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Month: August 2012

  • Scott Joplin’s Other Great Song

    The turn-of-the-century ragtime sensation Scott Joplin may be best known for his songs “The Entertainer” and “The Maple Leaf Rag,” but he produced many more pieces, my favorite being “Bethena: A Concert Waltz.” He wrote this following the death of his new bride (of ten weeks) Freddie, who succumbed to pneumonia.  While many of his tunes are…

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  • How to Be Cool in School

    I love how pictures tell stories. Let me tell you about this one. The year was 1996.  I was a choir-boy sophomore at Godwin High School in Henrico, Virginia.  I had friends, but I wasn’t in the “cool crowd.”  I was a mostly quiet kid who liked music and juggling. Then Mike Fitzpatrick (the guy…

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  • A Performing Legend: Victor Borge

    Have you ever been struck with a memory that had been lost for many years in your psyche? When I was a child, I watched many clips and shows of the great Danish comedian Victor Borge. He had escaped my memory for many years until tonight. He just came to my head and I looked…

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  • Why Do Churches Make The Worst Shirts?

    Frankly, I don’t know why.  But I’m posting this to see if anyone out there has the answer. I have dozens of free t-shirts from all over the country from church outreaches, camp retreats, summer camps, and other events put on by churches. I have a few that I am willing to wear in public.…

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  • Discipling Toddlers

    There are TONS of resources on the internet offering help with toddler discipline.  But what about discipling your toddler?  Note the word difference.  One is about discipline.  The other is about discipleship (no “n” in there).  A disciple is a follower.  In the context of the Christian faith, how can we as parents help to…

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  • Top 10 Kids Ministry Worship Resources

    There are tons of great worship collections out there for “adult” worship.  But what about the kids?  It can be difficult to find good worship music that can be used as corporate praise songs for the kids.  Some groups out there have done an effective job of writing music that is theologically sound and kid-appropriate.…

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  • Jesse’s Newsletter #5

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  • The MailChimp Newsletter for Ministry

    MailChimp is a great newsletter-maker program that is great for ministry purposes.  Here’s why I think it is a good fit: 1. Very user-friendly.  They give you lots of pre-made templates for newsletters.  It works for amateurs or pros at web knowledge. 2. Very affordable.  As in “free” (for up to 12,000 e-mail “sends” a…

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