Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category
I still like a good magazine. The iPad is great, but there’s still something about an actual, physical magazine that the iPad can’t quite replace. Here are my current monthly reads/skims.
What are your favorites?
This looks good. An upcoming documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer. Featuring some New York creatives who are influencing & shaping culture.
(via Charles Lee)
- I’m declaring this to be a Miles Davis morning. “Kind of Blue” to be exact. I know I say this all the time, but wow, what an album. If you don’t own it, you need to. Today. And if you’ve never listened to it through a good set of headphones, you need to. Today. One of the. best. albums. ever.
- Had a good time in Minneapolis on Tuesday meeting with a great group of church planters, staffs, and leadership teams. I love speaking and teaching….but I also really enjoy (and thrive) in conversation & discussion formats. We had a lot of that and I left feeling energized.
- Minneapolis is such a great city by the way… Lived there for nine years and miss it a ton. Great culture, beautiful lakes, nice skyline, lots of art. Loved swinging through Uptown on my way to the airport for a quick lunch with my buddy Jamey Johnson before heading home. Love that guy…
- Excited about our Prayers of the Saints series. This coming weekend is #2: St. Melito! Powerful prayer. Can’t wait. (You can download last weekend’s talk here.)
- I have sleep apnea. It’s mild. But still….frustrating. I tried the breathing machine and just couldn’t do it. Looking for an alternative. Any suggestions? Would LOVE to try these.
- Have you seen The Event? Kinda diggin’ it. Kinda.
- Let’s talk books…
- Recent Reads: God Attachment by Tim Clinton & Joseph Straub, Fatherless Generation by John Sowers, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz
- Currently reading: Drive by Daniel Pink, American Grace by Robert Putnam
- And music… Been enjoying new stuff by: Sufjan Stevens, Flying Lotus, Interpol, Freelance Whales, Mumford & Sons.
Finally getting a chance this morning to decompress my time at STORY this past week…
First of all, let me say thank you to Ben Arment for the privilege of being a part of Story again this year. I’m thankful for our friendship and the opportunity to work together on such a unique event. It’s been awesome watching this dream come to pass.
Secondly, this year’s Story was exceptional. It feels to me like Story hit it’s mark in 2010. In many ways, it feels like a new community has been birthed – one that’s made up of diverse, yet like-minded creatives who really want to embrace the call to create and inspire the world around us.
Here are a few thoughts:
- The volunteers. Amazing. Seriously. Every volunteer I came across over those two days complimented and contributed to the environment so well. Their role was essential and they made it happen. Thank you for everything you guys did.
- The opener. Blaine Hogan . Dude. You nailed it.
- The speakers. Loved the eclectic mix of speakers. Loved how unpredictable their presentations were. And I loved the fact that many of the speakers were unfamiliar names to me. That’s how it should be more often IMHO. (Perhaps TED is on to something? Ha.) I also thought the mix of practical vs. inspirational was really good.
- The music. I loved it all. And trust me, that’s saying a lot. Kari Jobe was the perfect opener for the event. Josh Garrels was exceptional (listening to “Lost Animals” album now btw). And Sons & Daughters made me hungry for more of their music. Can’t wait to hear their new project. (BTW…I thought the audio quality/mix in the auditorium was stellar.)
- The venue. Well of course I’m partial to last year’s venue – The Paramount in Aurora – but Park Community Church in Chicago was a great #2! Loved the intimate feel of their auditorium. And of course, the view through their auditorium windows is just sick. Wow.
A few other thoughts…
- Dan Allender – perfect choice as the first presenter. Loved his demeanor. Made me want to attend Mars Hill Graduate School.
- Charlie Todd – loved hearing how he does what he does. He stretched me. And made me laugh.
- Richard Walter – Chairman of graduate program in screenwriting at the UCLA film school for more than 30 years. Are you kidding me? What a privilege to hear from him. Loved his stories.
- Jason Fried – loved his contrarian ideas on organization and productivity. And kudos to Tim Schraeder on a great interview!
- Gary Dorsey - inspired by where he’s taking his art. And if it wasn’t for his cool tattoos I’d be a little upset about how much sleep I lost that night after watching his Thief in The Night clips. Oh the memories…
- David Wenzel – looking forward to going back and listening to David’s talk again. What a story… Loved his honesty and authenticity. It’s good to listen to people who are living with a different perspective towards life than the average person.
- Wesley Hill – so glad Wesley came to Story. I think he was an integral part of what made this year’s experience what it was.
- John Sowers – loved interviewing John. It was very clear to me that John is doing what he was created to do. You could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice.
- Leonard Sweet - great way to close out Story. Couldn’t write fast enough to keep up with all the ideas that were hitting me during his talk. Loved this quote, “Too many churches are stuck in a Gutenberg mindset in a Google culture.”
Congratulations Ben and everyone involved on a tremendous STORY experience! Can’t wait to see where this goes in the months and years ahead.
How about you? Were you at Story? I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, ways to make it better, etc… Who are the creative voices you’d love to hear from?
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.