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It's the day before snowcamp!

19 Feb
February 19, 2008

Yikes!  24 hours from now, I’ll be loading the vans for snowcamp!  Today I’ll be running around like a mad man trying to tie up loose ends and last minute details, but for the most part it’s pretty well set!

Let me leave you with this little gem from the 2006 snow camp …

Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (book review)

18 Feb
February 18, 2008


By David Crowder and Mike Hogan

Wow. Reading this book was powerfully cathartic. Crowder and Hogan were able to capture in print the quirky yet brilliant aspects of the David Crowder Band that we all love. One moment the book is reading like any other book, the next you’re turning it sideways, then you’re reading instant message conversations, next your reading poetry and so on. And yet it all works wonderfully. They somehow weave all these different styles into one unified book, and in so doing take a powerful look at the connections between death, the soul and bluegrass music. They were able to put into print emotions and thoughts I had had in my own experiences with death in such a way that was liberating for me. Somehow, through reading their honest and real experiences to death, I found myself revisiting past grief and experiencing a deeper level of healing in the process. I would buy a couple copies – you’ll want one to pass around!

This review, by me, originally appeared in the Journal of Student Ministries.

Snow Camp memory lane (videos)!

14 Feb
February 14, 2008

Wow … tomorrow is the deadline for snowcamp sign ups …. so I’m expecting my phone to be ringing off the hook!  : )  I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!  At least we don’t have to worry about having enough snow!  Yikes!

In the spirit of building excitement, I’ve uploaded the videos from the first two years we did snow camp!  I can’t believe this will already be my fifth snowcamp in Boothbay!  Time has been FLYING!  The first video is from the 2004 trip, the second one is from 2005!  On the 2004 trip, the opening shot of Adam and Walt snowboarding is probably the best snowboarding shot I’ve gotten in eight years worth of snowcamps (doesn’t make it superstar footage or anything, so don’t get too excited … it’s just my favorite snowboard shot!) … and the opening stuff to the 2005 video is my favorite video opener from all my youth group highlight tapes!  Don’t know why I love it so much – I just do!

World's Greatest Snowtubing Video

12 Feb
February 12, 2008

I’m gonna go ahead and make a claim that I really don’t have any evidence to support, other than the fact that everyone in the video agrees with me completely in this belief: the following represents the single greatest achievement in snow tube filming history.  It is amazing.  Breath taking.  Legendary, even.

It was filmed during our 2005 snow camp.  Our fifth annual snow camp is happening February 20-22; for a permission form, click here.  But back to the footage.  I’m actually the camera man (yes, the one with the high pitch laugh … it was crazy awesome, and I have to confess, my excitement caused me to lose some of my manly inflections …); I rode in the first tube, facing backwards to get everyone’s reactions.  There were actually fourteen of us that tried to link up, however, the weight became too much to control and we slid away before the last couple people could grab on.  I absolutely love the trail of bodies and tubes that we left along the way!  But enough chit chat!  On with the show!

Nine Days to Snow Camp!

11 Feb
February 11, 2008

Snow camp is sneaking up!  The above video is the highlights video I put together last year – it was a lot of fun!  Wow … just typing that “nine days to snow camp” subject line made my heart skip a few beats.

Another local youth pastor, Greg Hodgdon of Woolwich-Wiscasset Baptist Church, and I have been putting together snow camp for four years now.  We’ve pretty much got a good system down now; by renting out a camp (Camp Fairhaven in Brooks, Maine), providing cooks & food, and organizing all the games, activities, talks, and by purchasing the lift tickets, snowboard rentals, ski rentals, tubing tickets, and everything else that goes into three days and two nights of snow camp bliss we can actually charge kids just $60 for the trip and that includes EVERYTHING.  Lift tickets, rentals, the works.  Doing a prepackaged retreat would start at $100-125 per kid, and if they wanted to ski or snowboard, the rentals and lift tickets would be on top of that.  That would effectively make snow camp not an option for most of the kids around here, so it’s exciting to Greg and I that we can come up with a more cost effective route!

It does make it a bit more of a challenge this year, though.  With the Senior Pastor on leave, I’m pulling double duty with Sunday morning sermons and other responsibilities.  Thankfully, I scheduled other speakers for the next few weeks because I wanted to make sure I had time for snow camp … and time to recover afterwards!  So it shoudn’t be too bad.  : ) 

If you’re a local and you know a kid that wants something to do for their February break (the trip is 2/20-22/2008), or you want to know more about snowcamp, just visit the youth website at; you can see the video there as well, and you can download permission slips from the blog!

Eating and Exercise?

08 Feb
February 8, 2008

I just got a great question from one of the youth workers competing in the “Be a bigger loser than Marko” competition that Youth Specialties is doing, and I thought I would blog about it!  Basically, they wanted to know what they should be eating before and after workouts, which is an important question.

It is actually important to eat something after a workout, preferably within half an hour or so – especially after a vigorous workout!  When you are exercising, you are depleting your glycogen stores – fancy name for your muscles’ batteries.  Glycogen is your primary short term energy stores – it’s what powers your muscles.  After a workout your body needs to restore your glycogen stores – the faster this happens, the less likely your body is to cannibalize itself in it’s search for fuel.  So eating something easy to digest that is high in protein right after a workout is a great way of recharging your muscles.  It also has the added benefit of the food going directly to your muscles, rather than being converted to fat stores or anything like that.  I happen to be partial to yogurt smoothies; high in protein and easy to digest healthy carbohydrates.  Others use protein shakes, fruit, or even a protein smoothie.  The point is, it’s good for your body.  So if you’re scheduling your eating (which is important for managing your appetite), try to arrange it so that one of your snacks is falling after your workout.

Now, here’s an added nugget of calorie burning tricks.  For those who don’t get sick when they exercise on a full stomach, exercising right after a meal can be a great way to get some added calorie burn.  Here’s why:  your stomach/body actually has to burn calories to digest food.  Typically, you can assume that the number of calories being burned is about 10% of the number you are eating; in other words, if you eat a 400 calorie meal, your body will burn 40 calories just digesting it.  Now, when you are exercising, your circulation is ramped up to get blood to all your muscles, etc.  What this means is that there is not as much available in the digestion process which means your stomach has to work harder to digest the same amount of food.  It actually burns about 50% of the calories consumed; in other words, your digestive track will burn 200 calories digesting that 400 calorie meal.  It’s a great trick to increase the number of calories your body is burning in a day – if you can get away with it.  Some people do get queasy or cramp up if they exercise vigorously after eating a meal.  For me, I always try to work out on a full stomach!

McNutt’s weight loss plan

03 Feb
February 3, 2008
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I’ve finally gotten around to summarizing my weight loss plan into an easy to read, short guide.  It’s based on the lessons I learned from Dr. Huizenga, Dr. Altman and Cheryl Fohberg, RD; the experts from the Biggest Loser.  It also has some of my own personal takes on those lessons.  Go to the articles section of my blog to read more about the spiritual side of honoring God with your health – these summaries here are simply the basics of weight loss as I understand it and the primary tools I used.  I hope it helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have – it will help me to refine them further!  Also, I would encourage anyone who wants to download the audio files from my audio page from the Biggest Loser Boothbay weight loss group; in them I explain the plan more thoroughly, as well as answer questions from the group.

McNutt’s weight loss plan

Weight loss journal

Weight loss journal sample (it’s only partially filled in; I’m still working on it!)

Veggie Tales movie a success!

03 Feb
February 3, 2008

We just got home from watching the new Veggie Tales movie, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything!  The Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor graciously took a risk and agreed to run the movie at my request – I told them I would help spread the word, and we were both hoping to see at least enough people come out so the movie could break even!  Well, between yesterday’s showing and today’s, 159 tickets were sold, more than double what was needed!  What a hit!  Families had a blast, the community got a great family movie at a bargain ticket price, and we supported a local business!  Not a bad day!

As far as the movie goes, it was a lot of fun.  My wife and I got a kick out of it; the animation and story were great and my kids were bouncing off their seats they loved it so much!  There were a couple times my four year old got a little nervous, but nothing overly scary.  All in all, a great family movie that I would highly recommend!  I’m really glad we were able to bring this movie to Boothbay, and with such a great response, it looks like we’ll be doing more of the same in the future!

Be a Bigger Loser than Marko

02 Feb
February 2, 2008


So I already posted a little about this, but wow, has this thing exploded!  When Marko (pictured left), the president of Youth Specialties originally started this challenge to motivate himself to lose some weight (read about it here), he was thinking a couple dozen might sign up … not close to three hundred youth workers!  I guess that just shows how much of a hunger there is for weight loss advice and healthy living education in the youth ministry world!  I’m excited about the twelve week challenge as well; there are going to be some great prizes for the winners, and I’ve got some guesses at just how much weight we’re going to see disappear over the next twelve weeks.  What’s also fun is the thought that combined. close to three hundred youth workers could potentially lose over three thousand pounds in just three months.  Maybe that’s shooting for the moon, but I’d be ecstatic if we break the one ton mark!

Anyway, I’m enjoying trying to squeeze in some time to put together a couple short resources to help give people an idea which way to go with their weight loss.  Most of what I’m putting together, though, is centered around people owning a calorie counter book – it was the key to my own weight loss, and everything I teach is based on counting calories and exercise.  Once I finish putting it together, though, I’ll post the resources here as well!

* EDIT: you can buy a Biggest Loser Calorie Counter here.


Biggest Loser Couples – Black vs. Blue

29 Jan
January 29, 2008

Well, I just finished watching the latest episode and I’m fighting off my frustration cravings by blogging!  But I’ll get to that later …

Here’s what I liked: I loved the soda challenge.  People need to understand how much crap is in soda.  It absolutely kills me seeing how much regular soda (in other words, piles of sugar) people drink every day!  Just today, while at the local after school kids’ program I watched a middle school student buy not one, but TWO three liter bottles of regular soda because the store next to the school had them on sale for 99 cents.  Now, granted, he was sharing … but the kids were all chugging and that stuff was disappearing.  Literally cup fulls of sugar.  Another trio of kids had chipped in money to buy a six pound bag of candy.  Six pounds.  In all honesty, I don’t expect middle school kids to make healthy choices; they don’t have the life perspective to get how serious it is yet … but I do think that businesses are irresponsible to sell three liter bottles of soda and six pound bags of candy to eleven year olds.  Seriously.  But that’s a whole different rant …

I loved the teamwork, the support, the working together, and all of that.  Beautiful moment; Kelly telling the others that she doesn’t want to go home, but if they’re leaning towards voting her or her ex-husband off, to vote her off because he needs it more.  When do you see that on reality tv?  Love and self sacrifice is a beautiful thing.  I did feel bad for Jenn being sent home; but in the weeks that she has had, she has done amazing!

What killed me was the team picking.  And it probably brought back some of my own feelings of rejection from season three (although it wasn’t quite the same).  Absolutely brutal and cruel to make overweight people be choosen on camera like that.  The sense of rejection, disappointment and hurt are awful – especially when you consider that these people are struggling with emotional eating related issues already.  That is obviously putting the drama of tv ahead of the best interests of the contestants.  And while they’ve had contestants changing up the teams every season, it’s been different; they go away, rearrange the teams and then announce the whole roster – not literally picking their preferences right there.  And having it come from the trainers?  Absolutely brutal.  Cruel.  Heartless.  That kind of thing should never have been dealt to them from the trainers – not that it was the trainers fault, they have to roll with the show.  But it wasn’t right, and I think Jillians’ reaction showed that she understood that.