urban prayer retreat

September 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

While a student at MHGS, I had many conversations with Dwight Friesen that still shape my thinking. Once, he described a pastor he knew in Seattle who thought of herself not only as the pastor of her church community, …

plantr.org

September 29, 2009 | Leave a comment

This weekend, I launched a new website for PlantR. This is a network of church planters in the Austin area that I’m thankful to be a part of. Some of the friendships I have developed through PlantR have offered …

the inspiration archive

September 29, 2009 | 5 Comments

As I promised a few weeks ago, I have a few posts in the works with some tips on managing my workflow for web design. This would be the first of those…

I’ve been building websites for about 15 …

yom kippur

September 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

You might have noticed on your calendar that today is Yom Kippur. Many of us will see that only as a holiday that someone else celebrates. And that’s too bad.

Yom Kippur is the contemporary celebration of the Day …

get heaven into people

September 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

A fundamental mistake of the conservative side of the American church today, and much of the Western church, is that it takes as its basic goal to get as many people as possible ready to die and go to heaven. …

deep church

September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

I’ll tell you up front that I received Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, by Jim Belcher, for review. But I’ll also tell you that I would have bought this and read it at my first …

the box [the creative habit]

September 22, 2009 | Leave a comment

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

Today, our seven month, irregularly recurring series on The Creative Habit comes to an end. But, in the …

to rest is to trust

September 21, 2009 | 4 Comments

Rob Bell twittered these words a few weeks ago. Helpful and important words I think.

But this morning, the importance of rest was given an exclamation mark in my reading of Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart. In a …

orange optimism

September 21, 2009 | 3 Comments

There’s a certain curse that came with growing up in Colorado as a Broncos fan. It’s called optimism. After you saw John Elway pull off a few of those come from behind victories he made famous, you started to believe …

an update is coming…

September 14, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’m working on a One Year Later… update to send to all of our friends and family who have been part of our journey to life in Austin. I’m going to do this update via email instead of the usual …

in the beginning, god

September 11, 2009 | Leave a comment

I suppose it would be possible to over emphasize the first few chapters of Genesis, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in North American Christianity. These few chapters are the foundation that a Christian way of seeing life …

hands on with voila

September 11, 2009 | 7 Comments

There aren’t many days where I don’t capture an image off my screen for some kind of purpose. Usually it’s an image or design that I want to remember for future inspiration, or a screen capture of an image to …

strange idea labs

September 9, 2009 | Leave a comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reworking my design site (screen cap below), and I put some finishing touches on it yesterday. (It’ll probably stay this way for at least a month or two.) Its primary function is a …

epoch coffee

September 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

Trying out Epoch Coffee today because I’m adventurous like that.

The picture tells the tale. Meh. Only in Austin have I seen lattes in a wanna-be frosty mug. Do they do this other places?

Minor redemption: Sigur Rós in the …

three day weekends are good

September 8, 2009 | 2 Comments

Our family has had on and off success with keeping a weekly Sabbath over the last few years. For us, Sabbath is a day to enjoy the goodness of life and creation — good food, time with loved ones, and …

fully living in every corner of human life

September 8, 2009 | Leave a comment

A helpful reminder for those of us who like to fret/debate/discuss which form of church is the right one:

This impotence of ‘systems’ is a main reason why Jesus did not send his students out to start governments or even …

workflow review

September 4, 2009 | 3 Comments

Every week or two, I get a kind note from someone who has stumbled on the site and pillaged the archives. This is usually a Mac switcher or someone who is just trying to get their workflow in order. Some …

the spirituality of creating

September 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

Christine Sine has been running a blog series this summer called What is a Spiritual Practice? It’s been encouraging to see how so many connect spiritual richness to their daily activities.

I was honored that Christine asked me to participate. …

i love this sign

September 3, 2009 | 3 Comments

the gift of twitter

September 3, 2009 | Leave a comment

Here’s the thing about the internet. It offers access to people and information from all over the world. We can hear and see what life looks like for people who we might have no connection with otherwise.

Here’s the other …