Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Divine Nobodies

I just got back from a customer-driven business trip for the soon to no longer be Knowledgeplanet. The trip's destination was Tulsa, OK to meet with PennWell. Not the point...

I'm not a big reader. I enjoy reading but I rarely have or make time for it, but a few months ago, my dear friend Gheorghe sent me a copy of Jim Palmer's book Divine Nobodies. On the plane ride there and back (via Chicago), I read the entire book. I couldn't put it down.

I identified with *some* of Jim's story, including his overactive and personally destructive drive to achieve and church getting in the way of knowing God. His book focuses on how God has used regular people to reach him. I wept at parts and was warmed by the truth of a God who loves us despite ourselves. Anyway, its a big recommendation on my list.

Thanks to Jim for writing it and to Gheorghe for being such a good friend - the kind that knows you well enough to help and talks to God enough to know what He thinks about it.

In case you're interested, you can buy the book here

Cheers - cause I'm so British,

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bono and DATA Receive Liberty Medal

As the profile says, I'm a big fan. Cre claims that I listen to more U2 than U2 could stand and in truth, I have an affinity for everything they've ever recorded. What the profile doesn't say is that I'm not just a fan of the music... I'm a big fan of what this flawed, finite, pop star is doing with his chief asset - his fame - to positively affect the least of these.

It's an f-ed up world we live in, but there's something that deeply resounds with the heart of God, with what true community and "Thy Kingdom Come" means by taking the assets we have and using them to truly do the work of God. Connecting us to our brothers and sisters in another part of the world challenges us all to use the gifts we have. (as God said to Moses in Exodus 4, "what is in your hand?")

Anyway, this year, Bono and DATA were honored with the Liberty Medal in an award ceremony held at Constitutional Center in Philly (Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are there). I encourage you to read the transcript or watch the video. Its a good, short, valuable digestion of information.

Watch the video

If you'd like to find a practical way to help, see my good friends at Forgotten Voices International, a NGO that works to serve the millions of children orphaned by AIDS and HIV in southern Africa.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Another cool video

Enjoy this top-notch lightsaber battle and then go check out Scott Vader Day Shift Manager.

You Tube rocks.