letting the text have a voice

June 10, 2009

We read scripture in order to be refreshed in our memory and understanding of the story within which we ourselves are actors, to be reminded where it has come from and where it is going to, and hence what our own part within it ought to be. — NT Wright Our Sunday gatherings for Austin […]

why we do what we do

February 3, 2009

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 […]

viva la keynote

January 23, 2009

We have an old Mac Mini attached to the TV in our family room. We use it as a media server for music and some kids movies, and lately it’s been handy for watching streaming movings on Netflix. But, it has been most useful for our Sunday Gatherings. I have Keynote installed on the Mac […]

into the parables

December 21, 2008

I’m excited to dig in to the parables after the first of the year. We are to beginning a study the parables in our Austin Mustard Seed gatherings. Most teachings on the parables feel like they fall short to me. It doesn’t ring true to treat parables like one of Aesop’s Fable with a simple […]

three months in

December 9, 2008

It’s been about five months since we moved into our house in Austin, and about three months since we first started gathering people together to form Austin Mustard Seed. I’m often asked how things are going via email, iChat and phone calls, so I thought it would be good just wrap together some reflections on […]

the “official” job description

November 19, 2008

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 […]

the thing about austin

November 13, 2008

As we’ve been getting settled in Austin, I’m trying to learn about the city through its history. While I’ve yet to find a thorough book with the history of the city, I’ve been able to pick up bits and pieces here and there. Inherent to the culture of Austin is a long rivalry with Houston. […]

the gospel illusion

October 24, 2008

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 […]

strange idea labs

September 23, 2008

I’m doing some freelance design work, so I’ve launched Strange Idea Labs. I’m specializing in simple content-based websites (mostly using WordPress), some branding and print media, and web hosting. We’ve decided it would be best to be bivocational rather than put unreasonable financial pressure on Austin Mustard Seed early in the life of this church […]

board meeting

September 17, 2008

Here’s a glimpse of today’s high powered board meeting for Austin Mustard Seed with Todd Hiestand and Chris Marlow. I promise it was more fun than the looks on their faces might convey.

of parking lots and presence

September 9, 2008

A year or two after we moved into our home in Washington, I noticed they were starting to move some dirt around on a vacant street corner. It was within walking distance of our house, and I was excited to see what new, and walkable, convenience we might have. It turned out to be a […]

i heart moo.com

September 8, 2008

24 hours of prayer

August 31, 2008

As Austin Mustard Seed prepares to move into our first gatherings, we have been asking friends and supporters to join together in 24 hours of prayer over on our support team blog. This will take place next Saturday through Sunday evening, and we’ve filled about 70% of the half hour slots. If you’d like to […]

austin mustard seed

August 27, 2008

I spent much of the last week putting together the website for Austin Mustard Seed, the new church community we are part of in Austin. I love this creative part of the process — taking ideas that have been developing for years and shaping them into words within a layout. There is a part of […]