Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

So, we are hosting a babysitting night for parents tonight at church. We wanted to offer it so that couples could go see the new movie FIREPROOF. Kendra and I saw it at a pastor' s sneak preview a few weeks ago. It is a great movie with the potential to change marriages. You should find it near you and go see it.

Unfortunately, I am a bit stressed over hoe many kids we will have. I hope we have enough leaders. The while Student Minsitry Team decided to do this. The kids on the team neglected to inform us that it was the night of homecoming at three of the high schools we serve. So, student help is at a premium. We may have about seven or so leaders for about thirty kids. Not really undoable but I am still apprehensive.

I was somewhat pleased to find out that I did okay on the diet while I was gone. I haven't come close to the weight loss of last week but I lost a pound even though I haven't ahd a chance to eat right hardly at all. My goal is to try and lose three pounds over the weekend. We will see.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

So, overall my trip was not all I expected it to be. Still, there were some nice guys that I hope to maintain some relationships with. We did take FOREVER to get home. I walked into church JUST as Reality Check was starting. We had a nice, different service. I wrote it on the bus on the way back.

After some worship and sharing about each school's SYATP events, we split up into groups. I had written some small group activities. We read a Psalm and then prayed for our nation. We read another Psalm and then prayed for our schools. We read another Psalm and then prayed for our church. Lastly, I had each group individually read a Psalm and then share prayer requests and pray.

I have gotten some good feedback from the students about it. It was quality and I didn't have to really speak at all.

I was wasted when I got home. I slept pretty well. Today I kept Jackson home because he went through a pretty big Daddy separation this week. He was cute at lunch with my dad today. He is napping now and I am catching up on e-mails and TV I missed.

Tonight there is a football game we will go to. It will be Jackson's first. We will see how he does. It should be fun.

This is the only picture I took all week. They DO say a picture says a thousand words:

Now if someone would just tell Clay Aiken and Ray Boltz.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

I am in Nashville for the Lifeway National Youth Conference this week. It hasn't been all I had hoped. It is a small event and although that can be a good thing, it just needs to beef itself up a bit to be more worthwhile. I am looking forward to November when I will return to Music City for the YS convention. I have enjoyed most of the speakers. I was particularly impressed with Derwin Gray (The Evangelism Linebacker). He did a great job.

I was looking forward to getting to know some of the other youth pastors from Missouri that I came here with. The guys are all very nice. We just aren't gelling in the way I would like. It is hard for me. One of my fondest memories of being a YP in St. Louis in the past was the great network of YPs that the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association had. It doesn't exist anymore. I was hoping this trip would open up some doors for new relationships and perhaps it has but I am not seeing much of that sort of thing really come out of it.

So far, the highlight of the conference has been meeting up with a few Internet YP friends. Today I had lunch with Brian Senecal and Mike Lovato. These are guys I have been online buddies with for awhile. It was nice to meet them face to face. I have found over the past few years that a lot of my true networking has come from online communities. I have a lot of friends in ministry. I just don't have a lot of them in my area.

We head home tomorrow morning. I am hoping to get to church almost literally just when things are getting started for Reality Check tomorrow night. I tried to plan the service to rely heavily on music and SYATP testimonies because I knew I wouldn't have much time to prepare anything.

I am typing all this in the Rockettown Internet Cafe. I am waiting for the rest of our group to come out of the late night comedy club so we can go to the hotel. I realized how old I was on this trip when one of the YPs said, "Why is this place called Rockettown"? Sheesh! I am SO OLD!