Idea Sparklers

Indigestion, Bad Coffee, and Amazing Experiences

Jonathan Malm - April 8, 2013

Last Thursday I went out for burgers with some of the fabulous RT South Office team. We tried a new burger joint called Shady’s. And the burger I got was definitely shady – beef, chorizo, grilled jalapeños, and cheddar cheese. I knew as I took my first bite, bad things were going to happen. After nearly throwing up on the car ride back to the offices, …

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Your Best is Simple

Jonathan Malm - March 15, 2013

I had the privilege of being a pastor’s kid for multiple years of my life. I say privilege because I truly had a great experience. I know that isn’t the case for many PK’s. But it was phenomenal to see my dad navigating the waters of pastordom – organizational strategy, betrayals, criticisms, moral and ethical dilemma’s, and effective communication. Adding to that privilege, I worked …

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Perception and Need

Jonathan Malm - March 11, 2013

I’ve been learning something about meeting people’s needs. I’ve found you can’t hope to meet someone’s needs unless you meet their perceived needs. And their perceived needs usually don’t match up with their real needs. Let me illustrate. Creative folks who work in churches have real and perceived needs. Their real needs are this: to know they aren’t alone and to connect with other creatives. …

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Making Love and Creativity

Jonathan Malm - February 13, 2013

There are two parts to this crazy thing called love. Inspiration and action. Most of us are great at the first part. Unfortunately, many of us fall short in the second part. Inspiration is all about that thought. That spark. That feeling. When we think about our wife during the day and wonder how she’s doing. When we get a little pitter patter in our …

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Capturing Light

Jonathan Malm - January 21, 2013

A frail lady pulled out a mason jar from her shelf. Her eyes teared up as she remembered its story… Young Emma woke up one morning. She looked out her window to see her world on fire. Violent reds and oranges screamed through her window. She gasped and ran for the door. Young Emma was five years old but fiercely independent. She threw on her …

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Give a Little Extra

Jonathan Malm - October 17, 2012

I ordered a particularly cool cell phone case. I was excited for it to arrive. Finally, the box showed up. On the outside of the box, they’d written, “Look out for a stow-away-asaurus.” Well, that was weird. I opened the box and found a little plastic T-Rex. The stow-away-asaurus.

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Jonathan Malm - August 22, 2012

Good ideas are cheap. Everyone has good ideas. Do you know one of those dreamers? They’re always buzzing with new ideas. They have three movies scripts in their head. They have ten book ideas. They come up with life-changing inventions almost weekly. They’re the dreamers. Head in the clouds. But you’ll notice, they rarely become successful. A great idea isn’t the only key to success. …

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Cats and Dubstep Videos

Jonathan Malm - February 27, 2012

People love cats and Dubstep videos. They’re some of the most popular videos on the web. While it may not be creative or cutting edge to make a cats and Dubstep video, you can be sure people will like it. Sometimes you just gotta give the people what they want.

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Everything I Write is Horrible

Jonathan Malm - February 15, 2012

I hate almost everything I write–at first. Last week I spent an hour writing a guest post for Echo Hub. It was a great post but I hated it! I felt like a two-year-old could have been more eloquent. I was faced with a decision. (1) I could scrap the idea and twiddle my thumbs until a new one came along. (2) I could wrestle with …

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I Can Follow My Dream Because You Won’t

Jonathan Malm - January 17, 2012

I can follow my dream because you won’t follow yours. Everyone has a dream. Imagine if everyone actually made theirs come true. The world would be filled with astronauts, presidents, artists, and billionaire tycoons. Who would do the everyday tasks that make the world work? Obviously it’s impossible for everyone in the world to follow their dreams. But the beauty of that fact is that it …

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