Christmas Video Announcements for Youth Group

December 16, 2011


Over at Life in Student Ministry¬†there was a post about creating animated video announcements. Turns out there are several iOS and Android apps which record your voice and then create animated characters that go along with your words. You can then take the video and upload it to YouTube and Facebook for your students. Since […]

Ten Best Books of 2011

December 14, 2011


I am an avid reader. I firmly believe in the importance of lifelong learning, and a key way I learn is through reading. I try to read around 40-50 books per year, which is a little less than 1 book per week. As you will see below, my reading selection is normally skewed towards history, […]

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Next Big Thing: A Review of Prezi Presentation Software

December 12, 2011


I first saw Prezi in use in September 2011. I was at the Desiring God National Conference where Michael Oh, a missionary to Japan, had an afternoon keynote address. He was a fantastic speaker, challenging us to get a global perspective on mission from the Lord’s Prayer. What also impressed me about him was his […]

Christmas YouTube Videos for Youth Group

December 9, 2011


I try to incorporate YouTube videos into youth group nearly every week. Sometimes they are the current viral hits, other times they are serious videos that tie in to the lesson, and every once in a while they are just ridiculously awesome videos.¬†I have been collecting several YouTube videos to use over the next 2 […]

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Using Evernote Hello in Youth Ministry

December 7, 2011


Evernote, the company behind the amazing memory app of the same name, is at it again. This morning, they announced a new free app for the iPhone: Evernote Hello. This free app is designed to help you remember new people, by storing their contact info, taking a picture of their face, and saving the location […]

Free eBooks for Youth Ministry

December 5, 2011


Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 I am a big fan of eBooks. They take up hardly any space, are often cheaper than physical books, can be purchased and downloaded instantaneously, and can be read on a variety of devices. Categories for eBooks There are several types of eBooks out there. The first type of eBooks […]

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Worst Nativity Sets

December 2, 2011


Owl nativity

Over at Marko’s blog, he posted an amazing list of the 27 Worst Nativity Sets. What makes them horrible is not the subject (i.e. Jesus) but rather the manner or method by which they try to honor Jesus. Here are some of my favorites: I was surprised I did not find the Fisher Price Nativity […]

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