November 30, 2009 | Leave a comment

As we moved to Austin in 2008, I launched a blog called to chronicle our adventures in the new city. I’ve not been able to sustain the energy or interest to maintain it as a stand alone site. It also hasn’t made sense to maintain that site as I’ve been getting back to using […]

serve austin sunday: caritas

November 30, 2009 | Leave a comment

Yesterday was the second time we have been able to participate in Serve Austin Sunday with the Restore Austin network of churches. Any time a month has a fifth Sunday, our churches don’t hold services, but serve needs throughout the city. Our community joined with others to help sort 500 pounds of canned and dry […]

living a double life

November 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

I just dug out the draft for this blog post…I started it 70 days ago! And by started it, I mean I typed the title, and knew some of what I wanted to say. I was going to wax eloquent about what it is like to do double duty as the pastor for a start-up […]

a whole new mind

November 25, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’m not sure where I first heard about A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. But I know that I heard about it a number of times since. It’s one of those books that kept popping up in readings and conversations with others. Pink’s core argument is one that […]

for the love of instapaper

November 19, 2009 | 2 Comments

Every once in a while, I have one of those What apps do you have on your iPhone? conversations. It’s kind of the 2009 version of How much can you bench? I thought Instapaper was mainstream, but it’s not seldom that I talk with someone who isn’t using it. You might not know about it […]

reflections from los angeles

November 16, 2009 | Leave a comment

(Downtown LA as seen from JR’s apartment.) Taking part in Verge LA was an invigorating weekend. This was more like a large conversation than a conference, with 19 different speakers making 14 minute presentations on mission. Some random thoughts from the time there: From a participant standpoint, I love the format. The presenters weren’t big […]

drum circle

November 14, 2009 | Leave a comment

Tribe of LA led a drum circle to get us off to a nice start this morning at Verge LA.

verge l.a. is this weekend

November 12, 2009 | Leave a comment

One last reminder that Verge LA is this weekend. From what I understand, there are still some seats available for this free event, but seating will be prioritized for those who have RSVP’d via Facebook. If you have reasonable access to be in Hollywood this weekend, it’d be good to see you there. I’m eager […]

creativityist clean up

November 12, 2009 | Leave a comment

I think most readers of this blog are familiar with my Creativityist blog since it has twice as many readers as this one. But since I’ve been posting my design work here of late, I thought I’d include it. I’m still very pleased with the base design there, which is now about a year old. […]

creating requires doing [the war of art]

November 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

This post is the first in what will probably maybe hopefully be a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The War of Art is subtitled Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. That is something that author Steven Pressfield apparently knows a little about. He was writing […]

November 4, 2009 | Leave a comment

Steve Lewis is one of many friends from Seattle who I miss getting to sit down and enjoy a refreshing beverage with. But as of a few weeks ago, Steve is no longer in Seattle either. He has begun an extended journey to do ongoing research of Christian movements around the world. Steve wanted a […]

verge l.a. talk: sabbath and mission

November 4, 2009 | Leave a comment

Verge LA 2009 is a little over a week away. I’m looking forward to 24 hours of stimulating dialogue and new friends. I’ve been setting aside a little time everyday to study and reflect on the topic I chose: Sabbath and Mission. It is a topic I’m already interested in, but my passion is growing […]

task management smackdown

November 4, 2009 | 2 Comments

If you’re not already subscribing to the MacPowerUsers podcast, I’d encourage you to give it a go. This week’s episode dealt with a topic close to the heart of the Creativityist community: task management software. They dedicate most of the show to a comparison between OmniFocus and Things. My friend David Sparks, of MacSparky fame, […]

the answer to the problem of civilization

November 3, 2009 | Leave a comment

This, then is the answer to the problem of civilization: not to flee from the realm of space but to be in love with eternity. Things are our tools; eternity, the Sabbath, is our mate. Israel is engaged to eternity. Even if they dedicate six days of the week to worldly pursuits, their soul is […]

manifold witness: the plurality of truth

November 2, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’ve heard a number of good things about John Franke and his theological writings, but had not read any. Until now that is…when the publisher asked me to review Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth, I was quick to agree. After reading it, I’m confident this book will make my top 10 of the year […]