Archive for February, 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by .

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App of the week: FireFTP

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by .

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fireFTP_iconIf you don’t manage a self-hosted website, you can probably ignore this App of the Week.

If you do, let me introduce you to my App of the Week, FireFTP. Most people I talk to use Filezilla as their FTP manager. It’s free and it’s good. I have a copy as well, but I’ve only used it once or twice in the past year, ever since I started using FireFTP.

FireFTP seems to do it all. At least, it does everything I need when it comes to managing files on multiple websites I run. What I like about FireFTP is that it’s not a separate application like Filezilla. It’s a Firefox plugin. I go up to the toolbar and select FireFTP and it opens a full featured FTP client within a tab on my browser.… Read the rest

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Brand confusion

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by .

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2010_winter_olympics_logosvgpnI was looking for an image for a blog post about the Olympics and I came across the logo to the left. I was kind of surprised. I have watched more of this winter Olympics than just about any other. Even while in Nashville last week, I watched what I could. However, I’ve never seen this logo yet it appears to be the official Olympic logo. I remember the controversy a few years ago about the design of the London Olympic logo, how no one liked it even though millions had been spent on it. I imagine that Canada spent a fortune on this logo, yet I can’t say I’ve ever seen it.

I did go back and look at the logos of past Olympics and most were recognizable (Okay, I didn’t recognize Torino, but I honestly don’t remember Torino at all.… Read the rest

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Switching teams

Posted on 28. Feb, 2010 by .

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800px-olympic_flagsvgWatching the winter Olympics these last two weeks, I’ve noticed something that I’ve found really strange… even a little disturbing. I’m not sure I even know how I feel about it, perhaps you can help me process.

So, a handful of athletes at this Olympics from a variety of countries have switched national teams in order to compete. There are some athletes not quite good enough to make their national team, so they’ve been granted dual-citizenship with another country so they can compete for their team. It seems to be a win-win, the athlete gets to compete at the Olympic level and the other country gets a stronger athlete than what they have available.

This happens in other places too. Athletes switch teams at times for a better opportunity.… Read the rest

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My new sign guy wants to be your new sign guy

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .

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Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 10.05.16 PMOkay, Matt McKee is my “sign guy,” but only when I see a bad sign for him to blog about. When I need a sign, I call Cory Richmond. Last week when I was in Nashville hanging out with Jim Wideman and for about 90 minutes a few of us hung out with Cory to see what he had to offer. First off, Cory is Jim Wideman’s son-in-law. Secondly, Cory is Yancy’s husband. But more importantly, Cory’s a print media guru… he really knows his stuff! For the 90 minutes we had with Cory, he spent time looking at graphics, logos and t-shirt designs our churches were working on. He also showed us some of the designs he’s done for current clients, which includes Bro.… Read the rest

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Save me from this kingdom of comfort where I am king

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .

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Kingdom Comfortable from Gateway Church on Vimeo.

Save me from this kingdom of comfort where I am king and take me to the kingdom of life where the King is king. It’s the final and most powerful line of this poem from local Austin slam poet, James Wilson. It’s a profound message our culture needs to hear. It’s a profound message we all need to really get.… Read the rest

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Accountability from a skinny man works

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .

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scalesOkay, so I almost forgot to post this. Before I left for my road trip I asked Sam Luce to hold me accountable. I’m in the middle of my biggest loser competition with my staff and being on the road where I’m eating out for almost every meal would be tough. It’s during these occasions that I tend to over-indulge. So I asked Sam Luce to hold me to my commitment. In the end, my goal was to weigh less than I did when I began.

So, Sam was a gracious accountability partner. Maybe it was a dumb thing for me to ask him to do it, but he didn’t make a big deal out of it. Every now and again, he’d give me the evil eye when I was reaching for an extra cookie after dinner.… Read the rest

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Graphics: Stock XChange

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .

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178959_9596When designing stuff for ministry, I rarely do anything from scratch. To be honest, I know very few designers that do anything from scratch. They usually start with something. Either it’s a background, a texture or sometimes a pre-designed element. Sometimes you can find something great in a basic Google image search. You can almost always find great stuff at iStock, but you’ll have to pay for it. If you’re looking for better graphics than you’ll typically find on Google image search, but free unlike you’ll find on iStock, check out Stock XChange. From what I gather, it’s a massive collection of user contributed images and graphics. Sign up for a free membership and look for what you need.… Read the rest

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Dinner with the Lads

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .

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Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 8.34.57 AMLast Wednesday, after our coffee with Kennedy and Kummer, Sam and I rushed down to Franklin, TN for a dinner appointment with the Lads Band. On multiple occasions I’ve attempted to book the Lads for an event at my church. Both times either the even changed or they weren’t available. However, I got to know Steve King from the band through our back and forth emails. Since I knew I would be in Nashville for my infuse retreat, I tried to see if we could connect for dinner or something.

photo(16)We had such an incredible time. I first fell in love with this band when I heard their song “creator” back in 2002 or 2003. Their music video of that song made it to the annual WOW DVD (Do they still make those?) and it was such a fun and funky song.… Read the rest

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Pray for significant outreach happening now

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by .

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Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 8.08.38 AMOver the years you have probably seen my posts about my friends who serve the people in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Their names are Joel and Heidi Hayslip and Burknia Faso is one of the poorest countries in all of Africa. However, the door is wide open for ministry, and the Hayslips are doing some very strategic work. Burkina Faso is a predominantly Muslim state, but the government is very open to ministry team coming in. As a result, Joel and Heidi are equipping churches by raising up and training children’s pastors to reach the children of the remote villages. Reaching adult Muslims is a nearly impossible task, yet the children are so open to Jesus and as a result, thousands of children, their parents and often tribal leaders are coming to faith because of the work being doing with the children.… Read the rest

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