Six Mac App Store Gems

May 31, 2011 | 4 Comments

Since the Mac App Store opened earlier this year, I’ve run across a few gems that have become part of my daily workflow. Each of them is under $15, and I use all of them everyday. Maybe they will be as useful for you.

App store gems

Day One (App Store Link)

I know it’s not glamorous, but I prefer journaling with a keyboard over a pen.… Read more

On Discipline

May 20, 2011 | Leave a comment

When I was eighteen and entering college, I reasoned that the two most important things in my life were faith and writing. I didn’t want my new life to crowd either of them out. So I resolved, each day, to pray for an hour and write for two hours. I joked at the time to the few people who knew about this arrangement that I probably had my priorities reversed.

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Using the iPad for Speaking Notes

May 19, 2011 | 6 Comments

Soon after getting an iPad, I started thinking of how I could best use it replace printed notes when speaking in public. The first thought was to simply load my notes in Pages for iPad, but I wanted to be able to easily navigate through a document with the flick of a finger.… Read more

The Church of Prophets

May 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.Read more

Camelbak Air

May 13, 2011 | Leave a comment

Like many 11″ MacBook Air owners, I’ve been surprised at the lack of small, streamlined bags available. But I stumbled on a pretty good solution this week in the back of my closet.

Camelbak air

It turns out the pocket for the water reservoir in a Camelbak Rocket is a snug, but perfect, fit for an 11″ MacBook Air.… Read more

MacSparky reviews OmniOutliner for iPad

May 13, 2011 | Leave a comment

Was crazy happy to see OmniOutliner for iPad yesterday and was crazier happier to see the price is only $19.99.

I was disappointed it took David almost 12 hours after the app hit the store to get a review posted to his blog. I think he’s slacking off.… Read more

The Good and Beautiful Community

May 12, 2011 | Leave a comment

Over the past year or so, I’ve worked through the Good and Beautiful series, by James Bryan Smith, with a friend from our church community. Last week, we finished the final book in the series, The Good and Beautiful Community. The first two books are The Good and Beautiful God and The Good and Beautiful Life.… Read more

May 9, 2011 10:05 am

The small group is the unit of transformation. It is in the structure of how small groups gather that an alternative future will be created. This also means that we must set aside our concern for scale and our concern for speed. Scale, speed, and practicality are always the coded arguments for keeping the existing system in place.” — Peter Block in Community: The Structure of Belonging

I need to read something like once every month or so to remind myself that what we are trying to do with Austin Mustard Seed is completely worthwhile.

The End of Sexual Identity

May 9, 2011 | Leave a comment

The End of Sexual Identity, by Jenell Williams Paris, is a simple, but I think, important little book. Paris is a professor of anthropology at Messiah College, and brings her expertise to the discussion of how much our modern cultural understandings of sexuality frame our reading of Scripture.

These few sentences from the first chapter show the direction of the book:

Like many anthropologists have already done, I describe heterosexuality and homosexuality as social constructions.

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Ranking the PDF Reading Apps

May 6, 2011 | 8 Comments

PDFs and I have not always gotten along very well. They offer almost universal access of a document, but they are usually the second best method to deliver the content in question. (Not to single anyone out, but I’m thinking about you, restaurant websites, and your PDF menus.)

I like to think of myself as a person that’s open to growth who can change his mind about something.… Read more

iPad or Bust: OmniOutliner for iPad!

May 5, 2011 | Leave a comment

Happy to read today OmniGroup’s announcement that OmniOutliner for iPad has been submitted to the app store.

Even much more happier that the blog post includes this bit of news about OmniFocus:

We’re planning some major updates to OmniFocus for Mac, polishing up its user experience to match the ease of use and aesthetics of the iPad edition, adding the Forecast and Review modes which we introduced in the iPad app, and adding support for syncing projects with OmniPlan.

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May 5, 2011 2:10 pm

If we continue to invest in individuals as the primary target of change, we will spend our primary energy on this and never fully invest in communities. In this way, individual transformation comes at the cost of community.” — Peter Block in Community

Do the Work

May 5, 2011 | Leave a comment

A pleasant surprise popped up in my Kindle app last week: Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield. I had pre-ordered when it first appeared as a free ebook. And as of today, it’s still free, so you should go get it. (There’s also a not so free hardcover available if you insist on such things.)

Do the Work is “designed to coach you through a project (a book, a ballet, a new business venture, a philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance.Read more