Culture charcuterie
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[dropcap] T [/dropcap]he week started directing traffic and meeting guests at church in Chattanooga at 9:30. It continued with a road trip to my alma mater, Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Back to Chatt. In town for a day. Now, I'm sitting in Fort Worth, enjoying the 70 degree sunshine on the back porch of some friends, walking through an exercise called Rhythms of Silence and Solitude. The challenge is still happening, though none of my writing this week has made it over to the interwebs just yet. I know, you've been so worried!

Though my output hasn't been stellar, I have been consuming a ton of information. You've probably already stumbled across these gems from this week, but if you haven't, take a look! We're calling this Culture Charcuterie. Just like a good Olive, Meat, and Cheese Plate you can pick and choose which one you'd like!

GOD ACTUALLY SPOKE TO ME - Author Tim Challies brilliantly hits the nail on the head when it comes to hearing God. With the popularity of Jesus Calling and the general use of "God spoke to me" I really appreciate Tim's approach in this blog post.

MODERN EDUCASHYN  I watched this while on the plane yesterday. The guy beside me was freaking out a little bit. I had my earbuds activated, but he could still hear. Kay Arthur, while speaking to Liberty University students in convocation, talked about the generation that gets an award for just showing up. This short video takes it to a whole new level.

ACTS 29 DALLAS - Many of my pastor friends from around the country are in Dallas right now too! In fact, I'm trying to squeeze in as much time with them as possible while we're all here. They're here for the Acts 29 Dallas Conference. The Conference is on Being Healthy Leaders. I've enjoyed the content and the Periscopes from Pastor Darrin Patrick too.

CHATTANOOGA STRONG - On Veterans day I watched this video. Later that day, while driving to church, I realized that I was passing the places where the Chattanooga Five sacrificed their lives. Peyton Manning is a beast on the field and off the field. His home is in Chattanooga. He invests in the city. He loves Tennessee. He has been winning a lot of games. Check out this video to see why he continues to be the home town favorite.

MIZZOU AND A MORE EXCELLENT WAY  Tim Wolfe resigned this week. Students have been protesting for weeks, but things got done when the football team said that they striking. It isn't just the administration that seems apathetic. Apathy is ugly. The author of this post writes, "A white man recently called me a nigger in front of my white wife." Read how he, his church, and his wife responded.

BEN CARSON AT LIBERTY - Security at Liberty University was on Secret Service Level this week. I was intrigued to see how he would go from the debate on Tuesday to speaking in Convocation at LU on Wednesday. I turned it on, having it play while I responded to emails on Wednesday. Carson killed it.

JON ACUFF ON HUSTLE - I'm ashamed to say how I found this, but I will. A friend has been raving about Snap Chat. I just couldn't get past the weird things that people do with it, but I decided to try it out. I've enjoyed connecting with folks and seeing how other people are using it. [Shameless plug- add jwluca to view My Story] A Snap Chat led me to a Periscope. For some reason, I'm more comfortable with Periscope, though I haven't mastered using it well. A Snap Chat led me to Jon Acuff's Periscope on Hustle. It resonated with me. I haven't watched all of the videos yet, but they're in the to do.

Finally, here are some things that are brewing in the pot that you can expect to see the light of day soon:

  • My time with Liberty University students and faculty just has my mind spinning!
  • A phrase that has been swirling around the office at Precept Ministries - love believes the best
  • How to actually build Rhythms of Silence and Solitude into your schedule
  • Leading through Isolation
  • America on the cliff, the sovereignty of God, and the reign of King Jesus
  • Where is your Confidence? A quick new inductive study that I'm testing out
  • Praying with my wife. Praying with my kids. Praying with my team.
  • Poaching in ministry
  • Civic Duty and Engagement from the Adams Family