January 31, 2011 10:18 am

Worship isn’t just about singing songs to God, listening to sermons, partaking in the liturgy, or even simply praying. It must include loving our neighbor, seeking justice for the downtrodden, evangelism, and the renewal of true community.” Alan and Debra Hirsch in Untamed

Filter Friday

January 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

When #FollowFriday was clogging my twitter stream a few years ago, I decided that I didn’t want to see Follow Friday tweets any more. It wasn’t a painful decision. It was more like an idea that I decided to act on instantly.

I emailed the developer of Tweetie to suggest he add filters in an upcoming version, and it turns out he had added them in a beta that very morning.… Read more

Creative Tools 2011: Curation

January 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

In my creative tools series two years ago, I had a post about my backend tools. (Stop snickering!) The focus of the post was the tools that assist in creative work, but don’t do the heavy lifting of production itself. This year, I’ve gone with a much more glamorous, and much more tweetable, name: Curation.… Read more

Creative Tools 2011: Hardware

January 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

I started this blog three years ago this month, and it’s been an annual tradition to write about my current workflow tools, both hardware and software. It’s been helpful to link to this series as a response to the regular inquiries about what I’m using. I took a shortcut last year, only writing an update to the previous year, but I’m back with a full series this year.… Read more

A very simple daily log using Launchbar and AppleScript

January 18, 2011 | Leave a comment

Last week, I was searching for a way to drop notes into Notational Velocity via LaunchBar, and I found something even better. This post offers a script to create a daily log of thoughts and notes in Notational Velocity, all captured from LaunchBar. Invoke LaunchBar, type DailyLog (or DL), and type your thoughts.… Read more

Death of a Church Plant – Some Reflections and Hope for the Future of Missional Church Planting

January 13, 2011 | Leave a comment

David Fitch offers helpful (and for me, encouraging) reflections on Jason Coker’s Missional Postmortem series. David’s blog helps remind me that I’m not insane…unless he is too.… Read more

Does the World Really Need Another Dropbox Post?

January 12, 2011 | 10 Comments

logo.pngIt might be that the world already has enough blog posts and articles raving about Dropbox. Geez, this greedy post on Appstorm listed so many tricks that there isn’t much left for the rest of us to write about.

But I’m going to write one anyway. And this is why…

A few years ago, I parted with my iMac G5 — my last desktop computer — thinking that I would never have one again.… Read more

The Jesus Storybook Bible

January 11, 2011 | 4 Comments

Last week, I wrote about three books I read last year that serve to describe the larger narrative of Scripture. And it occurred to me that there is another book I could add to this list that I’m surprised I’ve never written about here: The Jesus Storybook Bible.

This is the best children’s storybook I’ve seen, both in the illustrations and the way the stories are developed.… Read more

Where Creativity Goes to Die

January 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

A few words from Dr. Seuss’ On, the Places You’ll Go!:

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.

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Revernaculation: Practical Theology

January 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the early days of this blog, I ran a short, irregular series called Revernaculation. The idea was to visit some of the language that was common to the vernacular of the North American Evangelicalism I grew up in to evaluate where meanings and understandings had been misguided. I liked that series, and I think I had a number of other drafts for this series I never got around to developing.… Read more

January 6, 2011 10:43 am

I loved rain for the power it had to make indoors seem snugger and safer and a place to find refuge in from everything outdoors that was un-home, unsafe. I loved rain for making home seem home more deeply, and I suspect that is why, from as far back as I can remember, I also loved those books I read and the people I met in them and the worlds they opened up to me. Like a house in the rain, books were havens of permanence and protection from whatever it was that as a child I needed protection from.” — Frederick Buechner in The Sacred Journey

It’s as if he stole my thoughts and wrote them better than I ever could.

The Best New Mac and iOS Software of 2010

January 5, 2011 | Leave a comment

A great list by Shawn Blanc. I use everything on this list except for Canned, so I guess I should try it too.

And I echo his love for MarsEdit 3.0 support for custom fields, which I’m using to post this link.… Read more

The Story of God, The Story of Us

January 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

When we started Pathways Church, one of the first teaching series was a sixteen week look at the narrative story of the Bible, from Genesis and into the present. It was a fun series to develop and work through, but the most fun part was the feedback we got, which was very positive.… Read more

Top Ten Blogs I Found Most Meaningful in 2010

January 4, 2011 | Leave a comment

My friend JR Woodward listed the Top Ten blogs he regularly read in 2010.

(He was thoughtful enough to include this blog, so clearly he must think he owed me a favor.)

This blog aside, I’m familiar with most of the blogs on the list, and there’s a lot of good insight to be found in each of them.… Read more

Scrivener Thesaurus Hack, Anyone?

January 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

A reader emailed me asking me about quick access to the Thesaurus from within Scrivener:

I find it handy to be able to shift+F7 to quickly access a thesaurus on the fly in other programs. Just wondering what do you do (& other writers) for a digital thesaurus. Do you have a 2nd screen alongside with external thesaurus running ??

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501 words on Imagine

January 4, 2011 | Leave a comment

My rambling of 501 words today turned into a brief memoir on the role of imagination in daily creative work. Here’s 41 of the words if you have actual creative work to do:

I still feel a sense of possibility when I take hold of the mouse or tug open my laptop that something good might happen — that I might get to play in the realm of imagination as I make something that day.

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Phil Coffman on Tradewinds

January 4, 2011 | Leave a comment

I love reading about the creative process of others, especially when the resulting work is great. My friend, Phil Coffman, did this write-up yesterday of the recently launched Tradewinds site he designed. It’s a great looking site, and I like getting a behind the scenes look at the how’s, why’s and what’s in his design process.… Read more