501words: a sneak peek

April 28, 2010 | Leave a comment

For the last six months, I’ve been carving out small chunks of time here and there to develop a new website called 501Words. Last summer I set up an incognito blog called 501 words, with a goal of writing 501 words every day. I picked that number because it’s a decent, but not overwhelming, amount […]

my ipad (and iphone) to scrivener workflow

April 28, 2010 | 38 Comments

(UPDATE: You might be interested in my more recent post on iPad writing apps. Some can sync with Scrivener 2.0.) Despite my initial concerns that the iPad seemed geared for consuming rather than creating, I’m finding it can be a great tool for capturing, and even developing, some ideas. As I hoped in that same […]

servant church austin

April 27, 2010 | Leave a comment

Late last week, we launched the website for Servant Church Austin. This is a new United Methodist church in Central-East Austin. I’ve gotten to know the pastor, Eric Vogt over the last few years, and I’m excited about what is to come for him. As you would expect, it’s running on WordPress. The site has […]

a work week with the iPad

April 26, 2010 | 4 Comments

Last week, I turned my MacBook Pro into a desktop machine, using only an iPad anytime I left the house. For me, that’s every morning, and last week, it included one full day. So…can an iPad be your complete mobile solution? Maybe the picture to the right can tell you what I think. If you’re […]

arts and mission

April 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, we had one of the most engaging PlantR meetings I have been a part of. A panel of three artists led us through a dialogue of the merging of mission and the arts. Churches don’t do artistic expression well, at least not in my lifetime, or for most of the last century. There are […]

creating new forms of common life

April 19, 2010 | Leave a comment

Instead of continuing to spend such energy trying to make outworn patterns of institutional life serve us, it seems appropriate to devote more attention to the task of creating new forms of common life that may, over time, allow a new consensus to emerge. And it seems probably that the relearning of the meaning of […]

the ipad experiment

April 18, 2010 | 4 Comments

This week, I’m leaving my laptop in my home office. We’ll see how effective I can be with an iPad alone. Well, not completely alone. I’ll also be carrying my bluetooth keyboard, and the $2 business card holder I picked up to hold up the iPad. (Works great in landscape mode, tips over backward in […]

hands on with the iPad

April 16, 2010 | 8 Comments

In the first week or so after the iPad was released, I tried one out, whether a store demo or a friends, four or five times. This week, I became an official, and pretty gosh darn happy, iPad owner. There have been a lot of reviews written, mostly favorable, and many saying the same things. […]

five things

April 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

My friend Blaine sometimes does a post called Five Things where he writes about five things he’s into right now. I like the idea, and I’m stealing it. He tells me he stole it from someone else anyway. So…five things I’m into right now: The Antlers — Steve McCoy twittered about them a few weeks […]

should we fire god?

April 13, 2010 | Leave a comment

At the Ecclesia National Gathering in February, my friend Jim Pace pulled out of his bag a galley copy of his now released book, Should We Fire God?, and handed it to me. Seeing Dallas Willard across the small conference room, I wondered aloud if I could get him to sign it for me. Thankfully, […]

two new websites for harbor ministries

April 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

Last week, we launched two new websites for a non-profit called Harbor Ministries: the main website and one of their main initiatives called RhythminTwenty. Both of these sites were built on WordPress, once again showing how well it can function as a content management system that doesn’t necessarily look or behave like a blog. I […]

viralhope and ecclesia press

April 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

This week saw the release of ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs (and everything in between). It is a collection of writings by 50 different Christian pastors, writers, and thinkers that was compiled and edited by my friend, JR Woodward. I’m thankful to be one of the 50, as there are many […]