Prescott E-News, a local news outlet, picked up Robin Hight’s Bread Angel ministry and featured it on their homepage this week, along with “Breaking Bread.” Very cool.
I like Vimeo. I think it classes things up, unlike pedestrian ol’ YouTube. Nah, YouTube is great to get out there, but the amount of garbage (and garbage comments) found on YouTube is monumental. Either way, I’d really appreciate it if you want to share either link and repost these. And especially, rate this video up! Unless, of course, you think it sucks.
So, this is one thing I’ve been up to in the past few months… my first documentary film. I met Robin and Dan through church, and since I needed to make a film for my Ministry and Media class at Fuller, I wanted a simple but inspiring story to tell. The ministry of Bread Angel was a great story to start with. Though the dream for Tell Me What You Know is audio podcasting, I must say, I had a blast making this film, even though it took a lot of effort. I predict it will not be my last. Enjoy.
Well, I’m really glad I got started on the initial setup of TellMeWhatYouKnow.org, and I am itchy to get rolling on some real content – namely, getting some interviews recorded (now that I have some people willing to participate! ) and starting to produce the podcasts to share with the world. However, bear with me – because my wife and I are in the middle of a big change in our lives. We will be moving to Prescott, Arizona by the beginning of October, and we are very excited for this transition. But since this decision was finalized very recently, everything is pretty chaotic right now… not the least of which is my academic life which is controlling everything else, being in the thick of the final week of the quarter for seminary. So much writing…
Hence, irregularity in posting frequency.
So in the next month or more, until my income situation settles down, I may have way more free time on my hands than normal… but I doubt it. Nevertheless, I hope to get some initial interviews recorded before I leave Southern California, and for the ones I don’t have time for, I will be back for visits for sure. We won’t be that far from all our friends we’ve made here. Or come visit
Last night I hosted a “Listening Party” over at our friends’ intentional community home here in Corona. We spent a few hours together with some new acquaintances and some old friends enjoying Andrew Peterson‘s new album, “Counting Stars.” I have been a huge fan of Peterson’s incredible music for a few years now, and though I have no stake in the game as far as being on some non-existent street team, I simply wanted to share in a moment of beauty with other people who were willing to take the time on a Friday night to gather and listen to an artist who has truly blessed me and whom I highly recommend. We brought desserts to share; we talked and got acquainted; I introduced the album briefly; and we pressed play. We listened to half the album, and then had an intermission to reflect on the songs thus far. I brought lyrics sheets I had prepared so those who wanted could follow along with Peterson’s masterful lyrical songcraft. After a time of discussion about what impacted us during a close listening of the first half, we played the rest of the album and continued our comments and reflections on the album as a whole.
The group gathered there at Riverbend Commons last night was a perfect audience for this kind of activity. Even though there was little to no familiarity with the artist ahead of time, everyone seemed to really engage and carefully listen to the words and the stories woven by Peterson backed by tight and beautiful musical arrangements. ”Counting Stars” is an album easy on the ears. The comments by our guests confirmed that this artist has a gift to reach down into the human soul and stir the emotions with a sense of childlike wonder preserved through the trials of adulthood, the joys and rigors of marriage, and the longing for God to set all things aright. Peterson weaves together clever poetry, theological depth, literacy, melancholy, love for family, and overall a great sense of hope to craft albums that are consistently brilliant.
I put together this informal Listening Party because so often amid the noise of life and the din of mass-commercialized music, we miss out on opportunities to share in beautiful things together with our friends. A museum is a quiet place where people can go with others or alone and intentionally focus on pieces of visual art. But for truly excellent music that has touched your life, may I suggest hosting your own Listening Party? Modern life can be so hectic that we rarely slow down to appreciate beauty by ourselves, let alone with friends and loved ones. And I believe beautiful things are made better when shared with others.
Tell Me What You Know is now accepting requests for interview recording sessions. If you are in the Southern California area and would like to participate in this project, please email TellMeWhatYouKnow.email@example.com
Recording sessions are in interview format, typically between two people. You might want to interview a friend, a spouse, a grandparent, a son or daughter, a parent, a missionary, a pastor, a mentor… just anyone you have a relationship with. Maybe the questions go back and forth as a dialogue. Or if you have a story to tell on your own, let Tell Me What You Know ask the questions.
Interview pairs will be provided with sample questions ahead of time to get each person thinking about what might make for a good interview. The conversation will go wherever you want it to go, though. These interviews will be very informal, and can be conducted in a comfortable and quiet place. Typically the whole process might take two hours.
Please remember – most people don’t think their lives are anything extraordinary enough to merit an interview. Nonsense. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years old or 100, you are worth listening to. We can all learn from each other by listening closely. It is a tremendous way to show love.
I expect to hear some fascinating things from some ordinary people.
I am listening to the last of many lecture segments for my Art of Evangelism distance learning course through Fuller Seminary, and was struck by a statement made by David Gibbons, founding pastor of Newsong Church. He was relating how as he was in the midst of building up a ministry empire (which today is quite enormous), his wife made him realize that he really wasn’t listening to her as a person. She felt like he really didn’t know her at all. He had to come to the humbling realization that he was actually a very poor listener.
And out of this, God spoke to him, saying, “David, if you can’t listen to a person you can see, how do you listen to Me, who you don’t see?”
Ouch. This strikes a nerve within me, because I’m afraid I’m right in the same boat. I believe that God can and does speak to us on a personal, individual basis, if we will listen. I believe I have heard from God in this way, on many occasions. It has not been a booming voice from the sky, but it has been words speaking to my mind and heart. But yet, when it comes to the people I can see, I’m afraid I’m a very poor interpersonal listener. If I am not cultivating the art of listening carefully and lovingly to my wife, or my father, or my friends, how much am I missing from conversations with people I know even less? How can I say I care to listen to the stories of strangers if I am not fully engaged in listening to the ones I love the most?
And moreover, what more might I be able to hear from the One I can’t see if I worked harder to be a better listener to those I can?