Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
- I can buy books form amazing (so far I have not seen anything over $9.99 that I would want)
- I can highlight a section and add a note to that section or any section and then download what I had highlighted and written...this will be great for leadership training, I can send out some great quotes and not forget where they were (because they are saved and downloadable) and I do not have to spend time typing, I just copy and past!
- I can upload a .txt document and take it on the road with me (maybe illustrations of my sermon notes and practice...I cannot change them but I can add note and highlight areas I need to give attention to) or I can use mobipocket (PC only) that converts a word DOC, PDF, HTML, etc...to a kindle file. I am not sure the difference yet but I will try and see what this software can do. I can also email files to my Kindle with that cost 10 cents...I am not sure why I would do this when I can dump a .txt file on for free...I will probably try it though to see what happens.
- There are other cool features like basic web...yes, I can brows the web anywhere for FREE, not great graphics but FREE! I can use it as an MP3 player, and there is a feature called NOWNOW...you send in a question and they will research it for you. Don't let one of your students get hold of this or watch out high school term papers.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot the quote of the week.
I was telling my wife about the Kindle and explaining what it actually was and she said, "That does not sound like a Brandon gift why would someone think to give you that?" My intern said, "Really? It is technology...it screams Brandon except for the reading part."
Little do they all know, I am very literate. Great gift...THANK YOU...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Jott...Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments.
GrandCentral...This is amazing, free phone number that rings your cellphone...and way more than I can describe, check out their site.
Toodledo...amazing online/mobile todolist...and more.
Planning Center Online...service planning. I use this to plan every hour of a weekend retreat, our staff loved it.
If you are into online apps like this you really need to check out Google Docs and Google Reader, just Google them if you want to check them out.
What online apps are you using?
Friday, June 06, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I struggle with our ministry purpose over the summer because our numbers drop...not because we have less people but that lower number usually equals less visitors (or no visitors). If we are not living out our purpose we need to either work harder and change how we focus on that purpose or we need a total refocus.
With our new freshmen class coming up it might not be the best to reshape the way we do evangelism, things are already so new I do not want to overwhelm and lose them. It has been a challenging year (if you do not know, this year I went from jr high director to taking over all of student ministries). I, our students, and our ministry have all gone through major adjusting...and all have played out for the better. That said repair and unity are still needed and potential core students are still on the fringe.
It seems like a good idea to shift from evangelism to assimilation for the next 2 or 3 months. To grow together as a group has great potential and benefit, surrounding and serving each other and especially this new group of students that will be joining us in a few weeks. We need to create buy-in, generate excitement, and create a Christ centered, loving atmosphere.
I need to think about how this looks. I do not want to move from solid biblical teaching to fun and games. This is not about laser tag and paintball or crowdbreakers and pizza each week, it may involve these things the idea is not to move from depth to the surface, it is about loving our students and seeing them take ownership.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It launched this week...VMware 2.0 Beta 2. If you own a Mac and have been using VMware Fusion then you might need to get happy about this. Right now it is free, the code is on their site...the only catch is you need to have a copy of windows. I am excited because this finally adds multi-screen viewing to work with stuff like MediaShout!!!!
Now, if it works with Halo I am set for life...If you find Halo for Mac and want to give it to me that would be great too.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
From what I hear the biggest goto OLB is Bible Gateway. 9 time out of ten, if I type a scripture
reference in Google Bible Gateway the top hit.
Another favorite in Blue Letter Bible. This OLB is packed with content; study tools, devotionals, commentaries, and more.
A newer OLB to hit the web is called youversion. The cool thing about this OLB is that it is a sort of social networking Bible. You can contribute notes and share comments and a ton of other stuff too. They just released a mobile version this week so if you have a phone that links to the net of you have a pocket devise that has wifi you can have 14 version of the Bible in your pocket.
If you search "online Bibles" you will find several sites so check it out yourself and see which you like best.
Friday, April 11, 2008
The cool thing is I will be confronted to write more because I have a twitter app on my google.com homepage, and twitter only lets you write a 140 characters. I should hit this a couple times a day...we will see.
Here is the link: http://twitter.com/uthguy9
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
By the way, we had our first session at the church because we did not have a room to meet in at the hotel. The first session went great, kids laughed, the word was strong, worship was solid (thanks band for learning the new song), and the games were fun. But it still left me with the question, "Why did we not have a room?" Well, Guy...one of the student ministry pastors said the hotel was booked. When we got there I found out it was booked by the FNW. Here is a pic and I will send a video soon.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Anyway, I will post some pictures of the youth ministry here, people I met at the airport, and I need to do a public apology and confession...the confession is kind of a big deal so I want to leave time to write it out correctly. Keep coming back throughout the weekend.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I was just informed of another...They all look pretty useful
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Week one: Played the dating game...yeah, just like the game show. This was what we opened the series with (played two games - one girl player one guy player) and then my wife and I took the couples on a triple date. We brought a guy to video everything and then we played the video in week 2.
Week two: Very funny and yet the message spoke to our student's hearts. We spent our time in 2 Tim 2:22...we date for a ton of reasons but we really must pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. Here are two of the videos we played in week two.
Week three: The sex talk. If you are ever looking for a guy to bring into your church, camp, retreat, bring me. But if you are looking for another guy bring in Greg Speck. Greg is a well known speaker and author. He has two great books; Living for Jesus Beyond the Spiritual High and Sex: It's Worth Waiting For. I need to thank Greg for allowing God to use him. this series really impacted our group. Here are some links to his books and a video we played showed. Parents, you may want to consider picking up the sex book and do some follow-up.
Click here for the video. Reshape your web browser to a square size and the video will look better.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Pastor2Youth...sign up for a free membership and then click the "YM Exchange" in the top right corner. There are several resources in here (backgrounds, powerpoint games, hundreds or group games, and yes...messages. And if you feel you have some things great to share just submit it)
Chemtastic...Lots of good free stuff here...and message powerpoint
Simply Youth Ministry...also check out their freebies link
24/7...put together by a youth group, never saw it but want to check it out.
Dean Hawk...I have never used these but there were a recommendation from within the group. There were described as creative with good powerpoints. Check them out.
Bluefish...Loads of 4 week DVD curriculum and video series
Youth Resource...$20 for all you can download. I was in this a few years ago, they did not put new stuff up enough and it was $10 back then, but i say if you are looking for some help it is probably wirth $20, download everything you can and do not sign up for a second year...maybe every other year or so.
These two are my favorite:
After searching go through the images, choose advance and see the other options for setting your usage.
Sign up for a free Flickr account and join this group and you will see all the images. i do not understand why but if you are not logged in and not a member of their group you do not see all their pics.
Here are some others...Please add links that you have discovered.
I have not checked these sites but they claim to have lists of free stock photos:
If you are just looking for some solid backgrounds for your media presentations you can't go wrong HERE. The images are solid and the price is good.
Premier Background Images Vol. 1
Premier Background Images Vol. 2
You can find other media related ministry things here:
Here is a bonus link...this seems to be the best font site (mac and pc)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
If anyone wants to do lunch PLEASE leave a voice mail with your contact number here 815-209-9953.
Look forward to lunch and or our evening session.
- Forms (waives, medical cards, registration, etc)
- Pics and videos (from retreats, events and just regular meetings)
- Audio (podcast, sermons, messages) One of many podcast host is Podomatic...it's free. Free audio editor that is solid...Audacity
- Calendar (Add; teaching series, events, retreats, guest speakers, anything to do with your group) A good start if you have a few bucks ($99) is ParentLink, check out the details.
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE IMPORTANT BUT AFTER A MONTH (OR WEEKS OR EVEN DAYS IN MANY CASES) OF LITTLE VALUE OF YOU DO NOT UPDATE REGULARLY.
- Contact information (email, phone number, address)
- About us (purpose, mission, vision)
- Create devotions for the kids to download
- Read your devotions and let them download the audio file as a link or a podcast
- Video tape your announcements and upload them to youtube and place them on the front page of your site
- Place games on your site
- Secret links
- Parents and volunteer section (maybe this belongs on the first list)
THE MASSIVE LIST
A LIST FOR MAC ONLY
There are a ton of sites like these that are filled with great videos
You can download them (that is a different lesson you and I will have to go through) The quality is not awesome but kids watch these sites so much I do not think it really matters...especially when you preface the video with, "I found this on youtube, take a look." For example take 60 seconds to watch this video I found on youtube, I used it during the dating talk and the students went crazy.
Movie Clip Downloads:
www.wingclips.com (you can pay a subscription fee for better quality...but why, the clips look good to me when they are projected)
www.sermoncinema.com Like wingclips put I have not used it...may not be free
PAY PER DOWNLOAD SITES - you can watch the videos before you pay for them, some are good...most stink, that said it is still worth the look.
http://www.sermonspice.com/ (not movies, just company made spiritual videos)
http://www.bluefishtv.com/ (not movies, just company made spiritual videos)
http://www.sermonvideos.com/ (I use this, $150 for a year and you get the buffet vs pay per download...if you only want a few videos it is cheaper to get what you need)
VIDEO ILLUSTRATION SITE - No actual video, just ideas...this is $35 a year
http://www.ministryandmedia.com/ - current movies talked about but if you cannot find the clip the info can be hard to use...you would start a talk with, "have you seen (MOVIE) in the theaters yet?" Then use their info. That said they have hundreds of illustrations of videos on DVD.
LOOKING FOR PICTURES FOR YOUR POWERPOINTS?
http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm/ - we should talk about how to use this (FREE).
Friday, February 22, 2008
We spent a lot of time talking about MediaShout (MS). You can get a great deal on the full version from Simply Youth. The price is normally $430 but you can get it from them for $379 and it includes about $200 worth of additional media...If you are going to get MS you would be crazy to let this pass you buy. You can learn MS buy buying this training DVD or by walking through the FREE tutorial that comes with your product...the free tutorial is pretty good.
This is not the most current list but here is a comparison chart I found that shows several different presentation software packages available. CLICK HERE.
Somethings not listed is Spice Rack. I do not know much about it but you can read their site..this is FREEWARE (and in betta, meaning still a little buggy). I have not used it because I am pretty dedicated to MS. If you use it let me know what you think. Here is/was a free resource for Mac users..iWorship...again, don't know much about it but check it out. Do your homework and get what is best for your needs...you do not want to switch around every month. This will get annoying with free stuff and costly with the pay stuff. Look for the free trials of the pay stuff, try before you buy.
If you absolutely need to go FREE, go with a proven product like Easislide or Open Song that has been around for a while.
Make your own countdown clocks...$35...CLICK HERE
What to read more...here is an interesting blog post about some of he stuff we are talking about.
Please add your thoughts and even add links by replying to the different posts. I look forward to our interaction.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Walmart Employee: "Hello 'dis Walmarts, how can I help you?"
Customer: " I would like to order a cake for a going away party this week."
Walmart Employee: "What you want on the cake?"
Customer: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that "We will miss you".
Walmart Employee: "Dat all? Okay, Bye."
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Anyway there are tons of uses for youtube but the one Owen, my oldest, and I use together most often is searching for clips of his favorite tv shows. Owen Loves the Backyardigans and while searching we found the show opening, he loves that song, it makes him so happy. After we watched the show opening we started clicking on other Backyardigans clips and we found the opening again...in Spanish. Same song, voices sound close to the original, and the cartoon was similar but Owen had no idea what was going on...
Owen can now count to 5 in Spanish...next thing you know he will be eating at Taco Bell.