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Creative Roundup. Getty Up!

Oct 19, 2010
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Here’s some juice to get your creativity going today.  Drink freely, but then go create.

  • A must read: Artist Makoto Fujimura’s, “A Letter to North American Churches.” Makoto calls artists to, “Create for our Father, improvise with the Spirit.  Create through the Medium who binds all things together, and then you will begin to hear sounds of ‘the world that ought to be.’” Inspired.
  • Ran across this Fast Company article from 2007: The 6 Myths of Creativity. It’s good.  Myth #1: Creativity Comes From Creative Types. Hmmm…  Listen up now!
  • If you don’t listen to This American Life, you should.  There’s a lot of creative and storytelling goodness happening here.  It’s been one of my favorites for years now.
  • These paintings are kind of cool….but they’re also kind of scaring the he** out of me.  Mainly the fish.  They’re from Japan.  Go figure.  #Godzilla
  • I’ve loved getting to know Aaron Niequist.  We’ve loved having him lead worship for us at The Orchard a couple of times recently.  You can keep up with Aaron’s creative goodness here.
  • Now getty up.  Go create.

Monday Morning from Wicker Park

Sep 20, 2010

It’s Monday morning and I’m kickin’ it at Filter in Wicker Park (I love WP btw).  My eyes are tired and my body is moving SLOW.  Looking forward to meeting up with Ben Arment and Jarrett & Jeanne Stevens in a little while.  Hard to believe that STORY 2010 is already here.

Since I have way too much to say and not enough time to write it all I’m going to bullet a bunch of stuff….  Here we go.

  • Had the privilege of interviewing Dawn Schiller at The Orchard this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with Dawn, you can learn more here.  She has an incredible story. The audio is up and available for download here.  See photos here.
  • Who’s going to be at STORY later this week?
  • Lots of stuff coming up this fall that I’m excited about.  Will be in Minneapolis, Rockford, Atlanta, and…..I think that’s it for now.
  • Enjoyed getting to know Mark Sayers last week.  Mark is from Australia and has some good stuff to say.
  • Celebrated the lives of two very dear people last week.  Charlotte and Bruce…you’ll both be missed.  Stirred my grief up a bit for my dad.  October 12th will make six years since he passed away.  Man…

That’s it….gotta run.

Loving You Some A.D.D.

Sep 1, 2010
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Love Blaine’s transparency in this recent post.  Reminds me of why his is one of only a handful of blogs I’m adamant about reading on a very regular basis.

My friend, Mike Foster, is in Bangkok with his family for a couple of months.  I’m enjoying his tweets and posts.  But I’m jealous too.  :)

Finally finished watching Julie and Julia last night.  Watched the first half a couple of weeks ago.  It was a fun movie.  Quick fun fact: I was in NYC when it was being filmed and accidentally walked onto the set.

Video: Octopus Ballet.  Um…wow.  Amazing.

Excited to have the opportunity to work with Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens at this year’s STORY Conference.  I’ve loved getting to know these guys.  There was a solid connection from the moment we all met.  Also loved having them at The Orchard a couple of months ago.  You can download their talk here. BTW…love the direction STORY is headed this year.

Irish Hipster-Theologian, Peter Rollins was at Mars Hill (Rob Bell) this past weekend.  Enjoyed listening to most of Peter and Rob’s conversation.

Innovation Cultivation. It’s the title of this post from The Orchard’s very own Larry Boatright over at the Origins blog.

I’ll be honest.  I’m a sucker for cool hotels.  I especially love finding affordable, non-chain, boutique hotels whenever I travel to major cities. Loved staying at this one on a visit to Austin last year. Speaking of hotels, is a great blog from the folks at Conde Nast Traveler.  Great photos too.

That’s it for now.  Thank you for weeding through my A.D.D.  Time for some Adderall.  :)

Top 100! Thank you!

Sep 8, 2009
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Hey everybody!  Thank you for helping make one of the top 100 church blogs over at I'm actually blown away that I'm even on the list this year.  My blogging has fizzled quite a bit over this past year.  Actually encourages and excites me for my relaunch in the next couple of months!

Check out the entire list and update your RSS readers to include some of these pretty phenomenal voices to your reading lineup. 

And btw… Kent, you really should have included yourself in that list!

Orlando…Austin…Atlanta…..and next, Uganda.

May 5, 2009

Ok, I'm diving back in to the blog.  It's been way too long.  My lame excuse: I've been running 200MPH since a few weeks before Easter with writing, travel, etc… and blogging just hasn't been that high on my priority list.  Sorry faithful folks.

So anyway…  Rather than try to knock out a bunch of amazing blog posts, I thought I'd throw out a few random thoughts of what's been happening over these past few weeks.  Here we go:

  • Easter.  This year's Easter weekend The Orchard was a record-breaking weekend!  Our teams did an amazing job and I think my head is still spinning after a HUGELY successful Helicopter Easter Egg Drop.  All I can say is WOW.  If you missed the video review, click here.
  • Orlando.  Had a great time at Exponential in Orlando.  Exponential is sort of a like a big family reunion (but without the weird uncle and the funky potato salad).  This is actually the largest church planting conference in North America and one that I would definitely encourage all church planters to attend in 2010.  Had fun teaching a session with Gary Lamb (did he really say "wanker"??) and then participating in some great conversations in the Exponential Lounge with guys like Erwin McManus, Francis Chan, Dave Ferguson, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and others. 
  • Austin. After a couple of days home I found myself in the amazing city of Austin, TX to be a part of Q.  Q is one of my favorite gatherings of the year.  It's small and all about influencing and changing culture.  Think TED format.  Loved connecting with a bunch of friends – both new and old.  People like Kem Meyer, Mike Foster, Jeff Shinabarger, Tim Stevens, Alan Hirsch, Kyle Zimmerman, John Burke, Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, Gabe Lyons, Mel McGowan, Charles Lee, and a bunch of other amazing people. Next year, Q will be here – in Chicago!
  • Austin II.  All I can say is – what a cool city.  And with a slogan that's all about keeping it "weird" what do you expect??  Check out a few photos I posted in Facebook.
  • Jackie Huba.  Writer, Author, Speaker, Blogger, Marketing Guru-ess, co-founder of the Society for Word of Mouth.  Forbes calls her work "the word of mouth gospel."  Anyway….  Had a chance to grab lunch with Jackie while in Austin.  That was worth the trip alone.  If you don't follow her twitter you need to. 
  • Atlanta.  Orange.  It's THE premier and the BEST family ministry conference in the flippin' universe.  Loved being a part of this and having the opportunity to share The Orchard's story and some thoughts/ideas on the topic of navigating change with a room full of Lead Pastors and Senior Leaders.  Just wish I could have stuck around for more than a few hours, but was glad to be able to hang with a few of our staff who were attending and introduce them to some killer Korean BBQ. 
  • Uganda.  In a couple of weeks.  More on this later, but looking forward to getting my heart messed up by this trip. 
  • Study.  It's what I should be doing right now.  So I'm done.  Hopefully back in the groove of blogging.  We'll see.  Thanks for the encouragement folks.
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