Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is it an experience if I don't Twitter about it?

I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Catalyst One Day event in Granger, IN. The conference featured Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.TV and Andy Stanley from Northpoint.

During the entire conference: the singing, the teaching, the breaks, and the activities I observed people on iphones and laptops Twittering away...

I like Twittering. It is my new favorite way to "blog" and stay in the loop. I twitter somewhat regularly.

However, I thought it was a little obscene to see guys sitting down engrossed in thumb tapping what was happening while others stood and participated. I may be WAY judgemental on this, but I wonder how much we miss in our attempt to share what is going on.

Remember that question: "if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it - does it still make a sound?" Today's version could be: "am I really having an experience if I am not twittering about it?

I like to share what is going on and what I'm thinking with friends. In fact it really makes the experience come alive. But, are we in danger of missing the experience in front of our noses as we enter the tech universe? I guess you could say that it creates a whole new experience. Fair enough. But, I wonder if our addiction to technology creates more of a loss of experience than it provides?


All in more than 140 characters!

PS - I still like Twitter and think it rocks so join the journey if you'd like and follow me at: Twitdeur. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blocked Content: Offensive

I like Facebook. It was made for someone like me. I'm a sentimental freak. I like catching up with old friends and getting a whiff of their current life.

I also like to share things that I care about with folks on facebook.

One really cool website that provides outstanding perspective is: Global Rich List. I love this site because when we as American's talk about needing more money and stuff it is obscene - especially as we reflect on the world around us... often as close as our own city.

So - I wanted to let people know about this site, but it was repeatedly blocked. Apparently users thought it was offensive. So it got me to thinking...

Who would block a site to reveal where you stand economically in the world?

I think it comes down to what people think the motivation of the site is. As you look at the site it becomes obvious (at least if you land in the top % of incomes) that it is about thinking differently about money, being rich, spending, and the impact you can make in the world with the blessings you have.

So - why think this is offensive?

Could some people think it is deflating for people who aren't in the top percentages to see where they stand? So are some people thinking the site hurts people's feelings?

Could some people think it is a site to puff up rich folk - to make everyone feel better about themselves and be filled with self-pride?

Could some people think we should not be challenged to think about how incredibly blessed many of us are here in the USA? Block it because it makes me feel guilty?

What do you think? Have you tried it?

Filthy Rich,

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tell him he's dreaming...

One of my favorite movies is "The Castle" from Australia. Here is a montage of some clips of Daryl John Kerrigan.

What's a pulpit?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Round and Round We Go...

We gathered in "the round" today. Here is a pic of me chatting from the center about generosity. BRAD took this picture.

I thought doing it in the round was a nice change.
We've done it before, but not like this...

The benefits for us:
> It was an easy change to make that added some excitement.
> It got everyone out of their usual routine and seats.
> The band was behind us which reminded us that worship music isn't performance.
> People got to see people in a different setting.
> The room felt more cozy and warm.
> The sound was great.
> Everyone facing the center was an image of putting God at the center of our $.

The downsides for us:
> Sone people didn't like to be looked at during the singing.
> I had to concentrate more on where I looked as I spoke so I didn't spin.
> Everyone at some point had to look at my backside - maybe that is a benefit.
> Took a bit longer to set the room up.

Overall it was a great morning because the Spirit of God seemed to be moving and we focused on Jesus.

Anyways - great work by Brad and the band and all the folks who worked behind the scenes to set it up, design it, and make things happen for people to connect with God in a new way.

Saw Bond tonight and loved it,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Showing Up

A friend of mine uses the phrase, "Showing Up." I like that phrase. As a follower of Jesus I think this phrase fits who I am supposed to be and what I'm supposed to do.

Jesus showed up - "The Word became flesh and lived among us for a while..." I like this about Jesus - He comes down - He comes to us - He wraps Himself with flesh and blood. He shows up.

Jesus showed up while He lived among us - He didn't come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus showed up in His actions and met practical and spiritual needs. He forgave people, loved them, fed them, healed them, and gave His very life for them.

How can the church (the Body of Jesus) show up in this season of financial difficulties? What if the church was known for radical generosity? What if we showed up to meet practical needs around us - with our skills, our cash, and our lives?

I like the end result that Jesus talks about... 'People will see your good deeds and will praise God.' Meeting needs - showing up - doing good - leads to people giving thanks and praise to God.


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The world gets more and more bite sized and fast.

Over five years ago I started this blog. When I started I enjoyed sitting down and giving updates on my life, what I was experiencing, and sharing things that where on my mind and heart. Many of the earlier posts were longer... The word "rant" started to creep into the vocabularies of bloggers.

I have to admit that I would much rather check in on someone through TWITTER or Facebook for quick updates or thoughts now.

So - as this blog morphs into something else in the future (trying to figure that out still) - I encourage you to join the TWITTER universe and follow me here.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Today I humbly announce that I am running for President of the United States in 2024.
I ask for your prayers, your support, and all the money you can start raising. :)

Just kidding - kind of,
Have a great election day,