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Austin Grigg

Husband, father of two bright-eyed boys, dabbling theologian, web developer and app maker.

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2014

Servant Leadership

Leadership doesn't begin with us and it doesn't end with us

Small Groups - Leading Yourself

Becoming a leader begins by leading yourself.

Small Groups

Exploring what makes a healthy small group and how to train leaders to create environments that lead to success.

All the Time in the World

My friend Winn posted a poem on Facebook the other day by John O’Donohue titled A Blessing For One Who is Exhausted. ...

Gethsemane

A poem in response to Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane

Delegate

Delegating allows leaders to not be limited by their own time and talents, but to empower others to contribute to the vision of their organization.

Top 5 Woodworking Tools for the Hobbyist

The five tools that I use more than any other in my workshop.

Doubt

Living and wrestling with doubt.

Four Qualities of a Leader

What distinguishes [leaders] is their clarity and persuasiveness of their ideas, the depth of their commitment, and their openness to continually learning more.

The Maker's Summit

Learning not to trade what you want most for what you want right now.

At the Heart of Making

What is it that compels us to create? I can not speak for others, but I craft and shape things, be that code or wood or words, because I can't help it.

Meaning in Every Moment

Life is not lived in the moments between sitting at our desk and couch, but can be lived through all the moments.

Leadership is Dangerous | Guest Post on CatalystConference.com

We face two great dangers as leaders: thinking we are better than we are and believing we can't really accomplish something great.

Where are the prophets?

They had been in the Presence of God and they reported what they saw there. They were prophets, not scribes, for th...

Tuning a Static Site for Performance and SEO

Some tips and tricks for making your static site fast and SEO friendly using IIS.

2013

2014 Goals

Setting the trajectory for who I want to become in 2014

What Running Taught Me About Life

Some things are an acquired taste. I used to hate running, coffee, and Christmas carols, but now I like all three (ok...

The Goal of Parenting

Being a parent is the most challenging thing I have ever done. Being a parent is also one of the most important thing...

We're Part of the Problem

I was ranting on twitter the other day about how Walmart is opening at 6:00pm on Thanksgiving day. It seems like ever...

Tolerance For Anything Except God

In the tech industry, we are all for tolerance. Tolerant of lifestyle, sexual orientation, work hours, interests (unl...

My Favorite iOS Apps

My favorite apps for being productive and kicking back on iOS.

Creating Space

It is often hard to find space to think, or rest, or wrestle. Much of our culture pushes us to always be moving, alwa...

A Better Country

I’m often tempted to believe life would be better in a different country, or maybe just in a different time. The rugg...

Look Up and Start a Conversation

I recently attended Blend Conf, a tech conference that fused design, development, and UX into a beautifully diverse a...

A New Home

After five years of writing at ArtOfUnNaming it felt like it was time for my writing to have a proper home. I started...

For Everything there is a Season

Currently written on the whiteboard in our kitchen is: a time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a ...

2012

Advent Prayer

Every year I come across this advent prayer and it stirs my soul to turn toward heaven, expectant to see God coming d...

Into the Rock Gorge

I should have known better, as we studied the contour lines that traced along the snaking banks of the Chattooga Rive...

Prayer Notebook - iPhone app to organize your prayers

For a long time I've wanted to be more diligent in prayer -- particularly for other people. How often have I said "I'...

A Return to Beauty

Photo by Carl WycoffI feel like I haven't had the time, or taken the time lately to ponder beauty or find creati...

Man Does Not Live on Bread Alone

I again got the privilege this morning to teach at our church. We looked at Deuteronomy 8:3 that says, "man...

Please Judge Me

Image by cookbookman17I started reading through the Bible a few months ago and landed in 1 Corinthians 5 this morning...

A Hard Year

Lauren and I celebrated 6 years of marriage yesterday. We try to make an effort each year to go on a vacation togethe...

2011

False Humility

A good friend commented on my last post and called me out on some false humility, or maybe misdirected humility....

5x15 with Trinity Artists

Trinity Artists hosts an event for artists every few months called 5x15 -- 15 artists share their work for 5 min...

Bunk Beds

Technically it isn't bunk beds, it is a bunk bed right now -- but the first one is done! I've been building bunk beds...

A Poem for Skylar

Almost a month ago, my dear friends lost their little girl Skylar. My heart has been so heavy for them. I went to the...

UnNaming Fasting

Photo by Jeremy Keith Over the last several weeks our church has been joining together in a corporate fast. We're p...

To Dream Again

Photo by peggyhrI haven't dreamed in quite some time. I've been so handcuffed to the mundane of life (and lately the ...

Reflecting God's Glory

Can I just be honest for a minute and admit that I look goofy when I preach? I'm sure part of it is looking at yourse...

Desperate for His Presence

I had the opportunity again to preach at our church this morning. Our pastor, Jamie, asked me to share the lesso...

June Rain (Poem #2)

I've been very thankful for the rain we've received lately and so has our garden. I thought I'd share another poem (f...

Poem #1

Photo by Vince AlongiI would call myself a poet, but I haven't written any poetry in quite some time. As poets know, ...

Theistic Evolution

This is the second in a series of posts looking at tough theological questions. If you missed the intro, check i...

Not Forgetting the Point {A Brief Interlude}

I wanted to take a brief break in my series on some controversial theological issues, to make sure I don't miss the p...

The Emergent Church

This is the first in a series of posts looking at tough theological questions. If you missed the intro, check it out ...

5 Controversial Theological Questions

A parent of one of my students at the Church, raised some concerns recently about some theological trends he was find...

10k for Skylar

I've mentioned the Jones family here before, but I wanted to promote a fundraiser we're doing for their daughter Skyl...

Beautiful Things

These lyrics have been haunting me all week:You make beautiful thingsYou make beautiful things out of the dustYo...

Call Me a Preacher Man

Actually, please don't.I got the opportunity to preach for the first time this last Sunday at our church. If you had ...

Feed Sync - Read your Apple Mail RSS Feeds on your iPhone

Those of you who know me know that I try to hide my geeky side, but it just bleeds through eventually. I did want to ...

Photography: A New Composition From An Old Friend

Today is a very exciting day for me because my good friend Kyle Jones has started a blog: bluewallphotography.com. It...

2010

What Truly Matters

Very few things in life truly matter. Everything matters.Very few things matter because at the end of the day, much o...

The Essence of Apple Pie

I know there hasn't been much un-naming going on here lately, but I hope you'll enjoy some un-naming of a d...

Bess and I

Not actually Bess and I, but the band Bess and I. Two friends of mine, Davis and Bess, put on a show last Friday alon...

Morning Prayer

I've been getting back into using The Devine Hours (a book of daily prayers) and one of today's prayers struck me for...

A Quick Thought from Isaiah

Well, September went by without a post -- it was a busy month. I've got some larger ideas percolating, but in th...

A View of the End from the Beginning

It's funny how to understand the end, sometimes you have to go back to the beginning. This idea of beginning and end ...

Black-bottom Cupcakes and Still-life Photography

If you don't already know, my beautiful wife is also a fantastic cook and quite the baker. My sister recently to...

Expound - My First Mac App

There are numerous problems with computer programmers (just ask our wives), but one of my weaknesses is that instead ...

Hanging the Swing

So, after months of hard work, I finally finished the porch swing I've been working on and hung it on our back porch....

Gardening, Friendship, and Reconciliation

This is the third time I've written this post -- each time feeling like I haven't quite hit the essence of it. I gues...

Founding Fathers

In honor of Independence Day, I thought I would post some provocative quotes from some of our founding fathers."Havin...

Blogs I Follow & A New Design

My blog list has grown over the last few years (with more technical content than my wife would like to see), but thes...

Sometimes I Get Inspired - Snow-Pea Stir Fry

Lauren and Sean went to visit her grandparents in South Georgia, so I'm baching it this weekend. I've done the usual:...

Sabbath With My Hands

I wrote earlier about a quote from a Jewish rabbi that I really connected with: "Those who work with their minds tend...

Up, In, and Out - Disciple Now 2010

We just finished a weekend retreat with the youth at our church called Disciple Now. College leaders came and lead sm...

Easter Conversation

This Easter season (yes, Easter is a season, not just a day) I'm taking part in an online conversation hosted over at...

Photoshop Sneak Peak

This is a sneak peak of something the Adobe Photoshop team is working on called Content-Aware Fill.  This absolu...

Generosity

This is a two part story, the good news is, my lovely wife already wrote the first half (cliff notes: we bought ...

Sabbath

I was listening to a sermon by Matt Chandler recently about the Sabbath and it was very impactful.  He talked ab...

He Got His Own Day

Well, he is finally here!  If you haven't already heard, Sean Jacob Grigg was born Monday night at 7:09.  H...

2009

Evolution and Genesis

For a long time now I've loosely (and I say loosely because I hadn't really thought it through) held the belief that ...

UnNaming Wisdom

I've been spending a good bit of time thinking about raising our son.  I want him to grow up to be strong and co...

A Good Story

Lauren and I just got back from a weekend getaway in Savannah. Through a generous Christmas gift from her parents, w...

A Poem

As promised, below is the poem I began writing a few weeks ago at Woodstock Coffee house. Thanks to the prodding of ...

Reconnecting

I used to go to Woodstock Coffee House most Monday nights for their open mic -- to connect with artists, to listen to...

Wedding Dance

This is how you throw a party:

A Prayer

One thing that has been extremely helpful to me in my daily communion with God has been The Divine Hours. It is a co...

Holy Frustration

In the same way that there can be a righteous anger, I wonder if there is such a thing as holy frustration. I came t...

A Road Trip in Pictures

Lauren and I just got back from our East coast road trip -- kind of a last hurrah before our baby comes in December (...

Curses and Clay

After reading Blue Like Jazz, I jealously wanted a nickname like: Austin the Beat Poet -- I even got me a beat poet h...

A New Name in the Family Tree

Many of you have heard by now, some of you I either forgot to call due to the fact that I can't remember anything, or...

Meditation

First, I apologize for my absence in April, it was a good, busy month. There is some catching up to do, but first so...

4 Movies You Should See [And 2 You Shouldn't]

I'm not a huge movie buff, but I love a good film and loathe a dry, plotless one. Here are few of the ones that have...

March Madness

So, as most of the world (and by most of the world I mean us sport-addicted, tournament-crazed Westerners) knows, the...

Lent, Not the Kind in Your Pocket

Lent is upon us, ushered in by Ash Wednesday -- another season of our lives, if we'll allow it. One of the things I ...

25 Facts Things to Make You Laugh, Cry, and Gasp

I'm jumping on the proverbial bandwagon to give you a list of 25 facts and/or random mostly-true things about me. I'...

My Favorite Pastime, Eating.

Last night, Lauren and I had an excellent evening together. I had bought her tickets to see Stomp at the Fox for Chr...

I Wish I had a Scott-Irish Accent

Probably my favorite Christmas gift this year was the hat Lauren gave me. I call it my poet hat. I think the offici...

2008

The Next Rembrandt

For those of you who don't know Juli Kalbaugh, not only is she a good photographer, stylish, and married to a stellar...

The Christmas Tree from Hell (Is that blasphemy?)

It was only a week ago that I was claiming to work on my grinch status, now here I am cursing around Jesus' birthday....

UnNaming Christmas, With as Few Cliches as Possible

If you know me, you probably know that I'm not a huge fan of the Christmas season -- with all of the commercialism, l...

Poetry, Sex and Marriage

Sorry to the devoted few who read my blog regularly (I think it makes 4 if you count my dog Kona), it has been a few ...

Mmmmm, Caucasian Jesus Face Cut Out of a Pumpkin

I can't get over the amount of cheesy things Christians come up with.  If you haven't checked it out, you might get a...

Poets and Poems.

Poetry has been important to me for some time now.  I love how it speaks to us in ways that we otherwise wouldn't hea...

UnNaming Peace

I feel like this blog hasn't lived up to its name yet, so I apologize if you have been coming around looking for the ...

Send a Card, Without Stepping a Foot in Hallmark.

If you're a guy, one of the things you generally dread, is having to pick out a card.  And, if you're like me, you're...

From Code to Prose

Ever since I read Blue Like Jazz, I have always wished I was referred to as, "my friend Austin, the beat poet," but I...

Lord Save Us (From Your Followers)

Sometimes we need the Lord to save us from ourselves. I first heard about the documentary Lord, Save Us From Your Fol...

Charleston Vacation

Lauren and I spent the week on vacation in Isle of Palms outside of Charleston, SC.  We had a great time relaxing, la...

I'm Married to a Rock Star

Well, almost.  Lauren officially started singing in the band at our church this morning!  After a grueling audition (...

No Rhythm

Most people who know me, probably know I'm not a musical person; however, the reality is that I have no natural music...

Epics and Hope

Starting a blog is almost as intimidating as starting a poem, so much white space in front of you, it feels like you ...