Farewell Lost

May 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

I was a faithful Lostie over the last five years. I didn’t watch the first season when it aired, but I heard enough about the show that I caught up on Season 1 via DVD, er, Hulu, er, iTunes, er, um, BitTorrent, before season 2 began. From that point on, I kept up with the show thanks to the wonder of DVR, not missing any episodes or moving on to the next show until I had seen the one before.… Read more

Book Review: Making Ideas Happen

May 25, 2010 | 5 Comments

With a title like Making Ideas Happen, I expected Scott Belsky’s first book would be of great interest to me, and many other Creativityist regulars as well. Belsky is the founder of Behance and the 99%, a conference built around helping creative people execute their ideas.

In the opening chapter, Belsky sums up the content of the book this way:

Far from being some stroke of creative genius, this capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone.

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The Good and Beautiful God

May 19, 2010 | Leave a comment

This past week, I finished working through The Good and Beautiful God with another guy from our church community. This book, penned by James Bryan Smith, is the first in The Apprentice Series — three books on spiritual formation. Admittedly, I was a skeptic, because I’ve seen lots of materials like this.… Read more

Creative Tools: iPad

May 19, 2010 | 11 Comments

After a month with the iPad, I’ve found it’s more useful in my creative workflow than I imagined it would be. Here are my favorite apps on the iPad for my creative processes:

SImplenote (iTunes)
This is one of the two apps that makes the pad most useful for me.… Read more

The Hole in Our Gospel

May 18, 2010 | Leave a comment

North American, Evangelical Christianity, has seen growing pockets of conversation in the last five years or so about how Christians should face issues of poverty and injustice. I’ve seen the conversation going on in megachurch circles, emerging church circles, house church circles, and everywhere in between. The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, the CEO of World Vision, has served to pull all of these conversations together, uniting the topic into the mainstream.… Read more

Hands on With Textexpander 3

May 14, 2010 | 3 Comments

I was first introduced to TextExpander three years ago in an episode of MacBreak. At the time, I thought it was nifty, but couldn’t imagine spending $35 on a little utility. I was foolish.

Last summer, I blogged about how TextExpander was now at the center of my workflow.… Read more

the ipad and ministry

May 10, 2010 | Leave a comment

I like being a pastor and neato church stuff.
I like neato technology stuff.
I like to write.

So how could I resist when I had an opportunity to write an article about how churches might use the iPad

The iPad is Here and It’s Coming to Your ChurchRead more

Revisiting Things

May 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

Mac users who are serious about keeping on top of their tasks are blessed to have two great apps to choose from: Things and OmniFocus. Judging by how many people find this site by searching for “OmniFocus vs. Things”, this is an ongoing debate, and not an easy decision for many.… Read more

Denver 2010 unconference

May 5, 2010 | Leave a comment

Last fall, I flew to LA to present and participate at the Verge LA unconference. This was sponsored by the Ecclesia Network and served as our regional gathering.

On June 11-12, we will be repeating the format of this conference for the Denver 2010 unconference. 14 speakers will speak for 14 minutes apiece on topics related to church and mission.… Read more

announcing 501Words

May 4, 2010 | 6 Comments

The tagline for this site is Soul. Workflow. Mac., but I’m aware that I’ve spent more time writing here about Mac and workflow lately than about the soul. Certainly the iPad has contributed to this as many of us are learning how it can reshape our workflows. (And there will be more about this, as there are some software reviews I have in the works.)

But about the soul…I’m still passionate about shaping the soul, and plan to continue to write about that part of creative work.… Read more