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.

Obsessed Much?

My wife, sister-in-law, and longtime friend got together to watch a movie the other night. They made it a girls’ night out. Apparently, while they were together, the topic of my obsessive nature came up. My wife told me about the conversation later that night. They discussed my obsessions with coffee, puzzles, board games, Harry…

The Cancer of Missing Your Purpose

Cancer’s always been a bit of a mysterious evil to me. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea what it actually was. Fortunately, my wife is excessively smart and she learned about it during her pre-med undergraduate degree. So I asked her to explain it to me. Basically, cancer is when cells…

A Peep Show for Kids

I had the opportunity to brainstorm with my pastor the other day. Easter’s coming up, and because of the new building our church just moved into, an Easter egg hunt isn’t an option for the kiddos. So he was trying to figure out another option to have something fun for the kids this Easter. We…

3 Ways I Get Advertisers

I’ve seen quite a bit of interest lately from people wondering what I do. When I tell them I’m completely ad supported…they give me a blank look and ask me how that’s possible. So I figured I’d share what I do here. Recently, my site ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com has hit a tipping point where I actually have…

You’ll Never Have Enough Time

Remember learning about the circadian rhythm in school? It’s the internal clock that syncs us up with the day. It’s what triggers us to sleep for eight hours once a day. Apparently, though, our internal clock wishes the day was 11 minutes longer. Current data suggests our circadian rhythm is set to a 24 hour…

Simple Idea, Complex Fight

Did you know Southwest Airlines was dreamed up on a paper napkin? The company’s founder drew out the initial idea on a cocktail napkin. It was a triangle representing the three cities the airline would fly between. It was a massively simple idea meant to make business travel in Texas easier. I love how some…

Mercury is in Retrograde

Mercury is in retrograde. Normally, the planet Mercury appears to travel from west to east across the night sky. But right now, Mercury will is traveling westward. If you could watch it happen all at once, Mercury appears to slow down its movement, stop, reverse direction, slow down, stop, then reverse direction again. How is…

You’re Being Tricked

In marketing, there’s a concept called decoy pricing strategy. It’s meant to make you spend more money than you would otherwise. Let me illustrate with a scenario. Imagine you’re at a coffee shop and they offer a drink in two sizes: small for $2 and large for $4. You’d almost certainly buy the small size…