rhythm vs. routine

June 30, 2008 | Leave a comment

For the past few weeks, I’ve had not a sense of rhythm or routine. we’ve been in the midst of packing and moving our family from Seattle to Austin. My life is literally stuck in boxes, and I can’t wait to get out.

This is all helping me to see that creativity doesn’t just happen when I make space for it.… Read more

i left my goatee in seattle

June 30, 2008 | 5 Comments

About ten years ago, I went with a team of other pastors to the Philippines to help do a conference for students. During the trip, I got a little lazy on the shaving side of things and was surprised to discover that my facial hair could actually connect around the sides of my mouth.… Read more

the call of community

June 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

The call of community isn’t about finding people just like us, or at the exclusion of any people. Community in the biblical sense is clearly about unlike people finding Christ at the center of their inclusive life together. — Hugh Halter & Matt Smay, The Tangible KingdomRead more

made it

June 25, 2008 | 4 Comments

I made it.

Monday afternoon, I dropped the rest of my family off at the airport, and my dad and I started driving toward Texas. We finished the 35ish hours of driving late tonight (Wednesday).

My butt hates me.… Read more

a whack on the side of the head

June 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

As I mentioned (or threatened) earlier, here is the second part of our tour stop for the Post2Post virtual book tour. I’d like to share with you some of my experience as I read A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative.

Whack is an easy read, but don’t let that fool you.… Read more

q&a with roger von oech

June 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Today, we are the tour stop for the Post2Post virtual book tour. I’m honored to be hosting Roger von Oech, author of the new revised and updated A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative.

I’ll be posting some thoughts on my own experience with the book later today.… Read more

prayer of thomas merton

June 17, 2008 | 3 Comments

A few months ago, my friend Doug Paul posted this prayer of Thomas Merton. It grabbed a hold of me when I first read it. It seems ever more suitable this week as we are packing up our life to move into a foggy future:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

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on writing

June 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Reading On Writing feels like I just sat down for a beer with Stephen King and had a conversation about writing. I didn’t say much. I just listened as he unloaded his heart, experience, and knowledge right off the page. Of course, he doesn’t seem to drink beer anymore, and I never acquired a taste for the stuff, so the steins are sitting untouched.… Read more

omnifocus for iphone!

June 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

Some of my favorite news out of WWDC this week — OmniGroup is offering some more info about OmniFocus for the iPhone. My favorite feature: “Synchronized with your Mac via .Mac or WebDAV. Live. Automatically.” I had every reason to expect that OmniGroup would get this right, and they did.… Read more

community values

June 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

Below is my first go at writing some values that will help shape a new church community in Austin. I think they still need some molding, but I’m excited about the potential of these, and have a number of ideas about how we can shape the life of the community around them:

Story
At the heart of our faith is a story.… Read more

reading journal

June 6, 2008 | 3 Comments

I’m an avid reader. I set a goal each year to read an average of a book a week. I enjoy reading, but it is also a discipline of creative work. Ideas rarely initiate out of nowhere. Some of my most creative thoughts cascade out of other ideas, and reading provides me with a torrent of ideas to fuel creative thinking.… Read more

post2post tour

June 5, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m excited that Creativityist is going to be a stop on the Post2Post virtual book tour two weeks from today. We will be interacting with Roger von Oech about the re-release of his classic work on creativity: A Whack on the SIde of the Head.

Here’s the rundown of the tour that week:
Mon, June 16 – Get Fresh Minds
Tue, June 17 – Catch Your Limit
Wed, June 18 – The Entrepreneurial Experience.Read more

the creative church

June 3, 2008 | 2 Comments

There is all sorts of talk about the need for churches to be creative. While I agree, I think the assumption is usually that this creativity happens in the form of programmed expressions from the stage in a Sunday service. This quote reminds us why creativity should be so much more that that:

The reality is that creatives walk into our communities, systems, and structures all the time, and when they do, they intuit the environment we have created and know immediately whether there is space for them.… Read more

silverflow

June 2, 2008 | 3 Comments

Yesterday, Lifehacker linked to a post on MacApper highlighting a few Quicksilver interfaces. Now, before I rave about my new Quicksilver interface, let me give a little love to MacApper — I’m now a subscriber.

Now, on to SilverFlow. This is a lovely plugin that is modeled after, well, CoverFlow.… Read more