serve austin sunday

August 31, 2009 | Leave a comment

Before we moved to Austin, one of the local church planters I had contact with was Brandon Hatmaker. Brandon had planted Austin New Church in the year before we moved. Brandon offered ongoing help before, and since, our arrival … (phase one)

August 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

Yesterday morning, we went live with phase one of a new website for Help End Local Poverty I’m very happy with how it turned out, and hope it will serve well to shape the movement Chris and company are pulling …

scrivener to go

August 28, 2009 | 4 Comments

Like most apps, Scrivener updated this week to get ready for Snow Leopard. The new version is 1.52, but it’s not just about Snow Leopard. It also includes a nifty little feature to import notes from Combine this …

philly in october anyone?

August 27, 2009 | Leave a comment

I would love to be heading up to Philly in October.

Of course, there’s a good chance the Angels will be facing off against the Phillies in the World Series. (Yeah, I know. Yankees blah blah blah.)

The main reason, …

yes please

August 27, 2009 | Leave a comment

the delightful results of obedience

August 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

In light of the thoughts I had on Matthew 5 last week, I emphatically underlined this quote this morning:

The focus, then, is not so much on the rules themselves, but on the kind of people we want to

textexpander on the iphone!

August 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

It’s been a long time coming. In my case, it’s been 653 days…

I don’t want to take all the credit for this happening (a significant portion will do), but TextExpander Touch has arrived! If you’re not familiar with TextExpander

recent reading

August 25, 2009 | 2 Comments

Aside from some of the publisher’s reviews I’ve been doing, I’ve not posted must about some of my recent reading. Here are a few books that I’ve read in the last few months that stand out:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A

site launch (soon): helponenow

August 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

Sshh…this isn’t completely public yet, so don’t tell anyone.

I’m excited to show you the new website for HELPonenow. HELPonenow is an initiative of Help End Local Poverty focused on finding financial partners to cover the monthly …

contexts: meetings

August 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

This is part of an ongoing series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system.

I’ve added a new context to OmniFocus. This one seems kind of obvious, but …


August 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

I started this blog five years ago to share things I was learning and thinking about, mostly from my reading. However, my five year review reminded me the first few years of this blog really were more of a lifestream. …


August 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

Though I love the extra time with my daughter that summer offers, I’ve been looking forward to school starting again. This summer was busy and chaotic…who knew moving 2 miles could cause so much disruption? I’m looking forward to having …

we are not alone

August 20, 2009 | Leave a comment

I know, I know. From the title, you were expecting aliens. Finally, you thought, we are going to hear John’s views on Roswell, Area 51, and all things big headed and bug eyed.


This post is about something more …

toward goodness and beauty

August 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

We had a great dialogue around Matthew 5 last night in our Austin Mustard Seed gathering. Some of these thoughts came out of that…

For some, the Sermon on the Mount can be troubling because it might seem that Jesus …

hands on with pdfpen

August 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Let me begin with a mild disclaimer. Everyone once in a while, I get an email from a software developer asking if I’d like to review their software. I enjoy reviewing software, but I often turn down those opportunities. I …


August 15, 2009 | Leave a comment

I am drawn back to watch this every 3-4 months and it’s time for me to watch it again.

Maybe it is for you too…

Sigur Rós – Glósóli from on Vimeo.…

deadlines can be lifelines [the creative habit]

August 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp.

It was February 24 of this year that I began this series of reflections on The Creative Habit. …

creativity is an act of defiance [the creative habit]

August 7, 2009 | Leave a comment

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp.

From time to time, I look back at some notes I collected from The Creative Habit to find inspiration …