August 21, 2009

Though I love the extra time with my daughter that summer offers, I’ve been looking forward to school starting again. This summer was busy and chaotic…who knew moving 2 miles could cause so much disruption? I’m looking forward to having a little bit of regularity return to our life rhythm. I’m not looking foward to […]

snoop blogg

July 29, 2009

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents as a kid. In the winter’s they lived in the same town in Colorado. In the summer, they’d go to their cabin in the Rockies, and I spent a week or two there every summer. My grandma was a librarian, so if there is one thing […]

right where we need to be

July 1, 2009

A few events have me reflecting on where we are at right now: This month is the fifth anniversary of this blog. I haven’t been as consistent in sharing my thoughts here as I was in the early days, but the thoughts I’ve shared and comments of others have made this a significant part of […]

how’s your backup?

February 17, 2009

About a year ago, three of my friends experienced a hard drive crash within 10 days of each other. Inspired by their defeat, I made sure I had a good backup. And a few days later, my hard drive crashed too. I’m reminded of this, because my friend Chris Marlow just walked into the coffee […]

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 […]

a kiva christmas

December 24, 2008

When our oldest daughter turned five, we gave her money to loan on Kiva to begin teaching her about poverty and generosity. Her first loan was to a woman named Nkechi to help buy supplies for her paint shop in Nigeria. That loan was repaid about a year ago, so last January, Macey got to […]

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 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. […]

my job description

November 7, 2008

We’re in the process of getting our 501c3 status with the IRS, and one of my tasks at hand it write my job description. With that in mind, I read the quote below from Richard Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament. If you replace Paul with John and Mediterranean with Austin, I think […]

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 […]

crazy loves company

September 3, 2008

“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 […]

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 […]

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

July 4, 2008

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 […]

housing update

July 3, 2008

One of these days, we might once again have a place we can call our own. Last week, the same day we left Seattle, someone looked at our house. They liked it enough to put an offer on it. After a few shenanigans, we reached an agreement at the end of the week. Monday, we […]

i left my goatee in seattle

June 30, 2008

About ten years ago, I went with a team of other pastors to the Philippines to help do a conference for students. During the trip, I got a little lazy on the shaving side of things and was surprised to discover that my facial hair could actually connect around the sides of my mouth. My […]

made it

June 25, 2008

I made it. Monday afternoon, I dropped the rest of my family off at the airport, and my dad and I started driving toward Texas. We finished the 35ish hours of driving late tonight (Wednesday). My butt hates me.

prayer of thomas merton

June 17, 2008

A few months ago, my friend Doug Paul posted this prayer of Thomas Merton. It grabbed a hold of me when I first read it. It seems ever more suitable this week as we are packing up our life to move into a foggy future: My Lord God, I have no idea where I am […]

a mustard seed church

May 27, 2008

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 […]

done. but not finished.

May 11, 2008

Done…but not finished. These are words my friend Blaine offered yesterday about graduation. They couldn’t feel more true. Yesterday, I walked. It’s official. I have a long black robe and the fancy cap made famous by the gentleman on the Yahtzee box. I have a diploma (or at least a piece of paper promising me […]