As expected, Day 1 of Q was a whirlwind of great content, conversations, and collaboration. Also as expected, it was exhausting and will take a few days to process. That being said, I want to give you a few nuggets that I gleaned from the speakers yesterday. (If you read this today, you can watch the first several talks at qideas.org/lalive).
“The audience wants to experience transformation.” Bobette Buster
“God cares about the patterns of life – he cares about the cultural good.” Dr. Richard Mouw
“Social media is like middle school for 40 year olds.” Rebekah Lyons
“Secrets lose power when they exit the dark.” Rebekah Lyons
“It comes down to story; story is king.” Jason Russell
“When you’ve gone totally crazy, you can say ‘no” and people respect that.” Jason Russell
“Coming to the end of our expectations makes us realize we are on the brink of true beauty, joy, and peace.” Tim Chaddick
“Are we living with the divine expectation that God wants to meet us today?” Margaret Feinberg
“The Bible is not made to fit a cause.” Father Elias Chacour
“[Bikinis] cause men to see women as objects rather than someone to connect with. Wearing a bikini gives women power . . . it gives women the power to shut down a man’s ability to see them as women and to only see them as objects.” Jessica Rey
“We’ve lost the idea of ‘sticking with it.’ We live in an environment that is all about projects and assignments, not careers.” Brad Lomenick
“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda (OK, he didn’t talk live on stage – but he did make a guest appearance via video)
If you weren’t able to make it to Q this year, I hope that this gives you a little taste of the great stuff I’m learning this year. I’ll save an update on the great collaborative activity for another day.