Reality Rant.

When it comes to watching TV I generally like reality shows more than dramas or even comedies. I have seen almost every episode of Survivor and Amazing race, I really like undercover boss and occasionally watch extreme home makeover and the biggest loser. All of which I really enjoy, mostly because I think real life more often produces a better story line than some writer stuck in a room trying to come up with something. Bad writing drives me crazy, which lead to my eventual hatrad for the show “24” started off great ended horrible.

Last winter for some odd reason I got hooked on the Bachelor, not sure why but most likely it was because one of the girls on the show lost her husband and found out that she was pregnate in the same day. In the end Brad (The Bachelor) picked her and it was a fairy tail ending or so we thought until the after show. After the show they brought out all the couples that “made” it to give them advice on how to survive after the show. Only one couple was married and made it two were engaged without a date for a show about getting married that’s really bad. 22 seasons and 1 happy couple, nice.

I then remember from watching survivor that there has been at least 5 or 6 happy couples as a result of being on survivor. Survivor is a show where you have to outwit, outlast and outplay everyone else on the show. How has a show where you try to outlast and outplay everyone produce more long term relationships than a show that is supposed to be all about finding that perfect someone.

The difference I believe is that when you are stuck on an island you have no option than to be who you really are. There are no limo rides and fancy dinners at the top of the eiffel tower. You aren’t kissing 20 girls to find the one while leading 3 or 4 on the whole show.

I watched one episode last week of the Bachelorette, words can not describe how horrible that episode was. The Bachelorette was being “roasted” by the guys on the show it was horrible. As someone who really likes reality TV and as an American the Bachelor and Bachelorette are an embarrassment. It is so sad that the producers on that show care more about ratings and creating drama for ratings than they do about truly providing a happy ending for anyone related to the show. I will never watch another episode of that awful show. Exploiting the very desire God put with each of us to love and be loved is unforgivable in my book.

While watching the show I tweeted this:

“If any of my kids ever go on the Bachelor or Bachelorette I will have failed as a parent. What an awful show.”

I guess the bottom line is if you want to fall in love go on a show about lying and cheating for a million dollars if you want to be betrayed go on a show about finding your one true love.

How can you increase your Ministries presence on Facebook?

One way that I plan on doing this is by doing events for the family based around the community of Facebook. The first event that we did was called “Facebook Family Fun Night”

What is Facebook Family Fun Night? Well the origin of my idea came from Kendra and her team at North Point Church. I love the practicality and ministry in the trenchness of Kendra’s blog and read every post she posts. She is also a great breakout speaker if you are going to Orange make sure you go to at least one of her breakouts you’ll thank me later. They did a competition based event, from what I could gather, that was more through their website. I thought for us that Facebook would be a great way to do something similar to what they did.

Here is the basic description of what we did: Facebook Family Fun Night was an interactive family night that parents from all of our campus’ can sign up to be a part of. The event took place at your home with families from our church the twist is they did a devotional and the supplemental actives with their own family but in a race with all the other families who had registered from all of our campus’. The way the progress will be logged is by each family taking pictures and uploading them to our kidmin fanpage.

A few questions as to why we did this?

1. Why Facebook? – Loads of our families are on Facebook and know how to work it so we didn’t have to communicate how to use the technology. Plus Facebook is free.

2. What was our goal?
Our goals were:

  • Stir ideas for creatively teaching your kids the bible at home
  • Help connect families to each other through a shared online experience
  • Do a family event in the winter that wasn’t weather dependent.
  • Build Uptown’s Facebook brand with our core audience
  • Create a shared memory for our families.
  • Create an opportunity for parents to lead their own kids to Christ.

3. Why make it a race? I like the race because you don’t get bogged down in any one thing if forces you to keep moving because everyone else is. One of the reasons family devotions are lame is because they get bogged down and don’t keep moving and kids lose focus. The race factor keeps the family focused. I like that.

I really liked this event. I don’t think virtual community will ever replace face to face community but I do believe it can enhance it. When we have done events in the past people who didn’t attend didn’t really feel like they missed out but based on the viral and social nature of this event if you missed it you know you missed it because of the chatter and pictures loaded. Love that. We work so hard and not making people feel left out ever that people rarely feel like they missed something great. I hope everyone who didn’t take part in this event feels like they missed out…because lets face it they did!

What I would change for next time:

1. Have a better way to judge who was the winner
2. Perhaps have different criteria for who the winner would be
3.  Maybe do part of it via ustream or the like.

How to stay warm if you live in the South.

This winter has been very cold especially if you live in the south. I can’t remember a winter where there was more snow and cold weather than this one, there was the Blizzard of ’93 but this year has been colder by far.

I thought I would put together a little guide to help my friends in the south stay warm.

1. Stand in groups.
2. Stack wood or shovel something both actives guaranteed to keep you warm.
3. If you have a hot tub use it if you don’t have one make one.

4. Drink warm things we here up north drink coffee like it’s our job.
5. It may not warm you physically but it will warm your heart to receive tweets from people in California telling you how they are wearing flip flops. Just thinking of it now warms my heart.
6. Wear something warm. If you can’t buy something warm. Kill something and wear it.

7. Take you pick up truck out for a drive, crank the heat and turn up Brooks and Dunn.
8. Fly to Cupertino – Not sure where exactly it is but it comes preloaded on my iPhone weather app. And their weather mocks me daily.
9. Burn something – always works

10. Throw a party fill your house with fellow southerners and make fun of people who live in South America because they could never handle the cold winters in the south.