slices of slife

September 30, 2008 | 3 Comments

Last week, I mentioned the Slife review I wrote for MacSparky. If you haven’t read that, I hope you will, because I want to talk a little bit more about how Slife has been helpful for me.

The short version is this: “Slife is a free program that runs in the background and measures how you spend your time.… Read more

contextual (a missiology for the west)

September 30, 2008 | 5 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

We have, at long last, come to the conviction that mission in the Third World must be contextual. We do not have an equally clear conviction about the need for contextualization in the West.Read more

breathe in, breathe out

September 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

Gathering and sending are related to one another like breathing in and breathing out. The important thing is therefore to view life in the everyday world as just as important as the gathering of the congregation in the feast of worship.” — Jurgen Moltmann

(Lovely thought. I think I’ll steal it for our church gatherings page.)… Read more

the artist's way collective: week 5 hub

September 29, 2008 | 8 Comments

The Artist’s Way Collective begins week 5 today. This week focuses on Recovering a Sense of Possibility.

For those who are participating with us, you can share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more

artist's way reflections: week 4

September 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

For most blocked creatives, reading is an addiction. We gobble the words of others rather than digest our own thoughts and feelings, rather than cook up something of our own. (pg. 87)

I hate this quote.

I agree with it, but I hate it.

It is me. I have known this to be true, but how could I argue with benefits of reading?… Read more

ecumenical (a missiology for the west)

September 26, 2008 | 3 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

A mission to the West will have to be ecumenical.

Yesterday, I sat in a room full of Austin pastors, most of them in recently planted churches.… Read more

stages of organic growth

September 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

Jonathan Dodson is a church planter in Austin who I am thankful to call a friend. Today, he blogged about the stages of organic growth as they experienced them at Austin City Life. It was encouraging to read. Much of what Jonathan describes is similar to how I pray these early stages of Austin Mustard Seed might look.… Read more

slife review

September 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m thankful that I was granted the opportunity to write a guest post on one of my favorite blogs: MacSparky.

The post is a review of a program called Slife that is teaching me a lot about my workflow. I’ll be writing more about how I am using it here in the next few weeks, so please make your way over to MacSparky to read the review.… Read more

ecclesia national gathering 2009

September 23, 2008 | Leave a comment

Last week, the details were announced for the 2009 Ecclesia National Gathering. The theme of the conference this year is Crafting Missional Expressions of Church. We will gather in early March in the company of Mike Breen, Eddie Gibbs, Darrell Guder, and Jon Tyson.

This serves as an annual gathering of leaders of churches in The Ecclesia Network.… Read more

strange idea labs

September 23, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m doing some freelance design work, so I’ve launched Strange Idea Labs. I’m specializing in simple content-based websites (mostly using WordPress), some branding and print media, and web hosting.

We’ve decided it would be best to be bivocational rather than put unreasonable financial pressure on Austin Mustard Seed early in the life of this church community.… Read more

countercultural (a missiology for the west)

September 22, 2008 | 4 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

a mission to the West must be countercultural, though not in an escapist way

I wasn’t planning on spreading the posts in this series a week apart.… Read more

the artist's way collective: week 4 hub

September 22, 2008 | 6 Comments

The Artist’s Way Collective begins week 4 today. This week focuses on Recovering a Sense of Integrity.

For those who are participating with us, you can share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more

espresso preview please

September 18, 2008 | Leave a comment

Only ten hours ago, as I sipped on a double latte, I gushed and twittered about CSSEdit. This lovely little app is favored tool for nipping and tucking a web layout.

Only three hours ago, give or take, TUAW posted about Espresso. Being developed by MacRabbit, the makers of said CSSEdit, Espresso looks to take nipping and tucking to a whole new level.… Read more

board meeting

September 17, 2008 | 3 Comments


Here’s a glimpse of today’s high powered board meeting for Austin Mustard Seed with Todd Hiestand and Chris Marlow. I promise it was more fun than the looks on their faces might convey.… Read more

the nothing church

September 17, 2008 | Leave a comment

The church now seems to stand in the same place as God stood in some 2,500 years ago: misrepresented, accused of bigotry, portrayed as narrow-minded and in love with power, only interested in buildings, ready to smite the dirty and sinful, over-occupied with sex, and ready to lend support for unjust wars … And so we must do as God did, as Christ commanded and exemplified: we must be born again.… Read more

a folder for the trendy kids

September 16, 2008 | 2 Comments

Creating content is life giving. Managing all of it? Well, that’s kind of like wading into the river Styx.

With new files added every day, my documents folder gets a little stuffy. I know I’m not the only one; last spring, I wrote a post about how I organize my documents using Leap and Hazel.… Read more

ecological (a missiology for the west)

September 15, 2008 | 5 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.)

A missiology of Western culture must include an ecological dimension.

Thanks to my nature loving Grandma, I’ve always had an appreciation for nature that wasn’t really offered in my Evangelical background.… Read more

the artist's way collective: week 3 hub

September 15, 2008 | 14 Comments

The Artist’s Way Collective begins week 3 today. This week focuses on Recovering a Sense of Power.

For those who are participating with us, you can share your thoughts in the comments below. If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.… Read more

artist's way reflections: week two

September 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

I admire, and crave, the freedom my children have when it comes to expressing themselves. My oldest daughter doesn’t need to be called an artist to color, or a ballerina to dance. My younger daughter doesn’t need to be called a soloist to sing, or a comedian to crack a joke.… Read more

space for imagination

September 12, 2008 | Leave a comment

Our problem today: the space for imagination to expand and take shape is inversely proportional to the speed at which we live. Driven hard and fast, we lack the time to allow alternate worlds and possibilities to form, careening past small turnings and exits, bound to follow the obvious straight paths of the present arrangement.” — Kester Brewin, Signs of EmergenceRead more