Conversations about Faith

RekindleThe Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and QPlace partnered to launch a YouTube channel called ReKindle:  Engaging Gospel Conversations.  In its launch today — September 1 — it featured five five-minute videos.  Skip Vaccarello (author of this site) is featured in one video — ReKindling the Gospel in the Workplace, in which he offers advice for sharing your faith.  Other videos are:

Religion in Silicon Valley — A Story on BBC World Service

bbc_world_serviceThe weekend of August 7-9 BBC World Service ran a radio story titled “Religion in Silicon Valley” produced by Peter Bowes. The story offers a contrast between the technological orientation of life in Silicon Valley and the growing practice of faith, including Christianity. You can listen to the 26 minute program here:  Heart and Soul — Religion in Silicon Valley. Epic Church in San Francisco, C3 Church Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast are mentioned in the program.

You can also read a related story on BBC Capital by Peter Bowes here — When the God of Money Isn’t Enough.

Faith in Silicon Valley

Fox News logoFaith in Silicon Valley has gotten the attention of the national media. The stories on this blog and my upcoming book, Finding God in Silicon Valley:  Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World have piqued their interest. This week I was interviewed by Lauren Green on her program Spirited Debate on Fox News. The interview is brief, but you might find it interesting.

What a Beautiful Day!

Beasutiful Day -- painting US map2The weekend of April 25 and 26 saw the mobilization of thousands of people delivering compassionate services in Santa Clara County. “Beautiful Day” is what the activity is called. It is a coalition of churches, government agencies, and community organizations serving needs in the community. Activities included building, cleaning, renovating, painting, and landscaping at schools, parks, neighborhoods, and non-profit organizations.

The idea for Beautiful Day was initiated by Westgate Church in 2004. In addition to seven churches and volunteers from various other groups participating this year, 36 businesses donated time and goods to the effort.

I had the opportunity to experience Beautiful Day through New Beginnings CommunityBeautiful Day -- Gardening2 Church (NBCC). Our church canceled Sunday gatherings and organized approximately 600 volunteers to serve at two elementary schools – Bubb Elementary School in Mountain View and East Palo Alto Charter School.

I volunteered at Bubb Elementary School. Not only was the weather beautiful, but it was encouraging to see hundreds of people working together on miscellaneous projects the school administrators and teachers requested. It was also good to know that we were part of something larger – showing the love of Christ to our neighbors.

PBS Show Highlights Faith in Silicon Valley

In my April 3 post, I wrote about recent events that show how God is working in Silicon Valley. A PBS television show “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” that aired the weekend of April 4th, highlights the contrast between the typical values of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the new breed of Christian entrepreneurs that are rising up.

I was interviewed for this program as were Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware and Neil Ahlsten, CEO of Carpenter’s Code — the developer of the prayer app Abide. It is a neat segment that is well worth watching. Let me know what you think by leaving a reply below.

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Something Special is Happening in Silicon Valley!

Frequent readers of this blog are aware that God is doing something special in Silicon Valley – traditionally one of the most secular areas in the country.

Four events over a ten-day span in March add to the sense that God is up to something significant. The 2015 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13 drew a record number of attendees. In addition, there were three “first ever” events — the first Jesus to the Bay church unity event; Transforming the Bay with Christ’s first ThinkTank for pastors interested in opening new churches in the Bay Area; and the first annual Silicon Valley Discipleship Walk for Water.

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast

SVPB 2015Keynote speaker, Kirk Perry, mesmerized the crowd of over 700 people, who showed up at 7:00 am at the 21st Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13. Kirk and the other two speakers – Neil Ahlsten and Sehin Belew addressed the topic “Finding Your Calling.” Continue reading

Serving and Transforming the Bay Area

TBCThe San Francisco Bay Area has one of the lowest percentages of church going people in the U.S. According to a study in 2013 by the Barna Group, church attendance is 30% lower in the Bay Area than average attendance in the U.S. But that may be changing. God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley. Continue reading

Abide Prayer App Launches

Abide Launch Party

Abide Launch Party

Recently, I wrote about Neil Ahlsten, an entrepreneur who left a high-powered job at Google to create the prayer app, Abide, designed to make the power of prayer easy, and available to be shared anytime and anywhere. Abide launched on Veterans Day, November 11 for the iPhone and is now also available for the Android.

On Veteran’s day, Abide shared its first national prayer for wounded warriors and their families. People in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and countries as far away as Malaysia, India, and Japan engaged in over 24 hours of praying for wounded soldiers and their families. Continue reading

Upcoming Events in Silicon Valley

In September and October, there are three events in Silicon Valley which we recommend checking out.  The first two are breakfast gatherings that focus on integrating faith and business; the third is Q Commons, a simulcast national gathering with local speakers focused on advancing good in our current culture.  These are all great opportunities to get inspired and learn how to integrate faith into our daily lives.

Michael ChangWednesday, September 17, 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Listen to Michael Chang tell his story and speak on the intersection of faith and business at the Stanford Faculty Club.  This is a Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast Networking event.  It is open to all, so feel free to invite a friend or a colleague. The cost is $20. Register Online

Darius Fong2Saturday, September 20, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Listen to Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Darius Fong speak on “Winning the Race” as a Christian entrepreneur at the Wedgewood Banquet Center.  The cost is $32.64. Register Online


Tim Keller.2jpgThursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join 10,000 participants across 60+ cities for three National talks, including one by Tim Keller, on current cultural issues, followed by three Silicon Valley talks, all designed to help us consider how to advance good in Silicon Valley. Q Commons Silicon Valley is hosted at CityTeam International HQ, 2304 Zanker Rd, San Jose, CA 95131.  Fee: $30.72.  Register Online

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