need some mustard seed stat!

February 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

I thought our church community website (Austin Mustard Seed) had pretty clear content on it about who we are. After all, the first text you see is a welcome paragraph which reads:

Welcome to Austin Mustard Seed! We are a new church community forming in Northwest Austin with a heart to live alongside one another in the Way of Jesus.

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on the side of the angels

February 27, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’m not sure if I would have read On the Side of the Angels, by Joseph D’Souza and Benedict Rogers, if I hadn’t been sent a review copy. Heck…I hadn’t even heard of it. After reading it, I hope that neither of those statements will be true for others.

The subtitle is Justice, Human Rights and Kingdom Mission, and that captures what this book is about very well.… Read more

creative tools: backend

February 27, 2009 | 4 Comments

This is part of a short series on Creative Tools. Other posts in the series (so far) include: Creative Tools: Hardware.

When I ran the workflow tools series last year, I had one post for my software tools. It seemed better this year to break it into two parts, this post on my backend tools, and another post to come on production tools.… Read more

leading and creating

February 26, 2009 | Leave a comment

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 God enter into his relational ways.… Read more

hands on with the kindle 2

February 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, brown trucks across the country began delivering the streamlined Kindle 2 to delighted readers and gadget freaks. I got my hands on one late yesterday and have had some time to play with it. As an owner of the previous Kindle, I had a number of immediate impressions. First off, let me say that the packaging is beautiful as these unboxing photos at Engadget reveal.… Read more

the creative habit

February 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

I imagine Merlin Mann has helped sell quite a few copies of The Creative Habit, but his is one of many recommendations I’ve had for this book. Maybe it’s been recommended to you many times as well. Let me add another to the list.

Twyla Tharp is a career creative who has spent decades choreographing.… Read more

what the bible is about

February 23, 2009 | 1 Comment

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 in Kingdom, Grace, JudgmentRead more

creativityist 3.0

February 22, 2009 | 6 Comments

This weekend, I launched a new design for Creativityist. I’m excited about the new look and hope it creates a better experience for you too. Along with the design, I rolled out a new tagline — soul.workflow.mac. It captures how the site has taken shape over the last year.

Along with the new design, creativityist has made its way to twitter.… Read more

steven pressfield on creative work

February 20, 2009 | Leave a comment

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield’s final words in The War of ArtRead more


February 18, 2009 | 5 Comments

After about six people had recommended it, I finally got around to reading TrueFaced. To be honest with you (that is what this book is about, after all), I bought the book two years ago, after about four different friends had recommended it. So it sat on my to-read shelf for two years.… Read more

the evernote to curio double whack pack

February 17, 2009 | Leave a comment

(Before I get into this post, an aside: Is my memory of the Double Whack Pack an example of good advertising by Tic Tac, or wasted memory cells on my part?)

Curio and Evernote are two of the most popular search terms that lead people here. So when I got an email last week about both, I knew it would be of interest to a lot of Creativityist readers.… Read more

how’s your backup?

February 17, 2009 | 5 Comments

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 shop where we both spend far too much time.… Read more

kindle 2: worth the upgrade?

February 10, 2009 | Leave a comment

I’ve been using an Amazon Kindle for over a year…most readers know that since I mentioned it as recently as last week. The announcement about Kindle 2 captured my attention, and like most current Kindle owners, I’m wondering if an upgrade would be worthwhile.

Here are my considerations, based on the feature difference between the two models:

  • Form factor – There have many gripes about the look and feel of the first Kindle.
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book reviews

February 10, 2009 | 2 Comments

I’ve worked through another small pile of books that I received as an Ooze Select Blogger. Publishers partner with the Ooze to send me free books, and I tell you what I think about them on my blog. Here are some titles I received throughout the fall that I’ve had a chance to work through:

Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist, by Dave Schmelzer – It’s hard to argue with someone’s story, and it’s also easier to be interested.… Read more

contexts: writing

February 9, 2009 | Leave a comment

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art

Sometimes ideas are pressing on my finger tips, demanding that I allow them to burst out into written words.

Usually not.

Most of the time, ideas form inside, where I guard them until I think they are ready…until I think they are good enough to share with others.… Read more

a thousand splendid suns

February 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

Maybe I somehow missed it, but I don’t recall hearing the same amount of buzz about A Thousand Splendid Suns as I did about Khalid Hosseini’s first book, The Kite Runner. That’s too bad…because it’s better.

This book represents everything about why I am serious about reading fiction. Hosseini does more than tell a story…evident in the writing is his ache for what Afghanistan was, isn’t, and might be.… Read more

mere words…or movement?

February 4, 2009 | 2 Comments

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.” – John Howard Yoder in The Politics of Jesus
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why we do what we do

February 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

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 not sure I’ve ever put it all together, so I thought I’d offer my response to him here as well.Read more

creative tools: hardware

February 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

In the early days of this site, I ran a small series of posts called Workflow Tools. Over a year has passed, and enough has changed that an updated series is in order. I’ll begin with hardware again, but the software post will be spread over two different posts related to software usage.… Read more