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":
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
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."
I don't typically promote my weekend talks or podcast via my blog, but I want to share my talk with you from this past weekend at The Orchard where we are currently in a series entitled, "Confessions of a blue jean wearin', Starbucks addicted pastor."
My "confession" this past weekend was:
"I don't like [MOST] Christians."
Above is a video we showed during the talk
illustrating the huge gap that exists between people's perception of
"Jesus" and their perception of "Christians." We taped the interviews a couple of week's ago on the near north side of Chicago. It's a pretty intriguing video...
The talk went great and the feedback that I have been getting from people who were there or have listened to the podcast has been outstanding. In the talk, I shared some really revealing (and bothersome) stats that I picked up from a talk given by David Kinnaman at Q a couple of weeks ago. I also shared a great illustration that I picked up from Dan Kimball's book entitled, They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations. Great book....
Anyway... Pretty eye opening stuff. ESPECIALLY for people who might not be "in tune" with the perceptions that young outsiders have of Christians and the Church. Here are some download links if you are interested:
This past weekend my friend, Ted Egly and I shared a talk on "friendship" for our MYSPACE series. Man, it was a blast!!
We talked about the journey of our own friendship and how we have learned to work through various times of conflict and challenges in our own relationship. I'm convinced that part of the reason Ted and I are such good friends today is because of our decision early on in our friendship to intentionally work through those times of conflict and to keep our communication lines wide open at all times.
I'm thankful for our friendship and was glad we had the opportunity to collaborate together on this. The response was tremendous and as always, we had a lot of great laughs!
I have a blog stalker. At least that's what he calls himself. And I feel honored!
His name is Carlos Whittaker and he is the Worship & Arts pastor at a great church in Riverside, CA called Sandals. Carlos seems like a cool dude - I'm diggin' his blog, his tattoos and his killer glasses.
Anyway - Carlos had some nice things to say about scotthodge.org on his latest podcast. Totally blew me away! He's also trying to get me to whip out another podcast, but after listening to his I'm feeling a little intimidated! :)
A week or two ago I finally figured out how to get my iPod to sync correctly with iTunes, so now I'm subscribing to a handfull of podcasts. Here's my current subscription list. Some update daily, others weekly.