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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Evan Almighty Giveaway: We're giving away 5 "Evan Almighty" DVDs to the top 5 fliers submitted
Yes, it's that simple. We want to see your youth ministry
event fliers. And anyone that sends us a flier for one of their recent youth ministry
programs or events registers to win one of 5 "Evan Almighty" DVD's that we'll be giving
away on its release October 9th!
Here's the skinny: Jonathan will be teaching a
at the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention this year based on his new book
Getting Students to Show Up.
In this workshop, he likes to show numerous examples of recent youth ministry events and
programs. So we'd like to see what you got! (How's that for proper English!)
Your flier qualifies you to win "Evan Almighty" on DVD, a movie The Source movie reviewer
Todd Pearage calls "one of the funniest family-friendly movies this year." Todd gave it his
highest rating, "Worth Buying."
HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
That's it! Enter now!
- Send contest@TheSource4YM.com a jpg
or a PDF of one of your recent program or event fliers. It MUST be a jpg or PDF and it
must be under 1MB. Ask your local graphics guy or tech geek friend how to make that happen
(any submissions outside these specs will not be eligible).
Include the following four logistical items:
- Your name
- Your youth ministry title (jr. high coordinator, volunteer, janitor, etc.)
- Your phone number
- Your correct mailing address
- Tell us a little about the event, the purpose, the attendance, and the results.
- Type these words to us in the email: I give Jonathan McKee and/or The Source for
Youth Ministry permission to use this flyer and this information as an example for any of
their trainings, articles, books or resources.
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Don't Miss Movies: This week is the week for movies-and especially the week for football films! Check out some great recommendations from Jonathan & Todd including the new family film starring "The Rock" called The Game Plan. Also enjoy the DVD releases of We Are Marshall, and the TV series Friday Night Lights.
It MUST be football season... or that just happens to be the
common denominator between these three stories. But you don't have to be a football
fan to like these three. Check out Jonathan and Todd's "2 Cents" on these recent
theatrical and rental releases.
The Game Plan (9/28/2007)
Rated PG for some mild thematic elements.
Directed by Andy Fickman (She's the Man)
Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris
Jonathan's Rating: Worth Buying
The Game Plan is probably my favorite family film of 2007. It was especially fun
for me because I saw the screening on one of my daddy/daughter dates with my 10 year old.
We laughed hysterically throughout... and even cried for a moment or two. The film has a
great balance of humor and heart.
My daughter and I both agreed, "This film will definitely be one that we buy and watch
over and over again."
NFL star quarterback Joe Kingman was set: status, money, and raw talent. His lifestyle was
straight out of GQ magazine: a sports car with a price tag larger than my house and a luxury
apartment with all the modern amenities a bachelor desires. But football was Joe's true love.
According to Joe, "Beyond the field, nothing else matters." And his mind was set on grabbing
the next championship.
That was his game plan-what could go wrong?
Enter seven-year-old Peyton stage left.
Joe discovers that he has a seven-year-old daughter from a previous relationship (a premise
that is probably the only thing that gave this film a PG rating, hence the MPAA's wording
"mild thematic elements." Because the film has almost no objectionable material. I was
actually surprised that it wasn't rated G). Peyton moves in with him, and Joe's "game plan"
begins to unravel.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS REVIEW
RECENT RENTAL RELEASES
We Are Marshall (9/18/2007)
Rated PG for emotional thematic material, a crash scene, and mild language.
Directed by McG (Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle)
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, and Ian McShane
Jonathan's Rating: Theatre Worthy
Todd's Rating: Rental
We agree that the story behind We Are Marshall is powerful and inspiring.
JONATHAN'S WORD: I thought they pulled it off.
TODD'S WORD: Sorry, I didn't think the movie lived up to the legacy.
That legacy is the true story of the 1970's Marshall "Thundering Herd" football team.
Marshall University is nestled in Huntington, WV, a town that loves and supports it?s
college football. For the residents of Huntington, it's more than a game, it's a way
of life. So when the team's plane crashed on a return trip from North Carolina, and 75
members of the team, coaches, athletic staff and prominent citizens died, the town must
learn how to deal with tragedy. Feeling the pressure from parents and the community,
and with only freshman (who are ineligible) and three injured players, Marshall's
president Donald Dedmon (David Strathairn) considered abandoning the football program.
But the students of Marshall rally the cause and Dedmon begins the search for a new
football coach. After an exhaustive search and everyone declining, Coach Jack Lengyel
(Matthew McConaughey) accepts the job of rebuilding Marshall's football program.
TODD'S WORD: I love sports movies. Movies like Rudy, Miracle, and Remember
the Titans that tell the story of underdogs; stories of hope, perseverance and overcoming
the impossible. We Are Marshall certainly fits into that category, and although it
comes close, in the end it just doesn't measure up. Throughout the film I was left wanting
more...more passion, more emotion, more football.
JONATHAN'S WORD: Are you sure that you didn't accidentally wander into a different
theatre? Were you watching Tranformers? Because, you're right... Tranformers
wasn't a good football film.
TODD'S WORD: Nope. It was definitely We Are Marshall. Don't get me wrong, a
few moments rise above average, and the football action was pretty good. But it just never
seemed to grab me and pull me in.
JONATHAN'S WORD: Did you ever play football?
TODD'S WORD: Of course I did.
JONATHAN'S WORD: How many blows to the head did you take?
TODD'S WORD: Obviously not enough.
JONATHAN'S WORD: (sigh) I had the opposite experience in the film. The film
really grabbed me. At the beginning, viewers might think, "Another football film." But the
film immediately does a 180 with the plane crash. That's when the theme of the film really
emerged. The film is really about healing.
It was nice that We Are Marshall didn't just try to insert in a nice "after school
special" message of "It doesn't matter who wins or loses... it's how you play the game."
We Are Marshall was one of the few films that convincingly portrayed where true victory
lies. It doesn't rest on the scoreboard. "Victory" was a town that was able to get back up
after they had been hit hard.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS REVIEW
Friday Night Lights
(The TV Series, Season One)
Starring Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki...
Jonathan's Rating: Worth Buying
Emmy award winning Friday Night Lights (FNL) was by far my favorite TV show last year.
The crazy thing is... the show struggled when it came to ratings. The rumor is this:
football fans wanted more football. Fans of "more substance" didn't even try the show
because they thought it was just about football. But the buzz has started. Word is getting
out. NBC secured a Friday Night spot for the series and
Season Two will kick
off October 5 at 9/8c.
Take my word for it, both football fans and computer techs will love Friday Night Lights.
And as a youth worker, you'll love it. This show is one of the most real portrayals of today's
teenagers (those who live in small towns will especially identify with it) I've seen.
Yes, real means that we get a glimpse of much of the world's junk. This show isn't for
young children. But unlike MTV, reality shows or sitcoms, FNL doesn't glorify sex,
partying, fighting, etc. More importantly, it shows the consequences of these activities.
It's so refreshing to see a show that actually shows the consequences that a girl faces when
she decides to have sex. Not just pregnancy or the risk of disease, but genuine regret and
hurt. As a youth worker who has spent many sleepless nights at hospitals or in living rooms
with hurting kids and parents, FNL is as real as it gets.
The story is based on the movie,
which was based on the book. The book was a true story from the Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist Buzz Bissinger who spent 1988 in Odessa, Tex., a town obsessed with its champion
high-school football team the Permian Panthers. Publishers Weekly called this book a
"superb, if disquieting, portrait of heartland America." Seventeen years later the story
was brought to the big screen. One year later the TV show was born.
The show, like the film is about a small town that lives and breathes football. The biggest
celebrities on campus and around town are the football players, and the highlight of the week
is the Friday Night Game.
The TV show unveils the stress put on the high school players to win and the fallout that
occurs when they don't. The characters are real, the writing is incredible, and the acting
One of my favorite aspects of the show is the depth at which we get to know the characters.
FNL doesn't allow you to dislike many characters. If we are introduced to a dislikable
girl... the writer dives deeper into her story. And as we learn more about her story we begin
to have compassion for her. As we learn more about her alcoholic mother, we begin to understand.
But that's where FNL dives even deeper. Then we begin to learn the mother's story and
why she is drinking. The more we are given the opportunity to step into the shoes of these
shattered lives, the more we have the chance to feel compassion. FNL gives you the
opportunity to put judgment aside and ask the question, "What is it like to be ________ ?"
If I had to say something negative about the show, I'd be critical of the casting of two of
the characters because of their age. We've all seen it in movies: the 25 year old high school
kids. Although most of the cast looks the part, you'll see a couple characters that look more
like Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders than Dillon Panther cheerleaders. I understand why NBC makes these
decisions: it's much more difficult to find decent 16 year old actors, and sometimes even more
difficult to work with them. Overall, FNL did an incredible job.
The Season One DVD includes all 22 episodes plus some fun extra features. And this DVD set
usually sells for less than $19.99, not bad for a TV series. Maybe that's why it's currently
ranked #55 of all DVDs on Amazon right now, and it's #16 for boxed sets.
This show is a must see for youth workers.
Jonathan McKee is president of The Source for Youth Ministry and author of numerous youth ministry
books like "Do They Run When They See You Coming?" and the
brand new "Getting Students to Show Up." Jonathan
studies youth culture and trends, speaking and
training across the country and providing free online resources, training, &
ideas for youth workers at www.TheSource4YM.com
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is the ministry director over at Timber-lee where he has been recruiting, training and managing
hundreds of volunteers each year. Jonathan noticed something different about the volunteers at
Timber-lee. Impressed by their volunteer program, Jonathan asked Chris to share some of the basics
he has learned over the years about volunteer recruiting and management.
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- Chris will share the SEVEN SINS OF MANAGING VOLUNTEERS IN YOUTH MINISTRY
- In the "Youth Culture Window" section, Jonathan discusses media input in the lives of
teenagers compared to adults.
- Furby looks at the most popular resource currently on our website... a resource that
you're not going to wanna miss in our "Resource Highlight" section.
- They close the episode by answering some great youth ministry questions in the
"Help Me" section.
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