blogging connections

April 30, 2006 | 1 Comment

Some have suggested that one of the dangers of the internet is that it causes people to develop fake relationships. I agree that it would be unhealthy for a relationship to exist solely in cyberspace, but I’ve been really pleased with some of the connections I’ve made through blogging. Some of those have led to opportunities to connect with other bloggers in person…Justin Baeder, Aaron Ogle, and Bob Hyatt so far.… Read more

cingular 2125

April 28, 2006 | 17 Comments

cingular 2125Our phone contracts with T-Mobile are just about to expire, and I’m heavily considering switching Sherri and I over to a shared Cingular plan with rollover minutes. I think we might be able to save $30/month this way.

I’m pretty fascinated with the Cingular 2125. If anyone has any experience with this phone, or any Window Mobile Smartphone, I’d love to hear it.… Read more

i want to be a semiotician

April 24, 2006 | 5 Comments

I couldn’t hold it any longer. I was hoping a break would come soon. I didn’t want to get up and leave the class in case I might miss something. Finally, I decided I couldn’t possibly miss that much, even if I did stop to wash my hands, so I went.… Read more

leadership and self-deception

April 22, 2006 | 8 Comments

I’ve kind of grown tired of leadership books because many of them say a lot of the same stuff. I feel like I end up reading a lot of repeat concepts to dig out one or two special jewels. I read Leadership and Self-Deception and it definitely doesn’t follow that trend.… Read more

the three hardest words

April 22, 2006 | Leave a comment

I haven’t kept up with all of Leonard Sweet’s books the last few years. I sometimes find all of his word plays tiresome, and I didn’t like Summoned to Lead, which is his only recent one I’d read.

When I took a class with him a few weeks ago, he gave us all a copy of his latest, The Three Hardest Words.… Read more

michael frost audio

April 21, 2006 | 3 Comments

michael frostTim Soerens gave me a heads up yesterday on some mp3s from Michael Frost. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find them.) Michael Frost is one of the co-authors of The Shaping of Things to Come and one of the leading voices in the missional church. I listened to two of them last night going back and forth to Safeco Field, and they’re worth a listen.… Read more

lent reflections

April 16, 2006 | 2 Comments

This year, I celebrated lent for the first time in my life.

I chose to not use any caffeine as a stimulant, though I did still have traces in decaf drinks. I wish I would have stretched myself a bit more. I thought that giving up caffeine would be difficult, but it really wasn’t.… Read more

70 years

April 16, 2006 | 1 Comment

Pathways celebrated our first Easter together this week. I think my favorite story was a much older couple that came in — boy, did I midjudge them. I assumed they were lifelong church goers who probably wouldn’t like our less than traditional style. After the service, the husband explained to Dean that he really enjoyed the service and it was the first time he’d been to church in 70 years.… Read more


April 13, 2006 | 2 Comments

metrobloggingRecently, I ran across metroblogging:

With almost 50 active sites, Metroblogging is the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. From San Francisco to Bangkok, from Karachi to Toronto, Metblogs are a hyper-local look at what’s going on in the city. Our hand-picked core of regional bloggers give each site a new perspective on daily life; less calendar listings, more friendly advice.

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spell with flickr

April 13, 2006 | 1 Comment

pathways church lettersThrough Lifehacker, I found this site that lets you spell words with letters from flickr. It’s fun to play with and has great results. It is so well thought out, that if you don’t like the look of a particular letter, you can just click on it and it will be replaced.… Read more

the secret message of jesus

April 13, 2006 | 1 Comment

After reading Brian McLaren’s latest, The Secret Message of Jesus, I have to agree with Jason Clark. I really liked the book, but I hated the title. The book is about the message of Jesus, and he tries to justify the use of the word secret, but I think it is really just to help the book stand out…as if a McLaren book needs that at this point.… Read more

google calendar

April 12, 2006 | 1 Comment

google calendarGoogle Calendar apparently went live tonight, because I just logged into it for the first time. I can’t wait to get into it and play around to see how functional it might be. They are well on their way to completely create an online version of an office suite. They won’t be the first to do it, but I bet they’ll be the ones to bring it to a functional level for the masses.… Read more

ipod book hack

April 4, 2006 | 2 Comments

One of my least favorite things in the world has been trying to figure out how to hold a book open while I type quotes from it using both hands…until now!

I’ve discovered the ipod book hack. It does require that you have a rubber skin on your ipod, but it is perfectly weighted to hold even a 700 page book open when properly balanced.… Read more

jesus creed

April 1, 2006 | Leave a comment

I finished The Jesus Creed, by Scot McKnight tonight. Great book. McKnight shows how Jesus’ core teaching of love God and love others is developed through all aspects of his ministry. I always enjoy the crossover between a book that is written by a scholar, but is very accessible to the average reader.… Read more