THEOCOM15 = Theological / Religious Authority in a Digital World

THEOCOM15 is an upcoming conference with theologians reflecting on contemporary communication. The organizing and sponsoring groups for the conference are the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Communication Office, and Santa Clara University.


And, via THEOCOM 15 gathers theologians on digital media ::

Santa Clara University, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Social Communication is hosting a gathering of theologians–on digital communications focused around the theme of Religious/Theological Authority in a Digital World. THEOCOM15, to be held June 28-30, 2015, will explore the theological question of authority in the digital world. We invite participants to reflect on this theme in the light of the scriptural and theological tradition in ways that open up contemporary communication to ongoing theological reflection.

Topics in focus:

  • Exploring authority via key scriptural, theological, spiritual and historical lenses
  • Investigating how theological authority manifests in digital culture
  • Envisioning institutional, pedagogical and ministerial implications for religious authority in a digital world

Rick Warren Introduces Saddleback Church’s 5 Daring Faith Goals

After Easter 2015 and the 35th anniversary of Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren started teaching through a church-wide campaign called Daring Faith, weaving together the sermons and small groups video curriculum.


On the weekend of April 25-26, these 5 Daring Faith goals were introduced during the message “Daring to Plant in Faith“:

  • Facilitate 40,000 worshippers at weekend services by 2020 (40th anniversary) – by launching 10 campuses
  • Assist 250,000 needy people through local PEACE plan – by opening 10 new PEACE centers
  • Interconnect our growing church family through new technologies
  • Train 25% of members to be global leaders – through the Saddleback Global Leadership Training Center
  • Help take the good news to the last 3,000 unreached tribes on earth

[download pdf scan of handout] [UPDATE: the Daring Faith giving campaign brochure is now online]

How to love and serve millennials and vice versa

I’m en route to Tampa for the Exponential East church planting conference this week and have a few thoughts to share. This annual event, now bi-coastal and twice a year, has unarguably been instrumental in equipping and inspiring and mobilizing people and churches for the imminent future of churches in America and around the world.

For those privileged to be there in person, I’d love to connect with you in person: I have a workshop on Wed 4/29 morning, and a free lunch on Tues 4/28 hosted by ReGenerant Network + Ambassador Network + EFCA __ rsvp at

At Exponential, the Social Media team will be live-blogging and posting to with Great Congerencing Tips and the official hashtag is #exponential on Twitter and instagram.

Plus, Exponential will have a free livestream video of all main sessions – and also a digital pass for archive access. Or, host a watch party for free to expoentially multiply the value of the experience for your whole leadership team!

From recent conversations I’ve been a part of, there’s of chatter in the marketing world, business world, and church world about demographic shifts and what organizations must do to adjust for this new reality, specifically the different values of the next generation known as the millennials. Links: my list of churches reaching millennials, #20schurch book about the millennial church tour. And got to hear Dave Ferguson tell the back story of his new book, HPFTWBTG.

I found it quite amazing how these two books echoed parallel themes for engaging millennials with an authentic Christian faith. HPFTWBTG describes the 5 longings in people’s lives & hearts, particular millennials, and the 5 awakenings that are essential to loving & serving them and also for millennials to experience true love that’s more than enough, and connect them to the way that makes life fully authentic, meaningful, purposeful, valuable, and satisfying.

2 MVPs (most valuable publications) for real practical ways for spiritually engaging millennials. Hoping to meet & greet all the authors at Exponential for their good work.


Yes, it’s 2015, blogging this via my mobile tablet, and finding it very hard to add links easily for references above. kinda bummed that in this increasing mobile world, that long-form written thoughts on blogs is so difficult to do, compared to photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter… yes, short-form content has its place, but I sure want long-form content to have a place on mobile too.. trying to use this WordPress app on Android for months on my self-hosted blog, and it hasn’t worked for a long time.. at least it connects now.. so i’m doing what I can here on my alternate blog on to at least get my thoughts out to the world asap.. give Google and Bing a head start to crawl and index this.. then later will have to mirror it over to when I have time for a laptop connection to make the links pretty and so on..

Is this the most expensive salad at a fast food restaurant?

I love Chick-Fil-A, delicious food and great hospitality. Plus, it’s my coworking spot near home, the Chick-Fil-A in Aliso Viejo Town Center (Aliso Viejo, California). Trying to eat healthy does cost more money, as their salad prices have gone up over the past 2 years — there’s been some Twitter chatter about the expensive chickfila salad. Here’s the cost at my hometown Chick-Fil-A:

$8.15 for a Chick-Fil-A salad (Grilled Market Salad, Asian Salad, Cobb Salad)

There was a time when the newly-launched salad cost $7.19, back in April 2013; and a petition to get the old Chick-Fil-A salads back didn’t get very far. If you were to add a drink, the total would come to easily over $10. That’s double digits for lunch. chick-fil-a-com-Salads Maybe this could be a way to hack the menu and get almost the same thing. What if you got a Chick-Fil-A Nuggets combo meal and substitute a side salad for the waffle fries? You’d still get chicken, drink, and salad, yes, though a smaller portion, and we’re trying to cut calories anyways, so that’d be copacetic. Let’s do the math on this:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$0.00 substitute cole slaw for waffle fries
$0.51 tax

$6.90 total

That’s for a cole slaw substitute, which is not the same as a side salad. Here’s what a side salad substitute came to:

$6.39 Meal-Nugg 8ct combo with medium drink
$1.06 substitute side salad for waffle fries
$0.56 tax

$8.01 total ~ ht: @jaykranda

#whoop There it is. Under $9.00 for a chicken, salad, and drink at Chick-Fil-A.

Number of Subscribers to Leadership Network Advance

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“The majority of subscribers are church leaders between the ages of 46-55. 25% of subscribers represent large, growing churches (2,000 or more). Approximately two-thirds of subscribers are lead pastors or director level staff; and the rest of are comprised primarily of lay leaders and non-pastoral church staff.”