Emerging in Malaysia

After 34 hours of travel, I landed in Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon and was retrieved at the airport by Pastor Arul, my new friend and the one who has arranged for my trip here. Arul is a great guy. He was a Methodist pastor, but several years ago he struck out on his own to start a new church. Here’s the sign:

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When Travel Lacks Romance

It seems romantic to travel overseas. And I’m not saying that I don’t like it. But when you read this, I’ll be in the middle of this:

3 hour flight
7 hour layover
14.5 hour flight
2.5 hour layover
4.5 hour flight

It’s a brutal schedule — hard on the body and the soul (of course, I mean “soul” metaphorically). :-)

Few things are worse that listening to someone who gets to travel complain about traveling. I’m thrilled that I get to visit a new country this week and meet new friends. But it’s not without a cost.

I’ll be posting about what I learn on this trip, and I’ll do my best to make the posts applicable to the 90% of you who are American readers. I hope that you’ll find the posts interesting.

And on that 14.5-hour flight from LAX to Taipei, I’ll take a crack at last week’s Question That Haunts.

Travel Tips for Kuala Lumpur

On Saturday, I’m flying to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malasyia. I’ll be speaking at a few venues, including the conference shown below. I’m wondering what you think I should see and do while I’m there. Have you been to Kuala Lumpur? If so, what tips have you got for me?

On My Return to Youth Specialties

What does a trainwreck look like? Like Tony, Mark, and Doug attempting to reprise the Church Basement Roadshow at the National Youth Workers Convention in 2008.

Tomorrow will mark my return to Youth Specialties as a content-provider. And I’m thrilled.

My publishing career began under the tutelage of Mark Oestreicher, who was then the publisher at YS. He signed me to write my first and second books, and he advocated for me to speak at the National Youth Workers Convention. Tic Long, who I’m guessing was as uncomfortable with my evolving theology as his peers at the heart of the YS world, invited me to speak at the convention for ten years straight, culminating with my crash-and-burn experience on the Big Stage.

Since that fateful day, I have not been asked back to speak at the NYWC.

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