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03
Oct
09

The Joint Goes Official!

BIG NEWS PEOPLE!

In March of this year 2 of some incredible blogging buddies of mine and I kicked off a fun project called the Joint, where we reviewed music in a ‘multi-personality’ format. We’ve had a ton of fun with it. I’ve been stoked to be a part of it and get to know these guys better and interact with ya’ll around the subject of music.

Well we’ve picked up another voice and now 4 of us are cranking out the music reviews. Up most recently has been the review of Fee’s Hope Rising. Before that we had Brenton Brown, Todd Agnew, David Crowder*Band just to name a few. It’s our hope and desire that through the voices of 4 different fellas putting in their thoughts into a review with a brief synopsis, a bottom line verdict, and our own personal favorite tracks and songs that we think could help your worship services that you’d enjoy an incredible introduction to some new and familiar artists!

Some of you have already picked up on it but I’m stoked to announce that the Joint Review has gone “official” and moved from this:

joint1

to this:

The Joint Review

HAHA!

AND we’ve gone from reviews showing up on our individual blogs to our very own website that can be found at www.thejointreview.com. Check out the music. Show some love and spread the word.

Thanks ya’ll!

21
Sep
09

My Holy Hangover

First off: Mad props to Shawn for the term Holy Hangover.
So what is a Holy Hangover? It’s what we in the ministry affectionately call that feeling we get on Monday Morning. Especially after a day like yesterday:

  • 1:30 – going to bed b/c we are at the beach and get to sleep in tomorrow morning!
  • 7:30 – Up and packing
  • 8:30 – Breakfast
  • 9 – Lead worship for last weekend retreat session
  • 10:30 – Say goodbye and pack up
  • 11:30 – Grab a bite to eat
  • 12 – On the road!…with 2 kids..ugh….
  • 4:10 – Backing trailer into the driveway…Orange Beach -> Baton Rouge in 4 hrs! BOOYAH!
  • 4:15 – Pulling out of the driveway in Rae’s car
  • 4:38 – Youth group! (8 mins late)
  • 6:20 – Wrapping up Youth (20 mins late but was so worth it! Amazing youth tonight!)
  • 6:30 – Changed and off to downtown
  • 7 – Arrived at Whitney’s Celebration Service for 10 Years at First Pres.
  • 8:10 – Hugging and goodbyes
  • 9 – Eating lunch…dinner…um…whatever
  • 9:30 – Check emails put on Psych! It was a Bollywood theme!
  • 11 – Heading to bed. Probably one of the earliest in months…years?

And voila: Monday Morning’s Holy Hangover.

How are you feeling this morning?

13
Sep
09

The Speed of the Internet!

Minutes…hours…after Kanye West showed how much of a ass he is on MTV VMAs (sorry G rated audiences that’s probably the nicest way to describe that jerk) this pops up on youTube! Hilarious. Stunning. Speedy.

12
Sep
09

Chloe’s 4yr Old Party Mix

Chloe's Party Mix

45. Who Did You Think I Was – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
46. Bold As Love – John Mayer – Where the Light is Live in LA
47.  Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

Have we failed as parents? HAHA.

06
Sep
09

Paramore Covers Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody

It’s simple: Paramore + Kings of Leon + Acoustic Guitars = Yummy awesomeness! As Mark put it: “pretty much reinforces how good both bands are.”

I’m so stoked for the new Paramore CD!
Thanks Mark! You’re blog is awesome. [ht: Mark the Shark]

13
Jul
09

DCLA in Video w/ Family Force 5

DCLA Friday through Saturday.

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11
Jul
09

DCLA 1: The First Night

DCLA officially kicked off last night with a roaring session from 7:45-11:30! It was intensely insane and amazing fun! There’s probably more like 5k students here rather than the initial assumption I had of 9k but that’s still nothing to balk at. My initial reaction to Youth Specialties: THEY GET IT!
3 stages set up through the middle of the auditorium where speakers, bands, comedians, and painters are constantly changing between!
Huge video screens on the side wall so you don’t miss a beat!
Various communication forms! We’re roaring through the story of the Bible and we went from: Spoken word- worship- speaker- video- speaker- special song- on repeat like every 10 or 15 minutes or so! 3 hours of info packed and packaged in a way that had us remembering and talking about it all night long!
Not only are large group sessions intense but they understand the value of small groups. The other learning sessions are labs in which students get mixed up into groups of 8ish, have a student facilitator and an adult who shepherds 4-5 groups.
And the quality! Francis Chan? Yes please! Starfield? Ok cool! Kendall Payne? OMG! The videos? Like Jib Jab meets Apple! HI-LARIOUS! And 3 words: The Skit Guys! Man my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard! And those are just the ppl I knew. The rest of the group is just as dynamic.

Last night had us cruising from Genesis up to the Minor Prophets. Seems like the theme is Creation-Redemption-Restoration this year that goes hand in hand with the DCLA DNA of Be. Love. Serve. REPEAT. I’m so excited to get this grand overarching theme of the Bible! Even more so for the students. I know I didn’t get a grand sense of a Biblical theme until much later than high school!

So far I’ve met one fellow Twitterer, Jeff, and have 2 more on the agenda 🙂
If you’re out there hit me up. Pics coming soon! Pray for us, this has the potential to be an incredible experience for these students, maybe the most memorable of this year…their high school experience.
Amen and WOOHOO!

(Disclaimer: Mobile uploaded post from my iPhone so don’t bash my grammar! Haha)

10
Jul
09

DCLA 1: Pre-DCLA

Today was a week’s worth of thrills and spills! It’s hard to believe that we accomplished all the we did today in actually 1 day. So to make this a bit more manageable, here’s DCLA pre-DCLA.

This morning we woke up and the weather here in DC is unbelievable! Cool, windy, just beautiful. We took in a few museums before lunch, the Air and Space and American History. I thought that both of these would be terrible downders but in the Air and Space I found the space part totally exciting and some photographs of costellations that are linked to www.fromearthtotheuniverse.org go check it out because it’ll blow your mind! Especially if you dug Uncle Louie’s How Great is our God series!

In the American History museum the ocean exhibit rocked my world! Wowzers! It was amazing and also depressing. I found out that it is true that Coke’s been lying to us with their false advertising all these years. There’s no way that cute little panda bear could share his Coke with penguins because they live on totally different poles from one another!

The true spectacle of the day was the Holocaust museum. I’ve got to say that this was a ‘whatev’ kind of thing going into it. Everybody said you can’t miss it so we went and wow, I needed another hour or so in there! It’s truly a remarkable museum. It’s 3 floors of history and story and it just gets so intense. I made it all the way to near the end when there’s this little auditorium that shows video interviews of survivors telling their stories…I lost it…a grown man crying by himself with a room full of strangers is pretty embarrassing but its powerful and it just hits you.
It leaves me with so many questions though. It’s filled with stories of heroism and grace, as well as an embodiment of evil and hatred that is palpable. It really boggles my mind.

So I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the DC area! It’s well worth it. We had nearly 2 and 1/2 hours and I could have easily used another 30 mins to an hour.

THEN came our 1st night of DCLA which was WOAH CRAZY YEAH AMAZING WOWZERS! But I’m going to be a Circle Coach in the morning so it’s time for bed. More later!

DCLA twitterers/bloggers/etc. we need to hit up a time to meet in the Youth Pastor’s Oasis and network.

Follow me @worshipcity and facebook.com/connerbyrd

Capitol HillHolocaust wallChildren's TilesAnother Building

09
Jul
09

DCLA here we come!

I lost Wednesday due to a 25 hour train ride to Washington DC but we are here and we are excited to see what God’s bringing to the capital! I can’t believe tomorrow’s Friday and the real fun begins. So stay tuned for fun stuff and updates I’ll be bringing from DCLA this weekend.

What’s DCLA?

Well I’m glad you asked. It’s a student conference that Youth Specialties holds like once every 3 years. This year’s attendance is supposed to be like 9,000. I’m super stoked b/c my main man right now Francis Chan will be bringing it! So my twitter account will be blowing up, facebook getting picture uploads, and I’ll bring as much as I can here to the blog!

If you’re here, please let me know. One of the things I hope to accomplish is some networking. I’ve already met 2 groups coming here to DCLA on the streets as we farted around.

Me and statuesMe and Lincoln

Bankthe white house

03
Jul
09

Summer Day Camp Week Recap

Its these 1st through 6th graders that have made this week worth so much to me and many in our group! I couldn’t help but NOT give them some screen time, I mean seriously, who doesn’t like to see their mug up on the big screen!?! Hahaha. Please watch and please pray for these children.




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