I am back from Exponential 2010. I produced the main sessions of the conference, and co-hosted with my pastor Dave Ferguson. It was pretty rockin'. Here is a video of the song we used to introduce Francis Chan, who spoke at the last session. A little backstory: Last Sunday, Francis Chan announced at his church that he and his family were leaving the church to start a new adventure in ministry, which might have something to do with inner city L.A. But since details were sketchy, it was a perfect time to ask him "what's up?"
This past week did not go how I planned it.
On Tuesday, in the middle of a meeting I lead, I was overcome with a flu bug and had to escape the room, to go home and toss and turn for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, I felt much better but was still in slow motion, so I stayed at home and occasionally pretended to type things on my computer.
Thursday, I don't remember what happened on Thursday.
Friday during the day went as planned. But we thought we were getting 5 bunnies for a video shoot and instead we got five gigantic adult rabbits that were bigger than most horses.
Friday night, and into Saturday morning, I was glued to the computer and through phone conversations realizing that my daughter's dance teacher had been killed in a horrible car/train accident.
Saturday from 3am on to around 2pm, I was at the School, helping, pastoring, doing whatever I could to get those wonderful people through this horrific tragedy.
Sunday we announced that we wouldn't be able to go into Wentz Hall in May for our downtown campus services the way we thought we would. We will have to wait until September.
Sunday I said goodbye to my grieving family and flew to Orlando. The second part of that sentence went as planned.
And today, I'm starting my work for the Exponential Conference, and the main sessions that I'll be producing. And it's my lovely wife's birthday. Happy Birthday Kristi! miss you!
Okay, that's the wrap up. Still trying to make sense of it all. How was your week?
The guys from South Park are writing a musical. To be staged on Broadway. About "The Book of Mormon." Wow. Read more here.
Hello all - well, the flu bug hit me yesterday, but that won't stop me today from commenting on the top nine, singing Elvis tunes. Here we go...
Crystal: "Saved" - Great opener. That song was right in her pocket.
Andrew: "Hound Dog" - This just didn't work. He's just about done.
Tim: "Can't Help Falling in Love" - very good. He isn't just a dreamboat after all...
Lee: "Little Less Conversation" - I generally don't care for this song. But Lee's got a good groove going on. Very Black Crowes.
Aaron: "Blue Suede Shoes" - "It's probably wrong in every possible way" - he said it, not me. How do you do this song and not wear blue shoes?
Siobhan: "Suspicious Minds" - Sleepy was the right word. Unless she's belting and beating the crap out of a song, she isn't interesting. So she gets there, but it's late.
Michael: "In The Ghetto" - Better than last week. I like him, i hope he gets through on the saving.
Katie: "Baby What do you want me to do" - good vocal, but still lacking spark.
Casey: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" - Very good but not covering any new ground here.
Looking forward to losing two tomorrow. I think that this season has lacked anyone who has exhibited the "IT factor" that Simon always talked about. Have you noticed how that part of the conversation is totally missing this year? Even Crystal, who is awesome, has dead eyes. Will be interesting to see who goes home. Peace all!
Yep. She did. Lady Gaga says she's celibate, and encourages her fans to be celibate as well. I don't write 'em, I just report 'em. Read the whole article here.
So George Harrison gets the shaft as the focus is on Lennon/McCartney. (Ringo?) And I'm really having trouble staying interested. But what are you gonna do. It's rough this year, but it's still no "Heroes, Season 3."
Here we go, I'll try this week to be as brief as I can.
Aaron: "Long and Winding Road" Shaky Muzak.
Katie: "Let It Be" Slightly less Muzak, but not by much.
Andrew: "Can't Buy Me Love" As an arrangement, it isn't bad. Closer to what I think is his personality. But is it a powerful vocal?
Michael: "Eleanor Rigby" This was hot. Like a Luther Vandross-Living Colour Mashup.
Crystal: "Come Together" Awesome.
Tim: "All My Lovin'" This is the best he's done.
Casey: "Jealous Guy" Very nice. Except for the end - it was like shave an a haircut without the
Siobhan: "Across the Universe" Someone should get fired for that feedback squeal. This lacked the intensity that she thought she was producing.
Lee: "Hey Jude" Why The Face are those bagpipes? Worst for him so far.
I think this is the week that Aaron goes home. That is all.