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.

My Favorite Music videos.

If you follow my blog or twitter account you know I have crazy love for music videos. I still remember when I discovered you can watch any music video you want on youtube. I could litterally watch music videos for hours. I think that every kids pastor should watch music videos. Why?  You ask. Watching music videos you can learn a lot about being a better story teller. The words in songs and the stories that are created in videos are an amazing example of visual story telling.

Here are a few of my all time favorites.


Love Lost by the Temper Trap

Life in Technicolor by Coldplay

Shine by David Crowder Band

Outrage by Capital Lights

Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

How He Loves by John Mark Mcmillan

Christmas Lights by Coldplay

Where the Streets have no name by U2


YouTube Friday: God to the Rescue

I have been so blown away by the response to God to the Rescue curriculum Gina, Jonathan, Dan and I did. Thank so much for all your kind words and support so blessed to be a part of the Kidmin community. We offered the download earlier in the week we didn’t have the finishing touches done yet. Dan and his team did a great job writing and producing them. There is a title video for the series and an intro and outro skit video for each week.

You can download everything by filling out the form at the bottom of a previous post. If you have already filled out this form and have the content but need the slides and video I have your email and will be sending you a link.

Here is the title video Dan and his team made for the series.


God to the Rescue INTRO from dan scott on Vimeo.

Four years ago today.

Four years today one the kids in our kids church suddenly went home to be with the Lord. I’ll never forget that day and what I’ve learned since. We miss you Robert. I have been listening to this song nonstop for two weeks the words are so powerful and so true.

Verse 1:
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all
Chorus 1:
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Verse 2:
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, weíre all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I donít have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the wayÖ
Chorus 2:
He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Verse 3:
Well, I thought about You the day Steven died,
And You met me between my breaking.
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony.
…They want to tell me You’re cruel,
But if Stephen could sing, he’d say it’s not true, cause…
Chorus 3:
Cause He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.