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You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello . . .

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Well, I'm finally doing it. I'm saying goodbye to Blogger.

It's been a great experience. I'll never forget the day I dipped my toe into the social media pool. I was bored at work and had nothing to do, so I did what ever God-fearing American does; I surfed the interwebs.

Then it happened; perhaps by random chance, perhaps by divine orchestration, but I stumbled upon The Mundane Life of Thunder Jones--the blog of my college friend Thunder Jones. I was hooked.

I began reading his and other blogs daily. Then, on April 26, 2006 I started joshinthe818. Since then, I've joined and left a bajillion social media and web 2.0 sites (MySpace, Facebook, Shelfari, YouTube, Flickr, and of course Twitter).

And today I'm leaving Blogger for Tumblr. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this takes me. You can now find joshinthe818 where it has always belonged: http://joshinthe818.com.

See you around - Josh

Ego? Entitlement? or Both? The Latest on LeBron James

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According to Fox Sports and Fanhouse.com, LeBron James was dunked on Monday during a pickup game at the LeBron James Skills Academy by Indiana guard Jordan Crawford. According to reports, shortly after James was given the "facial" by the college sophomore, he was seen talking to Lynn Merritt, Nike basketball senior director, who then reportedly confiscated all video recordings of the incident. This raises an interesting question:

Q: Is LeBron's ego really this big?

A: Perhaps.

I mean everyone has been dunked on before. Even the great shot blockers like Mutombo, Eaton, and Russell were all show up at one point or another. Maybe getting dunked on by Courtney Lee has created a more sensitive LeBron.

Either way, you'd think LeBron would have learned from his previous PR missteps. After losing to what he deemed an inferior team, LeBron snubbed Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic by bypassing the customary post-game handshake. He then skipped out on the press conference, refusing to speak to the media. He tried to make things better by explaining that he's a competitive guy who doesn't like to lose and that he'd send Howard a congratulatory email. Anyway you slice it, not too classy in my book.

And LeBron's not th
e only one to blame here either. Nike, in a move worthy of only corporate America, hasn't commented on the story (of which I can find), and has yet to release the video and let it run its course. I hardly think they'd do the same for Kobe, much less Jordan. But, I guess you've got to coddle your young star. He is entitled to that, right?

I leave you with a quote from G.K. Chesterton: “One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.”

A Franciscan Prayer: Is this my heart?

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A while back, my good friend Mike Myers informed me about the Southeastern University's annual Leadership Summit. He mentioned how the school would bring in some of the top leaders in the country, if not the world, every year to share on leadership. The line-up of speakers for the 2010 Summit is pretty amazing. If it wasn't for the price, and if I had to choose, I'd probably skip out on Catalyst West and attend the Summit (sorry guys).

Anyway, I was poking around their site and downloaded a couple free podcast/sermons from Erwin McManus and Craig Groeschel. I just listened to the Craig Groeschel message and was challenged, especially by his benediction; a Franciscan prayer. Check it out:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen. May it be so in my life.

Worship Facilities Conference and Expo Opens Today

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The Worship Facilities Conference and Expo opens today in Long Beach, CA. WFX California offers nearly 50 sessions across five educational tracks plus hands-on-training opportunities so every member of your church team (from leadership on down) who’s responsible for your facility’s design, functionality, tech production, website(s) and future can benefit.

I am honored to be participating in the WFX Social Media Lounge along with DJ Chuang, Dawn Carter, Cavett Binion, and Anthony Coppedge. Open during official WFX expo hours (11:30am - 7pm Thursday, 11am - 4pm Friday), the Social Media Lounge is a safe place to bring your questions, curiosity, doubts and fears about social media and the church. If you're going to be at WFX, stop by and say hello.

Oh, and people are still signing up, so it's not too late to register and join the fun. Keynote speakers include Larry Osborne, Dave Gibbons, John Ortberg and top tech directors from across the nation.

New Joshinthe818 Website Coming Soon

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I'm getting ready to move; the blog that is. It's been a great partnership with Blogger, but joshinthe818 is moving to a self hosted site soon. The site's also moving to the WordPress platform. I haven't mastered it by far, but am liking it so far. Stay tuned and in the meet time, the new url will be http://joshinthe818.com.

Look forward to seeing you there real soon.

Josh
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