Went to hear Rob Bell, he of Nooma, Velvet Elvis and Sex God fame. He was speaking in Ashton at the Hippodrome Theatre - not your normal Christian presentation venue, but then it wasn't a normal presentation.
I was expecting some technology or special effects. He did everything with just a stool and 6 plastic chairs as his props. He spoke for nearly 90 minutes, or should I say performed, or should I say presented? It's very hard to describe - there wasn't anything 'showy' about what he did, like some evangelists, yet it was completely compelling. He changed style several times - from storytelling to more like preaching, to more personal, plus a session with two volunteers from the audience.
His theme was peacemaking - with a special emphasis on the non-violent resistance in the teaching of Jesus, and that true peace (shalom) is about harmony, which must mean justice. I can't easily summarise, but he integrated a call to action with a challenging presentation of Jesus that anyone could understand.
I was fascinated, and it was the first time I had felt really inspired by someone for a very long time. Just figuring out what it all means, now.