"I practically invented decline." -Michael Scott

Hola blogworld.


Despite what it looks like, they are not leading worship.

Nothing big to post this week, but next week.. big news. So let’s get on with the random thoughts…

Consumer vs Producer.
I finally have the words for a concept that has been floating around for a while when it comes to my vision for youth ministry. We have created a generation of church consumers who rate their church experience on how well their needs are met. More and more I’m getting excited about people who are looking at the needs they can meet as part of a church family. More on this later.

One way.
Have you ever driven somewhere and only had to make left turns? I was heading to a friend’s house the other day and with the exception of exiting the freeway (doesn’t count) every move i made was a left turn. Kind of freaked me out.

Closure.
Speaking of driving, one of the simple joys in life that mi hermana pointed out, is when the song ends right as you are turning off the car. Does anyone have a term for this? If there isn’t one out there, I’d like to suggest ‘closure’. My closure record is 16 in a row over the course of a couple of magical days back in 07.

If you’re on twitter, you should follow Christopher Walken at :
***sorry, the link didn’t post twitter.com/cwalken

Fridays have become our office music days. so far we’ve had:
Otis redding/soul day
Ladysmith Black Mambazo day
Bob Marley day
Caedmon’s Call day
Jack Johnson day
80’s day
and i think our secretary is planning on having Yanni day.

Is it just me, or is t-pain and his robot-voice on every song on the radio?

Overhype.
This has been a word dominating my culture conversations lately. Here’s my list of things that are overhyped:
watchmen (overhyped and disturbing)
bruce springsteen (i just don’t get it… sorry union members)
AIG (there are plenty of other corrupt companies that need some tough love as well)
NCAA basketball (i skipped bracketology this year and haven’t missed it at all)
twitter (i joined because i’m hoping someday it will be useful)
hating the new facebook layout

Kings.
Best new show on tv. It’s a modern day version of the story of David, which means it will probably be the raciest show in primetime. Go to hulu.com to catch up.

Creeper.
Still trying to figure out if/what to say to chica #2. I don’t really want to use facebook to ask her out, but options are limited. I’ll keep you updated on what I decide/consequences.

Reminder:
The on-ramp is for accelerating to safe freeway speeds. Please do not stop at the end of the on ramp. Also, if your car is not capable of maintaing reasonable freeway speeds, please do not travel via freeway. Thank you.

Science.
The restrooms at our office complex are down the hall, and a require a key to gain entry. I have discovered that the time it takes for the key to work is in direct proportion to my need to get in.

Mafia.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it a lot more, I love my friends in youth ministry out here in SoCal. I’ve got a long list of blessings in my life, and the people that I serve with are right near the top.

Listening:
Switchfoot: Nothing is Sound
Thrice: Vhiessu
Rancid: Out Come the Wolves
Pearl Jam : Ten
Hum: You’d Prefer An Astronaut

Reading:
Purpose Driven Life
Crazy Love
Exodus
Band of Brothers
Something Under the Bed Is Drooling.

Planning:
Camping trip
Surf lessons
Overseas vacation
Young adults retreat

One love, one heart.

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Author: djiverson

I am a Christian, son, brother, artist and friend. I am blessed to be the Youth & Family Minister at New Vintage Church in San Diego. Know You Are Loved.

2 thoughts on “"I practically invented decline." -Michael Scott”

  1. A. So i think your reminder should be posted in big huge letters above the on ramp of every freeway. I was driving the other day trying to get onto the freeway and i got caught in a one lane on ramp behind a good old 35 mph freeway driver..long story short… both of us didn’t even get on… had to exit and go for the second try… needles to say i beat him around the corner to the next on ramp hahagreat times. good reminder!B. Also, I agree with your consumer vs. producer ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing about that. Recently, i spoke with a friend in his mid 20’s he and his wife have been looking for a church. When I asked them how it was going… they told me that they decided to place membership at a church that is very small, had just split due to a moral failure of its youth minster, and had very few people their own age. When I asked him why they decided to place membership at that church.. He responded… “We just know as a couple we possess a specific set of gifts that call us to serve in that church as that group of people is trying to come through a difficult time and serve the community around them. We really want to pour ourselves into serving in that church and we have a great small group during the week with other young adults in which we find our support form people our own age.”Wow! If only we could have more people in the church with their kind of passion for “being the church” instead of looking for a church in a “feeding trough mentality” I am going to be speaking about this issue at pepperdine in the next few weeks so i’m excited to hear your thoughts on all this as well!rock on man!

  2. Christopher Walken listens to Caedmon’s Call? I wouldn’t have thought it. Chica #2? Who’s this? Is this the girl we talked about on my blog? If not, what happen to her?I agree with the overhype of twitter. I don’t get it?

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