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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

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Featured: Your Ticket to the Youth Specialties National Youthworkers Convention

The Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention needs no introduction. It's in three cities across the U.S. again this fall, and THE SOURCE will be at all three conventions. This convention is one of the greatest training opportunities available with some of the best speakers & performers and some of the greatest bands. Take a peek. (CLICK HERE)

We already gave away one free admission to this conference earlier this year as a prize to our "Hideous Heap" contest ... now we have a spot for someone at the California convention. (See below for more details.)

But first- some highlights about THE SOURCE at the conventions this year:
  • Jonathan will be teaching his "Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" seminar at all three conventions. (CLICK HERE)

  • In Addition, we at THE SOURCE will have our booth at all three conventions and we'll be available throughout the week. Jonathan will be at all three conventions, and Danette will be at the Dallas convention.

  • Jonathan's new book, "Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" published by YS will also be available for pre-sale at THE SOURCE's booth at this convention. Anyone who pre-purchases this book will receive the new "Out of the Box Outreach CD" for free. This deal will also be available on our web site this fall. The book hit's the shelves on December 3rd.
Your Ticket to the Anaheim NYWC: We are looking for someone local to volunteer in our booth with us at the Anaheim NYWC this year. We will pay their way into the convention, and pay for food for the week. Email Jonathan at: if you are interested in this opportunity.

Something You Can Use: "Innocence Theft," A Discussion Starter

Innocence Theft
(Identity Theft Commercial "take off")

If you've seen those funny Citibank Identity Theft commercials, you'll understand this idea - that someone has stolen someone else's financial identity and used them to make fraudulent purchases. As the "victim" lip-syncs the script, they take on the persona of the thief- in this case, someone who lost their innocence to some sin. Once they stop "talking," you see their actual expression - it could be one of frustration, disappointment, a blank stare, whatever fits the script. Practice is what makes this work.
    You can accomplish this one of two ways:
    1. Low-tech: Have someone in the back of the room or backstage speaking in a mic while the "victim" is onstage lip-syncing the rehearsed script.
    2. Pre-record the scripted lines as a voice-over on a video of the "victim" lip-syncing it.
You can use this as an intro to just about any theme centered on someone's vulnerability to sin. A few possibilities:
  • Sex:

    Voice-over (person you hear)- a guy

    Victim (person you see)- a girl who gave up her virginity to the guy

    "Hey, she acted like she wanted it, the way she flirted with me. She's always looking at me while she giggles with her girlfriends. She knew my reputation when she said she'd come over to my house. So she got a little scared when it came right down to it. That's cool; I know how to handle scared girls. She never said "no." That's the idea, isn't it?!! Aah, virginity. It's a beautiful thing."

  • Drinking:

    Voice-over (person you hear)- a tough aggressive sounding guy

    Victim (person you see)- a little tiny innocent looking guy

    "So he says, 'no thanks, I don't drink.' So I say, 'That's okay, you don't have to ... I mean, only everyone else in this entire room is drinking. And we're all having fun. But if you want to be the only one sitting here, acting like you're all that ... (yelling) then FINE!' And that's when he gave in. He started with a beer. Ya shoulda seen the expression on his face- ya could tell he hated the stuff. But he drank it any way. Then I handed him a mixed drink. A little mix of my own with various fruit drinks, and Vodka of course. Couldn't even taste the alcohol. Maybe that's why he kept drinking those. I've never seen someone throw up so long! (laughing hysterically)"

  • Hanging out with the wrong crowd:

    Voice-over (person you hear)- a gangster

    Victim (person you see)- a preppy guy in hand cuffs, being booked.

    "He always wanted to hang wit us, you know. We thought we'd just give him the opportunity. So we let him roll wit us a couple times, introduced him to our peeps, you know how 'tis. We go hang out at the drive in, and next thing we know, someone from another set starts frontin' like they something. So we roll up on dem and give them a little sum sumtin' to remember us by. Of course, we let him to the dirty work, and he took the fall. That's what he gets for perpetratin' in the first place! Yeah!"

Idea by Amos Self

New Movie Reviews: The Village, I Robot, Spidey II ...

Summer means blockbuster hits. What's good?

Glad you asked.

Jump to our new MOVIE REVIEW PAGE where you can catch Jonathan's "two cents" on M. Night's new film "The Village," the very disappointing "Thunderbirds," as well as other summer hits like "I, Robot" and "Spiderman II."

Also check out Jonathan's take on today's new video/DVD release of "13 Going on 30."



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