why we do what we do

February 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

A new friend recently contacted me via the Austin Mustard Seed website. What he read about our church community resonated with his own hopes, so he asked to hear more of our story. It was meaningful and motivating for me to recapture it. While pieces of my story have been shared on this blog, I’m not sure I’ve ever put it all together, so I thought I’d offer my response to him here as well.Read more

spirit led ecclesiology

December 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

In my church planting journey, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in at least four different church planting boot camps. They were put on by four different organizations, so I feel like I’ve been around the block a little.

This morning I finished listening to Spirit-Led Ecclesiology: Following the Spirit Through Church Planting.… Read more

the “official” job description

November 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

Last week, I posted a simple job description for myself based on a description of Paul’s work. I’ve finished the job description I’m going to turn in to the IRS. I could have thrown something together, or even just copied someone else’s for the purpose of the IRS. But, I decided this would be a good opportunity to work through my primary functions for this season of Austin Mustard Seed.… Read more

the gospel illusion

October 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

The idea that one can or could at any time separate out by some process of distillation a pure gospel unadulterated by any cultural accretions is an illusion. It is, in fact, an abandonment of the gospel, for the gospel is about the word made flesh. Every statement of the gospel in words is conditioned by the culture of which those words are a part, and every style of life that claims to embody the truth of the gospel is a culturally conditioned style of life.… Read more

stages of organic growth

September 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

Jonathan Dodson is a church planter in Austin who I am thankful to call a friend. Today, he blogged about the stages of organic growth as they experienced them at Austin City Life. It was encouraging to read. Much of what Jonathan describes is similar to how I pray these early stages of Austin Mustard Seed might look.… Read more

crazy loves company

September 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

“You should really connect with Kester Smith.”

I’m not sure how many times I heard that phrase in the last few months as we have transitioned to Austin. Kester and I have a number of mutual friends (but maybe that is because Kester has about 340973 friends on Facebook). I can think of at least six people who had told me to connect with him.… Read more

rappelling. yeah, it’s kind of like that.

July 4, 2008 | 1 Comment

While on my very very very very long drive from Seattle to Austin last week, I was reminded of the first time I went rappelling…

Early in the morning, we parked our church vans full of students near the base of the cliffs. After our guides went over some safety precautions and got it all set up, we got started.… Read more

a mustard seed church

May 27, 2008 | 5 Comments

A few months ago, I blogged about mustard plants. (Never mind that that post was supposed to be the intro to a series. The ideas have continued to flow, they just never made it to the blog!)

Some of that thinking has really helped form some ideas about the initial stages of what our church community might look like.… Read more

mile high reading club

May 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

Lots of airplane time in the last week meant lots of time to read. And a nap or two mixed in here and there. Here are a few books I was able to finish off that are worth mentioning:

Feel, by Matthew Elliott
A few months ago, I was leading a training session for some youth leaders.… Read more

shared hearts

May 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

I have tagged a number of blog posts in the last few weeks that my heart was in tune with. Each of these somehow captures pieces of what I am hoping for in a new church community:

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pass the mustard [the mustard manifesto]

March 12, 2008 | 4 Comments

I can’t seem to stop thinking about mustard.

A few weeks ago in class, we looked at these words of Jesus from Mark 4:30-31:

Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground.

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further reflections on our austin trip

March 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

In addition to the bits I posted here last week, I have posted some more indepth reflection on our time in Austin on the Hodos Project blog.

A few have wondered aloud why I am maintaining a separate blog for the Hodos Project. The Hodos Project blog is streamlined and focuses on updates for those praying for and supporting us the church plant in Austin.… Read more

the hodos project

February 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve started a new blog to share the more specific details of our church planting journey with friends and supporters. The blog is called The Hodos Project.

Hodos Project is a code name of sorts for this early stage of our family’s transition to Austin to form a new faith community.… Read more

what about because?

February 15, 2008 | Leave a comment

Belong. Believe. Become.

I think it was first in The Divine Conspiracy that I read the words above. Since then, I have heard the concept developed in many books, presentations, and discussions.

The core idea is that this is a healthy way for one to move into the community of those who follow Jesus — the church.… Read more

and now for something completely different

January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments

This morning, I begin my last week as a pastor at Pathways Church. Next Sunday morning, I will teach in our morning service and then watch the Super Bowl as the first former staff member of Pathways.

We have been blessed in our time at Pathways — from helping to shape some of the earliest dreams, to connecting with people in the community, to our first Sunday gathering and on.… Read more

confessions of a reformission rev

August 14, 2006 | 12 Comments

I have a bit of a unique relationship with Mark Driscoll.

On the one hand, whenever I dialogue with him, I come away really respecting and appreciating him. I admire his passion to keep Mars Hill Church focused on mission, the way he values study of both theology and culture and how to intersect them, and his overall insight and ingenuity.… Read more