Xanga Post Friday October 7, 2005

I'm trying out a new look that I don't really like.  However, I'm still learning how to make all the changes.  So, eventually I will think of a look that I do like and will be able to change it.

I'm still currently in Atlanta at Catalyst.  This has been the best tradeshow ever.

I started off the day by listening to Andy Stanley, pastor of Northpoint.  He was refreshing and actually talked about things I wasn't sure I'd hear at Catalyst.  His focus was on the integrity of a leader and measuring that against the law, principles, and wisdom of God.

I later heard a sermon from Louie on, what else, worship.  However, it might be the best Louie sermon I've heard.  He was just on and saying some things that really resonated with a lot of my own approach to worship and worship planning.  He basically differentiated between being a consumer worshipper and a consumee worshipper.  To illustrate this he used a helium balloon and a candle respectively.  The balloon just keeps consuming the helium to become fatter and fatter 'til it explodes.  The candle, on the other hand, is consumed itself by the fire.  It was great.

After lunch, it was time for Donald Miller's session.  The whole room was lit up blue and they set up a jazz band in the middle of the room on a separate stage who played for awhile.  There was a sweet sax feature as well as a woman who blew the place away with her rendition of "At Last."  Then a guy appeared on the main stage with the Catalyst band and belted "Georgia On My Mind."  It was amazing.  Then Lanny Donohoe ruined the whole thing by doing this stupid bit with him in a blue zoot suit.  But it was all fun.  Then Donald Miller spoke.  He was great.  Like his books.  Witty, honest, and refreshing.  He also used some great scripture and intellect to back up what he was saying.  He could have gone on for a lot longer and I also think the crowd would have allowed it.  We like nothing more than a trendy Christina celebrity.  However, I really like this guy.  Part of me doesn't want to because it's trendy to like him.  But I really do.  As pretentious as this sounds, I see some of myself in him.  So I decided to go have him sign my copy of Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance.  After standing in line for almost twenty-five minutes our short exchange went like this:

Kinsley:  (placing down his copy of Donald Miller's out-of-print-newly-rereleased book)  Hey, man.  I thought I'd go old school on you.

Donald Miller:  Hey, I'm glad to see one of these little things still floating around.

Kinsley:  Yeah, I thought you might be sick of signing Blue Like Jazz.

Donald Miller:  (Laughing)  Yeah.

Kinsley:  Well, I don't want to be that guy... I just wanted to say I think I like you.  Thanks.

Donald Miller:  Thanks.  It was nice to meet you.

That's how it went.  So, I went and bought Searching for God Knows What

Later they premiered ten minutes of never-before-seen footage from the new Narnia movie.  It was flown over on the red eye straight from Disney.  I teared up.

The day ended not so great when we went to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose and I got sick from the Japanese food we ate for dinner.  I threw up in the bathroom during the possession scene and watched the rest of the movie standing to the side of the seats so my stomach wouldn't cramp.  Awesome.

Tomorrow has a lot to live up to.  Erwin's first.  I might grab Randy and try to corner him to talk about tour.  Wish me luck.  No, seriously.  Thanks.  I feel better already.

xangaChris Kinsley