As I look ahead to 2013 and back at 2012, I wanted to share with you 10 of my favourite blogs and videos from the past year. As you will see, it’s a nice mix of family, ministry, and the Vancouver Canucks. Enjoy!
(For the written blogs, click on the title to read them).
This was my most-viewed blog of the year and for good reason. Sean left me a total of 23 text messages imploring me to bring some toilet paper up to him. The messages were a nice mix of ALL CAPS orders and emoticons. It turned out that there was a full roll next to him in the bathroom that he didn’t see. Ultimately, I’m glad he didn’t…otherwise we wouldn’t have this beauty of a blog.
2. Video: Don’t Stop Believing (Clay’s Canucks Commentary) (April 21, 2012)
At just under 5,000 views, this was my most popular video of the year. The lovely and talented Arielle Tuliao provided the vocals while I pounded away at the piano with my 9 functioning fingers. The result was a passionate plea to Canucks fans to not give up hope. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as the Canucks were quickly bounced from the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup winners the Los Angeles Kings.
Inspired by a funny incident in which a complete stranger mistakenly sat down to join me for a late night sushi date, I wrote a blog about the many times we make presumptions in youth ministry…and how they often turn out wrong. We certainly don’t want to make too many presumptions – or assumptions for that matter. Because we all know what happens when you assume.
4. Video: Surprise…We’re Going to Disneyland (and not Seattle)! (April 8, 2012)
We had been telling our kids that our plan for Spring Break this year was to take a quick weekend trip down to Seattle. Without our knowledge, Sean found out (through some impressive sleuthing for a 10 year-old) that we were indeed going to Disneyland. Watch Sean try to play along as we told Jacob and Kayla of our plans to take them to Disneyland. Jake in particular was hilarious…check out how happy he was!
This year’s Spirit Day was our biggest ever with 2,100 youth and adult participants gathering for the annual event at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey. After Spirit Day was done, I felt inspired to write a short piece conveying how blessed I am to have the opportunity to minister to and with the wonderful youth and young adults of our archdiocese.
6. Video: Hula Hooping Gangnam Style (October 8, 2012)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is the most-watched video in YouTube history with over 1 billion views! Kayla and Jacob decided to get in on the Gangnam Style craze….but with a twist: they hula hoop to Psy’s smash hit. Kayla’s coordination in particular is quite impressive for a 4 year-old. This coming from someone who can’t dance nor hula hoop.
A lot was made in the media and in the blogosphere about the Passion Vancouver event that took place at Rogers Arena in March and in particular the prayer for concussed-Canuck Daniel Sedin led by the founder of the Passion Movement, Louie Giglio. I offer a first-hand account of what transpired that evening as I was present at an event that combined two of my passions: faith and hockey!
8. Video: Angry Birds, Spam, and Gangnam – Getting to Know Jacob Isaac (December 4, 2012)
We made this for Jake’s grade 4 project. Get to know him a little more, including his favourite hobbies, vacation spots, foods, and school subjects. The video features special appearances by Sean, Kayla, and a plethora of Angry Birds t-shirts. You’ll see that Jacob is very similar to me in many ways. So please pray for him.
After threatening to throw out some of Kayla’s toys, I reflected upon the many instances we use bluffs in youth ministry and what happens when young people actually call us out on them. To go “all in” with young people we need to be real, to be genuine, and to be authentic. The stakes are simply too high not to.
10. Video: Canucks Christmas Carol 2012 – This Christmas (December 22, 2012)
What would a list of favourite blogs and videos be without our annual Canucks Christmas Carol? I pull together the usual suspects for our rendition of the classic “This Christmas”. As you will see, we are a very optimistic bunch in hoping for an end to the lockout soon. Video highlights include Pat’s dancing and the return of our foreign exchange student Kevin.