Sermon: Parenting in Proverbs

I preached this sermon last weekend at our church, and it really stretched me a lot. I have a long way to go as a parent, and it was good for me to study this topic in-depth.

Ancient Wisdom – Modern Times_July 11, 2010 from Washington Heights Church on Vimeo.

Teens changing the world one home at a time

There are many trips like this going on this summer, and I’m thankful for these teenagers’ witness in our part of the country:

“World Changers” is a project of the North American Mission Board, the domestic missions agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. Its goal is to serve across the country and spread God’s love.

“We really want to serve God and do His work and show people God’s work, because He loves us,” said volunteer James Munsey.

More than 23,000 students are volunteering their time this week across the U.S. and the world — adding up to nearly $17 million in free labor.

The teens work eight to nine hours a day and spend the nights at Granite Middle School with the hundreds of other youth volunteers from Florida, South Carolina, California, Wyoming, Arizona and more.

“I must have already made 50 friends,” James said. “That’s pretty sweet.”

But what’s even more sweet is that the Quimbys get a new roof built to last.

“It means better installation and that we won’t have leaks in the house,” Linda said.

And Nick and James have friendships that will last.

“It’s good to invest in other people,” Nick said.

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Serve Ogden 2010: Video Recap

Here’s a video recap of our church’s in-town mission trip last month, “Serve Ogden“:

Serve Ogden 2010 from Washington Heights Church on Vimeo.

Stephen Colbert interviews Stephen Prothero

I’m very interested in Stephen Prothero’s new book, God Is Not One. Essentially, he argues that all religions do not say the same things regarding the most significant questions about our existence and purpose in life, and that those differences are very important in how people of different faiths relate to one another. Here is Prothero on the Colbert Report:

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Hat Tip: Kendall Harmon

Sermon: Rahab

I preached at our church this past Sunday. What I love about it is the drama right before the sermon. Not only did the two ladies do a great job, but one of them is in high school. Enjoy!

Heroes Part 3_May 30, 2010 from Washington Heights Church on Vimeo.

The Story of Zac Smith

This is an amazing video:

The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

By the way, I really enjoy NewSpring‘s sermons and other resources.

Sermon: Above and Beyond Apathy

This is a sermon that I preached last month. Preparing for it really challenged me personally.

Animoto Slideshow Video

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about, a service that turns photos and short video clips into great slideshow videos. Well, I tried it out and was really impressed. Here’s the video I created of our church’s 30 Hour Famine event a couple of weeks ago:

My only complaint is that for the regular $3 (or $30/year) videos, photos need to be under 5MB, and if you have a really slick camera with a high resolution (which our leader who took photos did), you’ll need to use an editing tool to lower the resolution. Didn’t change the final quality of the video, but it was kind of annoying. However, it is overall a really great service. One way I’ll be using it is to create a slideshow for students to see at the last session of a retreat. Just upload the photos and you’re on your way!

ABC News: Aiding the Fallen (Great Video to use for youth group)

This is a great video; Chad, our junior high pastor sent the link to me, and we used it during our 30 Hour Famine last week at our church. It’s a great discussion starter, especially on the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25.