June 2010

Check out this video from Pixar University’s Dean: Randy Nelson. Here are three quotes that stuck out to me: •    The core skill of an innovator is error recovery not failure avoidance. •    Collaboration means amplification. •    Be interested, not interesting. What stuck out to you?  Sound off on the comments!

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It does not seem that long ago, but in the fall of 2003 I began my journey in full-time children’s ministry in Madison, WI.  I had Biblical and theological foundations from my newly earned Pastoral Studies degree and loads of volunteer experience working with children.  However, lacking a great deal of maturity, I started ministry […]

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The Digital Diet

Matt Guevara —  June 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

I came across a couple of great resources for Digital Immigrants who want to become more fluent in the language and tools of Digital Learners.  The Digital Diet is a new book by Andrew Churches, Lee Crocket, and Ian Jukes.  The contributors have also create some “Small Byte” ebooks.  According to the Committed Sardine Blog, […]

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It Ain't Easy

Matt Guevara —  June 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

Making Cheetos is no easy process.  You can read all about the science of cornmeal, friction, frying, and applying cheese powder here.  But after I spent some time reading about how Cheetos are made, I was most struck by the end of the process: Quality Control. According to Wired Magazine, “Every half hour, an in-house […]

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I just finished reading a Wired Article entitled “Why Aren’t Games About Winning Anymore?” by Jonathan Liu.  Liu uncovers a recent trend in video games where modern games are less about actually getting to the last level (a la Super Mario Brothers) and more about gaining achievements during the game. For instance, I have become […]

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Starting today, you can get your own printed copy of the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry. It’s only $7.99, but you can use the discount code N8XZJLWK to get 10% off (this week only). When I met with with Amy Dolan and Henry Zonio a few months ago to discuss the idea of […]

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I love the game of soccer.  While many people find soccer boring to watch or play, I find it fascinating.  On June 10th, the World Cup begins and 32 countries will vie for the championship.  The World Cup is a great way to talk with kids about other countries.  In my ministry context, we are […]

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This is a great video that challenges current models of education and proposes a different, more organic way to educate children.  Watch the video! Here are a couple of quotes that I love: •    “So I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, […]

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A Challenge

Matt Guevara —  June 7, 2010 — Leave a comment

This year I will turn 29.  God has opened up a really amazing opportunity for me to interact with a veteran in the field of children’s and family ministry.  This person is a leader that I have come to respect and learn a lot from.  But recently he challenged me with some big questions. From […]

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