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.… Read more
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 manual of sorts.… Read more
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.… Read more
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.… Read more
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 four years of clutter which I have scraped away.… Read more
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 police.… Read more
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 user…especially for anyone who isn’t familiar with David Allen’s Getting Things Done.… Read more
Below is the schedule for what section we will be reading each week. The weekly hub will be posted early Monday morning each week, so it will work best for everyone to do the reading for the week over the weekend or early in the week.… Read more
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 for you.)
This is a fantastic story of a group of people creatively putting their passions and experience to work for the greater good.… Read more
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.
(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…)
“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 themselves around mid-sized groups called Clusters.… Read more
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 is simple.… Read more
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.… Read more
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 for others.… Read more
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, I decided to work through the book again, and thought it would be good to invite others along for the ride.… Read more