Nuff said: Impractical Jokers save the day, Watch Pompeii get destroyed, How to deal with crisis, How to reach millennials, Blacksburg Winter Storm aerial footage, 9 reasons the church need to reach college students
“Nuff said” is a collection of saved entries from across the interwebs. Here are some interesting, provocative and fun things for your reading and viewing:
Credit: "Christ and Pop Culture" website
"How a Bunch of ‘Impractical Jokers’ Helped Me Overcome the Isolation of Grief"
Valerie Dunham (I know her!)writesfor Christ and Pop Cultureand shares howthe four friends behind Impractical Jokers provided a much-needed respite during a hard time.
I had just written an article about joy (and peanut brittle) yesterday, and so her first sentence grabbed me:
Joy is not the same thing as happiness.
How have you been encouraged from unlikely sources?
"How to Reach Millennials"
Over on The Porch,Jonathan Pokluda offers some great thoughts about reaching the generation born between 1980-2000. They're summed up as:
Teach the whole truth
Hold traditions loosely
Under-promise and over-deliver
Call people to greatness
Give the ministry away
If you're a millennial, which points most resonate with you? I encourage you to click over and read his fuller thoughts on each.
"9 Reasons Churches Must Reach College Students"
Our church ministers to a lot of college students, being in Blacksburg where Virginia Tech is located. At times, we've been called a "college church" due to the numbers of students in attendance. However, we're much more a family church with a lot of students. I'm grateful our faith family has embraced students (see this recent video our ministry team made about offering them a Home Away from Home).
Chuck Lawless (I'm hoping he's not in jail) offers these nine thoughts on why ministering to college students is essential for a church:
There are a lot of them.
They are in a critical stage of life.
God has often begun awakenings with college students.
They often have immediate access to the nations.
When they follow the Lord, they do so with great passion.
They want to do social ministry.
They need — and deeply want — mentors.
They’re interested in church planting.
They are the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Which of these most struck a chord with you? If you're a college student, what are some reasons you'd offer? And what list might you come up with for "Why a College Student Should Participate in a Local Church?"
"Crisis? Bring it!"
Another friend - this one from college days - writes about the juncture that "mid-life" brings. She says:
I find myself at a juncture.But I’ve decided I want this juncture. I like this juncture. I need this juncture. I need God to keep moving me through these seasons. I want Him to keep moving me. Moving me closer to him and into a deeper and higher calling.
If you're in a season of transition - whether mid-life or just decision-making - this is a great read for you to ponder as well.
And now... some videos:
Winter Storm Aerials of Downtown Blacksburg (2/15/16)
A Day in Pompeii (8:39) This is a stunning animation of Pompeii being destroyed by the eruption from Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. There are more video resources at the Realm of History website.