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Congrats to Nina Davuluri, the first Desi Miss America and first Indian American Miss New York! Of course, the hatetweets have already begun.

Davuluri was one of THREE Asian Americans in the top five finalists, including 4th runner-up Miss MInnesota Rebecca Yeh (who won the Talent competition playing violin, I know, right?) and 1st runner-up Miss California, Crystal Lee.

Davuluri's question in the poise-test round was on "Big Brother" host Julie Chen's revelation of her decision to have plastic surgery. Her answer: She's against it. But in her answer she also managed to drop the following pointed remark: "I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And Miss America is always evolving." As proven tonight.

Update: Barely did the tiara touch her lovely head than the racist ignoramuses began to tweet.

The STATS...

On Family Minister Wannabe

So, I hope that you remember the first line from Caleb's Blogpost: Everything is meaningless.

This is not irregular. This is the norm. That same statement could be made by more than half of our twenty-to-thirty-year-olds.

A Sept. 2006 study by the Barna Group stated, "the most potent data regarding disengagement is that a majority of twentysomethings-- 61 percent of today's young adults-- had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged." (StickyFaith, Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark, pg. 213)

First, this stat tells me that we have been unsuccessful at discipleship with our own kids. It's doesn't say that we're bad parents or that we didn't do the best we could or knew how... it just says that we haven't been doing something that we MUST be doing as Christian parents.

Secondly, and I don't know about you, but that stat fires me up! It makes me want to do something! It makes me want to completely change anything and everything that I do as a parent and as a minister to reach the "OTHER HALF" of the youth in our church.

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