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.

Seize the Fall

Today I’m working outside. It’s a beautiful 70 degrees, overcast, and I’m surrounded by rushing water. Plus I have Wifi! Living in Texas doesn’t give me too many outdoor days to enjoy. So I have to seize the opportunities when they present themselves. It’s inconvenient to work outside. There’s occasional wind, West Nile Virulent mosquitoes,…

When Creativity Happens

When good creativity happens, communication happens. It’s important to realize this – especially in the church. There’s a huge movement lately to infuse our services with creativity. Unfortunately, that often translates to strobing lights and silly gimmicks. But if people walk out of our church services without understanding our message, the creativity was completely ineffective. Creativity…

Others’ Successes

Anytime something good happens to me, people tend to say one of these two things. Either: You’re successful because you’re so talented. You’re successful because you worked so hard. I hate when people say either of those statements. I always want to balance the thought. Maybe I’m talented, but I worked freakin’ hard. Ok, maybe…

New Kids on the Block

I was chatting with a friend last night that was having problems with the new kid on the block. Not a member of the band. No, there was a leadership change and my friend was having difficulty adjusting. The new kid was arrogant and didn’t display the same excellence as the old kid. The new…

Spiritual Criticism

Got another wonderful bit of “spiritual criticism” the other day on my blog, WorshipSetIdeas.com. Here it is: Wow. A blog showing off worship sessions from churches. Never thought I would ever see something like this. I thought worship was meant for the Lord, not for broadcasting like a show on youtube or blogs. All I…

The Best Jobs

Lately I’ve found myself becoming a headhunter. Folks keep approaching me with positions they need filled and see if I know someone right for the job. So I approach a few folks I network with and float it around. It’s pretty fun connecting folks to new job opportunities. But this is something I’ve noticed in…

Hungry?

“It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.” That’s one of my favorite verses from Proverbs. It’s sort of funny how we forget at times why we work. We work so we can eat and feed our families. We don’t work just to work. We work for a…