Before we moved to Austin, one of the local church planters I had contact with was Brandon Hatmaker. Brandon had planted Austin New Church in the year before we moved. Brandon offered ongoing help before, and since, our arrival through prayer, encouragement and some on the ground perspective.
ANC was started with an emphasis on active service.… Read more▹
Yesterday morning, we went live with phase one of a new website for Help End Local Poverty I’m very happy with how it turned out, and hope it will serve well to shape the movement Chris and company are pulling together.
I built the site on the framework of a fantastic base template my friend Todd Hiestand has been working on.… Read more▹
Like most apps, Scrivener updated this week to get ready for Snow Leopard. The new version is 1.52, but it’s not just about Snow Leopard. It also includes a nifty little feature to import notes from WriteRoom.ws. Combine this with WriteRoom for iPhone (iTunes link), and you have a seamless way to capture content or research on your iPhone for use in Scrivener.… Read more▹
The focus, then, is not so much on the rules themselves, but on the kind of people we want to be. Moreover, the motivation lies not in the rules as laws for behavior, but in the positive invitation of God’s grace and in the delightful results of obedience.… Read more▹
Sshh…this isn’t completely public yet, so don’t tell anyone.
I’m excited to show you the new website for HELPonenow. HELPonenow is an initiative of Help End Local Poverty focused on finding financial partners to cover the monthly needs of orphaned children at a home in Zimbabwe. (And once those children’s needs are met, I’m sure we will find more.)
I spent much of the spring working on this website, and I’m excited that it will finally launch publicly in the next few weeks.… Read more▹
I started this blog five years ago to share things I was learning and thinking about, mostly from my reading. However, my five year review reminded me the first few years of this blog really were more of a lifestream. Yes, there were lots of thoughts from books, but there was a lot of wondering aloud and life updates.… Read more▹
Though I love the extra time with my daughter that summer offers, I’ve been looking forward to school starting again. This summer was busy and chaotic…who knew moving 2 miles could cause so much disruption? I’m looking forward to having a little bit of regularity return to our life rhythm.
I’m not looking foward to one thing, though.… Read more▹
I know, I know. From the title, you were expecting aliens. Finally, you thought, we are going to hear John’s views on Roswell, Area 51, and all things big headed and bug eyed.
This post is about something more important, I think.
In the last few years, one of my most important learnings has been that Christianity as a world religion is not marked or defined by my experience as a white male growing up in an Evangelical North American background.… Read more▹
We had a great dialogue around Matthew 5 last night in our Austin Mustard Seed gathering. Some of these thoughts came out of that…
For some, the Sermon on the Mount can be troubling because it might seem that Jesus is setting the bar even higher than the Law. One perspective is that Jesus point is to prove that we need grace, because we can never attain to the standards God has for us.… Read more▹
Let me begin with a mild disclaimer. Everyone once in a while, I get an email from a software developer asking if I’d like to review their software. I enjoy reviewing software, but I often turn down those opportunities. I try to limit my reviews to those pieces of software that I would actually find useful and that fit within the direction of this blog.… Read more▹
It was February 24 of this year that I began this series of reflections on The Creative Habit. Fresh off of reading the book, I had quite a few ideas I was looking forward to sharing and I said so: “In the weeks to come, I will offer some of my own reflections from the book.”
From time to time, I look back at some notes I collected from The Creative Habit to find inspiration for more reflections to share here. The quote below is one I see every time, but have failed to write anything about.… Read more▹