April 29, 2008 | Leave a comment

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get to climb on the bed with my two older kids for storytime. (Sometimes Max joins us too, but his newfound urge to grab whatever is in front of him can get a bit distracting.) I have discovered that there are some completely uninspired […]

surprised by hope

April 29, 2008 | 4 Comments

I suppose it’s not a secret that I’ve been reading Surprised by Hope by NT Wright based on my last few posts. After finishing it, I can say that it was what I hoped it would be. It almost feels crass to say it so, but Surprised by Hope is NT Wright’s theology of end […]

when "when" is bad

April 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

In 56.98 hours, I will walk out of my final lecture of graduate school. But who’s counting? Between papers and another writing project I am in the midst of, I haven’t been able to blog as much. But that just feels like a small taste of what the last three years have been like. I’ve […]

wholes, not souls

April 28, 2008 | Leave a comment

And salvation only does what it’s meant to do when those who have been saved, are being saved, and will one day fully be saved realize that they are saved not as souls but as wholes and not for themselves alone but for what God now longs to do through them. — NT Wright, Surprised […]

so much for harp lessons

April 22, 2008 | Leave a comment

So far from sitting on clouds playing harps, as people often imagine, the redeemed people of God in the new world will be agents of his love going out in new ways, to accomplish new creative tasks, to celebrate and extend the glory of his love. — NT Wright, Surprised by Hope

open-ended definition

April 22, 2008 | Leave a comment

Ambiguity is the element of tentatIveness, of risk, of gamble, in committtng to a path of understanding and action that is definite but also open-ended. If the church is commItted to learning Jesus as a living person, then It is also committed to ambiguity as an inevItable–and positive!–dimension of its existence. –Luke Timothy Johnson, Living […]

this is the book i wanted to write…

April 20, 2008 | 2 Comments

“Dang. NT Wright beat me to it.” That’s what keeps going through my head as I’ve been reading Surprised by Hope. When I think of how I want to use my voice, one of the main themes that comes up is dualism. Simply put, dualism is the idea that this physical world is a mess […]


April 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

Since I first talked about Blinders, there has been a common theme around here of finding ways to streamline and eliminate distractions. A few weeks ago, I mentioned turning wireless off. For a little more drastic measure, you might (and I might!) consider a program a a friend told me about called Freedom: Freedom is […]

this pretty much says it all…

April 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

logos for the mac….sigh

April 18, 2008 | Leave a comment

I started using Logos Bible software about five years ago and have a library full of handy resources. One of the most difficult things about switching over to Mac as my main computer a few years ago was the loss of Logos. They had publicly stated they were planning a Mac version, but it was […]

just. get. started.

April 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

I don’t mean to brag. But it’s true. I’m a fabulous procrastinator. Better than most. A few weeks ago, I was in a stretch that required 45 pages of writing in about 7 days. Required might not be the best word. I knew each of those due dates at least three weeks prior. So, perhaps […]

evaluating evernote

April 14, 2008 | 5 Comments

I’ve been evaluating Evernote for the last few weeks. I like it. A lot. So much that I’m tempted to change over from Yojimbo. But not yet. Here’s what I like: Without a doubt, my favorite feature is Evernote’s ability to recognize text in an image and make it searchable. I can snap a picture […]

capture everything revisited: jott

April 9, 2008 | Leave a comment

This is part six of a five(!) part series on capturing everything. Previous entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator Jott is a handy little service that lets you call a toll-free number and speak a message. Jott will transcribe and deliver that […]

another mac software bundle

April 8, 2008 | 1 Comment

An ad in the latest MacWorld magazine is promoting another MacUpdate bundle. Starting April 16, MacUpdate will have a new software package available. I mention it here, because at $64.99, it will include both Leap and Hazel. These are the two key software pieces I used to organize my documents folder, which I mentioned last […]

auditory addendum

April 6, 2008 | Leave a comment

I realized earlier today that my last post on auditory stimulation was lacking. In fact, it was lacking a link to the audio file that made me consider writing that post in the first place. So, here it is: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Tim Keller. This was an open forum with Tim […]

evernote preview

April 2, 2008 | 6 Comments

I think it is pretty clear around here how important Yojimbo is in my workflow. However, Evernote looks promising. They have both a Mac and Windows client that syncs notes to a server so they can be viewed online or on a mobile device. Plus, there is text recognition for finding words in images. I’m […]

some worthwhile auditory stimulation

April 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

In other words, here are some things I think are worth adding to your iPod for your next commute or exercise time: Spirituality of the Cellphone – Shane Hipps spoke at Mars Hill (Grand Rapids)this past weekend. It was a fantastic summary of the thoughts in his book that was both accessible and practical. MacBreak […]