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Every month ChristianAudio.com gives away a free audio book.  This month the book is The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies.  It’s about our ever connected culture and it’s effect on our spiritual lives.  Here’s the description from the site:

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.

I haven’t started it yet, but it sounds like it should be an interesting listen.  As someone who surrounds himself with technology, I’m interested to see what Challies has to say.

And if you have never tried an audio book I high recommend it.  I love listening to them in the car, at the gym, doing yardwork, or just about anywhere else.  I don’t always have time to read as much as I would like, and audio books help me multitask.

Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think.

It was only a matter of time before someone did this.

I can’t wait for this thing to be over.

Do you use countdown videos?  Have you ever wanted to make your own? The fine people over at Digitalstache have now made it super easy, and it’s FREE: Ready, Set, Go!

From their site:

Do you love countdown videos? Do you dream in descending digits? Can you grow mustache? Well check out the newest addition to the Digital Stache Gameshow Family: Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go! gives you 6 themes to choose from and let’s you set the countdown (or up), from one second to an hour! But here is the best part: we’re giving it away. That’s right, for an unlimited time, Ready, Set, Go! Is absolutely free! So download your copy today!

Download your free copy while you can.

Ready, Set, Go!

A friend of mine showed this to me and I thought it could make a great display in your youth room.  I might want to gather up a couple old computers or laptops and create a cool art piece for your stage or room.  Sounds crazy but I bet if you put the word out you could find some old machines to use.  Watch the video, it’s pretty cool.

Best part, the software is free.
Check it out: Junkyard Jumbotron

Many of you liked the digital nativity video from Christmas.  Igniter video has now done one for Easter.

If you want to use it for your services, you can pick it up HERE.

Description from their site:

Throughout the course of his public ministry, Jesus knew both the adoration and desertion of the crowds. Today, just as 2,000 years ago, the gospel asks a question that demands an answer: Will we follow? This video illustrates this truth through the dynamic lens of a 21st-century social network.

Enjoy!

I saw a link to this site over at MoreThanDodgeball, and I thought it would be good to pass along.  It’s a site that YouTube has put together to for people to see what popular and follow the trends on the popular video site.  Sometimes in Youth Ministry is hard to keep up with what’s popular with students, but this might help tip you off to what they are watching online so you are ready to talk (or laugh) about it with them.

Check it out at YouTube-Trends.blogspot.com.

 

Stay Classy Music Video

Chris —  March 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

Here’s the latest music video from my friend Jake Rutenbar.  It premiered tonight at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and it’s a good one.  Stay Classy youth worker!

Stay Classy!

UPDATED with Vimeo embed.

A Message to the Sound Guy…

Chris —  March 2, 2011 — 1 Comment

This goes out to all my sound guy friends in ministry. Hopefully you have never gotten this phone call, but I bet you’ve heard similar.

Please don’t let the lights turn red, it’s unreasonable and uncalled for.  It’s against the law.  You’ve got one more week.

Thank-you.

New X-men Trailer

Chris —  February 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

OK, i know it’s nerdy, but i just had to share.  I’m excited for this movie.

OK, today was the big game, but I’m going to let other people that are much smarter talk abou the football side of things.  Let’s talk about the commercials, after all that’s why everyone watches, right?

In case you missed any, or you just decided you’d wait till later to see what the best were, here are a few places to catch-up:


YouTube Ad Blitz


Hulu AdZone

Between these two sites you can catch pretty much all the commercials from the game.

One of my favorite class of commercials is always the movie ones, and this year they got my little geek heart excited.  Here are a couple of the films we got our first looks at that I can’t wait to see:

Super 8

Captain America

The VW jedi one was pretty great too.

Also if you’d like to take the conversation with your students further, Walt Mueller over at CPYU put together a discussion guide that you can download from his blog.

What were your favorites?