Youth Minister Rap (with poll)

Chris —  September 18, 2009 — 7 Comments

A friend of mine sent me this video… Hilarious. Thought we might do a quick survey to see how close this one hits to home.

There’s an App for That

Chris —  September 9, 2009 — Leave a comment

Here’s a funny promotion for a series on some of the more interesting scriptures in the Bible.

I recently ran across a pretty incredible site: Wing Clips. The site focuses on providing clips for download from top movies that you can use as an illustration in your talks/sermons.  What’s amazing, is that they have clips available from first-run movies that are still in the theatres!  Right now they even have clips for a couple of films that have not even been released.

The clips are categorized by title, theme, and some even have full sermon outlines available for download (premium only).  What is interesting, and convenient, is that they have worked out a deal with the studios to allow you to not need a CVLI license to display them.   They provide 320×240 versions for free, and offer a subscription for unlimited 640×480 resolution for $15.95 a month or $139.00 a year (which works out to $11.59 a month).

YouVersion Live

Chris —  September 1, 2009 — Leave a comment

YouVersion announced an interesting new feature called Live.  Though it will not be “live” until October, the product is supposed to be focused on letting you interact with live events on your mobile phone.

According to their promotional material, it will allow you to follow along with message outlines and take notes, read related Bible verses and click through to the expanded passage, vote on a poll and see the results live, respond to questions anonymously, request prayer, and take it all home with you on your phone.

This promises to be an incredible tool if they deliver on all these feature.  Be sure that we will have a full review once the product launches.  Until then, you can click here to check out their site for all the information.

Nooma as an iPhone App

Chris —  August 27, 2009 — Leave a comment


A few days ago I told you about one of the best deals I’ve seen to pick the physical Nooma DVDs.  And tonight I find out that they are now coming out as iPhone apps.  Here’s part of the description from iTunes:

This NOOMA application includes the full-length version of NOOMA Rain | 001 Rob Bell. In addition to providing unlimited viewings (no network connection required), the app also includes all the content from the 32-page discussion guide, a leader-follower feature that allows synchronous viewing of the discussion guide, the ability to email a friend with links and clips related to the film, and a link to the Flannel Store where you can learn more about the film.

From the description it gives you a screen by screen guide to guide the discussion.  Looks like it would be a great teaching tool to go along with the video.  At $4.99 it’s seems like a good value for the video, booklet, and discussion tools.  I can’t wait to check it out.

iTunes Link: Nooma Rain | 001 Nooma Rain | 001 Rob Bell

Sign and Image Generators

Chris —  August 27, 2009 — Leave a comment

I saw this post over on Mashable, 13 Fantastic and Fun Image Generators, and quickly thought of many youth ministry applications.  The post lists a number of different online sign and image generators.  You put in your message, photo, and depending on the site you get a sign back.  Here were some of my favorites (with some youth ministry appropriate samples I created):

Warning Labels and Signs


Advising people to the dangers of the situation has never been so easy. Simply pick a label style, a warning icon, and enter your desired text into a simple web form and voila, you’ve got a standup warning label.

For a vertical sign-style warning image, check out the companion site Warning Sign Generator.

De-Motivational Posters

Annoyed by those superficial and unflaggingly insipid motivational posters we’re subjected to in dentists’ and corporate offices everywhere? Why not take a stance against mass-produced pseudo-solutions to important problems?

With the Demotivators tool you can easily generate a realistic illustration of the trials and tribulations of Real Life. Just choose an image from your desktop to create a motivational parody from, customize your image settings, add a title and de-motivational text and you too can contribute to the better psychological health of us all.

Movie Posters

movie-posterAnother project from Big Huge Labs, the movie poster tool is a web form that helps you design a film-style poster from your own images. Choose an alignment for the photo, a poster style, text and accent colors, title fonts and colors, and enter your own custom text for the film title, taglines, credits and MPAA rating.

They also have them for X-box achievements, magazine covers, street signs, 13 different ones in all.  Just think of the fun for signs around the youth room, promotional fliers and posters, visuals in your message slides or just for fun.  It seems like this is one set of sites that every youth worker should remember.

Check-out the entire list HERE.

Hebrews Meets Star Wars

Chris —  August 25, 2009 — Leave a comment

I saw this and thought it was great.  Someone took the beginning of the book of Hebrews and made it into an opening scroll from a Star Wars movie.  So great.  Could be a great intro next time you speak from Hebrews.

Snow Leopard Ships Aug 28

Chris —  August 24, 2009 — Leave a comment


Apple announce this morning that Snow Leopard will begin shipping Aug 28th.  If you don’t want to wait in line at your local apple store, you can order it here: Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard at $29 this upgrade is a no-brainer for me. It’s just sad to know that my old G4 powerbook is officially outdated and can’t use the new OS.  All my windows friends will need to wait a little longer for Windows 7 later this fall (Oct 22) to upgrade.

Ever have a long document and wish you could simply turn your macbook on its side and use it like a kindle to read the book/document? All you need is to download the Display Rotation Menu from Mage Software.  It adds a menu bar item that allows you to rotate your Mac Laptop and use it as if it were an ebook reader only without the several hundred dollars to Amazon or Sony.  It doesn’t work on all mac laptops because of graphics card limitations, but they have the short list of which somewhat current models are omitted.

I don’t know what my problem is, but I have WAY too many e-mail addresses to deal with. Many of them I have forwarded to/checked by gmail, but that still doesnt solve the problem fully because, for one reason or another, I still have multiple gmail accounts. I have used plugins for firefox over the years, but am irritated at having to constantly have a browser open sucking up resources I’d rather have being used somewhere else.

Finally, an easy app has been released to help monitoring multiple gmail accounts easy.  The app is called Notify, and is produced by a company called Vibealicious.  They describe it best when they say it’s “like a menu bar app, but better.”  Like a menubar app, it lives in the menu bar and changes slightly by adding color and a number when new messages arrive, but once you click, TADA!  It pops open a tabbed window showing your accounts with new messages and previews.

It is not without its issues like the fact that it opens some odd google error page when you double click on a message, and it doesn’t automatically log you into the appropriate account when opening up gmail, but it is 1.0.  The developers have already slated a .1 release for mid September to include support for google apps and possibly imap which shows a thriving development.  It boils down to this: Notify is an amazing tool that seems to be a pretty good answer to my (and your?) multi-account email dilemma.