All month long I clip websites, videos, and articles that I find interesting. And then at the end/beginning of each month I share them all here! (Only I missed last month — I was a bit busy wrapping up life at Mars Hill — so this is a double post.) Enjoy!
Theology is always on my mind, the natural byproduct of six years working at a church, 18 credits left in an MDiv, and a wife who is a pastor. This month I discovered Sally McFague and her wonderful work on metaphorical theology, I found a excellent post on feminine images for God (a much needed conversation in the church), and I wrote a lament called I Can’t Find Thee for my worship class (another conversation/experience the church desperately needs).
For the past few years I’ve said that I want to be a writer when I grow up. And it’s still true. (I’m currently looking through MFA programs at various universities.) In the past couple months Lifehack taught me to write, write again, and write one more time while the 99% gave me a slew of tips from writers on becoming a better writer.
While much of my life is filled with theology and writing, most of my life and work falls under the categories of creativity, design, and productivity. In the past couple months Roberto Verganti reminded me that an innovators role is making people fall in love with something they never asked for, Project Glass made me consider switching from sides in the ongoing Apple/Android battle, the 99% reminded me of the key to creating remarkable things, I caught a glimpse of J.K. Rowling’s creative process – from 30,000 feet it looks like art; from the ground it looks like a to-do list, I tripped over the obvious: design matters, I read a post that I wish all my professors would read, and Study Hacks reminded me that the feeling of flow is different than the feeling of getting better.
I’m a seven. So fun is may natural habitat. And in the past two months I found a bit of fun on the world wide web. I discovered that google can sink as well as search, hipsters can have their own (analogue) habit app, I don’t need to wait for the movie (or Netflix mini-season) for more Arrested Development fun, and this is how you get more likes on Facebook. (I should probably say something about cage-fighting nuns and tanks now.)
We all have favorite blogs. And my favorite bloggers threw down some pretty fantastic posts in the past eight weeks. From Rent to the breath of God to living for everyone else to a story catcher to the art of presence to a god with a heartbeat (or the 31 posts I wrote in April and May like this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this – ten bonus ninjas if you read them all; fifty if you read all 31).
I thought about categorizing all my favorite videos. Three of them are my new favorite music videos (well, one is more “unique” than “favorite”) . One is the proposal I wish I’d thought of. One is just amazing to watch. And so is the other one. You can find them all on their respective YouTube/Vimeo homes via the links in the last sentence. Or just keep scrolling down to view them all here.
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