February 27, 2016 10:40 am

These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning of life in a general way. Questions about the meaning of life can never be answered by sweeping statements. “Life” does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life’s tasks are also very real and concrete.

February 27, 2016

Adapting Scrivener for iOS felt like going back to the beginning and remembering why I built Scrivener in the first place.

Having started using Scrivener for the core of my sermon workflow several months ago, I’m eager to see Scrivener for iOS. Soon.

February 25, 2016

The Sermonsmith podcast is supposed to be bi-weekly, but a few schedule disruptions stretched me out to about five weeks between episodes. It was good to be back at it with an old friend from grad school, David Rice.

February 25, 2016

I’ve enjoyed connecting with the leaders from this church in Burlington, VT over the last year since I met them. I suppose that comes through pretty well in this podcast.

February 22, 2016

Our liturgy was disrupted last week for the Austin Marathon, but we leaned right into Lent this week. Jürgen Moltmann offered some inspiration for my reading of Genesis 15, and butchered animals strewn in halves offered inspiration for my daughters’ future dates and maybe even weddings.

My Flawless Quick to Sleep Routine

No promises it will work for you

February 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

There have been more than a few articles about how screen time before bed time disrupts your sleep time. I’ve read many of them.

Determined to not have my precious sleep time disrupted, we got a Kindle Paperwhite a year or two ago. The technical terms fail me here, but the type of lighting on a Paperwhite isn’t the same as the blue light or back light or whatever that messes with the sleepy brain.… Read more

February 18, 2016 9:16 am

I try to check e-mail in batches during the day, if I’m not on deadline or expecting something urgent, and try to answer what I can immediately. I changed my settings so now I have to manually download my e-mail. I am no longer at the mercy of some server hurling info turds into my in-box every few minutes.

Heh…info turds.

February 18, 2016 8:22 am

After the three month trial and then paying for a few months, I decided to cancel Apple Music last month. It was nice, but I realized that I can probably get by cheaper just buying the occasional music that I do want that’s brand new. Amazon Prime Music has just about anything else I might be looking for that isn’t brand new — and even some newer releases.

February 16, 2016 9:01 am

The theoretical question: how can we ‘vindicate’ God in the face of suffering (the theodicy question) is one thing. The existential question about God’s involved companionship in suffering is another. The first question presupposes an apathetic God. The second is looking for a God who suffers with us.

February 10, 2016

My sermon from a few weeks ago to wrap up our four week intro to a Common Life.

February 8, 2016 11:13 am

For those who asked over the last two weeks, I expressed a quiet confidence that the Broncos would win Super Bowl 50. I wasn’t so quiet in my car talking back to all of the experts who bought into their own hype and picked the Panthers. (I’ll allow myself a few more days of sports radio to savor the victory, and then put it back in deep freeze until the next time one of my teams is streaking toward a championship.)

Two historical stats I found interesting that I shared with those who asked what I expected:

  1. Teams that have the #1 defense in the regular season were 9-2 in the Super Bowl. (And 9-1 before Malcolm Butler happened last year.) They are now 10-2.
  2. Teams that featured a QB who had accounted for 50 TDs (combined passing and running) were 0-3 in the Super Bowl: Marino, Brady, and Peyton. They are now 0-4.

February 6, 2016 8:39 am

Meals are daily celebrations where we meet each other around the same table to be nourished and share in joy. They are a particular delight for the body and the senses. So we shouldn’t bolt our food under the pretext of having more important or more spiritual things to do than sit at the table. A meal is an important community event which has to be well prepared and fully lived. It is a time when the joy of eating and drinking well merge with the joy of meeting — a marvelous human moment.

February 4, 2016

The blog description above says there is some occasional Dad stuff going to be showing up on here, so here you go.

February 4, 2016 9:11 am

“In the Middle Ages, the sin of sloth had two forms,” he said. “One was paralysis, the inability to do anything—what we would see as lazy. But the other side was something called acedia—running about frantically. The sense that, ‘There’s no real place I’m going, but by God, I’m making great time getting there.’”

February 3, 2016 10:51 am

I love the Day One app. I have it on my iPhone, iPad and Mac and I use it on all three. I keep track of meetings, readings, progress reports on projects, and general ideas. I have Goodreads drop my completed books in there. It pulls in an update when I post here.

A new version of Day One, Day One 2, is coming out tomorrow. It looks like a big and nifty update, and I’m cautious. Not because I don’t think it will be great. I’m cautious because the current Day One is so simple, and I hope the new one, even as it adds new features, can still offer an almost non-friction experience to track my doings and thinkings.