Hi, I’m Jonathan. I live in Minneapolis, and I make websites. I’m into design, theology, justice, and grace.
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November 13, 2014
I’ve recently been doing some customization of MailChimp forms – essentially just wrapping the data in our own HTML so we can style it. While doing this, specifically with the Update Profile form that subscribers can click in the footer of emails, I ran into issues where the checkboxes were not correctly checked, leaving users with no way of understanding which newsletters they might already be subscribed to.
June 9, 2014
activism / books / theology
Mark, of course, is a Christian Anarchist. It’s a lovely thing to see in Mark, his family, and in his community, and one I’ve always found compelling. For myself I tend to waver between just being a leftist vs going all the way to being an anarchist, but things like this make me more and more convinced his is the way I want to follow. But regardless, this particular book takes aim at Empire and Christianity through the lens of the gospel and anarchism.
May 29, 2014
activism / culture / politics
Child care is a rough industry to work in. Most centers (at least in Georgia, where I live) are not funded by the state, so there are no benefits. Many centers treat their employees badly. Classrooms and facilities don’t have good supplies. On top of that, the pay is not good; many employees work multiple jobs and still remain poor.
Items of Interest
Collecting amazing and interesting things on the web. View All Items
March 12, 2015
activism / faith / psychology / richard-beck
So the takeaway here isn’t to give up giving a damn. The goal is to reject the “will to purity” and learn to extend grace to yourself in the midst of the fight. And then, in turn, to extend grace toward others. Because we’re all complicit. No one is pure. This is the progressive version of Original Sin.
And that’s not an excuse to give up fighting. Nor is it an excuse to sin so that grace may abound.
It is simply the recognition that the purity culture of progressive Christianity–for privileged and oppressed–will be perennially tempted to marginalize joy, love and grace in its pursuit of the Kingdom of God.
March 10, 2015
design / forms / user experience
Logging into things sucks. But there are ways to make it suck less.
February 18, 2015
bible / hebrew-bible / jonathan martin / theology
This is not a parlor trick. This does not trivialize how we read our Old Testament, but rather emboldens those “texts of terror” to speak life into us again. It is a kind of reading that requires tenacity, disciplined engagement, and nothing less than the Spirit of God herself to reveal them to us. It is, in short, a way of reading Scripture that requires Jesus to teach us, to instruct us. Over and against much of the project of textual criticism in the 20th century, I am not looking for way of understanding the Bible that does not require God. I want a way of reading Scripture that requires God in order to work.
My work happens in my day job, and occasionally on interesting side projects. View My Work
Who I work with
I've spent the past several years in various roles at MinnPost, Emory University, AirWatch, and CareerBuilder.com in Minneapolis and Atlanta. I've consulted on projects locally and in other places across North America.
How I work
I do design strategy, design research, user interface design, and build responsive websites with HTML5 and CSS. I'm passionate about discovering and solving problems, learning about people to make things they like to use, and beautiful interfaces.