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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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:


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, …

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 …

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:


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


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