Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Some highly intelligent entertainment…

Now this is what I call great entertainment… Snowball Fight…

Christian Sandals…

eBay item 2872781023 (Ends Dec-05-03 17:24:50 PST) – “Jesus loves you” impinted on bottom sandals Seriously??? I guess I’ve gotta get me some of these babies for Myrtle Beach next week…

Life in John

“And this is the real and eternal life: They they know you, the one and only God and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” John 17:3-4- The Message Reading through the book of John has been interesting to see how many times Jesus refrences the idea of “life.” How he has come to bring “life” to […]

Community Article…

In our thinking through “authentic community” I came across this article that seems to capture the essense of what my passion is for our church community… Relevant Magazine article on community

What is church???

Church is more than a Sunday morning…Today during church we talked about what it means to be an authentic community. Here are some of the responses that we shared during our discussion time… – worshipping together – “being there” for each other – not having our lives be “fully booked” and no room for each […]

Suffering Has a Face….

I am speechless as I read the following e-mail (and others Katie has written before it). I think that through this e-mail describing Katie’s experiences… in some small, minute and miniscule way, suffering has begun to take the shape of a face. I know that unless I experience Katie’s experiences I will never understand. I […]

Converstions with Cole…

We just posted a new video of Cole on our .mac website. Definately worth taking a look… http://homepage.mac.com/thiestand/iMovieTheater19.html

Cole…

Cole did the coolest thing today…we spent a few hours together while Melanie was working. Of course I took the time to introduce him to computers and websites. It was a good education time for him and I know he learned alot (for a 4 month old!). In the midst of it, he started getting […]

Exodus 32…

We had a neat discussion in our small group on prayer and Exodus 32 tonight. Being someone who considers themselves someone who belives very strongly in the soverignty of God, this chapter of scripture poses some interesting questions. It would be so easy to explain this away like I am so tempted to do, but […]