It's Saturday morning and I'm having my first cup of coffee. Our youngest son is about to turn 17 so I'm online checking out the times for todays showing of "Beowulf." We're going together to celebrate. He has always been a reader of sci-fi and the classics too. You can actually learn alot from your kids if you will just listen. I was at J103 this week to record a couple of radio spots when the on-air person said something like "you're dressed cool today." It was a pair of jeans, t-shirt and jacket, nothing special. I realized as a 50 year old Baptist pastor it probably wasn't what they were used to. I said to the DJ "When you have a couple of teenage sons I guess they influence the way you dress." (I didn' have the energy to explain that one was seventeen and the other 21. I may dress younger but I still have the patience of a 50 year old.)
Not only do they influence the way I dress and think, but they can teach you a thing or two about technology as well. Recently Andy, the seventen year old, was showing me the difference between an iPod and other mp3 players. I was leaning toward the mp3 because of price and he was trying to convince me I was making a mistake. He said you didn't get the iTunes with the mp3 and that I would regret it. Well, he was right. I bought the video iPod with 8 gigs and plugged it in my laptop. I searched on the names of all my favorite speakers and pastors. Did you know that these guys put their messages on iTunes and most of them are free. I know to some of you this is old news, but to me it was an epiphany. I listen to sermons as inspiration just like a musician will listen to bands for the same reason. This is awsome. You can subscribe to their site and have them downloaded whenever they post new ones. Adam saw me walk into the house a couple of days ago with the ear buds in and said, "you're addicted to that thing." He was mocking me with my own words. I had said that to both boys at times. Busted. I don't go anywhere without my iPod. It was worth 10 times what I paid for it in the belly of a 747 for 14 1/2 hours on the way to Hong Kong.
Not to be outdone, we are signing a contract this week with a new web site designer and one of the things we will do is get my talks on iTunes. Watch for it to happen. I'll keep you updated here. A lot of you tell me you listen to the messages at home on your computer. If nothing else, on a night when your having a hard time getting to sleep, you can put the ear buds in and I can help you get to sleep. I've got to go now. The latest video podcast from Mosaic church in LA has just sync'd with my iPod.
About to get inspired.....Pastor Ken