Favorite Books Read in 2012

So far, anyway

December 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

Before we get into it:

  • This isn’t a list of books published this year, but a selection of my favorite books read this year. I didn’t read all that many books published this year; I’m still working through piles accumulated in previous years.
  • There is one criteria for inclusion: which books stand out to me the most as I review the list what I read this year.
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The World’s Niftiest iPad Mini Case

Some Assembly Required

December 12, 2012 | 28 Comments

A few weeks ago, this image comparing the size and corner radius of an iPad Mini and Moleskine notebook made the social media rounds. And it got me to thinking.

If you are like me, you have a narcotic affection for Moleskine notebooks. I have a drawer full of them, filled with good intentions.… Read more

The Ultimate Dad’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Edition

For the typical and beloved Dad in your life

December 10, 2012 | Leave a comment

It’s fashionable this time of year to make a gift guide. Magazines and tech bloggers and gadget gurus and the like all make them. Many of them are filled with cool stuff, leaving me with a secret desire that someone would forward these lists to my wife, along with the necessary cash to buy everything on them.… Read more

Worth the Time, Volume 2

Coming to an Instapaper Queue Near You. Preferably Yours.

November 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

The second, in a perhaps recurring, probably on Fridays, selection of some of my favorite online reading the last few weeks. If you, like me, enjoy slowly working through your Instapaper queue on the weekends, then I hope some of these will be enjoyable to you too. (And if you see something on the list that you originally tweeted, posted or faxed to me, thanks!)

Outgrowing Evangelicalism: It’s Not Just for Scholars Anymore
A reflection by theologian Pete Enns on how both scholars, artists (and I would add, normal people) live in the tension of being Christians who find themselves on the outer fringes of evangelicalism.… Read more

Mondays

And why I find them to be more magic than manic

October 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

I love Mondays.

I don’t find them manic, as thoughtful cultural influencers might lead you to believe they should be. For me, they tend more toward magic. And never do I wish Mondays were Sundays.

I don’t dislike weekends, I should add. I’m fairly particular about taking the weekend off from work, other than church related tasks for our Sunday gatherings.… Read more

iPad Mini? Yes, please!

And a not so subtle plea for an update to Evernote for iPad

October 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

I’ve had a building, occasionally fickle, and somewhat disruptive curiosity with 7ish inch tablet scene. At this point, though, its a man crush.

I started with a hypothetically rooted Nook Color, which I may or may not have put a Kindle app on. I mostly used it for bedtime reading and browser testing while the iPad was my main reading device.… Read more

Social Media Isn’t All Bad

Or why I loved building a new site for Help One Now

October 17, 2012 | Leave a comment

My memories of grad school philosophy classes are a mingling of confusion, trauma, and contempt for long dead authors with too much time on their hands. Somewhere in that swirling of dread, a few interesting quotes have survived. One that I think of often is

The birth of the reader comes at the death of the author.

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Everyday Theology

An Ecclesia Network Regional Event

October 3, 2012 | Leave a comment

I’m excited about this weekend — our first ever regional event for the newly forming Midsouth region of the Ecclesia Network, in conjunction with the also newly forming Missio Alliance. I’ve presented at two similar events in LA and Denver in recent years, but this year, I’m serving as MC and facilitator.… Read more

Worth the Time

September 28, 2012 | Leave a comment

Last winter, I wrote about how the Kindle Fire had found a special role for me as a curated content device. I’ve since moved on to a Google Nexus 7, which I like very much, and should get around to writing some thoughts about. But the idea is the same — it is a device that I restrict to only the content I send it’s way.… Read more

Permission to Write Freely

September 17, 2012 | Leave a comment

My middle daughter was eager to join me on a trek to Target a few weeks ago. I’d like to think that she was thrilled about the chance to join me in restocking our paper towel cache. The reality was, she had $3 that needed to be unburdened in the $1 Spot, aka the junk gauntlet, found inside the entrance of each and every Target.… Read more

It’s Harder to Dodge a Draft When There Isn’t a Canada

September 5, 2012 | 3 Comments

Note: I should begin with an apology to Canada. I have nothing against you. And to your credit, I’m sorry to say I’ve never been to you. For three years we lived within 96 miles of you (or, as you would say, 155km) and we never crossed the border for a visit.Read more

Review: Creating a Missional Culture

August 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

I spend a fair amount of energy thinking about reshaping and forming church communities, and Austin Mustard Seed in particular, for our ever changing culture. I also read a fair amount of books. But of late, that hasn’t meant I read a fair amount of books about reshaping and forming church communities for our ever changing culture.… Read more

Reading List: July 2012

August 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

I guess the theme of the month was shades of turquoise.… Read more

Multiplying Missional Leaders

July 31, 2012 | 1 Comment

For almost ten years now, I have been engaged in conversations around structuring and shaping the North American church for the next century. (This past week marked the 8th anniversary of this blog…my own attempt to jump into the conversation.) That phrase — structuring and shaping the church for the next century — seems the best way to label this dialogue that might otherwise be called the missional / incarnational / contextual church conversation.… Read more

Abundance: The Future is (Hopefully) Better Than You Think

July 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I stayed up into the early morning hours, in a room lit by nothing other than 2 million pixels on my iMac. I was feeding a troubling addiction, an addiction that been with me for years and years now. I can avoid it for long periods of time, but it does, on occasion, get the best of me.… Read more

Reading List: June 2012

July 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

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Reading List: May 2012

June 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

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Half the Sky

May 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Earlier this year, I wrote about my return to audiobooks, listening to them for the 20-30 minutes I usually spend in my car each driving between here and there. It certainly makes time spent in the car feel like time well spent, though it can be exhausting. A few months ago, I arrived at my favorite coffee shop at the start of the day already worn and haggard from listening to descriptions of repeated shark attacks on the open sea in Unbroken.… Read more

The Evolution of a Digital Hoarder

May 22, 2012 | 5 Comments

I’m a hoarder of bits, a collector of info, an accumulator of concepts. I have no shame about this, and it certainly isn’t a secret if you’ve followed along here for any period of time. I launched this blog with a series called Capture Everything, and I’m still at it.… Read more

Paperless: A MacSparky Field Guide

May 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

PaperlessYesterday, my friend David Sparks, aka MacSparky, published Paperless (iTunes link). This is the first in a series of MacSparky Field Guides. As prolific as David is in churning out the words, I imagine we will see quite a few of them.

There are so many things I like about this.… Read more