more thoughts about church websites

December 30, 2009 | 4 Comments

As I was working on the new aMS website this fall, I was curious about what information matters most to the typical visitor to a church website. I did an informal poll and got stats of the most visited pages from a handful of church websites. What follows (as I promised in a previous post […]

2009 in review: fiction

December 22, 2009 | 4 Comments

At the beginning of 2008, I resolved to read more narrative/fiction, always having one novel or short story collection in my reading rotation. I came out of the year with no regrets, and continued this year. (And I plan to do it again in 2010 and beyond.) Below is my reading from this year. The […]

in the meantime

December 22, 2009 | Leave a comment

Last summer, an idea for a project was born out of a project that was in the midst of failing. (Seems to work that way a lot for me!) For the last month or two, I’ve been busy working on this project — a humongous meta collaborative writing project and exercise. Or something like that. […]

December 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

Last week, we went live with a new site design for Necole Marlow. Necole wanted a website to serve as a destination for potential clients for her work as a hair artist in Raleigh. It’s a simple site, designed mostly to feature photos of some of her previous clients and inspired by her business card. […]

favorite books of 2009

December 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

The time has come for my annual ‘favorite books of the year’ post. (Previous years: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004) This year, I again reached my goal of averaging a book a week over the course of the year. Only a few of these books were published in 2009, but that is when I read […]

welcoming justice

December 14, 2009 | Leave a comment

Welcoming Justice is a book about what happens when Christianity works like it should. Charles Marsh and John Perkins exchange chapters, telling not only their own story, but also their hope for the ongoing work of the church in justice and community. Each man overcame the circumstances and bias of their youth to develop a […]

December 14, 2009 | 1 Comment

But if we wish to be faithful to him, we cannot dream of reducing Christianity to a certain number of principles (though this is often done), the consequence of which can be logically deduced. This tendency to transform the work of the living God into a philosophical doctrine is the constant temptation of theologians, and […]

thinking about church websites

December 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

This fall, I was involved in a training with some church planters who were discussing church websites. Since I do websites and a church start-up, I became the resident ‘expert.’ I won’t proclaim to be an expert, but I do have opinions and I’m passionate because every church should have a well thought online presence. […]

the rhythm of a double life

December 2, 2009 | 5 Comments

On my trip to New York in October, I was sitting in a restaurant on the Upper West Side with Michael Rudzena, Ben Sternke, and Jon Tyson. We got into a discussion on what our typical weekly schedules look like. It was a helpful conversation, and I was reminded of it earlier this week as […]

you are…really [the war of art]

December 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

This post is the second in what has now certifiably become a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In the past few months, our four year old daughter has made the shift from scribbler to conceptual artist. When she draws, she no longer needs to tell us what she’s drawn…usually. […]

December 1, 2009 | Leave a comment

Yesterday, I went live with the new design for the Austin Mustard Seed website. This has been in development for most of the fall, so I’m glad to finally have it go live. Now that we have a sustainable core community, we’re starting to ask what it means to live out our values. The home […]