A Day in the Life

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  • 08:21 hangin at the Jax Downtown Library… 4th Floor – Grand Reading room… This is the way all Mondays should be… #
  • 08:47 Well, that didn’t last very long… time to go pick up my mother -in-law… #
  • 10:21 hangin’ at Panera corner of Beach and Hodges… #
  • 11:06 another client meeting slated for this evening… the fledgling business continues to stretch its wings… More info coming soon… #
  • 12:08 working on updates to blog… keep thinking about going self-hosted for the freedom , but I’m not sure I want to deal with backend costs… #
  • 12:25 lil kid running around Panera with pants down… I know that look on the mother’s face… my bride gives me that look… #
  • 17:03 after a brief visit to the casa, I have set up camp again at Panera… This time at Baymeadows and Southside… #
  • 17:43 headed into second client meeting of the afternoon… #
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It’s not the tools…

I love Norm Abram.  You know.  The guy from PBS.  Yeah, “This Old House” and “New Yankee Workshop”.

The guy is like a magician to me.  Most weekends I will get caught watching Norm talk his mysterious woodworking language, setting his table saw, and ripping through word with a silent confidence.

And, you know, when he’s done, he’ll have a beautiful piece of furniture or accomplished some great renovation.  It’s all very magical.

After every show, there is this little voice that says,”Well, if you had the right tools, you could produce results like that too!”. But deep down I know, it’s not the tools.

The tools are neutral.  It’s the vision and giftedness of the user that creates the end product.

Often, people hope to solve a problem (or expand a business, or achieve some other result) by acquiring new tools.

The real answer lies with Norm.  Find the person with the vision and the giftedness and see what they can do with the tools you already have.

Think about it.

While products and tools change, the only consistent thing has ever been Norm.

Catalyst (For the rest of us…)

Catalyst is one of those conferences you can always count on to push the envelope and bring you some of the freshest insights on the modern church.  And their next step will be even bigger.

Anne Jackson posts here about the next feature offered – Catalyst Backstage.  Here’s how she describes it…

CATALYST BACKSTAGE will feature off-the-cuff, LIVE, exclusive backstage videos with catalyst speakers (and surprise special guests), a completely live, interactive chat open 24/7 so you can chat with other catalyst attendees and discuss what you’re learning during the sessions as they are happening — all in ONE PAGE! we’ll also be pulling in catalyst twitters (#catalyst08 is the hash tag), and other catalyst webby goodness we find throughout the event.

For those of us who love the Catalyst podcasts and would love to be there but somehow can’t, this will be a tremendous way to take part in a small way.

BTW, if anyone would like to “help a brother out” and help me get to Catalyst, please contact me. I once heard somewhere that you have not because you ask not.  Thanks in advance!

A Day in the Life

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  • 13:58 fanatically practical message this morning about money… God’s desire for us is so much bigger! #
  • 14:34 trying not to watch the Jags play… think I may be the jinx… #
  • 14:36 Jags just made it on 4th and 8! Come on! #
  • 14:50 Jags – Texans going to overtime! Jags win the toss… #
  • 14:57 Scobee coming on to kick the game winner… Second week in a row! #
  • 14:58 Jags win in OVERTIME!! #
  • 15:02 thinking about having my 3 year old go as Sarah Palin for Halloween… #
  • 16:39 patching up #1 son after wipeout on the scooter… All pieces and parts accounted for… #

A Day in the Life

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  • 07:58 Okay, I’ll admit it… Didn’t watch most of the debate… But was seriously put off by Obama continually referring to McCain as "John"… #
  • 08:08 by some fluke I am up and showered and ready to go before 9 AM on a Saturday AM… #
  • 09:07 Paul Newman was the epitome of "cool" his entire life… #
  • 20:32 power was suddenly off… Good excuse to go out to eat… But at least I had gas… For the car, not because of dinner… #
  • 20:35 USC, Florida, and now Georgia? Looks like my Sooners will be the new #1… #
  • 22:16 with all of the football on I end up watching NOVA… Love me some NOVA… #
  • 22:32 SNL killing Palin right now…. #
  • 22:38 There should be some significant campaign contributions from the SNL cast to McCain… #
  • 22:50 YES!!! McCain vs. Obama pie eating in my town of J-ville! C’mon blueberry! #

Church Tech Camp

I had a chance to pop in and join the discussions at the first Church Tech Camp in LA yesterday.

So what is Church Tech Camp? From the website…

#churchtechcamp is a localized unconference for people of faith to gather and share their own best practices and “in the field” insights. More simply put – it is a place where we all are the expert, everyone has something to share, and we all have valuable experiences we can learn from.

It was great to see so many folks I’ve come to know online (okay, maybe more like stalk online) gathered in one place.  And sharing collective wisdom and insights helps everyone become better. You can find additional thoughts from these great folks:

Tony Steward: http://www.tonystewardblog.com/

Robert Yang: http://www.kindlejoy.com/

Rich Kirkpatrick: http://www.richkirkpatrick.com/

Cynthia Ware: http://thedigitalsanctuary.org/

Matt Singley: http://mattsingley.com

Even better, if you weren’t able to take part, you can still catch the conversations by clicking here.  It’s well worth the time, so make sure to visit when you get the chance.

P.S.  I would love to connect to others in the North Florida/South Georgia area who might be interested in getting together for something similar.  If you would like to take part, you can email me.  Look forward to it!

A Day in the Life

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  • 06:36 bribing my children to brush their teeth… #
  • 08:54 just heard from a pastor friend who is in a fight to keep the church property from the organization that is supposed to be "spiritual cover" #
  • 09:31 thanking God for divine appointments and connections… #
  • 13:11 lil girl has been picked up, groceries have been bought, and I have ten minutes peace before running to pick up the number one son… #
  • 14:42 Yes… But where did the lighter fluid come from? #
  • 14:59 David Blaine rant – johndarnell.wordpress.com – Sometimes it feels so good to get it out… #
  • 15:57 eating leftover salami soup… Darnell family secret recipe… #
  • 18:15 family movie night… watching The Incredibles… again… Thank God for Pixar… #