While we were at the Prophecy Summit at Pikes Peak, I posted a short note about the wonderful group of people that were in attendance. I meant it; the sense I got from the people I spoke to was that they were intelligent and hungry for answers they aren’t getting at their home church.
That’s not surprising, nor is it a condemnation of churches in general. Discussions of the UFO phenomenon alongside Bible prophecy just don’t happen in America today (except, of course, on the History Channel).
Anyway, my point is this: Instead of leaving well enough alone, I concluded my piece with a snarky jibe at a group that registered for the conference specifically to confront some of the speakers. It was not done in a spirit of Christian fellowship, and I am sorry.
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Sharon and I finally made it back from the Prophecy Summit at Pikes Peak about two hours ago. What a great weekend! Sharon’s presentations on genetics and how researchers are actively trying “hack the ladder” (modify DNA, or create artificial DNA — what could possibly go wrong?) were very well received. People are beginning to learn what I’ve known for 16 years — that Sharon Gilbert is the smartest person I know.
My talk went well enough, although I realize now that it would have had more impact if I’d cut it down by about half an hour. People eager to hear Russ Dizdar, who followed me in that breakout room, started filing in and searching for seats before I was done. One man walked in front of the camera and asked, “When is this guy going to finish?” — or something to that effect. I hope the guys can take that out in post.
But that was no big deal. The rest of the weekend, I had the best job at the conference: Interviewing as many of the speakers as I could fit into two and a half days. I haven’t checked the count, but I believe I recorded video sessions with 26 or 27 out of 30.
The audio from those sessions will appear as interviews on A View From the Bunker over the next few months. Two are already online — an interview with Sharon on her field of expertise, and a round table discussion with Ken Johnson, Doug Hamp, and Cris Putnam. Check them out at www.vftb.net.
Sharon and I are in Colorado Springs this weekend, but so far the closest we’ve come to Pikes Peak is our hotel window. Some, maybe most, would consider that a wasted trip. But we’re here at the invitation of Prophecy in the News, and we are having a great time.
This is a wonderful collection of about 1,000 speakers and attendees looking for answers to the Big Questions–especially, “Why are we here,” and, “Where are we going?”
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to interview just about all of the speakers at the conference, including the smartest person I know (that would be my beautiful wife). From serious, credentialed Bible scholars to a police investigator-turned-archaeologist (Bob Cornuke), this has been a fascinating and rewarding weekend.
Even the group that turned up to expose us all as heretics can’t spoil it.
Update: The last line of this post was unnecessary and mean spirited. Please see my followup post titled “Once More, With Restraint”.
Good piece at Get Religion on the discovery by the Associated Press of a modern American phenomenon: the Hipster Pastor.
Carl Lentz is not your typical pastor.
Along with his half shaved head and slicked back Mohawk, he’s dressed in his usual Sunday attire: black jeans and an unbuttoned denim shirt with a tank top underneath. His tattooed arms, including one with two guns crossed, peek out from under his rolled-up sleeves.
It could be that this is just me getting old, but I suspect variations on this theme have been seen since Christ ascended to heaven.
The possibilities offered by 3D printing are nothing short of breathtaking. It appears that the concept is a step closer to the mainstream with Amazon’s opening of a dedicated 3D printing page.
The author of the blog piece speculates that future online shopping may become downloads of digital code needed to print the products you want on your own 3D printer. In effect, this would transform e-commerce into a nearly instantaneous transaction.
I wonder about the changes in manufacturing. 3D printing could revolutionize the metals industry.
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