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.

You Can’t Trust Others

Want to hear something ridiculous? The Olive Garden intentionally overcooks their pasta. They intentionally stay away from food that pushes the envelope. They rename traditional Italian ingredients to Americanize them. It’s safe to say the Olive Garden is butchering Italian food. And why? They do this to please their customers. Now it’s somewhat admirable…a restaurant…

The Inconvenience of People

My least favorite part about working at a church was working with people. I’m not going to lie. If I had had my way, I would have done everything by myself – sound, lighting, video, everything. It’s not that I don’t like people. No, I love people. But it’s hard having to rely on others…

On a Frozen Pond

I’ve been mulling over an idea in my mind for about a year. It’s a complex concept blending quantum physics, theology, and creativity into a single theory. It’s all there in my head and on paper, but I haven’t really released the concept yet. It’s just too complicated for folks to grab hold of without…

Things I’m Afraid Of…

In honor of everyone’s favorite holiday celebrating death and fear, I thought I’d share some of my personal fears. My goal is not that you would make fun of me, but rather that we would see we’re all desperately insecure artists. Fear 1: That real experts will find out I’m a fraud and call me…

Navy Seal Thinking

Imagine attending an elaborate party. The room’s filled with foreign dignitaries and celebrities. Now imagine a Navy Seal shows up – especially one that’s just come back from a battle. Mr. Navy Seal walks into the shindig and immediately sizes it up. He’s scanning the room to identify potential weapons and escape routes. He’s already…

The Tenacity to Try

I was discussing inventors with a buddy of mine yesterday. We settled on Thomas Edison. I think it’s fascinating that so much of what we use today would not have been possible without his work. I wouldn’t be blogging today. And all this came from a school dropout. I’m convinced anyone can be extremely successful. But…

All Things Good and Great

I love this quote from Martin Luther (the German monk, not the junior king): “I have so much to do that if I didn’t spend at least three hours a day in prayer I would never get it all done.” I don’t normally think of monks as being particularly busy. But Mr. Luther was a…

Blocked

I experienced some pretty major creative blocks this week. For instance, I’m writing a book. I have about 15 chapters finished. But the last two chapters I wrote were the exact same chapters I’d previously written. I thought I was writing new material, only to find I’d been rehashing the same stuff. Nothing new was…