Pretending on Sundays

Nick (Thinking PAdre) has put up an interesting quick thought (dated: Friday, August 26, 2005) on the plight of the “associate” pastor who fills in while the “SR” is gone.

I empathize because I think it’s true. I wonder how many people are pretending to listen on a Sunday morning. I also wonder how many people are in denial about how many people are listening on Sunday morning.

Also – I think another major difference in teaching adults and teaching students is that students don’t pretend if you are boring. They haven’t been conditioned into pretending on Sunday mornings. This is just another reason why I consider it a priviledge to be around teens so much. They are so core.

I wonder what those of us who are YP’s can do to keep the students from being conditioned into pretending on Sunday mornings?



While I was away at camp, the earth shifted. The universe changed. Reality was altered.

Wayne Gretzky is assigning himself as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. This changes everything. He is taking on the role knowing that the general rule is that great players don’t make great coaches but, aware of this, Gretzky intends to, once again, rewrite the rules of the NHL. Without argument Gretzky is the greatest to ever play his sport, many others have tried, but Wayne did it all – He would be the all-time point leader if he never, ever even scored a goal. Yet, he also scored more goals than anyone in history. And made more assists than anyone in history.

Indeed it is an exciting time to be a hockey fan.

This post is made with apologizes to dummies who think that Jordan was a better athlete than Gretzky…can Jordan even skate?

Mayfield Madness

Still recovering a bit from high school camp. I think there were a bunch of girls stampeding through my cabin at about 5 am on Saturday! Whatever…

I finished Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis really fast and will go back through it before posting on it. Currently I am still working on Andy Stanley’s “Next Generation Leader” which is really not hitting it with me. No turntables, if you know what I mean…

I am also straining my way through Practicing Passion by Kenda Creasy Dean. IT IS ABSOLUTELY FAB!! If you are in youth ministry and believe there is more to this calling than lessons and games – this book is an absolute must.

A’ight – I’m out – trying to catch up!!

It’s Official!

As of last Thursday night I am an official licensed minister in the Evangelical Church of North America. That means I can marry people, bury people, give them communion in church without any red tape and baptize people with the “official” blessing of the denomination. I really could have done all of those things before, but now I carry an implicit stamp of support from the denomination.

Denominations are great. Sure, they provide buttloads of red tape and reports and seem to be full of busybodies…but they are also full of really godly, wise men who encourage me and promise to pray for me and support me and keep me level headed; I do the same for them. Doug Padgit once compared a denomination to a family, with all the baggage and all the great stuff that goes along with that.

So that’s it.

Communion anyone?