Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

When Success Holds You Back

Can one success hold you back from another success? I truly believe it can. And I see many people fall into this trap. I’ve seen many people take risks early on in life. They’ve become very successful. But once they’ve achieved that success, they get comfortable. They begin clinging to that success for stability—unwilling to…

Why I Don’t Value Your Opinion

Have you heard about the latest scandal involving President Obama wanting to lower the minimum age for buying cigarettes? Chances are your opinion falls into one of two camps. Either (1) you are outraged at the idea of it, or (2) you assume he has a good reason for doing this. And your opinion’s probably…

The Only Bridges I Burn

When you’re self employed, you learn very quickly the importance of connections—even the ones you assume will have no value to you. Recently, one random connection turned into a few thousand dollars worth of ad revenue. He approached me and said, “I have some people who want to advertise on your sites. Let’s hook it…

When People Can’t See Your Dream

When I was six years old, my dad moved my whole family to a third world country. Guatemala. We were going as missionaries. At the time, the country was in the middle of a long civil war. People were frequently disappearing in the mountains and guerrilla attacks were common. My dad was taking a pay…

When You Criticize the Church

It’s popular nowadays to criticize the Church. It’s filled with hypocrites and bullies. I admit, it’s true. And every time I hear a story of someone who was hurt by the Church, I can’t help but be heartbroken for them. So it’s popular for millennials and bloggers to turn their nose up at the established…

Trying to Broaden My Voice

When I first started blogging, I was certain I’d become the expert on all creative thought. I named my blog “Faking Creativity” based on a book I wanted to eventually release. Within a few short weeks my blog started getting 10’s of 20’s of people visiting. But when my blog hovered at that for a…

Why Culture MUST Change

“It’s okay to take the cross off your stage.” Whenever I chat with churches at conferences or in person, that’s one of the big thoughts I challenge them with. I always smile a little watching people react to this statement. For many it feels like heresy. Or at best it makes them a little bit…

The Best Way to Build a Platform

I follow a bunch of people on Twitter and Facebook. I truly wish I didn’t. Because every time there’s a new scandal or news story, I see hundreds of opinions. World Vision hires gay employees, I see 200 opinions. Noah’s about to release, I see 300. You name the story, you’ll see hundreds of people…

I Make People Lazy

I’ve realized nearly everything I do is to help people become lazier. CSDI gives people stage designs and shows them how to do it. They don’t have to do their own research, they just get to build. Lazy. Mopho.to makes it easy for people to get blog photos. They don’t have to take their own…

I Bought White Plates!

I bought white plates! I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting white plates for the longest time. My old dishes were fine… I frankly got lots of compliments on them… But they made my food look dull. They took the attention away from what I was cooking. You see, I love to make beautiful meals. I love…