About this time last year, I found out that Q would be held in Austin in 2009. I was excited by that…and even more excited a few months ago when a few generous people made it possible for me to attend!
I have grown weary, and leary, of large conferences that are impersonal and driven by the hype that happens on the stage.… Read more
I think the time has come for me to say goodbye to Quicksilver.
Last week, I decided to wipe out my hard drive and start from scratch. My MacBook Pro seemed to hang up here and there. I wondered if one of my culprits was Quicksilver. I know other have had problems with it in Leopard, and tied me up with a spinning beach ball more often than I cared to admit.… Read more
I’m pleased to kick off the Creative Practices series with an interview with my good friend Zach Lind. Zach is the drummer for Jimmy Eat World. With seven studio albums to their credit, they know a little bit about the creative process.
In this interview, Zach talks about how the recording process has changed over the last 15 years, how their songs come together, and how the band has been engaging with it’s fanbase online.… Read more
It’s as if Rodney Stark wrote The Rise of Christianity with me in mind. The subject matter of Christianity, and the historical and analytical presentation style are all right up my alley. Through the perspective of a sociologist, Stark dug through the first 300 years of Christianity to see what it was that caused Christianity to become so prominent.… Read more
Things have been quiet around here. My normal rhythm has been broken up by travels and a few special projects. The irony is, I’ve been sitting on a draft of another post in The Creative Habit series about the importance of rhythm and routine for creative work. I suppose once I sort out my own rhythm and routine, I’ll be able to get back to those thoughts.… Read more
Today, I’m honored to be the guest blogger in the Good News series on JR Woodward’s blog. Hope you’ll make your way over there to read my thoughts and join the discussion in the comments section.
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Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist whose home and studio are near Ground Zero. Out of a response to the attacks on 9/11, he began to set aside time every Saturday to write. This was a time to process and reflect on the emotions and changes in his life and city.… Read more
This is part of a series of reflections on the meaning and importance of doing local theology…
I wrote a letter to friends and family least year to tell them about our approaching move to Austin. In that letter, I described how we looked forward to entering into the life of the city.… Read more
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 on Easter and the celebration of resurrection.… Read more