random music links

July 31, 2009

Last month, I sat in a coffee shop with my friend Joshua Longbrake while on a visit to Seattle. Even as we chatted a bit about music, our ears perked up simultaneously as the barista introduced us to the sounds of Dosh. He would tell you Pure Trash is his favorite, but I would tell […]


July 6, 2009

I few years ago, I blogged about LibraryThing. It’s a site designed to share and network your book library with others. For some reason I can’t fully explain, I abandoned updating LibraryThing in the last year and became an active user on goodreads. I think it is because goodreads let’s me feel more connected and […]

chris marlow interviews tom davis

July 2, 2009

Chris Marlow is a friend here in Austin. (In fact, he’s about seven feet away from me right now.) I think I will even continue to call him friend after he moves to Raleigh at the end this month. A few days ago, he posted the interview below with author/activist Tom Davis. You can read […]

speaking of resurrection

April 7, 2009

Last week, I mentioned the value of expanding our celebration and reflection of Easter beyond a few hours on Sunday morning. For those traditions that follow the church calendar, the celebration of Easter goes on for six weeks until Pentecost. Christine Sine has developed another excellent resource — this time it’s a guide for reflecting […]

ecclesia gathering

March 4, 2009

For the next few days, I’ll be taking part in the Ecclesia Network National Gathering. We’ve set up a LiveBlog which will be updating with content from a handful of participants. Feel free to listen in.

leading and creating

February 26, 2009

missional leadership is a creative art. It calls for leaders to create from within themselves, allowing the Spirit of God to make room in their lives to facilitate the writing of a new story. The leader is not the author of this new story. This is God’s story that is realized as the people of […]

what the bible is about

February 23, 2009

my new version of what the Bible is about reads as follows: it is about the mystery by which the power of God works to form this world into the Holy City, the New Jerusalem that comes down out o heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” — Robert Farrar Capon […]

mere words…or movement?

February 4, 2009

To organized opposition [Jesus] responds with the formal founding of a new social reality. New teachings are no threat, as long as the teacher stands alone; a movement, extending his personality in both time and space, presenting an alternative to the structures that were there before, challenges the system as no mere words ever could.” […]

twestival anyone?

January 30, 2009

I hold an ever growing conviction that to follow the Way of Jesus is to participate in bringing about the Kingdom of God wherever you see it is at work. Of course that happens through intentional church ministries, but the kingdom of God is not limited to that. One example of this would be Twestival: […]

nt wright at harvard

January 12, 2009

In November, N.T. Wright gave a series of talks at the Harvard University Graduate Student Christian Fellowship entitled Reconstructing Hope. Here’s a link to each talk: Why Do Good in a Hopeless World? What is Good in a World that Defies Hope? Doing Good: What Plus Hope Equals Change? I appreciated the content of the […]

the real thing seems strange and impossible

January 9, 2009

we are inoculating the world with a mild form of Christianity, so that it is now practically immune against the real thing. Vast areas of the Christian world are inoculated with a mild form of Christianity, and the real thing seems strange and impossible.” — E. Stanley Jones (80 years ago) in The Christ of […]

of ethics and imagination

January 5, 2009

the ethic envisioned by the New Testament writers is not an impossible ideal. If we fail to live in obedient responsiveness to their moral vision, that is because of a failure of imagination — or perhaps a lack of courage — on our part.” — Richard Hays in The Moral Vision of the New Testament

spirit led ecclesiology

December 17, 2008

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. It was […]

simple leadership

December 12, 2008

The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” – Seth Godin in Tribes

so simple, so accurate

December 9, 2008

A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to his religion before he explores it.” – Seth Godin in Tribes

worth your time

November 12, 2008

Some links that are worth a few moments of your valuable time: My friend Zach put his iSight to good use and recorded an iChat interview with Rob Bell. There’s a lot of good banter about creativity and teaching. For your viewing convenience, Zach broke it down into part 1, part 2, and part 3. […]

some political perspective

November 4, 2008

I read this today, and it seemed rather timely… There is no room for a political fanaticism that supposes that my political achievements will establish God’s kingdom, or declares a holy war against opponents, or tramples on individual human beings in the pursuit of a political millennium. The public political act has its real meaning […]

human capital

October 28, 2008

Each of us possesses amazing resources of knowledge, wisdom, and creativity. Our organizations need to learn to respect, nurture, and accomodate this wealth of human capital. We need to learn how to liberate the power of peers to create extraordinary organizations. Unfortunately, the way most companies are managed today, they fail to make use of […]

for your commute…and soul

October 24, 2008

For those looking to rotate some new content onto your play list, I give you some of my favorites of late. And if you’ve had your coffee, you might notice a theme here… For my Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Ros loving friends I’d suggest you give a listen to Joy Wants Eternity. They […]

inaugurated eschatology

October 23, 2008

And this means, as is well known, that his theology has the character of inaugurated eschatology, that is, of a sense that God’s ultimate future has come forwards into the middle of history, so that the church is living within — indeed, is constituted precisely by simultaneously within! — God’s new world and the present […]