the rob bell effect

May 27, 2008 | 2 Comments

Today, a package came in the mail. It has been a long time coming, and it is a result of the Rob Bell effect. Be patient. I will explain. As Rob Bell has become a national figure over the last five years or so, the Rob Bell effect has grown. He has recommended many books […]

a mustard seed church

May 27, 2008 | 5 Comments

A few months ago, I blogged about mustard plants. (Never mind that that post was supposed to be the intro to a series. The ideas have continued to flow, they just never made it to the blog!) Some of that thinking has really helped form some ideas about the initial stages of what our church […]

on writing well

May 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

I love words. I love the way that words can shape mental images and sway opinions. Because of this, I can recognize the bias behind what I’m about to tell you. (But I think I’m right anyway.) Writing is the foundation for creative expression. It doesn’t matter what medium you choose, good creative expression is […]

the dirty god

May 27, 2008 | Leave a comment

God did not create a divine subculture and then wait for humanity to wise up and join in. God joined a story. God got dirty. God entered. God engaged. And this is the calling of the church as well–to join in and participate in God’s story at work in the world. In that sense to […]

mile high reading club

May 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

Lots of airplane time in the last week meant lots of time to read. And a nap or two mixed in here and there. Here are a few books I was able to finish off that are worth mentioning: Feel, by Matthew Elliott A few months ago, I was leading a training session for some […]

my beautiful idol

May 17, 2008 | 6 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was sent a copy of My Beautiful Idol, by Pete Gall, for review. A long plane trip earlier this week gave me the chance to really dig in to the book. Once I did, it was easy to stick with it. Much like Blue Like Jazz, My Beautiful Idol is […]

when "when" is good

May 12, 2008 | Leave a comment

A few weeks ago, I blogged about when “when” is bad. I meant to follow it right up with what you are about to read. But I had to wait until “when” I had time. It became a bad “when”. But “when” isn’t always bad. I’ve previously written about using GTD before as a way […]

shared hearts

May 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

I have tagged a number of blog posts in the last few weeks that my heart was in tune with. Each of these somehow captures pieces of what I am hoping for in a new church community: The Consuming Christian and the Consuming Church (Todd Hiestand) – Todd is a good friend, and my initial […]


May 11, 2008 | Leave a comment

Writing for yourself is a powerful search mechanism: there’s no better way to find out who you are and what you know and what you think. –William Zinsser, On Writing Well

done. but not finished.

May 11, 2008 | 4 Comments

Done…but not finished. These are words my friend Blaine offered yesterday about graduation. They couldn’t feel more true. Yesterday, I walked. It’s official. I have a long black robe and the fancy cap made famous by the gentleman on the Yahtzee box. I have a diploma (or at least a piece of paper promising me […]


May 1, 2008 | Leave a comment

A few days ago, I stumbled on oneword. Here’s a description of the site: simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following page. you have sixty seconds to write about it. as soon as you click ‘go’ the page will load with the cursor in place. don’t think. just write. Sometimes, when […]