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, but a pastor to the whole city. This is a subtle but important shift in thinking, and one I’ve tried to adopt.… Read more

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 significant support and encouragement in the year we’ve been in Austin.… Read more

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 years, mostly for personal projects like this one. There have been some side jobs here and there, but it’s been in the last year that I’m doing significant freelance work to put food in my family’s mouths.… Read more

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 of Atonement, described in Leviticus 16. Most of these Jewish holidays/festivals are lost to those of us in Christianity, but they shouldn’t be.… Read more

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. It aims to get people into heaven rather than get heaven into people.” — Dallas Willard in Renovation of the Heart

Statements like this represent why everyone in church leadership, including me, should read the last chapter of this book at least once a year.… Read more

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 opportunity, review copy or not.

With so many books written about the emerging church in recent years, there has been a gap in books written about…the gap.… Read more

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 interest of being trite, last certainly does not mean least. I think I’ve saved the best for last.… Read more

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 chapter on the relationship between the body and spirituality, Willard writes about the importance of Sabbath.… Read more

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 that there was always a chance. Of course, not all Broncos fans turned out as optimistic as me…maybe they took those early Super Bowl losses and Simpsons jokes harder than I did.… Read more

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 postal mailing we’ve done before. I know we have email addresses for many of you, but not everyone.… Read more

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 and creation are built on, and I don’t think we look at them enough.… Read more

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 include in a blog post. When Global Delight contacted me and asked me to review Voila, their screen capture program, I was interested.… Read more

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 landing spot for potential clients who don’t already know my.

I streamlined it down to a simple intro page with a portfolio of recent work.… Read more

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 playlist.… Read more

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 urban or nature adventures. We do our best to enjoy a day with no responsibility…other than the needs of the little ones in our home that shouldn’t be neglected, of course.… Read more

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 churches as we know them today, which always strongly convey some elements of a human system.… Read more

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 of the posts where I describe my workflow, especially the Capture Everything series, are now over a year old.… Read more

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. And thankful that she was patient enough to wait two months for my post: The Spirituality of Creating.… Read more

i love this sign

September 3, 2009 | 3 Comments

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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 thing about the internet. It helps us connect with people who are a lot like us.… Read more