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
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.
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
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
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
It 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…
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
A few words from Dr. Seuss’ On, the Places You’ll Go!:
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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.
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
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.
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
A reader emailed me asking me about quick access to the Thesaurus from within Scrivener:
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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 ??
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:
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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.
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