Category "Video"

Maybe We Should Talk To Strangers

I’m a typical Seattleite—polite, but in a distancy-kind-of-way. Definitely not chatty. Socially cocooned.

Whenever I read about the Seattle Freeze, I get it… I mean I really get it. But maybe we should talk to strangers.

That’s the conclusion I’m arriving at after watching Kio Stark’s TED Talk.

Here are my favorite lines from Why You Should Talk to Strangers:

“There are… huge benefits to using our senses instead of our fears. The first one is that it liberates us. When you think about it, using perception instead of categories is much easier said than done. Categories are something our brains use.”

When it comes to people, it’s sort of a shortcut for learning about them.

“We see male, female, young, old, black, brown, white, stranger, friend, and we use the information in that box. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a road to bias. And it means we’re not thinking about people as individuals.”

Also—that description she used, “civil inattention,” um, wow. And ouch.

Her line about how “a dog or baby is social conduit” is funny and true.

I especially loved the part about how “we tend to meet disclosure with disclosure, even with strangers.”

Basically, I’m thinking the Seattle Freeze could use some… Read More

This Was The Year

Today is the first day of September. My daughter is off for her first day of high school. Yesterday, she picked up her driver’s permit.

On Sunday, I begin a new series at the church called, “A Year of_______________.”

The start of a new year (whether academic or calendar) usually has us thinking about goals and changes we’d like to make.

Norwegian jazz artist Ine Hoem has a song about expectations for a new year… it’s… Read More

Wind of God

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This is the sermon bumper from Sunday’s message – part 2 in our Untamed series, “Sails Up, The Wind Is Blowing.” It’s one of my favorites. Kinda felt like there was no need to preach after it – it would have been enough just to let that sink in…

Video & sound editing—Shaun Jones-Morford, voice… Read More

Just For The Friday Fun Of It

I haven’t done one of these for a little while – so here’s something just for the Friday fun of it…

 

1. Sleepy Steve—A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.

 

2. Voicemail From Grandma—She has an… Read More

Friday Is For Fun (& Delicious Food)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something just for fun on a Friday and that is kinda like a warning light on my dashboard of life… indicating that I better lighten up or something is gonna break, burn, or fall apart. And nobody wants that, so c’mon, let’s have some fun!

Here’s some fun, happy stuff that made me smile (and think about delicious food):

1. Scottish dad’s conversation with his daughter about boyfriends.

John Tierney decided to lay down some ground rules in a recent conversation with his four-year-old daughter Grace. He then posted the 30 second clip to Twitter, where it was shared by Scottish comedian Limmy (who has nearly 200,000 followers).

John, 37, said the conversation started when Grace waved at two boys who were walking past the car.

He said: “I joked that she should… Read More

Michael Hidalgo On The Descent

Our last sermon series at church was called DESCENT. It was one of my favorites – I really loved addressing themes like “honoring doubt,” and “cultivating creativity” and “embracing pain.”

Pastor Michael Hidalgo, in this 2 minute video, does an excellent job of summarizing the path of DESCENT that Jesus leads us on…

You have this person of Jesus who 2,000 years later is still compelling to a western world that’s based on a path of ascent. And yet, He’s reversed that entire thing.

“…that’s the mystery that’s contained in the heart of God and is displayed in the person of Jesus… that death brings life, that losing wins, that being… Read More