Kyle Bueermann | @KyleBueerman
Oh, muse: sing to me the song of my childhood.
My inner 10-year old is rejoicing. Thanks to the wonders of the interwebs and Netflix (seriously, you should check these things out), TGIF is slowly being brought back to life. My family and I recently binge-watched the first season of Girl Meets World. I felt a certain sense of accomplishment by being able to show my kids the new adventures of Corey, Topanga, and of course Shawn.
Then, this past Friday, the much anticipated first season of Fuller House was mercifully unleashed on a waiting world (Confession: I’ve only watched the Pilot episode of Fuller House, just before our internet was switched off for our big move). Just the mention of Boy Meets World and Full House bring back many memories of our family huddled around at TV on Friday nights. Sure,they were cheesy. Sure they went for cheap laughs. And I will forever argue that those things are greatly under-appreciated in our world today. Those shows showed us strong families front and center in Prime Time. They certainly remind me of simpler times in my own life.
But, of course, we can’t live perpetually as pre-teens. And the reboots of these shows remind us that sometimes life doesn’t end happily-ever-after, but it can still turn out alright with the support of family and friends. Perhaps I’m just being nostalgic. However, this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that an episode of Fuller House brought me to the point of sobbing as an adult. Nothing, I tell ya. Don’t judge me.
Anyway, I’m thoroughly enjoying these reboots of some of my favorite shows as a kid. Maybe some more are on the way. Your move, Urkel...
Kyle Bueermann is a New Mexico pastor. He has been married to Michelle since 2004 and they have two kids who are far cooler than he will ever be. He takes his ministry, but not himself, seriously. In addition to his family and ministry, Kyle loves Johnny Cash and the Texas Rangers.You can contact him on Twitter at @kylebueermann.
James Daman | @jdaman04
As I mentioned in Ministry Buzztrends - Acronyms and Acrostics, I love self-deprecating humor, probably because there is so much I can laugh at myself about. I love being involved in ministries that are authentic and I especially love it when people in ministry don't take themselves so seriously.
In this part two, I'd like to look at how ministries use assessments. Churches are increasingly using assessment tools to help people identify their spiritual giftings and to determine where people should serve.
I recently took a seminary class called Assessing Life and Ministry and I took five assessments on my spiritual life. I was analyzing my thoughts, spiritual experience, likes and dislikes. My first thought was how bad a test taker I was and I was prepared to be the first person to fail one of these assessments. I expected the teacher to look at my results and say, we knew you weren't supposed to be here and ask me to leave.
But, then I realized something, we all fail any assessment that compares us to Christ, because we have all sinned. But, he has died for us, Jesus gave the ultimate spiritual assessment test that no one could pass when he said 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone'.
Since we all fail that assessment, let's take a lighthearted look at assessments by coming up with the first ever Back Row Assessment Tool!