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New Resource: 'Hey There Delilah' Music Discussion including small group questions, a scripture passage and a wrap up

Music is a powerful medium. Kids listen to it daily. They know the words, they are familiar with the videos- why not use this medium to start Biblical discussions?

That's exactly what we've done. You've seen a few of these music discussions featured in this EZINE lately- see those and MORE on our new MUSIC DISCUSSIONS page! AND- check out this new one from Lane Palmer using a hit song (#2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart right now) from the band the Plain White T's.

PLAIN WHITE T'S - Hey There Delilah
July 16, 2007

Main Point of Discussion: Healthy relationships with the opposite sex should not be based on selfishness and pure physical attraction.

The Music Video: Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's is a pop-rock/punk-pop band from Villa Park, Illinois that has released four full-length albums: Come On Over (2001), Stop (2002 Fearless Records), All That We Needed (2005 Fearless Records), Every Second Counts (2006 Hollywood Records/Fearless Records). Their current smash hit 'Hey There Delilah' seems to be on the minds and mouths of nearly every teen in America. It is currently #2 on the Billboard top ten.

At THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY we like to use pop culture references to start Biblical conversation (just like the Apostle Paul used culture to start conversations about Jesus in Acts 17). This music video might be a good discussion starter in some circles. Use your discernment.

If you want, you can print out the lyrics (below) and give each student a copy to refer to. has the video on their site for free right now and iTunes offers the video as a download for $1.99. Ask the tech guy at your church how to play the video on a laptop through a projector.

Introducing the Music Video:
Many of you have probably seen the video or heard the song called 'Hey There Delilah' by Plain White T's. It is burning up the charts and getting uber airplay on stations across the nation. Tonight we're going to take a closer look at the song and what it has in common with a story in the Bible that could have been called 'Hey There Delilah'.

Pass out a handout with the lyrics on it.

Song Lyrics:
    "Hey There Delilah"

    Hey there Delilah
    What's it like in New York City?
    I'm a thousand miles away
    But girl tonight you look so pretty
    Yes you do
    Times Square can't shine as bright as you
    I swear it's true

    Hey there Delilah
    Don't you worry about the distance
    I'm right there if you get lonely
    Give this song another listen
    Close your eyes
    Listen to my voice it's my disguise
    I'm by your side

    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    What you do to me

    Hey there Delilah
    I know times are getting hard
    But just believe me girl
    Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
    We'll have it good
    We'll have the life we knew we would
    My word is good

    Hey there Delilah
    I've got so much left to say
    If every simple song I wrote to you
    Would take your breath away
    I'd write it all
    Even more in love with me you'd fall
    We'd have it all

    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me

    A thousand miles seems pretty far
    But they've got planes and trains and cars
    I'd walk to you if I had no other way
    Our friends would all make fun of us
    and we'll just laugh along because we know
    That none of them have felt this way
    Delilah I can promise you
    That by the time we get through
    The world will never ever be the same
    And you're to blame

    Hey there Delilah
    You be good and don't you miss me
    Two more years and you'll be done with school
    And I'll be making history like I do
    You'll know it's all because of you
    We can do whatever we want to
    Hey there Delilah here's to you
    This ones for you

    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    Oh it's what you do to me
    What you do to me.
Transitional Statement:
Talk to the group about why they think this song is so popular and how it seems to connect with so many people. Then say something like:

"Hey There Delilah" has definitely struck a chord with many people for probably many reasons. One of the stronger themes that's in the song is about his commitment to Delilah and how much value he places on the relationship.

Show the video, then divide into Small Groups:
Let's go ahead and split up into our discussion groups to discuss this video, and then afterward we'll come back together for a final word.


Inside Tips: YS Interviews Jonathan about How to Get Students to Show Up

An excerpt from Nathan Black's recent article:
    Youth leaders generally anticipate high attendance at planned events, but oftentimes only 20 to 50 percent of the expected number show up, according to long-time youth leader Jonathan McKee.

    "I find that the majority of us sometimes have high expectations and maybe even try to spiritualize it, [saying] 'We have this God-sized goal,'" McKee, author of the new book Getting Students to Show Up, pointed out in an interview with Youth Specialties.

Some of you might have heard Jonathan train on this subject at the YS conventions or his 'Reaching Out to the Unchurched' workshops. If you haven't had the opportunity, don't worry. Youth Specialties just interviewed Jonathan about how to get students to show up. This interview is on their web site right now via iTunes, xml feed or as an mp3 file. Click Here for that interview.

NOTE: There are TWO great deals on Jonathan's book right now. YS offers a $3 discount on his book at the end of that interview- OR- we offer a totally separate deal where we give you the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD totally FREE just as our thanks for buying this book from us. Either choice is a great deal!

This fantastic book is recommended by Dan Kimball, Kurt Johnston, Wayne Rice, Jim Burns, Scott Rubin, Les Christie and more.


Event Resource DVD

You know how we at THE SOURCE like to give you free stuff! So we put together a spectacular DVD for you with three different countdown videos and a few other extras you'll enjoy!


Podcast Summer Giveaway: WIN BIG prizes like a brand new video iPod with the Podcast Summer Giveaway- and a peek at upcoming podcasts

If you missed it, Jonathan recently launched our free The Source for Youth Ministry Podcast, an audio podcast providing help, encouragement and entertainment to youth workers around the world. This show is fun and applicable with ideas you can use that day! And like our web site, it's always free- and offers BIG GIVEAWAYS!


Podcast listeners get special perks like THE SOURCE PODCAST SUMMER GIVEAWAY. It's simple. You listen to the podcast... you have a chance to win any of these prizes:

A brand new Apple 30GB Black VIDEO iPod ($249 Value)

Getting Students to Show Up
Jonathan's new book Getting Students to Show Up and the FINAL COUNTDOWN Event Resource DVD.

Gospel Journey Adventure Kit
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The more of our podcasts you listen to, the more chances you have to win. Each of our episodes has a clue.

To enter, simply listen to any of our podcasts and fill out the form on the PODCAST SUMMER GIVEAWAY PAGE

In Episode #3 Jonathan records remotely in Colorado with Dare 2 Share author/speaker Greg Stier and Dare 2 Share's resource director Lane Palmer. They take a look at the rapid growth of YouTube in the "Youth Culture Window" section, Greg tackles the "Seven Sins" of evangelism, and they close by answering youth ministry questions in the "Help Me" section.

Listen to it for free on iTunes now! (CLICK HERE) Or, if you don't have iTunes already- jump on Apple's web page and download, then click on our podcast page.

  • Podcast Episode #4 will feature author/speaker Fred Lynch, founder of Urbnet. Fred will share the SEVEN SINS THAT WHITE PEOPLE COMMIT REACHING KIDS OF COLOR

  • Podcast Episode #5 will feature author and youth ministry game guru Les Christie. Les will be sharing his own SEVEN SINS OF GAME LEADING

  • Also be looking for a SPECIAL PODCAST where we will skip our normal format to bring you a message Jonathan preached to the whole congregation at WARD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH- a message titled "God's Grace is for Everyone- isn't it?


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