 inch Bolts Assembly 4: Washers to fit the bolts Assembly 4: Wing Tipped Nuts That Match The B