Posts Categorized: Culture

Gratitude is an Attitude

I am a teacher by trade and some days can be pretty depressing. I mean one trip to the faculty lounge and you can hear some pretty sad stories. Most are true, I mean teaching many of today’s students is tough, really tough. Families that are split apart, students who don’t care, teachers who don’t […]

Steve Jobs Moving Speech at Stanford

We lost an icon yesterday in Steve Jobs.  He was an incredible visionary who changed viritually every life in the US and the world.  It is rare when someone has the ability to see the future and actually create it.  His passing is a huge loss for all of us, however, his vision will live […]

Teens in Church

This is excellent look at how and why teens do or don’t go to church. Teen Influences On Church Dropouts View more presentations from David Rudd.

Rock the Desert – 2010

Man was it hot this year at RTD, but no rain!!  We had a blast, check out our video.  I have the pleasure of serving as youth pastor at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Midland, Texas. Rock The Desert from Todd Freese on Vimeo.

Does Church Need to Change?

This is a newsletter article I wrote for our church, check it out and let me know what YOU think: Recently Pastor Randy gave us statistics that identified only four percent of those around 18 years of age are attending church. Four percent! Wow! Can you imagine if only four percent of those in your […]

Spring Break

My wife has a mug that says the three best things about being a teacher are: June, July and August. While there is some truth to it, the summer can drag on and it is always nice to begin a new school year. The excitement and newness of the year is welcome, plus football season […]

Great Resource

Parent Newsletter Contents Tools for Parenting Teens Learn Their Lingo Links to Learn From A Little Encouragement…And Humor 1. Tools for Parenting Teens From http://www.realworldparents.com/starters/ Zoom Out Let’s help our kids to pull back from the moment right in front of them to think about their big “P” purposes as a follower of Christ—no matter […]

Teens in Crises Sermon at St. Paul’s

Today I preached a sermon on the issue of teens in crisis and how the times are changing. It is true that in the 1950s the biggest issues facing teens were much different than those of today. Teens today face a myriad of issues that weren’t even imaginable fifty, forty, thirty or even twenty years […]

Our Visit to Mid – Cities

MID CITIES Today we visited a large church, Mid-Cities Community Church,  midway between Odessa and Midland, Texas.  It is a beautiful church, done in old European style.  You enter in through a foyer passing a round statue and sitting area just outside the doors.  You are greeted by several folks (a bit overdone) wishing you […]