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:
I’ve gotta be honest... I am blown away at the caliber of people God has surrounded my life with. I'm serious. The leaders, pastors, entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, etc... who I've had the opportunity to get to know and become friends with over the years is something that I am so grateful for!
One of those people is a very new friend of mine by the name of Dave Gibbons. Dave is....umm...let's see. Well let me just paste in what Zondervan says about him:
Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Dave while at The Idea Camp in Irvine, CA. In fact, not only did I have the privilege of spending some time learning from Dave, but SOMEHOW......I also found myself sitting between him and Eugene Cho during a Leadership Q&A session at Idea Camp! That was quite an honor... (even though he made me eat this.)
SO ANYWAY....with all that said, there’s two things I want to tell you about:
DAVE'S BOOK. The Monkey and the Fish. I read a lot of books, but seldom do I read one twice. I'm already half way through my second reading...
It’s hard to describe how much I have found myself resonating with Dave’s heart through his book. Plus, watching how God is using him, not just in SoCal, but also in places like Bangkok, India, London, Mexico City, and multiple other cities, is stretching and challenging me in some unbelievable ways. (You can read about my visit to NewSong Bangkok here.)
THE VIDEO. The other thing I want you to know about is this video interview recorded last weekend by Eugune Cho (who you also need to get to know...).
On a side note, Dave will be speaking at this year’s Leadership Summit at Willowcreek.
Lastly, here’s some linkage.
Get to know Dave Gibbons folks.
Tags: Bangkok, Dave Gibbons, Eugune Cho, Idea Camp, Leadership, Leadership Summit, NewSong, Scott Hodge, The Monkey and the Fish, Zondervan
Anthony Bourdain is hangin' in South Asia right now. Kinda jealous. Especially after what I just saw outside on my driveway. Several inches.
Apple Insider's review of the new Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones. I hate the standard headphones that they give with the iPhone and iPod. C'mon, whose ears are shaped for those things???
Ben Arment has some good conversation happening on "mission statements" VS. "mantras."
Found this new site. If you're into design it's worth checking out.
Just downloaded a Christmas album called Advent Songs. It's a nice, eclectic mix from the folks at Sojourn Music. And it's free if you tell five people!
My foot is asleep right now. Hate that...
Watch & hear Sol Sender talk about how they designed President Elect Obama's campaign logo. Fellow Chicago folks btw.
I have no idea why I thought of this, but did you know they have Shakey's Pizza in Tokyo? I remember walking through the Takeshita-dori district (I think...) and seeing one. For some reason that blew my mind. Apparently, they're all over there. Anywho.
To bed I go. G'nite.
I'm sitting in my office getting ready to go out and speak at our 10:45am service, so I thought I'd throw out a bunch of stuff that's spinnin' in my head. It's been a while.... Plus, I noticed that I received the hatchet on Ben's blogroll. So I figured I better blog again SOON. :)
Ok, with all that said....it's time to go teach! Have a great Sunday!
Tags: Aaron Escamilla, Barack Obama, Ben Arment, Dream Center, Illinois, Peoria, President, Related Leaders, Riverside Community Church, Scott Hodge
Pastor, Central Christian Church, Las Vegas
Spending time in NY... Felt really small. In LV, feels the same way....
Standing in front of huge casino......realized.....the culture war is over. WE LOST!
It was so liberating because began to envision new ways of engaging culture...impacting people.
Culture war - as defined in 80’s and 90’s by religious conseravtives was a posture towards/against our culture. That bred moral superiority.... “We’re right - you're wrong” attitude.
The posture we take towards culture:
A posture of grace over judgment.
Religious leaders were the ones that ultimately put boundaries and walls up...
To be spiritual and mature is to be approachable. And to the level I am approachable to those outside the faith defines the level of my maturity.
Jesus was MOVED w/ compassion. Posture yourself......in all channels of influence....grace over judgment as you interact w/ other people.
Began seeing himself as a dream champion. Finding entrepreneurs, artists, etc... And releasing them! To GO into the culture where they work and live in and transform it from the inside out....
It’s relational....life on life.
Do you know the dreams of the people in your church?
A posture of love over inaction.
1 Cor 13 - love, defined not so much as a feeling, but as an action.
Not so much love against hate, but love against inaction.
Are you empowering people to love?
Incredible stories of business leaders in his church who are having powerful impact on local culture. It took a church community that would release and empower him.
A posture of truth over inauthenticity.
Bible talks about being TRUE. “in the truth” “Living in the truth” “being FILLED with truth”
If you give people GRACE and then show them love, they begin to trust you and once they trust you, you can tell them the truth. And once you give them truth, they trust you more and more.
The world is looking for people who will be authentic in a COMPLETE way and make a difference with their actions.
Biblical truth over inauthenticity.
The Bible is clear that there is such a thing as truth. We can wrestle w/ how we apply it, wrestle w/ it, etc... But at the end of the day, my goal is to lead people to the truth - Jesus Christ.
Conversation doesn’t end here. Keep it going.... Let’s find new ways to help people experience that door and be changed from the inside out.
Student of media and culture...Worked w/ Porsche...
"Gospel of Porsche"
“The medium is the message.”
“The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb.” Marshall McLuhan
The medium IS the message.
Christianity is FUNDAMENTALLY a communication event....God revealing himself to the world.
How you understand communication is how you understand God.
Printing Press - assembly line....from how we make cookies to build cars.
Affected everything that followed - including architecture. Why pews were invented after printing press....
Didn’t just affect our physical space, radically altered our imagination. Changed to a very simple linear sequential formula.
Apologies for sin + Believe in Jesus = Go to heaven.
What is the impact of the DIGITAL AGE? HUGE question....
Between 1840-1890 - slew of uninterrupted inventions that changed the communication structure of the west. They all harnessed power of electricity. Electronic age.
Chief invention - photograph. Gave birth to image based culture in the west.
Image reduces our capacity for abstract thought.
“The boy is sad” - words on screen. What is the affect? Not much....
Image of little boy crying - what is the affect? If you’re human, you’d say it makes me sad.
Same content - 2 different media. Radically different influence.
Pictures worth a thousand words - problem w/ statement assumes that these two mediums are interchangeable. They’re not - fundamentally different forms of discourse.
“The boy is sad” - a sequential statement., rational, abstract, left-brain
Image - intuitive, concrete, right-brain
What happens if we move to image mode of communicating? It begins to reshape consciousness of our civilization. We become right-brained. From left brain linear sequence to holistic intuitive experience.
CT asking... “Is our gospel too small?”
That question would have been unthinkable in print age. Is it too compressed? Too small? Now, we start using words like “holistic” “concrete incarnation”..... All of this is a consequence of image based culture.
None of this is a surprise to God.
Reason God used so many creative medium to convey his revelation - Burning bush, donkey, etc... Ultimate medium for God’s revelation found in the person of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Christ, the medium and message are perfectly united. If Christ is perfect medium and we are the body of Christ, what does that say about us?
It says that YOU are the message. Not what you say, but who you are.
We are the gospel message.
This gospel, this message can reach through the darkest suffering to bring about infinite reconciliation and redemption.