Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Orthodox Ministry Innovation

Orthodoxy is probably never associated with creativity and innovation. A hallmark of Orthodoxy is to resist novelty in doctrine, because we are "should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3)." Yet in ministry there have been time of great creativity in the Church.

Last night during a meeting at church, I was introduced to several Orthodox parishes that are building successful schools. I was impressed not only by their ability to create a school, but the innovative and creative way they did it. These churches are examples of ways of doing ministry that are crucial right now.

Here's a video of their vision and ministry:

Question: What are parishes doing that are creative and innovative in spreading the Gospel?

Monday, June 06, 2011

My Kid's Entertainment Diet

I love to go to the movies. I love to go to the movies with my kids. I still enjoy a good animated flick or adventure movie. But I always worry about exposing my kids to something that is not age-appropriate or worse. Previews are not always a good indicator of questionable content. Previews are designed to sell the movie to you.

We think it's important to monitor our child's food intake so that they get proper nutrition and not junk. In the same way, we want to monitor the food that enters their heart and minds.

So what do you do to insure their entertainment diet is not feeding them junk food or poison?

Sometimes I rely on trusted friends and families. Recently my brother went to see the new X-Men movie. We were both excited about it, and thought of eventually taking our kids. He called me after the viewing and sent off warning flares for me to stay away with the kids. This was surprising because it seems to be marketed as a safe movie for older kids and pre-teens. According to my brother, there was questionable language and innuendo. I was disappointed, but the family will be skipping this one.

I guess I could swear off entertainment altogether, but it's an experience we enjoy and there is some redemptive or at least amoral entertainment out there for the family.

So how do choose what is appropriate?

I have found a couple sites that are extremely helpful:

1. This one is my personal favorite. The reviews are very clear and includes reviews to TV, music, and games as well.

Question: Do you have any other favorite sites that help with entertainment? Any other criteria that you use to protect the kids?

Friday, June 03, 2011

May Blog Post Winners

One of the interesting facts about blogging is trying to figure why some posts do well and some don't. Sometimes when I finish one, I think based on the content and title that it will generate a lot of traffic. I am wrong more than I am right.

Here's my top five for May:

The number one post continues to hit as number one every week, even though I wrote it back in March. Number 5 was written in 2008 and continues to score well.

Thanks to everyone who reads and follows. Please subscribe, forward, and comment. My goal is to post twice a week, and I will continue the Biblical soundtrack posts shortly as well as Ministry in America. As the book gets closer to publishing more information will be forthcoming as well as a contest. Also I open to guest posting, so if you would like to try your hand at blogging and you think you have content that is complementary, please let me know.


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