Tony Myles

Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, conference speaker, author, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

Clearly, you have a sense of humor.

I’m assuming you read the title of this article. Whether or not you know its reference, here you are. Let’s have some fun.

According to Wikipedia (which, incidentally, is the exact same phrase that started the French Revolution – but don’t quote me on that):

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is the 1984 sequel to the breakdancing film Breakin’. It was first released the same year as its predecessor by TriStar Pictures, and by Cannon Films the year after. In some international locations, the movie was released under the title Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo. A further sequel, Rappin’ (also known as Breakdance 3) was made, but had an unconnected plot and different lead characters – only Ice-T features in all three movies.

That’s “Ice-T” the gangsta-rapper-turned-TV-cop, by the way. Not the sweet drink at Chick-Fil-A.

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Depending on how old you are, you may not be aware of the cultural phenomenon “Breakin” was to the 80’s generation.

Um… it wasn’t.

Break dancing was. That’s a given.

The “Breakin’” movies weren’t, though. The hyped up commercials couldn’t deliver what they promised, and sadly the franchise ended faster than Naugles Tacos.

“What’s Naugles Tacos?” you may ask. Exactly.

Wikipedia also offers one further tidbit of insight:

Since the release of the film, the subtitle “Electric Boogaloo,” a reference to a funk-oriented dance style of the same name, has been used to refer to sequels pejoratively. The usual connotation suggests a sequel that is ridiculous, absurd, unwanted, unnecessary, formulaic, or obscure.

I bring this up because you’re more likely to hear the phrase “Electric Boogaloo” in pop culture than you are to watch or even know about the movie “Breakin’ 2.” It’s a “meme” that has intuitively spread from person to person within a culture, often without any context.

It just so happens that this reference denotes an absurd concept, or as the Urban Dictionary puts it (which, incidentally, is the exact same phrase that started War of 1812 – but don’t quote me on that):

Electric Boogaloo can be appended to the name of a movie to indicate a sequel. This construction is somewhat dismissive of the original work and/or the idea of making a follow-up movie. The sequel may be real, planned, or imagined.

“When are they going to make Titanic 2: Electric Boogaloo?”

“I’m just gonna wait for it to come out on TV before I see The Fantastic Four 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

Still, this absurd phrase has been referenced in everything from the TV show “Friends” to celebrity blogs. It’s a fun pairing of words, even if you don’t know what it means.

So now you know what it means.

That said, I’d calculate that I’ve just wasted about 2 to 4 minutes of your time. I don’t know how long it takes you to read, so let’s assume an average of 3 minutes.

Have you had fun?

I hope so. Even if you haven’t, I’ve relaxed your brain for a moment with nonsense. That in itself has merit.

And that’s what I really want to talk with you about. Build fun into your ministry. Don’t absolutely make it all about fun, but whatever part is fun needs to be absolutely all about fun.

  • On a 5 day mission trip? Spend a portion of day 4 cutting loose at a local tourist trap. Go window shopping. Try foods you’d never try. Get the kids into or around water, whether they’re sliding into it or splashing around with their piggy toes.
  • Tired of the mid-week program’s routine? Start your next meeting by having two volunteers simultaneously order pizza for your group from separate restaurants and see who can get it to you the fastest. As you kick into your program, there will be an unconscious drip of fun in the background that will pop out when the first pizza guy knocks on the door.
  • Been covering a lot of serious topics? Take a break and have a taste-test of all the donut holes available in your town, from the bakeries to the grocery aisle. Why? Because you can.

Have fun. It will be absurd. It will be meaningless. It will be questioned by people around you who won’t get it.

Don’t try to justify it with some stretchy theology like, “Well, Jesus and the disciples hung out together for three years. I’m sure they had fun around the campfire playing ‘pull my finger’ plenty of times.” Have fun (pun intended) trying to sell that.

Instead, just have fun. Tell stories that have no point. Roll up balls of duct tape and invent a game that involves chasing each other with them. Make lip-syncing videos so horrible that you’ll never post them on YouTube but will absolutely watch them over and over.

I’ll post some more ideas via a sequel to this post tomorrow: “No I Won’t Really 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

(Come on… you had to have seen that coming.)

Have some fun ideas on how to have fun? Share them.

Thank you for loving students!

Tony / @tonymyles

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  • Kathryn Sparks says:

    Tony – you never waste my time. Thanks for your insight.

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