Tuesday, June 29, 2010

STORY Chicago, Don't Miss It!

Last year I drove 5 hours in my little Honda Civic to attend an event my friend Ben Arment was hosting called STORY. It was amazing and completely different from any event/conference I have ever attended. The venue was top notch, the speakers inspiring, the arts/creativity off the charts, and the people spectacular.

This year Ben is taking it up a notch and putting together something incredible for what he calls "the creative class in ministry." You owe it to yourself and your church to take 10 minutes to check out the website and consider joining the limited amount of people who will be attending this terrific event.

Here's more info...


Sept 23-24
Chicago, IL

STORY is a conference for the creative class in ministry on September 23-24, 2010 at Park Community Church in downtown Chicago. The purpose is to fuel the church's artists, writers and producers in communicating the greatest story ever told. You’ll hear from some of the best creative practitioners in both ministry and the marketplace, from filmmakers and authors to actors and musicians. Presenters include:

# Dan Allender - best-selling author, professor at Mars Hill Graduate School
# Charlie Todd - creator of Improv Everywhere in New York City
# Princess Zulu - AIDS victim from infancy, advocate for the oppressed
# Jason Fried - founder of 37Signals, creator of Basecamp, author of Rework
# John Sowers - president of Donald Miller's The Mentoring Project
# Shauna Niequist - former creative director at Mars Hill, author of Bittersweet
# David Hodges - formerly of the band Evanescence, award-winning songwriter
# Leonard Sweet - futurist, author of 40 books, professor at Drew University
# David McFadzean - creator of Home Improvement, producer of Roseanne
# Richard Walter - accomplished screenwriter and professor of film at UCLA
# Sean Gladding - member of Communality, a new monastic community
# Andrew Klavan - author of True Crime (Clint Eastwood) and numerous novels
# Gary Dorsey - founder of Pixel Peach Studio in Austin, TX
# Music by Vicky Beeching, Kari Jobe and Carlos Whittaker

Seating is limited to just 500 attendees, and the event is scheduled on a Thursday and Friday so you can enjoy the weekend in the city. Following its inaugural event in 2009, STORY is now a two-day, main-stage event with no breakouts or workshops; just an intimate audience with the top creative minds. You’ll be able to ask questions during the event and continue the conversation after it's over. Visit www.storychicago.com.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

10 Things Grandma's Marathon Taught Me About Christian Living

1. Everyone needs to go at their own pace
2. It helps to have people cheering you on along the way
3. You have to do it for yourself and your own reasons
4. It is more fun when you do it with someone
5. Fueling up often during the race is essential
6. Pushing through the suffering produces amazing things
7. Stay focused on the finish line
8. Not quitting is a choice that is made more than once
9. Training builds the foundation for endurance
10. Your example inspires others

Friday, June 18, 2010

Track My Marathon Progress

Verizon Wireless proudly presents runner tracking via text messaging and email. Starting Monday, June 7 you can sign-up to track your favorite runner as he or she runs Grandma's Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Their progress will be sent to you via email or text message (you choose) periodically throughout the race and you'll be notified when they cross the finish line!

You can signup for this service by logging onto www.GrandmasMarathon.com starting June 7 or by stopping by the Verizon Wireless booth at the SMDC Health System Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday and Friday, June 17-18. Sign-up will end at 6 p.m. on June 18.

In addition to funding the runner tracking services, Verizon Wireless is the presenting sponsor of the results tent located in the runners’ recovery area where volunteers will help runners look up their results after the race, and print out a receipt that contains their split times and finishing time.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Lord Told Me

There's a phrase in Christian circles that freaks me out. It is the that phrase begins with the words "The Lord told me.....". I've been a part of way too many crazy conversations with people telling me that the Lord told them to do this or that and I'm thinking to myself, "Seriously?"

Now, I believe the Lord speaks to his people, but there's a huge red flag that goes up whenever "the Lord told me" card gets played. I often think of the verse 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." There are false prophets in the church, wolves another verse calls them (Mt 7:15, Acts 20:29), who you fancy words and the strength of an appeal to God's direction to lead innocent sheep to slaughter.

God does speak. But we are called to be discerning. Test the spirits. Beware of wolves.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Izzy story #156

Stephanie told me about something Izzy said last week. Stephanie was talking with the neighbor girl about the importance of sunscreen. She asked the neighbor why you use sunscreen, to which the girl replied, "So you don't get a sunburn." Izzy, as usually is the case, overheard and butted in, "No. You use it because otherwise you will get sun cancer and die!" And then she walked away satisfied in setting everyone straight.

That's my Izzy bear.