LaGrange, KY on the Map in Little League World Series

Michael Grant, writing for the Courier Journal:

The Little League baseball team from La Grange, Kentucky, participates in the opening ceremony of the 2011 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).  North Oldham is one of 16 teams — eight from the United States, eight from other countries — participating in the nationally televised double-elimination tournament. The games started Thursday and conclude with the title contest Aug. 28.

North Olham plays tonight at 8:00 on ESPN!

Cool Resource for Kids Ministry!

Close this windowI've mentioned God's Kid Worship CD's before, but they keep coming out with more and more cool resources for kids!

Check out the description of the Big Box of Countdowns below:

Each DVD contains twelve, 5-minute long video countdowns; all playable on a standard video DVD player or with computer presentation programs. Each DVD includes 6 high energy video countdowns and 6 calm countdowns.

High Energy Countdowns - 5 minutes long, high-energy and filled with fun! The infectious music tracks, eye-catching backgrounds and animated graphics will get any group of kids ready for what's coming next. Most feature animated characters, complete with hilarious and attention-getting comments! Characters pop on-screen and speak at 4:00, 3:00, 2:00, 1:00 and the final 30 seconds, bringing everybody's attention up front.

Calm Countdowns - 5 minutes long, low-energy video countdowns filled with warm, images and calming music. Use these as a calm way to focus and prepare for an event; or as a timer for any quiet activity, such as study, reading, or simply rest & reflection.

I highly recommend these Big Box of Countdowns as a resource for kids and students of all ages! Everybody will love the fun characters as they count down to what's coming up next!

Preaching is About Reminding Us of Our Identity

My friend, Chad Nuss, with a good reminder for preachers, teachers and hearers of God's Word:

In this classic scene, Buzz is convinced his role is to save the galaxy. However, Woody knows who Buzz really is and is trying his best to get through to him. This is what preaching is all about. Preaching is not primarily about what we are supposed to do or not do. Preaching is about reminding us of our identity. We are like Buzz, convinced we are good, spiritual people. The preacher comes to us like Woody, yelling at us to get us to see we are really sinners separated from God without Christ. But once we become followers of Christ, the preacher continues to come to us like Woody, yelling at us to remember who we are in Christ. Christianity is not about a list of do’s and don’ts. Christianity is about identity. We cannot change what we do until we change who we are. Preaching reminds us of who we were without Christ and who we are in Christ. Preaching reminds us that we can’t save the galaxy because we can’t even save ourselves. Only Christ can do that.

Training Children to Use Technology to God's Glory

This week I showed a DVD to some of the parents at my church called God's Technology. It's a great tool to equip families to navigate the digital age with disciplined discernment. Dr. David Murray outlines 4 biblical principles as the foundation for a practical 7 step training program for parents. I highly recommend it!

LOST is Pointless!

Image: Locke on "Lost"While everyone scratches their heads trying to figure out LOST, Oscar Dahl, from MSNBC, says that's not the point: “At its basest level, ‘Lost’ is about life. The island is a microcosm of our everyday existence… but the feeling of not knowing anything, of being entirely confused, of struggling with meaning, of searching for answers to unknowable questions, is universal. Life is like being on the island — we don’t know why we’re here, we don’t really know what to do, but we still search for answers. And we often fail, even with the best intentions in mind.”

(HT: Z)

Favorite Christian Music Hits

Wow 1996: The Year's 30 Top Christian Artists & SongsJust curious ... what are your favorite Christian music hits from the past?  Ya know ... the ones that you remember singing back in the good ole' 90's.  My wife and I reminisced and came up with these songs in no particular order, some of which came from the WOW CD.  Please share your favorites!

1. Shine by the Newboys 2. Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman 3. Big Big House by Audio Adrenaline 4. Cross of Gold by Michael W. Smith 5. The Hard Way by D.C. Talk 6. Faith Like A Child by Jars of Clay 7. Great Lengths by PFR 8. Hold Me Jesus by Rich Mullins

Click on the songs above to see the accompanying video ... here are 2 of my faves below.  Wow.  Music brings back so many memories!


Help Your Kids Make Responsible Media Choices

Many of you have heard about a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation on the online lives of children and teenagers.  If you haven't yet read it I encourage you to read the report  and glance at the slideshow the folks at KFF have posted online.  Pretty shocking statistics!

Walt Mueller also has developed a helpful tool that teaches kids to think Christianly and critically about all the media they consume.  It's called, How to Use Your Head to Guard Your Heart: A 3(D)Guide to Making Responsible Media Choices .  Access a free Leader's Guide for this tool here.

  • Read the New York Times article, "If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online"
  • Read Al Mohler's reflections on this study