New eBook, “Be The Church”

February 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

BeTheChurchGCMpic3DBe sure to check out the new e-book Be The Church: Discipleship And Mission Made Simple (10 Drawings, 10 Conversations) by my friends Seth McBee and Caesar Kalinowski.

Verge Network describes the book:

Sometimes the simplest things can get lost in tradition or become over complicated due to confusion or lack of practice. Sometimes we are just too smart for our own good. The reality of who we are as Christians, the Church and as disciples, while having historical and eternal importance, has become somewhat muddled in our modern understanding and dialogue.

As the conversation around being “missional” has come front and center within certain church circles in recent years, it seems that many of us struggle to grasp and/or explain the basics to others. This short book of simple pictures and conversations is meant to offer a starting point–a way to get, or keep, the dialogue going around some of the key issues surrounding who we are as the Church and what our mission really is.

  • Get the book here.

The Weekly Town Crier

February 22, 2013 at 9:17 am


Well, here we are again. You know the drill. Then again, maybe you don’t. How silly of me to assume. You know what happens when we assume and neither of us wants that to happen. Well, maybe you do, but I don’t.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier, where I collect link I have found interesting and pass them along to you with the premise that you will find them just as interesting. Maybe you will, maybe you won’t, that’s up to you, not me, and I’m not going to lose any sleep over it one way or another.

Be my Facebook friend. It’s not real until it’s on Facebook.

Follow my Twitterings.

Browse the music I’ve been listening to.

Stay tuned to the Habañero Collective events page for house show upcomings.

Take a Tumbl with me.

Read about Harrison Ford reprising his role as Hans Solo.

Read about Zooey Deschanel Launching Production Company.

Read Paste’s profile of the Seryn documentary Canvas Of Sound.

Read/Listen about the controversy surrounding Makers Mark’s decision to water down its whiskey, then its decision to undo that first decision.

Read about the four people arrested in Libya for trying to spread Christianity.

See a wall decorated with 60,000 bottle caps.

Read this review of my favorite 2012 album of the year, Matthew E. White’s amazing Big Inner: “SUCH is the swooning beauty, the intimacy and sophistication of Big Inner, it’s thrilling to think that this is a debut.”

Read as NPR asks if we can learn to like music we hate.

A beer-dispensing video game.

Watch at Pitchfork as “Johnny Marr Tell the Story Behind the Smiths’ “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.”

Browse Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest paid DJs.

Watch Billy Corgan in a furniture commercial promoting his professional wrestling company.

See a beer map of the world of two of the biggest purveyors of fizzy yellow beer on the planet.

Read about Morrissey postponing more tour dates.

Get a personalized recording from Mike Doughty.

Browse Bonnaroo’s 2013 lineup.

Read about Jack White being named “Record Store Day Ambassador.”

Read about the U.S. government air dropping toxic mice on Guam.

Browse Al Mohler’s list of books every preacher should read. How many of them have you read?

Browse this list exploring the reasons our youth are leaving the church at an alarming rate.

Draw in 3D.

Read the Aspen Times’ profile of Seryn.

Read about Morrissey’s “meat free” concert at the Staples Center.

Browse this list of things record companies don’t want you to know.

Read about Conan O’Brien hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Read about Tupac’s Mom releasing  his ”Entire Body of Work.”

Read about casting for the new season of Arrested Development.

Browse as Tumblr launches its own music blog.

Browse Paste’s compilation of “15 Great David Foster Wallace Quotes.”

Browse as Stereogum picks their favorite Morrissey tracks. What do you think of their picks?

New Music (“Ivory Black”) From Seryn

February 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

So, Despite My Best Efforts . . .

February 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

My oldest three boys were part of a “Harlem Shake” here in Glendale, AZ:


The Weekly Town Crier

February 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

imagesHere we are again.

Be my Facebook friend. It’s not real until it’s on Facebook.

Follow my Twitterings.

Browse the music I’ve been listening to.

Stay tuned to the Habañero Collective events page for house show upcomings.

Take a Tumbl with me.

See some minimalistic movie posters from Lego.

Read about Eminem’s new album.

Jack Spade is now making watches.

Color MF Doom with NPR Music.

See Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada’s glass specifically for IPAs (and feel free to buy me a couple).

Read The Boston Globe’s profile of Lucius.

Read The Guardian’s interview with Matthew E. White, who made my favorite album of 2012, Big Inner.

Read about the Philippine town mourning the loss of their pet crocodile, who happened to kill several of them.

Read about NPR Music saying that Habañero Collective House Show alums Seryn should be bigger. Don’t worry, it’s coming.

Browse as Paste compiles the Granny, I mean Grammy winners.

Read about Radiohead beginning work on a new album.

Preview a new track from the Civil Wars.

Read the Washington Post piece “No more free passes to famous men who abuse women.”

Read Pitchfork‘s feature piece on Local Natives.

Read about the scientists who suggest you have a beer after a workout. See, science isn’t bad!

Read about wrestling being dropped from the 2020 Games.

Read Lifehacker’s tips to “Boost Creativity and Enhance Your Sleep with These Lucid Dreaming Techniques.”

Read about DVD’s of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln being sent to “all middle and high schools in the United States.”

Read about the Heart Attack Grill spokesman who died of a heart attack.

Read as IFC reports: “William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a “pig” for directing “Star Wars.”

Read as Jason P. Woodbury interviews Sir Richard Bishop (Of the Sun City Girls) for the Phoenix New Times.

Read as Wilco releases the lineup for their annual Solid Sound Festival.

Has Pixar run out of ideas?

Help fund a documentary about Habañero Collective friends and favorites, Seryn.

Browse as Stereogum ranks The Who‘s albums from best to worst. What do you think of their list?

Check out these creepy David Bowie dolls.

Browse as Spin lists 40 music soundtracks that helped changed “alternative music” forever.

Read as Flavorwire stereotypes you by your favorite love song.

Read this profile of Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber.

Browse this collection of one-track albums.

Browse this list of the best and worst Grammy performances.

Help Create A Canvas Of Sound

February 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Help fund a movie about Habañero Collective friends and favorites, Seryn.

Check out the promotional video:


Help fund the project.

Wish I Could Have Seen This Band Live (Lift To Experience)

February 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Lift To Experience: