A Simple Workflow for Book Exercises

You know...those parts at the ends of chapters you usually blaze past

October 18, 2017 | Leave a comment

I have a goal to read at least 52 books every year — an average of a book a week. I’ve met that goal every year since 2004. I love to read. I also love to say I have read…that long list of books I’ve read probably makes me feel a little too good about […]

October 17, 2017 8:20 am

Mulling on the page is an artless art form. It is fooling around. It is doodling. It is the way that ideas slowly take shape and form until they are ready to help us see the light. All too often, we try to push, pull, outline, and control our ideas instead of letting them grow organically. The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

Just finished my third time going through The Artist’s Way. Didn’t stir as much in me this time around, but still find resonance with occasional idea like this one that can be found throughout.

October 12, 2017

A companion to the sermon below. We’ve been offering extra content in this series to include some of the parts that didn’t make it in the sermon, as well as reflect on what has come out of the discussions in the community groups. Never thought it would be so easy to sit in an empty room and talk into a mic for 40 minutes…

October 9, 2017

We’ve started a series called Catechesis exploring some of the longstanding foundational beliefs of Christianity. This one was so fun for me. Hope it was for everyone else because I think it’s my longest sermon to date in aMS.

September 25, 2017

Finishing off a brief series for the fall as we revisit our hopes for who we are as a church.

September 13, 2017

My second sermon back after being away for Sabbatical. (Unfortunately, my Sabbatical reflections sermon didn’t get recorded.) Good to be back doing one of my favorite things.

September 6, 2017 8:27 am

Finished trudging my way through Dune a few days ago. Not sure I understand why it’s a classic. But maybe I’m just not really much of a sci-fi guy.

The Ultimate Posture Agnostic Writing Workflow

Well...why I like my Apple Pencil anyway

July 18, 2017 | Leave a comment

I packed an iPad mini for over 4 years, from the week they rolled out until earlier this summer. Now, I’m lugging around the smaller format iPad Pro. (Lugging may not be the most generous term… my feels for this thing fall just a tad short of adoration.) There are trade-offs with the size, but […]

July 18, 2017

I’ve known Nick for a long, time since he was a teenager, and that made this one fun. Of course, it’s been a long time since I last talked to him so that made this one all the more fun.

July 16, 2017 4:48 pm

Streamlined the color scheme around here to Angels colors. I’m thinking that should be the extra little boost they need for a second half surge into the playoffs.

July 6, 2017

Ken surprised me with a sermon prep workflow that no one else has mentioned before — dictating the first manuscript using speech recognition software. Makes so much sense since most of us have differences in in style between how we talk and how we write.

June 25, 2017 8:18 am

Neurologically speaking, boredom is also fruitful. When we’re bored, our brains can more easily transition into what’s called “divergent thinking”—to travel through all the strange rabbit holes of the overgrown gardens that are our brains. We make unusual connections. We marinate in not knowing.

June 14, 2017

I believe I had more people suggest an interview with David Guzik than any other guest I’ve had. I even had one suggestion come in an hour before we were scheduled to record.

June 4, 2017

In talking with Jorge, I found a lot of respect for how many new things are always starting around the edges of their church community. And also a great deal of respect for how he sees the role of the sermon being so closely tied to all of it.

May 15, 2017

I’m off for a three month Sabbatical from my role at Austin Mustard Seed. In my final Sunday, I shared some hopes for the time away for my self/family and for the church.

May 6, 2017

Last year, I met Josh at a conference where he was sporting a big old iPad Pro and keyboard. He proudly claimed it was his everyday device. My subconscious told me to get him on the podcast and my conscious finally got on board a year later.

April 19, 2017

Good one here. The Rev Dr Luke is the affable dean of the Duke University Chapel and a thoughtful practitioner and teacher of the sermon as an art form. He’s also written a few books on the role of lament in the sermon which were probably of great value after this past basketball season.

April 17, 2017

The high point of the year for our church and all others. And always among my easiest sermons to prepare knowing that the subject matter is simply…resurrection.

April 10, 2017

A sermon in which we enter into Holy Week. Also in which I confess that I’m not so literary, since I can’t seem to enjoy reading Flannery O’Conner.

April 7, 2017

Right after I interviewed these guys, they interviewed me. They have better mics, better radio voices and better questions. Still trying to figure out which podcast came out the winner, then, in our interview swap.