Archive for the ‘Podcasting’ Category
About three or four years ago, I began reading and studying the lives of many of the great forefathers, foremothers, leaders, and saints of the church. People like Blaise Pascal, Thomas Merton, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, Thomas a Kempis, Augustine, Julian of Norwich, George Fox, John of the Cross, and others.
As I’ve studied and learned from these people’s lives, I’ve noticed my own faith journey take on a richer and more substantial depth – for probably two reasons: One, I was raised in a Pentecostal environment that tended to put a much heavier focus on what God was doing “now” as opposed to what God had done hundreds of years ago.
Secondly, the more I’ve learned and studied these great followers of Jesus, the more I’ve come to realize that the majority of them have struggled with many similar challenges that so many of us struggle with in regards to our faith today. Imagine that! As young, emerging leaders, our struggles and challenges with faith, church, humanity, and God are really not as unique as we might be tempted to think they are.
Now of course, are some of these people controversial? Yes, of course they are! And for most of them, more so today than when they were alive. To the fundamentalists, that’s a problem. To me, it’s actually quite an encouragement.
All this to say that this weekend we are starting a new series at The Orchard entitled, “Prayers of the Saints”. The series was inspired by a music project of the same name that I discovered about a year ago from the folks at Trinity Anglican Mission (formerly Trinity Vineyard) in Atlanta. The project is a series of prayers from various saints that have been turned into songs. You can purchase the album via iTunes here.
Over these next few weeks we are going to sing, pray, and learn from these prayers. I can’t wait. They are both personally challenging and theologically rich. We’d love for you to join us. Or you can follow along via The Orchard’s podcast here.
I spend a lot of time in my car and am typically doing one of two things while driving – talking on the phone or listening to podcasts. Taking advantage of podcasts while driving is a no brainer for me. It’s like keeping a book with me all the time – because you never know when you’ll have a few minutes to catch up on some reading.
Anyway… Here are a few podcasts that I’m subscribed to right now, including a couple that I’m "trying out":
Imago Dei Community Podcast (Rick McKinley)
Mars Hill Bible Church (Rob Bell)
Mars Hill Church Sermon Audio (Mark Discoll)
Mosaic (Erwin McManus)
NPR: Selected Shorts
The Orchard Podcast (This one is amazing… )
The RELEVANT Podcast
Rick Warren’s Ministry Podcast
This American Life
How about you? Which podcasts are you listening to and would recommend checking out?
Tim Stevens and Kem Meyer recently interviewed me for the Countdown2Innovate Podcast that is counting down the weeks to Innovate 2007 in Granger, Indiana. We had a great time talking about change and innovation as well as Tim’s infamous cheerful smile.
BTW – click here for more info on Innovate 2007. It’s going to be a great time. Hope you are planning to be there.
This is weird… I’m blogging from our auditorium at The Orchard right now during our 10:45am gathering. Don’t get to do that very often! My friend Mark Miller is here speaking today. Mark is the author of Experiential Storytelling and the former lead pastor of NewSong Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mark’s talk is on "grace" today. In fact, our band did the U2 song, "Grace", before his talk. Incredible lyrics…
Grace, she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name
Grace, it’s the name for a girl
It’s also a thought that changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness in everything
Grace, she’s got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She’s got the time to talk
She travels outside of karma
She travels outside of karma
When she goes to work
You can hear her strings
Grace finds beauty in everything
Grace, she carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because Grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things
Grace makes beauty out of ugly things
Mark’s talk will be available here in the next day or two…
This morning, on my way to the airport, I listened to an intriguing podcast from the 2005 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference by a woman named Janine Benyus. Janine is science writer and a lecturer on environmental issues.
The focus of her 18 minute talk was, "12 sustainable design ideas from nature." In her talk, Benyus gave some amazing examples of biomimicry (the way humans mimic nature in the products we build and the systems we implement.)
Here are a few snippets from her talk:
- The fins of a whale have tubercles on them which have been mimicked on the edge of an airplane resulting in a 32% increase in efficiency.
- There is a sea sponge that has a natural fiber optic at its base that actually works better than ours and are so flexible that they can be tied into a knot.
- People are mimicking the energy harvesting device inside of purple bacterium.
- There’s a company making a product that goes on the outside of a building that when that building facade paint dries, it mimics the bumps in a self cleaning leaf and rain water cleans the building.
- There is a beetle that pulls water out of fog and a pill bug that pulls water out of air.
- There is a muscle in the ocean that is connected to a rock by threads that begin to dissolve after two years. What could this mean for package degradation? Packaging that is good until you don’t need it anymore and then dissolves on cue.
Interesting stuff… And it’s amazing what we can learn by just observing and watching nature do its thing and by integrating the expertise of scientists to influence everything from design to technology.
I loved Benyus’ quote at the end of her talk:
"These organisms have figured out a way to do the amazing things they do while taking care of the place that is going to take care of their offspring."
Watch Benyus’ talk here.