||Jonathan's Resource Ezine
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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:
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: Jon@TheSource4YM.com
if you are interested in this opportunity.
- Jonathan will be teaching his "Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" seminar at all
- 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.
Something You Can Use: "Innocence Theft," A Discussion Starter
(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:
You can use this as an intro to just about any theme centered on someone's vulnerability to sin.
A few possibilities:
- 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.
- Pre-record the scripted lines as a voice-over on a video of the "victim" lip-syncing it.
Idea by Amos Self
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."
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!"
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
Also check out Jonathan's take on today's new video/DVD release of "13 Going on 30."
CLICK HERE FOR MOVIE REVIEWS
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO CLIP DISCUSSION IDEAS
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