Today, we broke a bottle of champagne over Creation Project and declared it launched. (The server seems to be doing okay, though perhaps a bit sticky.) The site features two blogs and links to other writings from my friend and fellow Austinite Jonathan Dodson.
The homepage is a modified magazine format, featuring the latest post, as well as links to Jonathan’s two blogs (imported from wordpress.com), and a featured category to his most recent writings on other sites.… Read more
I’m not sure how it was that I was able to live over three and a half decades without being aware of Flannery O’Connor. What I’ve learned and read of her in the last few years has me wanting to make sure others are aware of her.
(If you watch Lost, you might be familiar with O’Connor from the book cover to the right.… Read more
The title on my business card reads Local Theologian. Carrying that title means that I try to be an ongoing student of both theology and the local cultures of Austin. Theology comes in all forms, but one of my personal commitments is to continue reading books written at an academic level.… Read more
The Ecclesia National Gathering last week was, as usual, and as expected, a great week for me. Some of the most encouraging and stimulating relationships I have had in our church start-up journey have come through Ecclesia.
I was tired headed in, and I knew that. I was ready for the break.… Read more
You just have to keep moving that cursor to the right.
I recall Andy Ihnatko giving writing advice to that effect some time ago on MacBreak Weekly. It’s an image that has stayed with me. And it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds.
When it comes down to it, all you really need to write is a cursor…and maybe the last few letters or words you’ve typed.… Read more
I like to feel productive.
Sometimes that means I actually am productive. Often, it means that I do things to feel like I’m accomplishing something.
For Lent this year, I’m giving up productivity.
Not all of it. But I am aware of how much l need to think about what’s next, to not waste a single moment.… Read more
I think I’ve read each book that Brian McLaren has authored. I’ve certainly reflected on a few of them on this blog. Between his books, and hearing him speak, and even a brief conversation or two, I’ve always been drawn to his genuine, and generous, spirit.
While McLaren has garnered plenty of critique (and that’s putting it mildly), I have appreciated his posture and willingness to bring difficult questions into public dialogue.… Read more
This week, the Ecclesia Network National Gathering is happening outside of Washington DC with Dallas Willard and Bob & Mary Hopkins. I created an auto-updating liveblog for the event. Drop in and follow along.… Read more
This weekend, we launched a new site design for Brighten Photography. This was a collaborative project where I occupied more of a development role that I usually do. I was able to sneak in a few design points, but mostly it was a customization of an existing professional theme with some design work that Brighten’s own Ben Harms had prepared.… Read more
Never accept and be content with unanalyzed assumptions, assumptions about the work, about the people, about the church or Christianity. Never be afraid to ask questions about the work we have inherited or the work we are doing. There is no question that should not be asked or that is outlawed.… Read more
A few months back (hard to believe it’s been that long, by the way), I wrote a few posts about my double life. It’s becoming more common to do a church start-up bi-occupationally — a portion of time for the church and an portion of time to the church and a portion of time to feeding your family.… Read more
Last week, I mentioned my concern about the iPad’s use as a creative tool, ending with a plea to developers to make apps for just that purpose. Since that time, OmniGroup has announced their intention to fully support the iPad. Immediately, I could see myself ‘needing’ one.
My primary use for an iPad would be research and writing, so I dream of uses that could help those workflows.… Read more