This summer, I started a series on my renewed capture system to supplement my original Capture Everything series. The first part was an intro. The second described how I had added the combination of Simple Note and Notational Velocity for text-based information I wanted to tuck away. But in adding those, I didn’t let go of the notes system I have used for years — Yojimbo — but I have finetuned what I use it for.… Read more
This month, we launched a website that I am as proud of as any other I’ve had a hand in. It’s not just because I like the way it looks, though I do. It’s because I like what the site is all about. The site is Garage Sale for Orphans, and it is an initiative started by my friend Chris Marlow and his non-profit HELP.… Read more
The spiritually minded person does not differ from the materially minded person chiefly in thinking about different things, but in thinking about the same things differently. It is possible to think materially about God, and spiritually about food.”‘ — William Temple… Read more
Since we’re in the midst of shaping a church community that is unique to our context, I’m always interested in seeing how others are doing unique work elsewhere. I’ve had lots of conversations with practitioners who are learning as they go, but now I’m excited to see how seminaries are starting to work out training for this kind of work too.… Read more
I find myself involved in a lot of conversations about how much we are shaped by the narrative of a consumer culture. It effects how we choose what church we want to be part of to how we find value the rest of the week. Most of these conversations hold two ideas in common: 1) consumer culture live in tension with Christian spirituality, and 2) it’s difficult to know where to begin to reshape our lives away from this narrative.… Read more
DON’T PANIC! Things have changed around here…but maybe not as much as you think.
Why do things look different around here?
Because they are. I’ve gone and merged my Creativityist blog, my design portfolio, and my bio/landing page into one site. This is their spawn. It’s a website for simpler times.… Read more
My friend JR Woodward is once again hosting an unConference in LA. I participated last year and it was a rich experience. If you are in Southern California, or a reasonable distance from it, I’d encourage you to go.… Read more
In some of the discussions weighing the pros and cons of ebooks, there is one significant point that I think is often overlooked. For my use, it is one of the most important. And Kindle ebooks do it best.
Leadership through command and control is doomed to fail. No one can create sufficient stability and equilibrium for people to feel secure and safe. Instead, as leaders we must help people move into a relationship with uncertainty and chaos. Spiritual teachers have been doing this for millennia. Therefore, I believe that the times have led leaders to a spiritual threshold.… Read more
I do a lot of my notetaking and capture digitally. Everything worth keeping ends up being stored digitally, so I prefer not having to capture information twice — even if it’s as simple as taking a picture of handwritten notes…
However, there are times when it is best to go with pen and paper.… Read more
Several years ago, I was at a conference for church planters that helped shape much of my thinking about starting a new church. There were ideas that took root in those few days that have a lot of influence on what we are up to today.
But there was one moment in a breakout that I remember as well as any other, and it had nothing to do with church planting.… Read more
Things sure have been quiet around here, haven’t they? I last posted part two of a three part series almost two months ago! Well, I’m not dead, and neither is this blog. And neither is that series.
I have a personal rule to avoid blogging about not blogging. It annoys me when others do it, but if you’ll forgive my indiscretion, let me tell you what’s up…