March 25, 2011 11:19 am

The Protestant preoccupation with right doctrine soon meant that every group which seceded from the main body had to validate its action by maintaining that it alone and none of the others, adhered strictly to the ‘right preaching of the gospel’. The Reformational descriptions of church thus ended up accentuating differences rather than similarities. Christians were taught to look divisively at other Christians.” – David Bosch

Hands On, Hypothetically, With a Nook Color

March 25, 2011 | 5 Comments

I can neither confirm nor deny most of what you are about to read. One of my current web projects is a contracted site for a company that makes mobile apps for iOS and Android. Because of their market, we’re taking seriously how the site itself looks in mobile browsers. Between this project and the […]

Divided by Hell? An Assessment of “Love Wins” by Rob Bell: Heresy, Orthodoxy & Final Judgment

March 24, 2011 | Leave a comment

I may be biased because JR is a good friend, but this is the most thorough, helpful, and thoughtful response to Love Wins that I’ve seen. I only link to the last post because JR includes links at the beginning of it to the entire series. Start with part one and work your way through […]

The Return of the iPad Writing Apps Showdown

March 22, 2011 | 12 Comments

Last fall, I wrote an overview of writing apps available for the iPad. It was already a competitive space, and others have continued to crowd in. Between the comments left about apps that I missed in the first showdown, plus a few others since released, I decided it was time for The iPad Writing Apps […]

How to make money in bed

March 21, 2011 | Leave a comment

Thank you, Eddie, for this reminder. For those of us who like to make things and are forever considering new ideas to pursue, sleep is sometimes considered a necessary evil. But for good, healthy creative work, sleep is an asset, not a liability.

March 21, 2011 9:58 am

For two hours every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, I walk through the neighborhood and make home visits. There is no way that I can preach the gospel to these people if I don’t know how they are living, what they are thinking and talking about. Preaching is proclamation, God’s word revealed in Jesus, but only when it gets embedded in conversation, in a listening ear and responding tongue, does it become gospel.” — some of the earliest advice Eugene Peterson received about preaching

Aggelos 2011

March 17, 2011 | Leave a comment

Having now been part of two different church start-ups, I’ve made the rounds as far as church planting trainings go. The most helpful experience I had at any of them came at the Aggelos training hosted by the Ecclesia Network. The 2011 training is coming up in May and there are only a few spots […]

March 16, 2011
I’ve been reading Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins, and forming some thoughts of my own that I hope to be able to share here. In the meantime, I think David Fitch’s words linked above are the most thoughtful that I’ve read from anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. 🙂

Scrivener… from my POV

March 16, 2011 | Leave a comment

If you’re still trying to get a handle on just how useful Scrivener can be, Yuvi Zalkow has put together this 50 minute screencast. I’ve exchanged a few emails and blog comments with Yuvi, and I know he’s passionate about making the most of writing tools like Scrivener.

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule

March 7, 2011 | Leave a comment

When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something […]

Desiring the Kingdom

March 7, 2011 | Leave a comment

As last year rolled to an end, I kept seeing one book pop up on the best of 2010 lists of people I respect: Desiring the Kingdom, by James KA Smith. It had been on my should read list for a while, and with each end of the year mention, it bumped up higher. But […]

The Weight of a Good Notebook

March 3, 2011 | Leave a comment

“Notebook obsession, pen fetishes, and certainly the desire to buy and refurbish vintage typewriters, aren’t about getting the appropriate gear to become that iconic writer; they’re about maintaining the distance between that icon and reality. Because as long as we focus on the romance of the supplies, we don’t have to write a damn thing […]

Free MIssional Community Workshop for Planters

March 1, 2011 | Leave a comment

many church planters are starting to explore using things like Missional Communities and Huddles to start churches. While this isn’t necessarily new, it is fairly unknown in the United States. In just the past 3-4 years our team has helped in the planting of more than 750 churches using different forms of church planting with […]

Primera Esperanza 2 & 3 Group

March 1, 2011 | Leave a comment

My daughter just loaned out the money we gave her 3 years ago for the sixth time. She wanted to loan her money to a group in Haiti, but there weren’t any, but this group in the neighboring DR has many Haitian immigrants as clients. We’d love to have you join her in this loan.

iPad: The First 399 Days

March 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the idea to write about my shifting thoughts of the iPad in the year since it was introduced. I looked it up, and discovered that the iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010, so I had missed the year mark. But I began writing anyway, and with a new […]

March 1, 2011 10:02 am

[T]he pervasive element in our two-thousand-year pastoral tradition is not someone who ‘gets things done’ but rather the person placed in the community to pay attention and call attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with one another and with God—this kingdom of God that is primarily local, relentlessly personal, and prayerful ‘without ceasing.'”

And this is just from the intro. Golly I’m looking forward to reading this one.