6/14/2006

Willow Creek Arts Conference: Day 2...

Dude...I am tired. Today was very packed with amazing and awesome things. For instance, I ran into a great guy that I went to college with and caught up on old times over a completely gross chicken salad thing. The funniest part of that was that I said to some members of our team, "I'm surprised that I haven't run into anyone that I know yet." Mere Seconds after this utterance, he passed in front of me. Here are a few other things:

The amazing picture you see at the top of this post is actually a guy leaning over a light box, being filmed from above, and "painting" with sand. That's right, nothing but playground sand and his hands. This dude made some Uh-mazing pictures too. The one above is Jesus on the cross. (I know, I know. Bad photographer.) But the sweetest thing of all is that he would make one picture, then cover it with a little more sand and immediately go into making another right over the first one! Simply stunning...

Today's first session featured Dan Allender. He's the president and professor of counseling at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, WA. A couple of years ago he wrote a book called Bold Love. I totally recommend it as a resource to help sort through how to really love others, even when they're doing their best to murder you emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, or...otherwise. But, I have to say that he kind of lost me today. Maybe it's the lack of sleep. Maybe it was the giant breakfast at IHOP. Maybe it was his soothing, baritone voice gently inviting me to fall into the sweet embrace of an all embracing slumber. I'm not sure. But, super funny at parts, super jam-packed with content at others. He mainly spoke about it's important that we, as leaders, do our best to remain humble and human for the benefit of our teams.

-P.S. There was a lady behind me during this session whose laugh was so loud and weird that it was almost all I could do to not turn around and ask her to record it on my phone to make it my ringer. It kind of sounded like a doll that you have to pull the string in the back to make it make some type of noise. But then, something on the string catches...

Today's second session featured Ralph Winter. I blogged about how excited I was about him being here a couple of days ago. He was one of the few reasons that I really wanted to come to the Arts Conference. And, I would like to say that he was totally worth it. He had some awesome things to say on management from the perspective of a guy who feels it his life's work to serve others in a artistic industry that is mostly driven by the wrong things. We got lots of sweet behind the scenes info on X-Men, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Fantastic Four 2. He also announced that he is hard at work on a movie version of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Including that he has asked Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Anthony Hopkins to all be involved!

For the third session, we were rocked by Kenneth Ulmer. He's the pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, CA. His church bought the LA Forum, where the Lakers used to play. Everytime I hear this guy, I get totally pumped. Today he talked about being thankful and praising God, even through the difficult times because God has given us everything we need. I love hearing this guy speak, and today, loved seeing him. Why, you may ask? Because I think I found his body double:



That's right, Isaac from The Love Boat!

But, I digress...

This session also included a worship set by Charlie Hall and his band. Awesome songs. Awesome musicians (especially the drummer). Awesome goatee.

The evening was concluded by eating true Chicago Deep Dish at Gino's East. Now, when I say Sausage Pizza, I want you to understand that the whole pizza was covered with one sausage pattie. Uh-Mazing! My stomach was rocked...hard. But, it was totally worth it.

So, tomorrow is another full day, this time filled with breakout sessions on various topics. Oh, and I get to see Superman Returns! I love this conference...

1 comment:

Kurt Johnston said...

Charlie Hall's body double: That bald Chris dude from American Idol.