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