Sermonsmith Episode 60: Tim Suttle – Conversations About the Craft of Sermon Preparation

Sermonsmith is a podcast dedicated to celebrating and learning about the rhythms, workflows, tools, and prayers used by the people who are deeply engaged in the art of sermon writing. It’s creator and host John Chandler, a church planter and part-time web developer from Austin, generates a bi-weekly podcast that is straight forward: John interviews pastors and [Read More…]

Is Creativity a Habit?: 8 Habits of Highly Creative People

There’s an interesting article up at Fast Company by a writer named Stephanie Vozza. She typically writes in the productivity slash organizer vein, so Vozza brings that sensibility to bear on the concept of creativity. The article caught my eye because I’m prepping a sermon series dealing with art and beauty. I’ve been reading Hans Urs von Balthasar’s [Read More…]

My iPhone Has Magic Powers: Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that a few weeks ago I was leaving work at the end of the day, and as I was backing out of my parking space I got an alert on my iPhone. It said, “You are twelve minutes from home.” I had never received a message of this kind before. My first thought was, who is [Read More…]

What Ever Happened to the News?: How the Internet Transformed Ephemera into Journalism

I’m finding it harder and harder to read the news these days. Mostly I cycle through the sites I used to care about, glancing at headlines and thinking to myself how inane and ridiculous it has become. There’s an interesting article in The New York Times on the topic. It’s written by Ravi Somaiya, and it manages to be [Read More…]

Wendell Berry on What It Means to Be an Author

I’ve been reading some Wendell Berry this week in preparation for what I’m talking about on Sunday. I love his straight forward and often hilarious take on life–for instance: hell, or limits, or farming. I ran across this note int he introduction to his book, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, which is a collection of [Read More…]

Ten Great Words You Should Know and Use – Part 02

I am an unabashed logophile (n. – lover of words), and am always on the lookout for ways to improve my vocabulary. As I’ve begun writing more and more, I’ve noticed that I track in the same semantic (adj. – pertaining to meaning of words), pathways – a kind of syntactical (adj. – pertaining to the study [Read More…]

Ten Great Words You Should Know and Use

I am an unabashed logophile (n. – lover of words). The English language is a tough one to master even for those of us who have been using it our whole life. For some this is merely frustrating. For others her idiosyncrasies make English fascinating and multifarious (adj. – ‘to having many parts; diverse and varied’). [Read More…]