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Feature Friday (04/26/19)

I did not know how to repair a screen door to ensure it slide more smoothly. So what did I do? My screen door repair lesson began that day in the form of a YouTube video tutorial. Like so many others when I am unequipped to do a task, I turn to the old trusty teacher…YouTube! All I ever wanted to know (and not know) about how to fix my problem was addressed. It was easy, quick, and informational. The reality is I am not the only one who turns to YouTube on a whim. Teenagers are turning to YouTube not just for simple tasks, but classwork help, relational advice, and much more!

Gone are the days when teenagers asked their parents, peers, or other people for help. On average, teens spend more time watching YouTube than any other video platform — including TV, Netflix, and movies. So what can parents do to engage their students and discuss Youtube? That is where “The Ultimate Parent Guide to YouTube” by Bark can be useful.

If you have a college age, teenage, or any aged student in your home, classroom, or church and you care about them this is a must read with many helpful hints (like setting up restricted access). I hope you enjoy the article, pass it along, and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

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Feature Friday (07/21/17)

I had plugged my phone into the charger about an hour earlier and headed back downstairs to continue playing with the kids. When I came back to check on my phone’s battery status as well as receive any messages I may had missed, I realized a grave mistake I had made. While I had plugged the charger into the phone, I had made the assumption that the charger was connected to the power outlet. Needless to say, I was poorly disappointed when I found out my phone had not charged at all in the last hour because I was disconnected.

As we saw last week, disconnecting can be good, rejuvenating, and probably much more needed in today’s “connected” world than every before. However, the reality is if we disconnect from relationship, people, and community bad things can and do happen. So how can church leaders and Christ followers stay connected during the summer months of disconnection?

Thankfully, Brady Shearer and the team over at Pro Church Tools have provided a really awesome guide to stay connected. In their post they give 7 Social Media Templates for Churches. These are awesome ways to stay connected as a church family while everyone gets a little disconnection to rejuvenate during summer months.

Enjoy the templates and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (7/14/17)

Vacation! Having just enjoyed our annual week of family vacation let me tell you; sometimes it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. The kids still wake up early in the morning like they always do. They actually wake up more at night because of it being a new environment. Our daily routine is out of whack, which for the first few days of vacation can be irritating. And then there is the ever intruding work stuff that somehow follows me on vacation.

Whatever happen to time with family? Time with friends. Time at the beach or in the woods. Time to rest. Time to relax. Whatever happened to a real, genuine vacation? While I could get irritated, upset, even angry at others, work, and the weather, truth is most of the time I am to blame. Reality is: when I don’t relax, rest, and rejuvenate on vacation it’s mostly my fault. So what can I do about it?

Tommy Bowman steps in to help us out. In this week’s article he addresses 4 Ways You Aren’t Disconnecting on Vacation. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day and check out the tips for a better vacation.

Feature Friday (06/23/17)

Every family has them. The one child or parent that seems just a bit more OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) than the rest of the family. Fortunate for me, I am that person when it comes to having things in their place in our home. While not vacuuming or dusting may drive my wife crazy even though the kids toys are spewed all over the house, I am the opposite. The house could have not been cleaned for the past two weeks and I will not notice, but if the kids toys are lying everywhere after two hours, I am ready to snap.

The reason for this, at least how I justify it, is I really like things to be in their proper place. As I have heard it said, “a place for everything, and everything in its place”. But it’s not just toys that get out of their proper place. One of the greatest threats of proper placement is technology. Statistics show technology is quickly infringing on every area of life and companies like Netflix recognize this and have no aim of slowing down.

So what can we do to “Reclaim Real Life in a World of Technology“? Check out this article as Andy Crouch shares 6 ways to do so. As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (4/28/17)

Culture. It is this weird sometimes nebulous, sometimes very precise reality. There can be cultures within culture and there can even be times when culture seems universal. It’s funny how we talk about culture. When we are in elementary school culture is peer pressure. When we get to middle school and high school it’s what’s cool. And when we become adults we just reference culture as “what is”.

Typically, I don’t pay too much attention to cultural hits (music, songs, movies, and TV shows). However, I do find quite often that one item tends to rise above the rest as “the” culturally hot item. The current hot hit…13 Reasons Why. This show came out not long ago and already almost every student knows about it and a large majority have already binge watched every episode. For this reason alone, I think it wise for every parent, teacher, church kid, youth, college volunteer to understand what 13 Reasons Why is and at least consider reading this response by Megan Cullip.

As always enjoy and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (8/21/15)

6600657455_976503bae2_nA new school year has begun. With teaching responsibilities that means I am getting back into that school year routine. It means I have a new batch of students to teach this year. It means a new textbook. It means a new curriculum. It means new technology. A new experience for me this year is teaching a course that is almost entirely digital. The textbook is digital. The course schedule is digital. The homework will be assigned digitally. All of this is accomplished through technology. Truth be told, we all use technology everyday; at home, at work, at school, and at play. Technology is an integral part of our lives in the 21st century. However, what are we to believe about it and how are we to behave with it, specifically as Christians? Should we reject it all outright? Should we embrace it wholeheartedly? The basic question we need to ask and answer is: How should Christians engage with technology?

Enjoy the article, have a great weekend, and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

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