Here’s to you!

If you are too much older than I am, this post will probably seem absurd to you. 

If you are too much younger than I am, this will not even make sense.

But if you who remember being excited about dc Talk’s first album and upset about their last, then this post is for you!

Ahh, the 1990s were an exciting time to be young and a Christian. And due to some recent nostalgia about my experiences at church camp, I have decided to periodically pay tribute to the things that made this decade great.

Here’s to you Christianity of the 90s!

You were a time when life was easier, and standing up for Jesus meant praying over your food in the lunchroom… in front of everyone. You had a style all your own. It was a neon style that slowly faded to grunge plaid as you got older. Ahh, and you marched to the beat of a different drum, a synthesized drum from a Casio keyboard.

For me and my generation, you were the decade when we donned our first Jesus t-shirts and all found out that luv is a verb. You taught us that Australians flying around on fake spaceships singing, “Take me to your leader,” could be cool.

Here are just a few of things that made you so special:

Skits set to Third Day songs
As the lights dim, the silence settles over the room. The soft, yet masculine sounds of Mac Powell’s angelic voice begin pumping through the sound system. Black lights flash and soon the congregation is bedazzled by eight floating hands moving rhythmically, reminding us that even though Jesus never swam the deepest ocean, he did walk across the raging seas. The Hands for Jesus drama group has done it again.

During the 90s, the perfect compliment to any worship environment was a pantomime presentation accompanied by the flagship Christian band of the era. After all, what Sunday night youth led service was complete without a dramatic reenactment of “Thief” by Third Day?

The Fifth Quarter
As if four quarters were not enough, youth ministers across the country conspired to defy the rules of mathematics and invent a fifth quarter.

The game may be over, but the games had just begun. A virtual carnival of board games, pick up football (two-hand touch of course), and spontaneous NBA Jam tournaments could be found at any number of churches during high school football season.

Skip the field party, and join the Jesus party!

WWJD Bracelets
First, the world gave us slap bracelets, mood rings, and MC Hammer pants. But then, Christianity answered back with the WWJD bracelet. Adorning the wrist of every warm-blooded youth group member, these little dandies said, “I am a Christian… with style.”

A constant sentinel to watch over our lives, these little bands stepped in whenever there was trouble, reminding us to always ask, “What would Jesus do?”

  • Forget your homework and need to copy off of someone? What would Jesus do?
  • Should I sneak an extra cookie in the lunch line? What would Jesus do?
  • Kenny is just asking for another wedgie… What would Jesus do?
  • Do I buy the blue Trapper Keeper or the red one? What would Jesus do?

Thank you WWJD bracelet, we are indebted.

Here’s to you Christianity of the 90s!

**Bonus points to the one who recognizes the song lyrics sprinkled through the post.

8 thoughts on “Here’s to you!

  1. So my brother Calan has been using this computer and I can't get his account off, but this is my Nickie.This post made me smile. I mean who doesn't smile when they think about their WWJD bracelet ? I also remember being sad to hear of the last DC Talk album and I still hope the rumor is true that they are under contract for one more CD at some point in time. I would also like to rack up some points by saying the obvious song lyrics I notice sprinkled through. "Take Me To Your Leader" by "The Newsboys" and my personal favorite "Love Song" by Third Day (there is in fact something angelic about Mac Powell's voice.) Ok, so there are the obvious lyrics. I can only remember lyrics to songs of sung a million times. If I only heard the song a few hundred times, I'll never remember them. Ok, so now I'm rambling on and on. Last comment, I really loved Audio Adrenaline back then.


  2. Nickie, I actually tried quite hard to work the lyrics from My Chevette into this post and just could not. Maybe I can stick them in my next tribute post. Indeed, Audio Adrenaline was an iconic fixture in the 90s.


  3. Don't forget about Rebecca St. James! I think she was at about 85% of the camps and conferences I went to back in the 90s. She always gave a speech about how she was saving herself for the right Christian man and I know just about every teenage boy in there was hoping that she was talking about them.Fun post! Thanks for the memories.


  4. Don't forget the parody Christian shirt movemnt!Here's to you: Jesus (Reese's), Survivor (the show), Abreadcrumb & Fish,


  5. Rebecca St. James… she was indeed an icon of the era. And yes Jody, I do believe I was one of those boys hoping for a miracle too. But alas, it just didn't work out between Becky (as I called her) and me.Oh and Corey, there is actually a Here's to you post coming about the t-shirts… I've been sitting on that one. I will have to do it next friend!


  6. Our drama team in college had a skit to “Thief.” A counselor also did the sign language to it like every other week for two years during summer camp. Pretty sure I used some Audio Adrenaline in skits as well. Kudos for including “Love Song” lyrics – I actually had a friend who used that in their wedding.


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