Jonathan Stegall

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I live in Minneapolis, and I make websites. I’m into design, theology, justice, and grace.

You can read more about me, see what I do, or just say hi. Especially on Twitter.

Writings

A blog about design, faith, and how they work together. View All Posts

MailChimp interest groups in update profile forms

November 13, 2014

programming

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.

The Unkingdom of God from Mark van Steenwyk

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.

Child care worker healthcare disparities

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

The Purity Culture of Progressive Christianity: Additional Reflections

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.

God is not a terrorist (reflections on Scripture & terrible love)

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.

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.