The ninth Zoe Conference is now history. And here's my favorite moment. Last night as we closed, Larry Bridgesmith offered a blessing to everyone. He invited us to raise our hands as a sign of receiving God's blessing. On the very front row were four little girls who raised their hands and listened carefully. One of them, the smallest one -- maybe four years old -- was using one hand to drink from her sippy cup and the other hand to soak up the blessing. Now, again, out into the world God loves so much . . . . We did a few things differently this year. We'll of course listen carefully to the feedback and make adjustments appropriately. But we don't want to be another group that came up with a winning formula and then stayed with it forever -- even while needs and opportunities changed. One thing I heard about the leadership conference is that people would have liked to have heard more from some of the speakers. So . . . maybe the sessions could have been the same -- fostering interactive learning -- but perhaps we could have had one less worship session and one less affinity community session to allow someone like Leonard Sweet a couple chances to challenge us in plenary sessions. In January, we'll hold the same conference ("In Christ Alone") in Fresno. Lee, get the avocados ready, brother!