Weekend Reading 2-20-15

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What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

What blogs I am reading right now

Your Brain on Stories – Great post on the power of story and how it affects you. Thanks for the find @jonathancliff

If you develop tension in the story you will sustain attention.

If you sustain attention then it is more likely that the people
hearing the story will start to share the emotions of the main
characters in the story.
If people share the emotions of the main characters then they are

likely to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the characters when the
story is over.
Listening to a character story like this can cause oxytocin to be released.

And if oxytocin is released then it is more likely that people will

trust the situation and the storyteller and more likely that they will
take whatever action the storyteller asks them to take.

Grace and Race - Tim Keller nails it again such a great very short post on race.

“Thus Christians have a special test for racism. If racial differences are more important to you than differences in belief, you are acting as a racist.”

How To Raise An Adult@mattPerman tweeted out this book link – looks promising

In How to Raise an Adult, she draws on research, conversations
with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and
student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms
children and their stressed-out parents.

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains – Interesting take on the debate over screen time by the people at Lifehacker.

What you will miss about Orange Conference

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Orange conference is very nostalgic for me. It’s the place where I first met up with the people who have become some of my closest friends. It was the first really large conference I ever attended. 6 years ago and it feels like yesterday. I ended up going 3 years in a row as a blogger and haven’t been able to attend the last three years due to conflicts in my schedule.

I thought I would take a bit of a different take with this post and tell you the unique aspects I miss most about Orange after a three-year absence.

  1. The tribe – Each conference has their own Eco system of regular attenders. I will attend most of the other National conferences this year defiantly miss my friends at Orange.
  2. Reggie’s Keynote – Orange has some of the best and the brightest out there. For me every year I personally enjoyed Reggie’s keynote most. Reggie is a thinker and strategist. Every chance I get to talk to Reggie I am challenged.
  3. The show – The production value of everything that takes place at Orange conference is second to none. It is big, exciting and fun.
  4. Family ministry from the church side of things – In my experience every conference out there has something they do really well. I think the thing that Orange Conference does better than anyone is talk about family ministry from the church side of things. This isn’t all they do but in my mind it’s what they do best.

I have been saying this the past 3 years but next year I really hope I can come back to Orange. I miss my friends.

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Weekend Reading 2-13-2015

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What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

What blogs I am reading right now

No Grey Area – Kevin DeYoung Talks about he proper Christian response to the movie and book series 50 shades of grey. 

How to build a thriving Children’s Ministry in small town USA. - I love Dale Hudson’s passion for the local church. This post is both practical and encouraging. Our founding pastor attends Dales church. They do an amazing job I am grateful for Dale’s voice and the influence of Christ Fellowship on the church in America.

The Enemy of creativity… - Seth Godin can do more in blog post that is more like a pregnant tweet than many people can do in an entire book. (Also I think he is the only person still blogging on the typepad platform.) Great very short post on creativity.

President Obama and the problem of religious Conviction – Great post by Trevin Wax on the problem religious conviction. Trevin explains that our certainty in the truth can and will be offensive to our present day culture. Loved his statement – “you don’t deal with violent expressions of faith by pretending that confidence is the problem and content doesn’t matter.”

37 Android Apps, Free Streaming Sticks, Build your Nas, and More Deals – In the next few weeks I am switching over to an android phone – check out these free Android apps I will be.

This Crazy Simpsons Theory Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense - Thought this was interesting for the cartoon loving conspiracy theorists out there.

 

Weekend Reading 2-6-2015

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What books I am reading right now

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

What blogs I am reading right now

Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq – Completely heartbreaking. We must not avert our eyes from the suffering being inflicted on these innocents.

Hey Kids, the Frame of Your Soul Isn’t Meant for Fame – Beautifully written and profoundly true. Ann Voskamp dissects the crave for fame that is killing our kids.

Putting Sex in Perspective – Respect Kevin DeYoung’s perspective really looking forward to his new book on Homosexuality.

A Teenager’s View on Social Media – Interesting read I found from my friend Kenny Conley’s Blog.

5 tools I use at every conference.

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Conference season is starting to start-up in earnest. To be effective in any situation you need to have the right tools. I am not the most handy person when it comes to construction and renovation. If I have learned anything over the past 15 years of home ownership it’s the right tools make all the difference.

Here are a few of the tools I use at every conference I attend.