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change is coming

I havent blogged in a while.  There has been a reason behind it, I promise.  Mainly, I’ve been playing around with posterous. I really like the capabilities of it and how much easier it is to post with their iPhone app.  So a change is coming (I know, you’re probably thinking, didn’t we just do this – but if you want to follow me and pick my brain, then you will make this quick and easy change) – now my site is branjohns.posterous.com
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Taco Bell in the Shell

Several months ago,  I sent an email to Taco Bell to ask if they would please bring the chaco taco back into their restaurant rotation.  I even tried to garner help from everyone here too. I never heard anything back. They did not reply. Maybe my email got lost in the shuffle. Maybe it was filtered out. Maybe they only take emails from more important people than myself.  No matter, I got nothing from them.

However, Taco Bell, I dont need you anymore.  If I ever want a chaco taco, I will just go get one at the Shell by the church.  So there.  I guess I wont be needing you anymore… except for great fast food at low prices

maybe the right balance

There’s a lot of programming to be done.  It seems like everywhere one turns, something else needs to be booked, planned, covered, and implemented.  One more event, one more idealistic scavenger hunt, one more thought provoking lesson and all will be well. If too much is scheduled, you may be labeled a “fun”damentalist (feel free to make fun of that word or me for using it now).  If too little is done, the dreaded “lazy” tag may find you.  Neither one is a label I want to be tagged in one of my profile pics. So where’s the balance?

Somewhere in between the land of Christian hipsters and 1990’s youth ministry lies the answer. Our schedules are not completely filled to the brim, but aren’t empty either. Whatever is done is done with excellence.  Events are priorities and not just stuff to do.  Hanging out with others becomes more purposeful.  More meaningful.  Relationships are built in real life and when a big event rolls around, there’s a lot of excitement and involvement because the prayer, time, and effort that is included is evident.  What is taught at church actually is put into practice outside of the walls.  We love God and love others more than ever before.

Youth Ministry Videos: Part 4

Wow, I don’t think I have any words. Oh wait, yes I do.  This guy is hilarious! It’s ridiculous. I’m thankful I don’t know anyone like Ignatious.  I do love the older youth worker who steps up!  Enjoy

HOPE!

I read Romans 3:21-31 this morning.  To be honest, I really was ready for Romans 3:21-31.  I started reading Romans bit by bit to write a devotional for my students, but as I began, God really let me know that it was for me first… that I can write it after I get all I can out of it. Well, the tension was building.  I tried to read it as if I had never seen the words or heard a sermon preached from it before. That makes it interesting. As I searched through the first 2 and 1/2 chapters, my morale was down.  Then 3:21-31 came.  I was excited. I was pumped! All the problems that I was having, all the ways I was trying to make it on my own (thanks lil brudder), now I don’t have too.

It’s really hard to read something as if you’ve never seen it when you have studied it, had seminary classes on it, and heard a ton of sermons on it.  However, I will defy you to read the first 3 chapters of Romans, get to 3:21-31, and not try to find out more.  It is simply beautiful scriptures filled with HOPE.

My advice: read it. Let it soak in.  Let it fill you with hope .

Youth Ministry Videos, Part 3

And this, my friends, is why I tend to shy away from lockins…

Youth Ministry Videos, Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed Youth MiniSTARS.  Today’s video is one of my absolute favorite videos (just ask any student that has been in my student ministry).  I have shown this video everywhere I’ve been.  And don’t worry Super Summer Alabama, next week, it will show up – I promise you!  J Reezy, (aka Jake Rutenbar) is a lyrical genius and will be a frequent face in this youth ministry music video series. Enjoy

Youth Ministry tip: this is a great video to show before camps, retreats, etc. Especially if you are going to stay in a fly hotel.