Just a moment in time… Q LA

Walking home from a film viewing tonight David and I saw a homeless (?) man going through a garbage can on the street corner. He looked pleased as he pulled a book from the trash. It was a Q group study booklet. The title was "Engaging Culture in a Post-Modern World." He put the book in his backpack and wandered off. There was something surreal about the moment. I'm still wondering what he thought about the message of the book.

Q LA Day One

If only you could see me now. I am sitting, staring, watching my computer screen do nothing. My mind looks like it has turned to mush, but it hasn't. Perhaps a better metaphor would be this: my mind is whirling the multi-colored wheel of overload that you see on your Mac sometimes. In my past experience that wheel of "death" as we call it in our house comes just before a major system shut down. Yes, that's an accurate metaphor.…

Epiphany: New York City and Q and a Pakistani

[caption id="attachment_1747" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="The Freedom Tower...still only about 2/3 of its eventual height!"][/caption] It was classic New York City: crossing the bridge into the city and watching the magnificent skyline against the perfect fall sky. I couldn't have scripted the ride any better. I pointed out a few of the landmark buildings to Kylie and Jillian, even though both of them had been here before and were pretty much ready to roll their eyes in my direction at any…

Q conference resources

just a quick resource for those who have been following the Q updates. The amazing Q team sent out an email with all the reources, links and ideas for follow up from Q. I would be happy to forward that email to anyone who wants it. Just leave a comment and I will forward it to you. What a great resource...thanks Gabe Lyons and all the Q team!

Q Conference 2010 Day 2 session one

Jonathan Merritt - "Creation Care and the Gospel" I really enjoyed Jonathan's presentation, which began with the premise that there were three relationships broken in the garden: our relationships with God, each other, and creation. Restoring the latter, our relationship with creation, is Jonathan's passion. He has written a book, Green Like God, Unlocking the Divine Plan for our Planet. I've already downloaded it on my phone and can't wait to read it! You can go here to learn more…

Blog stars, conference hoppers and me

Until I sat down to write just now, I didn't recognize the theme of my past two days. But God knew...it leaped out of my facebook pages and google readers, my twitter account and my website history. It came telephoned by my daughter at college and it came disguised by my youngest, dripping in teenage-ish-ness. It's so easy to lose sight of who you are! The course of life alternately seduces us with success or beats us up with some…

Generation Me Review: what do you want to be?

People are spending more and more time trying to make themselves a replica of what they see on TV. This is where you see "you can be anything" and reality collide -- right at the intersection of anxiety and depression. Jean M. Twenge "Generation Me" I've been reading Generation Me this past week, and every sentence has pierced my heart. Twenge is a researcher and also part of Genertation Me -- defined as anyone older than a child and younger…

Idea Camp: how will YOU impact the kingdom?

I've been watching a conference in California off and on this weekend. It is called Idea Camp, and it is a free (free!) conference to share ideas for impacting the kingdom. Charles Lee brought together some amazing speakers, and I'm sure that a few of them will be showing up here in the days to come! If you read this before the end of the day Saturday, you can watch the live feed here. As one little idea to ponder…

Simple Christmas…again

Simplicity of Christmas. Two words that belong together and yet are seldom experienced. Since writing my last post I've been flooded with "Me Too" comments on the blog, facebook and email. Apparently we are all being steamrolled by the season this year! But before we give up on the year, let's stop and take a deep breath. There are signs of sanity returning everywhere. I shared my discouragement with you yesterday. Today I will share why I am encouraged. I…

What blogs do I read?

I thought it would be fun to take a tour of some of my cyber friends. A little link love for a change. I know it's weird to call people I've never met friends, but I do. Here are some of mine, and what I have learned from them. Boo Mama writes a fun, lighthearted and zippy blog. What I've learned from Boo Mama: be yourself! People enjoy your personality, miss Boo Mama, and that's what keeps them coming back…

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