July 26, 2016

Thoughts on my experiences as a 19 year old looking for pretty girls and petty arguments at the Balboa Fun Zone, stories of human bones strewn in sacred temples, and words of wisdom from Dallas Willard, Thomas Keating and Jesus.

iPad, meet Scrivener

You too, iPhone

July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

In February of 2010, the iPad was newly introduced. I was full of curiosity, intrigue and yearning. They weren’t available yet, but I was concocting all the reasons I needed one worked into our limited budget.

My first round of self (and spousal) convincing led to this post: Ten Mac Apps That Would Give Me iPad Lust. What a silly title. First off, I already had lust and I had it bad. Second off, two of the apps were iPhone apps, not Mac apps. I was blinded by the carnal desire of my youth.

Here we are, 2360 days later (thanks Siri!), and lust has matured into to a meaningful and caring relationship. My iPad mini and I are rarely more than a room apart. Nine out of those ten apps have been in use for most of that time. Some of them do exactly what I hoped for. Some now serve as ancestors to apps that now accomplish far more than I hoped for then.

But you did see that I said 9 out of 10…yeah?

Today, the very first app I had on the list is finally here. Scrivener for iOS dropped in the App Store today. It’s a good day.

My use of Scrivener has ebbed and flowed the last 2360 days. In the last 18ish months though, it’s been more of a flow. Scrivener’s ability to capture, sort and work with ideas has become the nucleus of my sermon prep.

I was giddy this winter to get an email invite to beta test Scrivener for iOS. I’ve used it multiple times a week ever since. Using split view with Scrivener alongside Logos or Safari has allowed me to research and cogitate the contours of a sermon in coffee shops, waiting rooms, and passenger seats.

Scrivener ipad

I don’t use the deepest contours of all that Scrivener can offer, but everything I’ve tried to do with iOS is in there. Sync is via Dropbox and I’ve only had the occasional sync conflict which preserved both versions with nothing lost..

If you do any kind of work that involves moving words from concepts to compositions, you should join my iPad in meeting Scrivener. Heck, you’re probably already acquainted. It’s time your iOS device is acquainted too.

July 19, 2016

I’ve read 3 or 4 of Parker Palmer’s books, and each was deeply shaping for me. This may be the first time I’ve run across an interview of him, on a podcast. It’s a good intro to the kinds of things he has to say and a peek into why his is a voice worth hearing.

July 18, 2016

I chose to do a sermon on the wise and foolish bridesmaids early this summer. I wasn’t all that excited to do so, because it’s a harder topic to work through compared to many of the other parables of Jesus. It turned out to be well timed though, in light of the events in the week before.

July 18, 2016

One of the fun things about the Sermonsmith podcast is finding an excuse to continue conversations. I met Kevin years ago, only talked for a little while at a conference, but had a lot of respect for what he had to say. I’m glad I could invite others along when we continued that conversation on the Sermonsmith podcast.

June 28, 2016

I first contact Laura about a year ago after she was recommended for the podcast. Took some doing for us to get the schedule worked out, but I’m glad we finally did. She was an energetic and thoughtful interview with much to share from her experience preaching in urban Chicago.

June 13, 2016

Sermonsmith took an unplanned break in the midst of a bunch of disruption in the life of our family. But it was good to be back at it in this interview with Adam Avery, a friend from Church at the Well in Burlington, VT. He’s a good guy other than the Bengals fan bit.

June 6, 2016

We’re launching into the parables of Jesus for the summer and I’m excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to do some work with the parables, and I especially don’t recall the last time I taught on this one.

May 25, 2016 1:51 pm

Because shampoo

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May 24, 2016

With the beginning of ordinary time in the church calendar, we are taking two weeks to talk about the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. I led off this week with Baptism. The first half includes mention of moldy walls, mikvahs, and menstrual cycles.

May 24, 2016 4:05 pm

Fell a month behind with my updates around here! Been focus quite a lot on unplanned remodeling at our house. That’s a long story that I suppose will be told soon. In the meantime, backfilling some of the missed podcasts, and such.

May 17, 2016

I’m always thankful for a chance to offer a sermon in the Vox Veniae liturgy. This time around it happened to be Pentecost. Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone, but this was pretty similar to the first sermon I preached at Vox for Pentecost five or six years ago.

May 4, 2016

I think everytime someone has mentioned that they enjoy Buechner during a Sermonsmith recording, I with that conversation could go on longer. Isaac Anderson mentioned Buchner.

April 21, 2016

I ask most of the same questions with each Sermonsmith interview, and yet I find new richness of thought in the responses of every guest. I appreciated the intense yet humble posture RD brings to the process of preparing his sermons.

April 20, 2016

Hey, what fun to be interviewed by Zac and Chad for the After 9 podcast. Zac and Chad are two fun and thoughtful guys with a podcast about church ministry to students. They invited me to try to summarize 65ish hours of conversations from all my Sermonsmith interviews. Thanks for the easy task guys!

April 13, 2016

It’s the Easter season, and the text for the week describes countless creatures worshiping a slaughtered Jesus on a throne. So, what better thing to talk about than the anxiety inducing 2016 election?

April 13, 2016

After only an hour of conversation with him, it’s evident that Andy is an energetic and passionate guy. That’s certainly the case when he is talking about writing sermons.

April 11, 2016

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A few weeks ago, we quietly launched this new site for Fresh Expressions US. They have just finished their National Gathering, so I hope and expect it’s going to serve them well going forward.

The site was designed here in Austin by Brad Istre of The Sidedoor Studio, and then I did the development to get it all connected into WordPress for them.

April 9, 2016 9:53 am

In a New York Times column on the topic, David Brooks summarizes this reality more bluntly: “[Great creative minds] think like artists but work like accountants.”

I’ve read many books on doing creative work, and this quote captures the heart of them all. My best seasons of generation and growing ideas come when I have good routines of reading and reflecting though the day to day.

April 4, 2016

I’ve been an EitS fan since buying the Friday Night Lights soundtrack the day after I saw the movie. This is their first album in five years, not including a few movie soundtracks. I was cautious that it would be too much of a departure from their previous stylings after hearing the early release of Disintegration Anxiety. Even on the first listen, it hooked me and it hooked me good. More ambient than their previous work, but still a lot of hopeful melodies working up and down and carrying each song along.