Monday, August 11, 2008
It has been a while since I spent any time blogging and I'm ready to begin the discipline of sharing my life with the world again. However, I will no longer post to www. studentministryhelp.com , instead I will be using www.mattsilver.org and will put both personal and professional posts on that site. Please stop by the site and post a hello!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Living with an unforgiving heart is like living with a gorilla. The beast follows you everywhere. He squeezes marriages. He stinks up friendships. He growls at family gatherings and beats his chest at church.
An unforgiving heart ruins relationships, affecting everyone and everything you touch. Maybe you’ve tried and failed to forgive someone who’s hurt you. Maybe you aren’t sure you even want to try. In these confessions from Brian Jones’s own struggle, find hope and strength for finally getting rid of the gorilla in your life.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Man I got some favor tonight!
So, I'm at a hotel preparing for the PCTC (Pennsylvania Christian Teen Convention) taking place tomorrow. After nearly a two hour car ride and a planning meeting I checked into the hotel and went to my room to relax before dinner. Part of relaxing is of course... well... taking care of business (business referring to a bodily function that isn't #1).
We then went out to a nice dinner, took care of some minor planning details and I was back in my room around 9:30. When I went to the restroom to take care of the first number (stay with me!!!), I was shocked at what I saw... residue!!!
Now one of two things happened...
- I created a significant amount of waste that needed the utilization of a plunger (this hasn't happened in years!) or
- I'm really mad at room service!
Regardless I had the feeling of... oh my gosh what am I going to do. This is where my pride came in; I did not want to call the front desk!!! I thought to myself...
- There's no plunger, what could I use to Macgyver this situation?
- I could call housekeeping and when they came to the door, demand to clean up THEIR mess!
- Use the public restroom in the morning and let housekeeping deal with it in the morning.
- Humble myself and make the call.
I chose option #4. I swallowed my proud and said to the front desk operator, "Dude, this is embarrassing but I need a plunger in room xxxx." To my surprise he didn't laugh at me, call me ridiculous names like "elephant man", or hang up on me. In fact he said, "Someone will be right up."
I'm now thinking, I'm going to leave the room. I didn't really think that but when the knock on the door came I was ready to do one of two things. Plunge it myself or tip the janitorial staff big time. When I opened the door I was greeted with a warm smile and a man armed with a plunger. I asked, "Can I plunge it myself? He chuckled and said "No, I got it!" I winced when he entered the bathroom. Uncomfortable, I returned to my laptop to do email.
In a moments time I heard the flush of the toilet and he was heading out. I thanked him and offered him the tip but he refused. He was in the room for less than THREE minutes but was able to fix the problem! The best part... "He smiled and said he was glad to do it!"
Here's the point!!!!!!!!!!! Do you have a mess on your hands and need to make a call for some backup? Who's the person in your life that is only a phone call away that is willing to get dirty in order to help you out? You know it's going to be embarrassing. You have no idea how they'll react. They may laugh at you, call you a name, or may even hang up on you. But isn't it worth making the call? Trust me, you'll be better off in the morning!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- Have the school come to you. Many schools have a team of students who are willing to come out and run a service for you. They will also use this opportunity to give students information and perhaps even some free merchandise.
- Choose your events wisely. Every year our youth group attends a CIY (Christ in Youth) Summer Conference. Despite the fact that one of their locations is only an hour away, we choose to spend a day in a van to drive to Milligan College (a school I would love our students to check out).
- Jump in a van and do a loop. Offer a road trip for a group of students and go on a campus tour. In January I took our student leadereship team to CCU's Winterfest event in January and while out in Ohio we used the opportunity to detour three hours to visit KCU. Schools are more than willing to provide an opportunity to give a campus tour, allow your students to observe a class, and even provide free lodging and meals.
- Check out a campus ministry. We have not fulfilled this offer yet, but Penn States campus ministry has offered us a chance to check out their ministry while students are checking out the campus.
- Go next door. We are fortunate enough to have Eastern University less than 20 miles away. I have taken students to that campus to sit in on a lecture just to help them prepare for college. Consider the school in your local area just to keep college fresh on their brains. This is a great trip for freshman and sophmores.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Scott then took us to pick up our tickets for UFC 74 Respect. While waiting for our tickets, a few Mars Hill Church guys in attendance said hello. The fights were sold out and all fifteen thousand seats were filled. The sport has exploded and is selling out arenas all around the country. With the UFC also recently buying out the Pride Fighting Championships league, the sport is certain to only skyrocket. Curiously, it is most popular with men ages eighteen to thirty-four--the exact group that most churches are abysmal at reaching and retaining, in part because most churches and pastors have no idea what to do with men who are not motivated by a weepy worship dude(ish) singing prom songs to a Jesus who is presented as a wuss who took a beating and spent a lot of time putting product in his long hair.What do you think of his comment as to why we are losing 18-34 year olds?
I also saw that after his last service on Sunday nights (at least for a duration) he allows audience members to text message questions for him to answer on the spot. Cool and daring concept! Some of the conversation he posted on youtube (see the video below). You may not agree with his responses, if you explore some of his other content on youtube, but you have to give him props for the concept.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008