April with C.S. Lewis

Year with C.S. LewisThis post is part of my series through A Year with C.S. Lewis.

Here are my favorite quotes from the assorted C.S. Lewis books that are covered in the month of April in the book.

Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

It is simply no good trying to keep any thrill: that is the very worst thing you can do. Let the thrill go—let it die away—go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow—and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time. But if you decide to make thrills your regular diet and try to prolong them artificially, they will all get weaker and weaker, and fewer and fewer, and you will be a bored, disillusioned old man for the rest of your life.


What I Learned from a Weekend with Jon Acuff

We had the privilege of having bestselling author Jon Acuff at Central this weekend. I’ve been a fan of Jon’s for awhile now and I was interested to meet him myself. He had a section in his latest book (just released a week ago) about how most people are jerks so all we have to do is not be a jerk and we automatically stand out. I was excited to meet him and see for myself whether he backed it up.

The real test emerged when I drove Jon around in my 1995 Buick Century (appropriately my Dave Ramsey car). Jon’s only question was whether it had air conditioning. Those Nashville guys can barely handle our two digit weather…


Sermon Tasting

I bet each of us has at least one or two areas where we consider ourselves a connoisseur. You usually hear that word used to describe someone who can fully appreciate a good glass of wine, or some type of art, or maybe just food in general, but I think it could apply to many areas of life.

Anything that you enjoy—usually more than other people—could be in this category. One of them for me is a good sermon. As a preacher, I love hearing from other preachers and learning from other styles. I usually have two reactions when I’m listening to a phenomenal sermon:


Start by Jon Acuff

Disclaimer: I was given an early copy of this book that releases today. This is my most objective review possible and I am in no way obligated to give it a positive review.

I’ve been a fan of Jon Acuff for awhile now. I’ve read his books Stuff Christians Like and Quitter before so I was excited when I got to dive into his newest book, Start. This is a kind of follow-up to the book Quitter as it shows you what to do to follow your dreams. He walks through the different stages that people go through in a career and shows how it isn’t dependent upon your age anymore. You can move between the stages when you choose to.

My only complaint about the book is the number of times he says the word “awesome.” It becomes a bit excessive and even distracting after awhile. If that’s the worst thing going for it than I’d say the book should be just fine overall.

What I love most about the book is how Jon inspires you to get off your butt and do something about those dreams you have lingering inside you. I’m convinced that we all have them but only a few of us ever do anything serious about them.


Catalyst Day 2

Today we experienced day two of the 2013 Catalyst West Coast conference (minus the last session that we had to ditch to get to the airport in time). One of the coolest experiences of the conference was when they had everyone use the Wham City Lights app for iPhone and Droid that attached your phone into the light show in the room. The video above shows a taste of this and the awesomeness of that moment.

Like I mentioned yesterday, the quotes below may not be exactly word for word of what was said but represent the ideas being taught.


Catalyst Day 1

Catalyst West Coast 2013

I’m experiencing my first Catalyst West Coast conference this week with some of the team from Central. As far as conferences go, this one is stellar. Incredible creativity and humor mixed throughout all of the elements. I’ve also had the joy of reconnecting with a few of my friends from college that are at other churches outside of Arizona.

Here are some of the ideas that stood out to me about the first day. Note that some of these are not direct quotes but rather my own summations of their ideas.