twestival anyone?

January 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

I hold an ever growing conviction that to follow the Way of Jesus is to participate in bringing about the Kingdom of God wherever you see it is at work. Of course that happens through intentional church ministries, but the kingdom of God is not limited to that. One example of this would be Twestival: […]

contexts: weekly review

January 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

This is part of a series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system. While David Allen’s Getting Things Done has shaped a lot of my workflow, my efforts at implementing a weekly review have been half-hearted. For more than a year, I’ve scheduled an […]

dichotomies & hypocrisies

January 28, 2009 | 2 Comments

It’s been over four years since I sat down with Jeff for a conversation that would mark me for the better. Jeff had been in my high school ministry. Now, a few years out of high school, he was struggling with his church experiences. Jeff was always a writer, and he had written a book […]

viva la keynote

January 23, 2009 | 3 Comments

We have an old Mac Mini attached to the TV in our family room. We use it as a media server for music and some kids movies, and lately it’s been handy for watching streaming movings on Netflix. But, it has been most useful for our Sunday Gatherings. I have Keynote installed on the Mac […]

thinking about contexts

January 23, 2009 | 6 Comments

As often happens with the new year, I find I have a renewed willingness to rethink everything. This ranges from the larger looming questions of life goals and purpose, all the way down the practical minutiae of how I structure my days and workflow. In particular, I’ve been revisiting the contexts that I use in […]

omnifocus or things?

January 14, 2009 | 24 Comments

With the official release of Things (and the expiration of the free betas), there has been ongoing chatter from those trying to decide which GTD app to use: Things or OmniFocus. Things last beta, and a promotional discount, are ending tomorrow, so I know many are trying to decide which way to go. Since I’ve […]

contribution through difference

January 14, 2009 | 4 Comments

Every nation has a peculiar contribution to make to the interpretation of Christianity. The Son of man is too great to be expressed by any one portion of humanity. Those that differ from us most will probably contribute most to our expression of Christianity.” — E. Stanley Jones (once again, 80 years ago) in The […]

one year…and still pushing back the fog

January 13, 2009 | Leave a comment

This week, Creativityist is celebrating our first birthday. The thumbnail to the right is a peek back at the first site design and the introductory post: Creativityist…one who practices creativity. I started the blog with a few ideas, and a dark fog lingering beyond them. Today, I have a few more ideas, and the dark […]

nt wright at harvard

January 12, 2009 | 2 Comments

In November, N.T. Wright gave a series of talks at the Harvard University Graduate Student Christian Fellowship entitled Reconstructing Hope. Here’s a link to each talk: Why Do Good in a Hopeless World? What is Good in a World that Defies Hope? Doing Good: What Plus Hope Equals Change? I appreciated the content of the […]

some advice from Gandhi

January 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

The quote I just posted came from E. Stanley Jones’ reflections on a conversation he had with Gandhi (as recorded in The Christ of the Indian Road). Jones, who befriended Gandhi as a missionary in India, asked the great leader what would be required for Christianity to be “naturalized” in India. Gandhi had a four […]

the real thing seems strange and impossible

January 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

we are inoculating the world with a mild form of Christianity, so that it is now practically immune against the real thing. Vast areas of the Christian world are inoculated with a mild form of Christianity, and the real thing seems strange and impossible.” — E. Stanley Jones (80 years ago) in The Christ of […]

oops…an addendum needed

January 9, 2009 | Leave a comment

This morning, Tim Keller’s apologetic work, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism came to my mind in one of those random and varied thought chains that I find myself in. Often. You have those too, right? Please tell me yes. The next thought in the chain was alarm that I did […]

intimately theirs

January 8, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Christ of the Indian Road is an 80 year old text written by E. Stanley Jones, a Methodist missionary to India in the first half of the 20th Century. He describes the use of a phrase in dialogue with some Indian leaders that later became the title of this book: I talked to them […]

of ethics and imagination

January 5, 2009 | Leave a comment

the ethic envisioned by the New Testament writers is not an impossible ideal. If we fail to live in obedient responsiveness to their moral vision, that is because of a failure of imagination — or perhaps a lack of courage — on our part.” — Richard Hays in The Moral Vision of the New Testament