more thoughts about church websites

December 30, 2009 | 4 Comments

As I was working on the new aMS website this fall, I was curious about what information matters most to the typical visitor to a church website. I did an informal poll and got stats of the most visited pages from a handful of church websites. What follows (as I promised in a previous post […]

2009 in review: fiction

December 22, 2009 | 4 Comments

At the beginning of 2008, I resolved to read more narrative/fiction, always having one novel or short story collection in my reading rotation. I came out of the year with no regrets, and continued this year. (And I plan to do it again in 2010 and beyond.) Below is my reading from this year. The […]

in the meantime

December 22, 2009 | Leave a comment

Last summer, an idea for a project was born out of a project that was in the midst of failing. (Seems to work that way a lot for me!) For the last month or two, I’ve been busy working on this project — a humongous meta collaborative writing project and exercise. Or something like that. […]

December 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

Last week, we went live with a new site design for Necole Marlow. Necole wanted a website to serve as a destination for potential clients for her work as a hair artist in Raleigh. It’s a simple site, designed mostly to feature photos of some of her previous clients and inspired by her business card. […]

favorite books of 2009

December 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

The time has come for my annual ‘favorite books of the year’ post. (Previous years: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004) This year, I again reached my goal of averaging a book a week over the course of the year. Only a few of these books were published in 2009, but that is when I read […]

welcoming justice

December 14, 2009 | Leave a comment

Welcoming Justice is a book about what happens when Christianity works like it should. Charles Marsh and John Perkins exchange chapters, telling not only their own story, but also their hope for the ongoing work of the church in justice and community. Each man overcame the circumstances and bias of their youth to develop a […]

December 14, 2009 | 1 Comment

But if we wish to be faithful to him, we cannot dream of reducing Christianity to a certain number of principles (though this is often done), the consequence of which can be logically deduced. This tendency to transform the work of the living God into a philosophical doctrine is the constant temptation of theologians, and […]

thinking about church websites

December 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

This fall, I was involved in a training with some church planters who were discussing church websites. Since I do websites and a church start-up, I became the resident ‘expert.’ I won’t proclaim to be an expert, but I do have opinions and I’m passionate because every church should have a well thought online presence. […]

the rhythm of a double life

December 2, 2009 | 5 Comments

On my trip to New York in October, I was sitting in a restaurant on the Upper West Side with Michael Rudzena, Ben Sternke, and Jon Tyson. We got into a discussion on what our typical weekly schedules look like. It was a helpful conversation, and I was reminded of it earlier this week as […]

you are…really [the war of art]

December 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

This post is the second in what has now certifiably become a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In the past few months, our four year old daughter has made the shift from scribbler to conceptual artist. When she draws, she no longer needs to tell us what she’s drawn…usually. […]

December 1, 2009 | Leave a comment

Yesterday, I went live with the new design for the Austin Mustard Seed website. This has been in development for most of the fall, so I’m glad to finally have it go live. Now that we have a sustainable core community, we’re starting to ask what it means to live out our values. The home […]


November 30, 2009 | Leave a comment

As we moved to Austin in 2008, I launched a blog called to chronicle our adventures in the new city. I’ve not been able to sustain the energy or interest to maintain it as a stand alone site. It also hasn’t made sense to maintain that site as I’ve been getting back to using […]

serve austin sunday: caritas

November 30, 2009 | Leave a comment

Yesterday was the second time we have been able to participate in Serve Austin Sunday with the Restore Austin network of churches. Any time a month has a fifth Sunday, our churches don’t hold services, but serve needs throughout the city. Our community joined with others to help sort 500 pounds of canned and dry […]

living a double life

November 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

I just dug out the draft for this blog post…I started it 70 days ago! And by started it, I mean I typed the title, and knew some of what I wanted to say. I was going to wax eloquent about what it is like to do double duty as the pastor for a start-up […]

a whole new mind

November 25, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’m not sure where I first heard about A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. But I know that I heard about it a number of times since. It’s one of those books that kept popping up in readings and conversations with others. Pink’s core argument is one that […]

for the love of instapaper

November 19, 2009 | 2 Comments

Every once in a while, I have one of those What apps do you have on your iPhone? conversations. It’s kind of the 2009 version of How much can you bench? I thought Instapaper was mainstream, but it’s not seldom that I talk with someone who isn’t using it. You might not know about it […]

reflections from los angeles

November 16, 2009 | Leave a comment

(Downtown LA as seen from JR’s apartment.) Taking part in Verge LA was an invigorating weekend. This was more like a large conversation than a conference, with 19 different speakers making 14 minute presentations on mission. Some random thoughts from the time there: From a participant standpoint, I love the format. The presenters weren’t big […]

drum circle

November 14, 2009 | Leave a comment

Tribe of LA led a drum circle to get us off to a nice start this morning at Verge LA.

verge l.a. is this weekend

November 12, 2009 | Leave a comment

One last reminder that Verge LA is this weekend. From what I understand, there are still some seats available for this free event, but seating will be prioritized for those who have RSVP’d via Facebook. If you have reasonable access to be in Hollywood this weekend, it’d be good to see you there. I’m eager […]

creativityist clean up

November 12, 2009 | Leave a comment

I think most readers of this blog are familiar with my Creativityist blog since it has twice as many readers as this one. But since I’ve been posting my design work here of late, I thought I’d include it. I’m still very pleased with the base design there, which is now about a year old. […]