Archive for November, 2011

Small changes can make a big difference

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by .

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Just a few hours ago this link came through my twitter feed. I’m glad I caught it when I did. It’s titled, “Googlie eyes give everything personality.” At first I thought it was talking about Google. Ha! I clicked on the post and just about laughed out loud.

There are only a few pictures, but it is amazing how a set of googlie eyes makes a por-a-potty urinal look lovable. Maybe that’s a stretch.

This fall I lead a breakout at Kidmin on Technology in Ministry and my main point was not just introducing a bunch of applications designed for ministry or talking about technology that needs to be created for ministry, but how existing technology can be tweaked for ministry.… Read the rest

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Animoto: Still one of my favorites

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by .

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Over the years you’ll see me post about various tech solutions for life and ministry. Some of these apps stick, others lose their luster over time. Back in 2008 I discovered Animoto, a slideshow application and fell in love. Of many of the things I find, Animoto has remained one of my absolute favorite tools. I know that there are many who read this blog who didn’t back in 2008, so I thought I’d visit this little app again and talk about what else it does as well.

When Animoto frist came out, it was an intelligent and simple slideshow creator. You simply upload photos and music and it would create a randomly generated slideshow using amazing transitions that seem to just move with the music.… Read the rest

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Your ministry needs an app!

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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My friend Matt McKee just announced something incredible. It’s called 1000 apps for Christmas. His company, ROAR, is offering 1000 free apps in the next 30 days. That means if you want an app for your ministry, they’ll build it for you for free. All you’ll pay for is the hosting. This is an incredible deal. I’ve seen places where you can get apps for cheap, but in most cases, you get what you pay for. ROAR is different. They build quality apps that are fast, stable and current technology. So, if you’ve been thinking about getting an app for that ministry or program… now’s the time!

Click here to get your app!

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Angry Birds like you’ve never seen it!!!

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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I don’t really know if this is real or not, but one of my Children’s Pastors here at Gateway shared this video with me. It’s part of a T-Mobile commercial. I don’t have cable, so I wouldn’t know if the rest of the world has seen it already.

Yesterday I posted how we played Angry Birds at Illuminate and it was pretty incredible. However, what is shown in this commercial is mind boggling. My initial inclination is to think that this was a lot of fancy editing and staged effects, but it’s not so far out there to think that someone couldn’t build this. Could you imagine offering this experience for your kids or students? Amazing!… Read the rest

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Vision amnesia

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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Is it just me, or have you ever stepped out of the shower and then wonder if you remembered to wash your hair? Sometimes I really can’t remember, so I jump back in again and wash it just in case. Don’t you hate it when you walk into the kitchen and as soon as you get there, you forgot why you went there in the first place. Usually, you don’t remember until you are comfortable on the couch again. We’re not stupid people, we just have an amazing capacity for so many thoughts, ideas and tasks that sometimes things get buried in all of that. Sometimes, the things that get buried are important.

Yesterday I spoke about how we often get so focused on our work that we can’t see the forest from the trees.… Read the rest

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Let it fly!

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

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A few weeks ago, our internet campus pastor spoke to the High School students. He was talking about Peter and how he was a man who took some great risks. It was a pretty simple message, but there was an illustration that really resonated with me concerning a fear of taking risks.

He talked about how his son (when he was young) had a great bouncy ball. He would lean over the upstairs railing and bounce his ball from floor to ceiling trying to get as much bounce as he could. Later that day, the two of them went to pick up his sister from school. The young boy got out of the car where there was this great huge paved area.… Read the rest

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How important is vision?

Posted on 28. Nov, 2011 by .

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about vision lately. A couple months ago I heard an interesting story. I don’t remember who told it to me, so I can’t confirm it’s validity. However, I was told about a church that was given a significant financial gift. When I say significant, I mean in the multiple millions of dollars. How amazing, right? What a blessing! Unfortunately, it wasn’t for this church. Within a couple of years, the church was defunct, no longer in existence. Why? Because leadership didn’t know what to do with the money and fighting tore the church apart until nothing was left.

I don’t know the details of this particular situation, but if I had to guess, they had a vision problem.… Read the rest

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Angry Birds: LIVE!

Posted on 28. Nov, 2011 by .

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I was going to not say anything about this until a few months from now in case we choose to play this in Nashville, but I’m starting to see several other posts about playing Angry Birds in Kidmin. I figured I might as well share my recent Angry Birds experience with you.

First of all, I’ll give credit where credit is due. I take no responsibility for incorporating Angry Birds into one of our General Sessions at Illuminate. My staff really wanted to do it and honestly, I discouraged it. It looked expensive and like a lot of work (and we didn’t have the money or the time). However, they insisted and they pulled it off (now I’m glad they did).… Read the rest

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Searching for the perfect check-in kiosks

Posted on 28. Nov, 2011 by .

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I’m on a search for new check-in kiosks. A few months ago, we permanently moved our Middle School program to an are we call the Garage which is a great environment for the teens. To accomodate check-in, I just brought in two of the stations we weren’t using for kids. They’re nice looking kiosks (we use them all over the campus), but they have a serious design flaw. They’re made of laminated particle board. We just wheel them in and out of the Garage every Sunday, but going over the door frame and caused one of them to cave in already (another design flaw I’ve found… but I won’t go into details). So, I’m looking for new kiosks for the teens that looks good and is a little more rugged.… Read the rest

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Introducing Genevieve Pearl

Posted on 21. Nov, 2011 by .

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Totally unexpected, Genevieve came to meet us yesterday afternoon at 6:21 PM on 11/20/2011. Although her heartbeat and position was good, the doctors were concerned about her lack of movement and the low levels of amniotic fluid. We were in a gray area where we had a choice to move forward with a regular delivery where there were a lot of unknowns on how the baby was going to do with a lengthy process or just schedule a c-section where we could get her out quickly and avoid any potential complications. We’ve fought too hard for this little girl, so we opted for the c-section.

She was born at 6:21 PM at 6 pounds and 6 ounces and 19.25 inches long.… Read the rest

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