2010 ecclesia national gathering

October 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

Information about the Ecclesia Network 2010 National Gathering has been posted.

Austin Mustard Seed is blessed to be part of this network. My appreciation for Ecclesia is that we are primarily connected to each other not through theology or models, but through a shared passion for mission.… Read more

hands on with ulysses 2.0

October 27, 2009 | 14 Comments

As NaNoWriMo drew near last year, I wrote a comparison of StoryMill and Scrivener. Both have undergone minor revisions in the last year and are still worth a look for the aspiring NaNoWriMo’er. But…

There is also Ulysses to consider. Ulysses 2.0 was released in recent months as an upgrade to an already worthy writing program.… Read more

18 months of ebooks

October 23, 2009 | 5 Comments

It’s been a little over 18 months that I’ve been using a Kindle. The last few times I’ve traveled, I’ve seen at least one other person on the plane with one and most people now recognize it. Now, with the release of the Barnes and Noble Nook, ebook readers are in the mainstream.… Read more

the most real world

October 23, 2009 | Leave a comment

The most real world is not what we see in the present but rather God’s ultimate intention for creation when all things will be put right and all who are thirsty may find water that satisfies with a satisfaction that is beyond our imagination in this age. It is what we longingly pray for when we say ‘your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'” — John Franke in Manifold Witness: The Plurality of TruthRead more

local theology: local theologian(s)

October 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’m long over due on writing more thoughts in my ongoing series on Local Theology. I have notes with thoughts for several more posts scratched out and I will keep working them out as I find the energy to put toward them.

On my Austin Mustard Seed business card, I have a title that almost always draws a comment when someone takes the time to look at my card when I hand it to them:

John Chandler, pastor / local theologian

The usual responses are “Local theologian…I like that.” Or “Local theologian…what does that mean?” Or confusion.… Read more

choose your own verge

October 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

In the last few weeks, I’ve been given a heads up about two different events that are coming up, both called Verge. I hope they don’t get confused with each other, because both look like great events. Here’s the rundown on each:

Verge LA 2009

Verge LA is being put together by my good friend JR Woodward and the Ecclesia Network.… Read more

interruptions welcome

October 21, 2009 | Leave a comment

Late yesterday afternoon, I was working at my home desk. My to do list extended off the bottom of my larger monitor after last week’s travels, and I wanted to make a few more items disappear before calling it a day. While I was working, our doorbell rang. I worked on, knowing that someone else would answer.… Read more

reading from my travels

October 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

I think I’ve outgrown all my romantic notions of air travel from childhood. Cranky flight attendents and condescending TSA guards probably have a lot to do with that. But there is one thing I still like about it — a few hours of uninterrupted reading time. I read two books in my travels last week that are worth a mention:

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
In the midst of all the self-effacing humor, this is always an undercurrent of rich thought in Donald Miller’s writing.… Read more

reflections from new york

October 20, 2009 | 1 Comment


(The New York skyline to the south of Central Park. Don’t panic…the people in the foreground aren’t ghosts. This is a collection of photos put together with AutoStitch (iTunes link).)

I had a fantastic time in New York at the church planting round table hosted by Trinity Grace last week. I’m still contemplating much of my experience, but here are a few brief reflections:

  • Jon Tyson opened up our time together describing how he keeps having similar conversations with a lot of people.
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trinity grace church and new york

October 13, 2009 | 2 Comments


Later this week, I’m going to be spending a few days with Trinity Grace Church in New York. They are hosting an urban church planting round table, and I’m looking forward to learning from thew wisdom and experiences of others who will be there.

If you are the praying type, I’d appreciate your prayers for how God might continue to unfold the hopes and dreams of Austin Mustard Seed through my time there.… Read more

the project binder

October 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

Staying organized is a tricky balance when it comes to creative work. It is easy to get consumed in the backend organization of things and lose valuable time when you could be creating. On the other hand, some degree of organization helps me find what I need to quickly move into making things mode when I have a block of time set aside.… Read more

sorry boston

October 11, 2009 | Leave a comment



(AP Photos/Elise Amendola and Barry Gutierrez)… Read more

everyday justice

October 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

In the introduction to Everyday Justice, Julie Clawson states her wish that this book didn’t need to written. But, it did need to be written. And though I asked to review this book for IVP, I wished I didn’t have to read it. But I needed to read it.

As our world is more connected than ever before, we are more aware than ever of what is happening around the globe.… Read more

the good news

October 7, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Good News is not first and foremost a message that gives one hope for the afterlife; the Good News is not first and foremost a message that one may have inner peace and tranquility; the Good News is not first and foremost that one may experience an ‘authentic’ life; the Good News is, first and foremost, a proclamation that the long-anticipated rule and reign of God has now come in the midst of human history.Read more