24 hours of prayer

August 31, 2008 | Leave a comment

As Austin Mustard Seed prepares to move into our first gatherings, we have been asking friends and supporters to join together in 24 hours of prayer over on our support team blog. This will take place next Saturday through Sunday evening, and we’ve filled about 70% of the half hour slots. If you’d like to […]


August 28, 2008 | Leave a comment

‘Mission’ is a word that spans the total distance between God and the world’s salvation. The whole dynamic of the church’s life may be conveyed by this single verb.” — Paul S. Minear in Images of the Church in the New Testament

prescriptive or descriptive?

August 28, 2008 | 2 Comments

Some current and recent reading on what the Bible says the church should be has helped me find new language for a question that is often present for me. Is the Bible meant to be prescriptive, or descriptive? If the Bible is prescriptive, then we come to it with an understanding that it is a […]

michael pollan hq

August 27, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’ve become familiar with Michael Pollan through books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. Tonight I ran across the images above, which are pictures of his writing house. He built it himself (which is documented in an earlier book called A Place of My Own). Larger pictures are available on his website. […]

reading routines

August 27, 2008 | 2 Comments

I enjoy reading enough that even grad school wasn’t able to take the joy out of it. It just exposed me to a lot more material that I haven’t read yet. Being a few months removed from all that required reading, I’m starting to develop some patterns for what I’m reading. I’m usually in the […]

austin mustard seed

August 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

I spent much of the last week putting together the website for Austin Mustard Seed, the new church community we are part of in Austin. I love this creative part of the process — taking ideas that have been developing for years and shaping them into words within a layout. There is a part of […]

new template

August 26, 2008 | 2 Comments

Last night, while watching Michael Clayton, I started playing around with a new template for this blog. That might not have been the best idea, because I missed about three, or fifteen, important developments in the plot. But at least I have a new template to show for it. My sidebar had built up about […]

the artist's way collective: what to share

August 25, 2008 | 2 Comments

The Artist’s Way Collective begins one week from today. There is still time to join us! You can read the Intro and the How it Works posts for more information. For those who are going to participate, I hope you can see this not as accountability, but encouragement. I don’t plan on being the Artist […]

getting comfortable with omnifocus

August 22, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’ve made no secret of my love for OmniFocus and it’s integration in my workflow. As a result, I often have people ask me more about how to use OmniFocus, or even about how I use it specifically. I’m not surprised. OmniFocus does have a learning curve, and it is not intuitive for a first-time […]

the artist's way collective: schedule

August 19, 2008 | Leave a comment

We have a little less than two weeks until The Artist’s Way Collective begins. There is still time to join us! You can read the Intro and the How it Works posts for more information. Below is the schedule for what section we will be reading each week. The weekly hub will be posted early […]

dave eggers at TED

August 19, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m cool enough to have read most of Dave Eggers’ books, but not cool enough to know if it is still cool or not to like Dave Eggers. But I do. And all the more after listening to his TED talk from earlier this year: (Here’s a direct link if the embedded video didn’t work […]

ah, the good old days

August 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, I was working on the layout for our new church website and I got to reminiscing about my web designing back in the good old days. The Wayback Machine reminded me of some of the webpages I did back when Prince was still formerly known as. Here’s the old website from my part-time graphic […]

you know it’s time for a haircut when…

August 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

…you paste your face in a 1978 yearbook picture, and the only thing that looks different is your hair color. This photo brought to you during time spent entertaining my son, courtesy of YearbookYourself.

clean out yer dock

August 14, 2008 | 2 Comments

(The title of this post should be read with the same inflection and accent as the line “Bring out yer dead!” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If you aren’t familiar with that line, then please go rent the movie and watch it before continuing…) This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders […]


August 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

“Ah yeah, clusters … … … What are those?” That was my response to my friend Doug’s email earlier this summer. He had read the strategy document I was developing for our church start up. After reading it, he thought that it was similar to a movement of churches in the UK that are shaping […]

the artist's way collective: how it works

August 11, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m pleased with the response so far for The Artist’s Way Collective. We have participants from five states and two continents so far. With three weeks to go before we start, there is still plenty of time to join us. You can read the Intro post for more information. The structure I have in mind […]

creativityist hq

August 8, 2008 | 7 Comments

As we’ve gotten settled in our new home in Austin, I’ve tried to give my office enough attention to make it an appealing workspace from the get go. I’ve had a few seasons of life where I had a tidy office, but mostly my office in the past has been…shall we say…a tad frenzied. In […]

making time to make

August 7, 2008 | Leave a comment

Other than my wife (hi honey!), I can’t imagine that there are any readers of this blog that don’t read Merlin Mann’s world famous 43 Folders. But just in case, I feel it is a duty to point your attention toward the series Merlin did this week called Making Time to Make. In Merlin’s words: […]

quick task tips

August 4, 2008 | Leave a comment

Yesterday, I looked at an item in OmniFocus, and I wasn’t sure what it meant. After the three minutes or so it took me to sort it out, I decided it was time to revisit the to-do guidelines I scratched out a few years ago. I thought I’d post them here as a helpful summary […]

the artist’s way collective

August 4, 2008 | Leave a comment

On Saturday, I introduced The Artist’s Way Collective over on Creativityist. This will be a shared online experience of working through The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, together. I first went through this book three years ago. You can read my impressions at the time here. As I’m leaning into a new season of life, […]