Sunday, September 28, 2008

charlie the unicorn

Yesterday I was told about this video entitled: "Charlie the Unicorn". Thankfully I was given the ENTIRE play by play from one of my good little middle school friends, but I must say the video actually may give the play by play a run for its money. I mean typically the detailed explanation you would receive from a young video watching friend would serve the video justice... and then some, but on this particular occasion I think the video is better than the extremely long, over-exaggerated, hard to follow explanation. Normally I don't find this sort of thing funny, but there's something about the voices being used for the other two unicorns that makes me laugh out loud.

Watch for yourself and tell me what you think!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

operation serve

Today our church did an event called Operation Serve. The entire purpose behind it is to just serve the community wanting nothing in return, which is a really awesome purpose by the way. We had all kinds of projects going on from remodeling houses, to block parties, to making hot dogs for people at car washes, the bottom line is we just wanted to do something nice for people.

My job was to hand out bottled waters in a Wal-mart parking lot and help people load their groceries and put away their carts. Honestly compared to some of the other projects that were going on, I had a very small and seemingly insignificant job. That being said, it was crazy some of the responses I got. Some people were very reserved and wanted absolutely nothing to do with a total stranger handing out a potentially poisoned water bottle. Other people were very open and welcomed the help.

The most significant response to me though, was the person who simply said, "why?" Like, why in the world would a total stranger just want to come and help me put up my groceries? Like don't you have anything better to do? One guy even told me, "no thanks, I don't have any money to give your church right now..."

That is so crazy to me! How ridiculous is it that people would be puzzled by a church that just wants to be nice to people? Shouldn't the concept of a church doing nice things for people be the norm rather than a confusing gesture? The church as a whole has made so called "evangelism" so impersonal and complicated. There's this thought that the only way to help the community is to go out and hand out lame tracks, read verses to people, and ask them if they know where they're going to spend eternity. All those things would be awesome if they worked, but we're dealing with people in a Wal-mart parking lot that are surprised when I offer to put up their buggie, don't you think trying to ask them about their salvation might come across EVEN MORE intimidating and confusing?

As a final thought- isn't it possible that simply doing nice things for people could change their perception of Christians, and as a result have them open their minds to the idea of giving Jesus a chance? If Christians would just focus more time on being nice couldn't we change the entire look of the Church?

Some would call that idea "liberal Christianity", and "watering down the Gospel", I think those people are missing it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

evaluating vision

Going into this year I really wanted to use my position as ASG president to make a difference somehow in the school. Last fall I started writing down things I thought needed to be improved within Student Council in order for them to be as effective as possible. I read a lot of books last year (well.. a lot of books in comparison to the amount of books I've read in previous years.. which is zero..) about crafting and carrying out a vision. So when this year started, I was already miles ahead of the game because I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish.

Our vision as ASG is very simple; Make it easy for students to be involved. We want to do everything we can to motivate students to become active at school.

The main event for the year in high school is Homecoming. In all honesty, I really dislike homecoming, but I did my best to plan the week according to our vision. This is the week following Homecoming, so this week has been our week to sit back and look at how we did. This is really my first experience truly evaluating a vision. Did we accomplish what we meant to accomplish during Homecoming? Did our vision get carried out?

It's been cool getting to feel important as I "evaluate our vision". Obviously student council isn't a world changing organization, but this experience is still good experience I'll be able to use in the future. Now that Homecoming is over we really get to start looking ahead at the rest of the year, and I really think we're going to do some more really cool things... but with our vision in mind the whole time.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

english class

I'm currently sitting in the library at school. Our English teacher has just assigned us this "Coat of Arms" project where we have to create our own coat of arms that represents us. I've had quite a bit of experience so far this year designing shields.. haha but I'm having a little more trouble getting motivated to do this shield than I had getting motivated about the Warfield Shield. So we have two weeks before this whole thing is due so I'll probably end up pushing this whole thing aside until next Wednesday or Thursday.

The bottom line is that I absolutely hate projects like this. I don't understand how this project could somehow educate me or impact my life in any way. What difference will this stupid Coat of Arms assignment make in my educational career? It's not like after designing this thing I'll identify my true calling in life and go work for the International Coat of Arms Department located in Canterbury, England.

Projects like this are crafted by teachers in order to add unnecessary distractions to our life. This project has the capability of capturing enough of my energy that I could be prevented from doing something that really matters. I hate it, and literature is over rated.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

the oc bike riders

Tonight after Pray 08 these guys came into the church wearing biking gear. It was initially a little strange to say the least, but I got to talking to them and apparently they are riding their bikes all the way across the country trying to raise money for a life guariding program in Nicaragua. Not your typical charity but kind of cool.

So we were talking and I asked them when they needed to be home from the biking expedition, and they said by November so they could vote. That lead to me asking them where they were from and who they were voting for. It turns out they're from California, and like most Californians they are voting for Obama. It was during this conversation I learned that they are actually from Orange County, California... also known as The O.C.

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of the soap opera "The O.C." (which I know is a little weird seeing as I'm a 17 year old male... anyway) I was extremely excited when I learned they were from the REAL O.C.

Pretty cool thing. Hopefully they'll get on here and comment their website and blog so we can follow them on their quest to safen the waters by providing life guards and flotation devices for all those who are incapable of swimming.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

darkness

A few months ago I was in this band called Kadence. We were a band for about two months, and in that time we managed to play 3 shows... one of which was Battle of the Bands at First Baptist. We actually won battle of the bands, which was pretty cool, but it was kind of apparent from the very beginning that there was some tension in the band that would need to be worked out eventually if the band was ever to survive. Well, the band apparently broke up about two weeks ago. I had quit the band right after we won battle of the bands because I felt like the style wasn't really what I was going for, and also I really didn't have time to be in another band when I'm already in the Remix Band. After a few minor disagreements they all decided it'd be better just to stop the whole thing.

So last week some of the guys from what was previously known as Kadence approached me about starting a new band. All the reservations I had about the band before still existed, but I decided to hear them out and practice with them before making a decision. So I went to practice the first time and was asking very direct questions about the future of the band. Questions like, "what's your goal? what kind of music do you want to make? what's going to be different about this band? why do I need to be in this?"

When I heard the answer of one of the guitar players, I knew I had to at least give it a shot. A guy who is a mega mega huge Led Zeppelin (or however you spell that) fan, a guy who basically could be described as an 80s rock solo, said this, "Man... I don't know what it is, but I just wanna make songs that are like... about God and stuff..." When I heard that it got me so fired up I can't even describe it. This is a guy who two years ago had never even been to church! He had absolutely no concept of who Jesus was or what He did for us all! This guy isn't perfect... not even close for that matter, but two years ago he started playing in the Crosstreet Band, a kids band we have at church. Because our church decided to give this guy a shot at playing he was able to be exposed to the Gospel!

I hear of churches all the time who won't allow good musicians to play simply because their lifestyle isn't "up to par", or "acceptable for leading worship". What the heck does that even mean? None us are worthy or acceptable to lead worship! Hebrews 4:16 says, " So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." Anyway that's a whole other argument..

The reason I wrote this post was because I wanted to give a preview of one of this band's new songs. At the very end there's this really huge bridge/chorus thing that says,

"The lights went out a long time ago, but the darkness reveals the love that was shown."

The idea behind that chorus is that a long time ago we all messed up, but in and through that mess up, the love that Jesus showed us all when he died on the cross is revealed the most. I really hope we get to record that song one day!

Anyway have a great week guys!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

warfield: the whole story



Tomorrow is the big day. The biggest rivalry in Clarksville is Clarksville High School VS. Rossview High School, hands down. Tomorrow is the football game between these two schools, and the best way to express how excited I am about this game is to look at the time at which this is being published. It's almost 11:00 as I'm writing this, meaning that I've stayed up way too late in anticipation for this game.

Being the Student Body president at Rossview, I decided about four months ago that we needed to specifically put an impact on this game as a school. It's great to support the rivalry in general, but I felt like it needed to be spotlighted in a more unique way than just being one game out of the season. So immediately upon being elected I started brainstorming things we could do to promote the game, and that's when the journey began.

I ended up landing on the idea of making a name for the football game and having a trophy of some kind that could be passed back and fourth to the schools each year. The next step in all of this was getting approval and getting everyone on board with this idea. So on May 23rd, 2008 I sent Laura Martin (the ASG president at Clarksville High) a message on facebook. I explained to her what I wanted to do and just asked if she was at all interested. Thankfully she loved the idea and she wanted to move forward with it. So we both got three people from each of our schools to meet at Starbucks one day and simply sit down and figure out a name and a trophy for this game.

The meeting lasted about three hours, and the first two and a half of that was spent thinking of names and trophies and etc. We were talking about calling the game "The Gator Bowl" or "The Moose Head" or "931 Turf War", but none of them really clicked with all of us. As we were about to settle on one of those names and call it a day, we got a call from a girl named Katie Snyder, who just happens to be the daughter of the Clarksville High coach. She said she had an idea for the game, but wasn't sure if it was any good or not but just wanted to pass it along. When she told us we all knew right away that it was the right name. She called it "Warfield", because of Warfield Blvd. that connects the two schools. Immediately ideas started being thrown around by the rest of us about what all we could do with that, and at that moment "Warfield" stuck.

As for the trophy, we wanted it to be a "massive shield" that could be called "The Warfield Shield". The only problem we were faced with now was finding the shield. So I searched the Internet constantly looking for places where we could customize our shield or simply get a shield period, but was having no luck. About two weeks before school started we were running out of time and needed to come up with something fast. So me and Luci Knott were driving around Clarksville one day going from pawn shop to pawn shop just looking for a shield of any kind. We were at our last store when a customer in line heard us talking about a shield. He came over and said, "you guys are looking for a shield?... is that right?" I wasn't real impressed with the fact that he had over heard us talking, I mean anyone could do that... so I was like yea yea yea we're looking for a shield, and he said, "that's the craziest thing! My best friend sells shields down at the Flea market on Saturday mornings! You'd have to get there real early though if you wanna get one!"

Being somewhat scared of going to the flea market alone, and also a little skeptical about having to wake up at 6:00 in the morning during the summer, I kind of played it off and acted somewhat uninterested. He kept insisting he could help us out though so I figured we could at least give this guy a shot. On Saturday when we showed up they had four shields left, and one of them happened to be just the size we were looking for. It was mustard yellow, and I wasn't real happy about the color choice and wasn't sure if we could paint it, but we had one week to get a shield or the whole thing would be called off... so we got it, $120 dollars worth.

Immediately we got it painted by our art department at school, and then Sporty's awards put some emblems on it for us, and the shield was made. Both principals at the school agreed it was a great idea and the rest is history.

Tomorrow will be the first of many Warfield Games to come, and I hope with all my heart that Rossview wins tomorrow. We have never once beaten Clarksville High in the eight years that we've been a school, but this is the year that everything changes! Be at Warfield tomorrow at Rossview High School, 7:30 PM kick off!