Archive for October, 2010

Yancy releases Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams!

Posted on 27. Oct, 2010 by .

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If you’re like me, you’re always looking for GREAT children’s music to both lead kids in worship as well as play in your environments as families pour in and out. Time and time again, Yancy delivers with great music for those purposes. She’s truly stands out as a leader in this unique genre.

So, help Yancy get the word out. Not only do you need to purchase the CD/DVD, but tell everyone you know! Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Listen to the album now by clicking here!
  2. Get a free download of the song “Make it Loud” by clicking here (I think you need to have twitter, but it would be worth signing up for twitter to get the song).
  3. Win a free CD/DVD combo of her new album. Just send out this tweet: “Win a new YANCY CD/DVD Combo pack by clicking here: http://bit.ly/9h7tTN #kidmin #thinkorange”

After sending out the tweet, leave a comment below saying you did it. On Friday I’ll pick a winner.

See Yancy’s press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2010

Yancy Offers Up ‘Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams’ on November 2nd

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) – Combining praise and worship with her unique pop/rock sensibilities, Yancy returns with her latest album Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams, available everywhere on November 2nd.

With a decade under her belt, and countless credits to her name, Yancy has proven herself to be one of Christian music’s most versatile performers. As a recording artist, Yancy has released radio friendly pop/rock albums, a rocking Christmas collection and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Mute Math, Newsboys, 4Him and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, wrote Avalon’s #1 hit “I Don’t Want To Go” and Jaci Velasquez’s “Something Beautiful,” and still found the time to compose two devotional books for worship leaders and musicians and a devotional book for pre-teens.

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Kickstarter and Blue Like Jazz

Posted on 26. Oct, 2010 by .

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I just came across this post on Michael Hyatt’s blog. I guess I totally missed this. In case you don’t click on the link, I’ll catch you up.

Donald Miller wrote a very popular book 5 years ago called Blue Like Jazz. There was some great momentum to turn the book into a movie that was never made. Why? Money. With the economy being in the state it was (and still is) in, it lacked some funding to get rolling. Then, just a few weeks ago a few fans decided to go for broke. They used a social media app called Kickstarted to see if they could raise the $125,000 needed to get the film rolling. In less than two weeks they raised the $125,000. Last night the project ended and they raised a total of $345,000 from about 4500 people. That’s downright amazing. See the “Save Blue Like Jazz” site and Kickstarter App here.

I’m always intrigued by stories like this, but what really caught my eye was this little app called Kickstarter. It’s genius. Here’s how it works.

You set up a fund-raising goal and a deadline. Like $500 in two weeks. You then begin promoting the goal like crazy using social media and everything you know like that. As people donate using the application, their money is held until the deadline approaches. If the goal is reached, the money is transfered to you. If it isn’t, the money goes back to the donors. What a great way to motivate the fundraiser as well as giving donors to invest in something they believe in, but not have lost their resources if the idea doesn’t pan out. I’m scheming up ways to use this sucker in the very near future.… Read the rest

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How I’m dealing with Halloween

Posted on 26. Oct, 2010 by .

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So, three years ago I wrote a post about Halloween titled, “Halloween = Satan?

I had almost forgotten that I wrote it. Since Halloween is coming in a few days, I figured I’d address it.

Like I said before, I didn’t celebrate Halloween as kid. We always went to the church to hide. It was a fun family night of games, bon fires and candy. If we did stay home that year, we turned the lights out and locked the doors. We were not going to celebrate this evil holiday. I’m not saying that this behavior was wrong or that I have any regrets, but my wife and I have decided to make different decisions about this holiday.

Three years ago we decided that Halloween is a huge night for our culture. If Jesus were here today, he wouldn’t be at the church hiding or he wouldn’t have his door locked and lights out. He’d be at the party or trick or treating with the neighbors. So, we decided that we’re not going to hide, but we’d meet our culture where they’re at.

So, three years have passed now and I’ve got something to say. We got complacent and missed the point. The last three years we’ve attended Halloween parties where Titus got to dress up and do a little trick or treating. It was so much fun and it created some great memories. However, the three parties we attended these last three years were parties with church friends. We didn’t meet our culture like we decided three years ago, we just did what the culture did. Oops!

I feel that what we’ve done the last three years is just the polar opposite. We isolated ourselves with our church friends just like we did 30 years ago at the church, but now we’re just celebrating the holiday like everyone else does.… Read the rest

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Putting family first

Posted on 25. Oct, 2010 by .

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I’ll be the first to admit that I probably work way too much. Between my work and all the extra that I do (like writing blog posts or networking), it’s a pretty heavy load. I learned something pretty interesting a little while back. To me, all the extra stuff isn’t work. So I’ll finish up whatever work I’m doing for church and then write a couple of blog posts. Although I don’t consider it work, my family does. In the end, it’s time away from them.

Knowing that I have workaholic tendencies, I’ve worked pretty hard to put in in practices where I prioritize my family. I have schedules, systems and accountability that help me be a better husband and dad. Although I don’t always get it right, I do know that I’m doing a lot better than I was a few years ago. My family has noticed. It has helped reading books like Mad Church Disease and Choosing to Cheat (which I still haven’t finished reading yet). The biggest help in my life was the accountability. I have a group of guys who ask me how I did with this every week and together we discuss ideas how we can better do this. I love that.

Last week I came across this article. It was written by the Bill Shuler, campus pastor at ORU when I was a student there. Bill was celebrating 25 years in ministry and wrote this article about the ten things he’s learned in the past 25 years. It’s a significant list and would do you good to read.

However, item number nine spoke to me in a profound way. It’s a powerful illustration that I’ve never seen in that light before.

When Jesus paused while dying on the cross to make certain his mother was cared for, he showed how to prioritize family amidst ministry.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-10-25

Posted on 25. Oct, 2010 by .

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Doesn’t everyone like encouragement?

Posted on 24. Oct, 2010 by .

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I’m sure I’m like most. A little encouragement goes a long way. I actually perform quite well with little or no encouragement, but when it does come, it is certainly appreciated. A practice I have kept for many years is to file away encouraging emails. There have been days where I have felt disconnected from what God has called me to do and going back to read some of those letters and emails seems to do the trick to get me back on track.

Just this last week my Children’s Pastor reached out to me. Randy Stephen was my Children’s Pastor from the time I was about 5 or 6 until I was in Middle School. I grew up in his ministry and eventually served in his ministry for several years. Few people have had as much impact on my life as this man. So, it was a treat to hear from him and hear about the great things God is doing in his life and ministry. He ended his email with this:

Kenny, I am proud of you! Continue to press on man of God!  There is much at stake and much to do and through HIm we can do all things!

How could that not make my week?

So, how do you keep yourself encouraged?… Read the rest

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Now that’s just weird…

Posted on 24. Oct, 2010 by .

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If you read this blog, you know that I talk about books, videos, music and all kinds of other resources. Whenever I can, I’ll link over to the product I’m reviewing at Amazon. Why? Two reasons really:

  • Amazon rocks! Why ever leave your house to get stuff you want any more, right?
  • I’m an Amazon reseller. That means if you buy something from Amazon after I send you there, Amazon shares a small percentage of the sale with me. It’s not much, but it pays my hosting bills and such.

So, I like to look at my resellers account and see what people bought. It’s always exciting to see the resources purchased that I recommended.

However, if you zip over to Amazon from one of my links and end up buying something entirely different, I still get a percentage of the sale. It’s cool. I remember a few years ago someone clicked over to look at a book I recommended and bought a blu-ray player. That was nice. However, sometimes I laugh so hard when I see the things people buy after following one of my links.

Last week someone came to this website, clicked on one of my recommended Amazon links and bought…. a bidet hand held sprayer.

Huh?

Sure, it was a little random, but it made my day! Just read a few of the product’s reviews and see if it doesn’t bring a big smile to your face. Oh, and feel free to buy one while you’re at it. :)Read the rest

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I don’t think this is real, but I’d go see it

Posted on 22. Oct, 2010 by .

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Brings back so many memories of hanging out in the library while in High School!
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look out…

Posted on 21. Oct, 2010 by .

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Hacking into blogs… yours could be next???

Posted on 21. Oct, 2010 by .

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I’ve managed to hack into Kenny Conley’s blog… now, I am able to post here, at Children’s Ministry Online whenever I choose to.

Shhh… don’t tell Kenny… we’ll see how long it takes for him to find out.

Oh, and by the way… if you want to see a REAl website… you should check out CMConnect … just saying… you know, IMHO and all. he he he… now, what should I do with my new found power.… Read the rest

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