soul cravings

December 29, 2006 | 3 Comments

I finished Soul Cravings on our vacation. (Out of the 10 or so I brought, it was the only one I finished…I guess I was feeling ambitious.) I haven’t read Erwin McManus’ last few books after not really connecting much with Uprising. This one was a gift (thanks Dean!) so I thought I’d give it […]

the family blog

December 27, 2006 | 1 Comment

Our family blog was pretty much dormant for the fall until we finally added a post a few days ago. Hopefully it will be active again in the months to come as I think I’ve finally found a setup that will work for Sherri to post without having to jump through a bunch of technical […]

merry christmas

December 25, 2006 | 1 Comment

(Sherri posted about this picture over on our (newly resurrected) family blog.)

an afternoon in austin

December 23, 2006 | Leave a comment

Our family drove up to Austin this afternoon to hang out with the Marlow family. It felt just like we were back in Seattle with them again…especially since it was overcast and rainy all day. (Before we met the Marlows we were able to get some ice skating in at an outdoor rink at Whole […]

so long inbreaking

December 23, 2006 | Leave a comment

I’ve decided to close up shop on The site wasn’t getting used other than a few posts here and there, and it was starting to attract spammers. Rather than try to wage a battle that was sure to grow, I just shut it down. For now, I have redirected the domain to this […]

favorite books of 2006

December 22, 2006 | 5 Comments

For the third year in a row (2004, 2005), here are my favorite books of the year. As I looked over the list of books I’ve read, I asked myself which ones have stirred the most thought and helped shape my thinking. Which ones initiated thoughts that continue to swirl around in my mind? There […]

we made it

December 20, 2006 | 1 Comment

the nightmare before christmas

December 20, 2006 | 9 Comments

This journey is far from over…but we hardly remember how it began. We pulled out of our driveway at 11:30 this morning. Wait…yesterday morning. The plan was that we would be safely in Austin by 11:30pm…that was almost three hours ago. Everything seemed fine as we checked into the airport in Seattle. Our connection was […]

cities of god

December 18, 2006 | Leave a comment

When I first saw Cities of God, the subtitle hooked me: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome. That captures two passions I’m carrying right now — the need to plant churches in urban areas, and Roman history. How could I not like this book? Truthfully, I didn’t like […]

itunes recommendations anyone?

December 17, 2006 | 14 Comments

Looks like I’ve got some iTunes cash coming my way courtesy of Zach’s silly faith in the Cardinals. Anyone have good recommendations on how to spend it?

who’s in charge here, anyway?

December 15, 2006 | 4 Comments

Today was supposed to be one of the highlights of Macey’s year. Last year, we took her to the outdoor ice rink in Bellevue park, and she loved it. She’s been talking about it all year. Today was supposed to be the return trip, along with maybe a visit to Santa in the mall, and […]

pining for my nightstand

December 14, 2006 | 5 Comments

With the fall semester now officially behind me, I see lonely books calling from my bookshelf, wondering if they are doomed to be wallflowers. Each is pining to be sitting on my nightstand and catch drool as I struggle to stay awake. So…with a vacation and then another few weeks without school ahead, here are […]

mmmmmmmmmm and um-um

December 13, 2006 | 7 Comments

My amigo JJ has been in town since Monday. Yesterday, I had the deep honor of introducing him to Zoka. Can there possibly be better coffee that Zoka? On the other hand, lunch yesterday was another attempt to find good wings in Seattle. Seattlites rave about WingDome, so I thought I’d give it another shot. […]


December 12, 2006 | 3 Comments

If you are a Mac user, check out MacHeist. They are selling a bundle of Mac software worth over $200 for only $49, and $10 from every purchase goes to whatever charity you designate. As more money is raised, a few more apps will become available. Personally, I was excited just because I was already […]


December 2, 2006 | 7 Comments

I’m not sure why this is so fascinating to me but it is. I set my iSight to take a picture every 30 seconds over about a 90 minute period this morning. This scintillating set of action packed photos documents me reading, following up on some email, and doing a little design work (see the […]

to own a dragon

November 29, 2006 | 9 Comments

When I first saw that Donald Miller was going to release a book about growing up without a father, I was a little disappointed. It’s not that it’s a great subject, but I was never without my dad, and it just seemed like such a serious turn for him to take in his writing. The […]

thanksgiving eve reflections

November 22, 2006 | 5 Comments

I’m a bit annoyed with myself for how little I’ve been posting of late. I thought I’d write a post about that, if nothing else just to give myself some satisfaction that I actually posted something besides a brief book review. Truthfully, I think I just wanted an excuse to post my South Park likeness. […]

the rest of god

November 16, 2006 | 1 Comment

I’ve heard from a number of people that Mark Buchanan’s books are worth reading. I’d never gotten around to one until I saw that he had released a book about Sabbath called The Rest of God. The concept of Sabbath has been near to the heart of our family for the last few years, so […]

organic church

November 8, 2006 | 7 Comments

We believe that church should happen wherever life happens. You shouldn’t have to leave life to go to church. I had high hopes I would really dig what this book had to say. With statements like the one above in the early parts of the book (pg 24), I knew the heart of the book […]

workshop: dwight friesen

November 4, 2006 | 1 Comment

Quantum Kingdom Dwight Friesen is on faculty at Mars Hill Grad School. It’s looks like I will finally take a class from him next semester, and I’m looking forward to it. Once again the standard disclaimer applies — I doubt these notes will do his ideas, or the others offered through discussion, any justice. We […]