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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-31

Posted on 31. Jan, 2010 by .

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Reggie Joiner’s middle name is…

Posted on 31. Jan, 2010 by .

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You know what, I almost forgot about announcing the winner of this contest. Oops! Well, sorry about that, so let’s get back to it.

So, as a reminder, the winner get’s an autographed Think Orange and Think Orange companion workbook as soon as the companion book comes out (good things come to those who wait).

So, like I said before, Reggie’s middle name is Reggie, it’s his first name that we’re trying to get. And, the much anticipated answer to the question “What is Reggie Joiner’s first name” is:

Herschel

What a great name, huh? Sounds like there’s a story behind it.

So, I’ve never met anyone named Herschel, so I didn’t expect anyone to get it. I was going to award the winner to the one who got the closest. However, two people actually named “Hershel” as their answers. Like I said before, I didn’t expect anyone to get this, and then I had two. What are the odds? I’ll be honest, I think our two winners either have an inside source or some pretty good detective work. That’s okay, I didn’t list any restrictions, so if they had some inside knowledge, that’s perfectly fine by me. (by the way, if either of you actually just guessed it, then super huge props to you! With that luck gift, I’m going to have you buy me a lottery tocket).

So, my winners are Theresa Haskins and Robert Johnson.

Unfortunately, I can only have one winner. So, I need to have a sudden death. Here’s the rules. I’ve got one more question and the first person to answer it wins it all. I don’t care who you ask or what you do to find the answer. I’m sure there’s a certain amount of public information out there where you might be able to find it, so search hard.… Read the rest

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Something special coming in February

Posted on 31. Jan, 2010 by .

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I was having a lovely dinner with my wife last night (we had a baby sitter and everything) and a thought popped into my head. No, it was a really cool, really big thought about this blog and about children’s ministry in general. Why is it that I can never turn my brain off?

So, I’ve got a few of the details worked out in my head, but still a lot to process. It’s going to be big like #orangeweek was big. Give me a few more days to sort this out and then I’ll make a formal announcement. All I can say is that this is going to be fun. You’re going to enjoy it. Not only that, you get to participate! Woo hoo! Hang on to your britches (as Bro. Jim would say) and I’ll tell you all about it.… Read the rest

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Switch to Dreamhost: Save money and be happy

Posted on 30. Jan, 2010 by .

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261px-Dreamhost_logo.svg_I switched hosting companies about 9 months ago.I’d been with GoDaddy for many years and was generally happy. I’d had my share of frustrations when things didn’t work quite the right way as GoDaddy did things differently than other hosting companies or when GoDaddy only offered IMAP email on premium accounts where other hosting companies offered it to all accounts. Although GoDaddy was one of the cheapest hosts around, I was paying for four separate hosting accounts for all my blogs/sites. Then I switched to Dreamhost and everything got exceptionally better!

Although hosting fees are a little more expensive than GoDaddy, I can host as many websites as I want on one hosting account. That alone was worth the switch. In addition, Dreamhost offers one click wordpress (among other popular web applications) installs, automatically integrates with google apps (if you want) and all kinds of other features. When I’ve had issues, talking to someone from Dreamhost was easy and pleasant.

So, if you’re even remotely thinking about switching hosting companies or even in the slightest bit unsatisfied with your current host, I highly recommend checking Dreamhost out. As added motivation, use the promo code: SWITCHNOWANDSAVE

With this promo code, you’ll save $50 off your first year of hosting. In addition, you’ll get one free lifetime domain registration. That’s a great deal! You won’t regret it.

Click here to go to Dreamhost now!

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Netflix comes to the Wii

Posted on 30. Jan, 2010 by .

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Sorry, this news is about two weeks old, but I just heard about it. :) The last rumor I’d heard was that Netflix would come to a future version of the Wii (possibly a HD version… that part’s still a rumor too). However, it was announced earlier this month that Netflix will be coming to the Wii this spring. Similar to the PS3, you have to insert a special Netflix/Wii disk in order to watch streaming content. Click here for more information and how to get your streaming disk when it’s available.Read the rest

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Why attend the Orange Conference 10: Reason #2

Posted on 28. Jan, 2010 by .

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Be the first to hear groundbreaking research commissioned by Orange and implemented by the Barna Group on the nationwide ORANGE UPDATE: THE INTERSECTION OF THE CHURCH AND THE FAMILY.

Orange has put a lot of effort into this study and the results are going to answer a lot of questions for you as a church leader. This is very EXCITING.

I’m looking at it this way. Almost a decade ago, Barna rocked the world with “Transforming Children” which showed the church the importance of children’s ministry within the church. Barna followed up that book with “Revolutionary Parenting” to explain to parents what needs to happen in the home to create spiritual champions. I’m seeing this report as the final piece. What do we need to do as the church to really equip and engage the parents.

This should be great and you get to hear it revealed live at the Orange Conference 10. Click the badge to the right to register.… Read the rest

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Is your church friendly?

Posted on 28. Jan, 2010 by .

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Group Publishing recently published a national study about how friendly the church is perceived to be. Although I’m not happy about the results, I can’t say that I’m not surprised. I think that far too often at church, people tend to be more friendly to the people they already know where new people often feel out of place and unnoticed.

Regardless, check out Group’s “State of the Church” study right here.… Read the rest

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The big announcement at Apple today

Posted on 27. Jan, 2010 by .

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Earlier today I wrote about anticipating today’s big announcement. Several years ago they announced the iPhone and it made significant changes. Before the iPhone, most people only had data enabled phones for work. I (along with most of the world) would have been shocked if Apple didn’t announce a tablet. And they did. They’re calling it the iPad.

Here’s what I was most curious about though.

  1. How bad am I going to want it?
  2. Is it going to be a game changer?

I’ll get to those two questions in a second though. Following the twitter feed, the general public seemed to have the same impression that I was having. Is this it? It’s just a bigger iPhone. Sure, it’s cool and I’d certainly rather kick back on the couch with this as opposed to my iPhone or laptop. Everyone was looking at this devise with a price in their head. There’s no way I’m paying $1000 for something that’s too much like my iPhone. Then they dropped the bomb. $499. No one expected that. No one. Suddenly the iPad got a lot more appealing.

So, back to my two questions. How bad do I want it? Not bad bad enough yet. It’s kind of like when the iPhone came out. As cool as it was, it wasn’t cool enough to drop $600 (or later $400) to have one for myself. But, once the 3G came out and the price point was unbelievable – I was in. For me, the iPad isn’t there yet. No camera. If it is the ultimate way to browse the web, it needs to have a camera for video chat. I knew that at some point I’ll want an ebook reader, but I’m not convinced I’m there yet. I also have a 2 year old in my house.… Read the rest

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Why attend the Orange Conference 10: Reason #1

Posted on 27. Jan, 2010 by .

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Speakers Donald Miller and Rev Run.

Donald Miller

thumb-dmillerDonald Miller, 36, is the bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality; Searching for God Knows What; To Own a Dragon; Through Painted Deserts; and most recently, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. His candid, often hilarious writing on life, faith and meaning has attracted a devoted cult following.

Miller grew up in Houston, the only boy in a family of women. His father took off when he was two. He examines how his father’s absence shaped his life in his book, To Own a Dragon, offering the benefit of his experience to other young men growing up without fathers. After writing this piece, Miller launched The Mentoring Project to provide support for single mothers and mentors for fatherless children.

Miller’s writing often tackles what it means to be human; the deceptive messages of American consumer culture; redemption; doubt; and community. He finds spiritual insights everywhere from nature documentaries to Romeo and Juliet. His ability to use his life, friends, and foibles to illuminate universal questions has invited comparisons to Anne Lamott as well as to Douglas Coupland and David Sedaris.

A sought-after speaker, Don has delivered lectures to a wide-range of audiences including the Women of Faith Conference, the Veritas Forum at Harvard University and the Veritas Forum at Cal Poly. In 2008, Don was asked to deliver the closing prayer on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Rev Run

thumb-revrunRecognized as a hip-hop pioneer, Rev Run is best known for being one-third of the legendary rap group Run-D.M.C. The group formed in 1983 in Hollis, Queens, and has sold more than 30 million albums and scored several hits. Members Run, D.M.C.… Read the rest

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Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader IS coming

Posted on 27. Jan, 2010 by .

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I could have sworn I wrote a post about this last year sometime, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Oh well.

Last year it was announced that Disney was done with Narnia. The first movie, “Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” was a box office hit; however, “Prince Caspian” was not as spectacular. Actually, Capian made over 200 million in profit, it just wasn’t as huge of a hit as the first movie. I’ve also heard that Walden Media (who partnered with Disney) did a little unfair negotiating between the two movies and this was Disney’s way of letting them have it. So, last year it was uncertain whether any more Narnia movies would be made.

I guess someone forgot to tell me. Last summer, filming began on the third installment, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Walden Media partnered with 20th Century Fox to make it happen. Personally I’m thrilled. I thought Caspian was a better movie than the first and Voyage is probably one of my favorite books.

So, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is set to hit screens on December 10th, 2010. Woo hoo! Follow all your Narnia news (if you’re like that) here.… Read the rest

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