As I was working on the new aMS website this fall, I was curious about what information matters most to the typical visitor to a church website. I did an informal poll and got stats of the most visited pages from a handful of church websites. What follows (as I promised in a previous post about church websites) is what I learned from that data.… Read more
At the beginning of 2008, I resolved to read more narrative/fiction, always having one novel or short story collection in my reading rotation. I came out of the year with no regrets, and continued this year. (And I plan to do it again in 2010 and beyond.)
Below is my reading from this year.… Read more
Last summer, an idea for a project was born out of a project that was in the midst of failing. (Seems to work that way a lot for me!) For the last month or two, I’ve been busy working on this project — a humongous meta collaborative writing project and exercise.… Read more
Last week, we went live with a new site design for Necole Marlow. Necole wanted a website to serve as a destination for potential clients for her work as a hair artist in Raleigh. It’s a simple site, designed mostly to feature photos of some of her previous clients and inspired by her business card.… Read more
Welcoming Justice is a book about what happens when Christianity works like it should.
Charles Marsh and John Perkins exchange chapters, telling not only their own story, but also their hope for the ongoing work of the church in justice and community. Each man overcame the circumstances and bias of their youth to develop a friendship with the other and a voice against racism.… Read more
But if we wish to be faithful to him, we cannot dream of reducing Christianity to a certain number of principles (though this is often done), the consequence of which can be logically deduced. This tendency to transform the work of the living God into a philosophical doctrine is the constant temptation of theologians, and also of the faithful, and their greatest disloyalty when they transform the action of the Spirit which brings forth fruit in themselves into an ethic, a new law, into ‘principles’ which only have to be ‘applied.’ The Christian life does not spring from a ’cause’, but it moves toward and ‘end’; it is this which completely changes the outlook for humanity, and renders the Christian life different from every other life.” — Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom… Read more
This fall, I was involved in a training with some church planters who were discussing church websites. Since I do websites and a church start-up, I became the resident ‘expert.’ I won’t proclaim to be an expert, but I do have opinions and I’m passionate because every church should have a well thought online presence.… Read more
On my trip to New York in October, I was sitting in a restaurant on the Upper West Side with Michael Rudzena, Ben Sternke, and Jon Tyson. We got into a discussion on what our typical weekly schedules look like. It was a helpful conversation, and I was reminded of it earlier this week as Todd shared his tri-vocational schedule.… Read more
This post is the second in what has now certifiably become a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
In the past few months, our four year old daughter has made the shift from scribbler to conceptual artist. When she draws, she no longer needs to tell us what she’s drawn…usually.… Read more
As we moved to Austin in 2008, I launched a blog called Austinized.com to chronicle our adventures in the new city. I’ve not been able to sustain the energy or interest to maintain it as a stand alone site. It also hasn’t made sense to maintain that site as I’ve been getting back to using this blog as a lifestream.… Read more
Yesterday was the second time we have been able to participate in Serve Austin Sunday with the Restore Austin network of churches. Any time a month has a fifth Sunday, our churches don’t hold services, but serve needs throughout the city.
I just dug out the draft for this blog post…I started it 70 days ago! And by started it, I mean I typed the title, and knew some of what I wanted to say. I was going to wax eloquent about what it is like to do double duty as the pastor for a start-up church and a freelance web designer.… Read more
I’m not sure where I first heard about A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. But I know that I heard about it a number of times since. It’s one of those books that kept popping up in readings and conversations with others.
Pink’s core argument is one that isn’t too hard to affirm: our North American culture is changing, and the general skills that were valued in the last century or so are not enough.… Read more
Every once in a while, I have one of those What apps do you have on your iPhone? conversations. It’s kind of the 2009 version of How much can you bench? I thought Instapaper was mainstream, but it’s not seldom that I talk with someone who isn’t using it. You might not know about it either…but you should.… Read more
Taking part in Verge LA was an invigorating weekend. This was more like a large conversation than a conference, with 19 different speakers making 14 minute presentations on mission. Some random thoughts from the time there:
- From a participant standpoint, I love the format.
One last reminder that Verge LA is this weekend. From what I understand, there are still some seats available for this free event, but seating will be prioritized for those who have RSVP’d via Facebook. If you have reasonable access to be in Hollywood this weekend, it’d be good to see you there.… Read more