All I can say about BibleTech09 was that it was some of the most fun that I’ve had in a long time. I met a lot of new friends, many of whom are based near the Philly area (or travel there every now and again). So I’m really looking at keeping up with a lot of the people I met even beyond the conference. As I sit here in Denver Airport I just wanted to take the time to make a few points.
- I like hanging around geeks. The tweeting going on during the sessions really help deepen the conversation even when the presenter wasn’t a gifted public speaker. One of the best tweets of the conference was, “[soandso] it the classic example of an extroverted nerd. When he talks he looks at YOUR shoes.”
- I’m not smart enough by far. Many of the people speaking at the conference were just plain brilliant. I’m a geek and I pride myself on being one, but I’m on a different track than these folks. On the other hand, while they would tend to try to hack a fix in machine code to fix a problem I’d think to pull the plug out of the wall – so it’s not all bad.
- I was deeply honored to be included as a presenter at this event. Really, my thanks to JD for convincing Logos that I wasn’t just going to try and teach people how to use *cough* powerpoint.
- I learning something about myself. I dislike the thought of traveling – but when I am traveling I enjoy the adventure. This doesn’t mean that I think to take blind shots into nowhere (I need people like Greg Ward from Accordance to convince me that walking around a strange city can be fun) – but it I think I wouldn’t mind going to one or two conferences a year just to get out of my introverted shell for a few days. [so if anyone wants a self-important geek-pastor to talk about tech and pastoral ministry, that would be cool....]
- I was gratified to be confirmed that how I use the screen for presenting really is rather unusual. There weren’t any presentations that did what I did (oh the bullet points, which I had too – but I was doing it to show a direct contrast, so there), and people seemed at least intrigued by the possibilities.
- It was a bit upsetting that no one fell for my Jedi mind-trick. But they did laugh when I called them Tidarians – so that was cool.
- There were many times during this trip where I could only say, “This has been good for my soul.” There’s precious few of those in a year – I’m grateful to have had the experience and I hope I’ll be a better servant having gone and come back.
- I made the pilgrimage to the first Starbucks. How cool is that?
- I miss my family, and I can’t wait to see them.
So, that’s my quick thoughts. Hope the BibleTech09 folks will keep following my blog!