Multiple Google/Gmail Accounts? Try Shift!

I have four email accounts. All four are google/Gmail accounts and I utilize all four on a daily basis. I have managed to only use one calendar (I import all my calendars to my work google account). I do utilize google docs for each of the accounts as well. This means that at any given time, I have 5-10 tabs open dedicated to my google/Gmail accounts (four email tabs, one or two drive tabs, one calendar tab and usually several open docs. For someone who always has a lot of tabs open, this doesn’t help. That’s why SHIFT has been...

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Favorite Things: Wall iPad

If you know me, you know that I have a fascination with all things technology. I have a lot of fun with gadgets and screens, but I love it when they can be incorporated into ministry to make things better. Several years ago, I was visiting my friend Frank Bealer at one of the Elevation campuses. He was showing me their office environments and as I was walking through the staff break room, I did a double take. There was an iPad embedded in the wall. “Hey Frank! What’s this for? Why is there an iPad embedded in this...

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Kidmin in VR (Virtual Reality)

This summer I was able to experience something I hadn’t expected. On my cross-country travels, we spent a few days with my wife’s sister’s family in Atlanta. We have kids close to the same age, so that’s a hit. Sara is obviously close to her sister and my brother-in-law, well, he’s seriously into tech. I had just arrived from a day of travel. I was sitting on the couch and he asked me, do you want to check out my new VR headset? I did a double take. Did you just say VR headset? I’d heard a little about...

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App of the Week: Due

About six months ago, I heard about this app on a podcast and it has undoubtedly impacted my life on a daily basis. It’s not just a handy app, but a go-to tool on my digital tool belt that helps me get stuff done every day. Let me set the scenario. We all have to-do lists, right? That’s great. Some of us use them just to dump all the things we need to get done and some people take the extra step to assign due dates to each task to make sure it is finished the day it needs...

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Bring Value to your Church

Tomorrow I’m heading to Kansas City for the Orange Tour, but first I’m hanging out with the kidmin team at Westside Family Church. I’m spending a couple of hours talking with them about building systems and processes. I’m pretty passionate about systems, processes and automation because when we do it well, it helps us hand off the things that anyone can do to others allowing us to focus on doing only the things that we can do. In this training, I’m going to unpack an idea that is pretty critical. It’s something that most of us don’t see correctly....

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Chromebook Challenge: Done

Today marks one month for the Chromebook Challenge. I thought I’d post a final update here and over the next week or two, I’ll continue to add posts about the experience. I’ve been careful not to overload on the Chromebook Challenge posts because I know that many who frequent this site are not as interested in technology as I am. First, let me be 100% honest. The final two weeks of my Chromebook Challenge, I found myself using my Macbook Pro for a little while every day. I’d say that I still used my Chromebook 70% of the day,...

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Chromebook Challenge Update: Power

So I’m about 14 days into my 30 day Chromebook challenge. I thought I’d give an update and next week I’ll provide some details on what tools I’m using. However, I had a situation this week that was worth nothing and I felt I needed to make an announcement. I’m a chromebook cheater. There, I said it. For three hours yesterday, I used my Macbook Pro (which has since come back from the shop). Now before you give up on me, let me share what happened and what I learned from the situation. I’m a purist and when I...

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Avoiding the Inevitable

A few Sunday’s ago, I lost pretty hard. It was a particularly busy weekend. There was a lot going on and my scheduled that Sunday was pretty hectic. I had agreed to be the communicator in Middle School and High School the entire month, so that was keeping me pretty busy. It usually meant I was spending a lot of time during the week preparing the weekend message and the day of involved last minute run-throughs, getting comfortable with the content before the service. About 10 minutes prior to our 9:30 service start time, I get a text from...

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Why you might consider a chromebook

I’ll be honest. I love my Macbook Pro. I switched to the Mac OS seven years ago and it’s been great, but I wasn’t a disgruntled Windows user either. I find that I’m not alone. Of the 40 people on staff at my church, at least 30 are sporting Macs. When I attend the average conference or gathering and everyone pulls out their computer, at least 70% are also Macs. It seems that it’s the ministry computer of choice. I understand why people like using a Mac, but I don’t completely understand why the church has unilaterally made the Mac...

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The chromebook challenge

When the chromebook hit the market a few years ago, I was intrigued. I can’t remember excatly why, but I bought two. I was curious how a $200 laptop would hold up to the everyday demands of the digital lifestyle and work. I was beyond impressed, but there wasn’t any way I was going to trade in my Macbook Pro for the Chromebook. Then last summer, the chromebook 2 came out and it was a new day. I bought the (then) new Samsung Chromebook 2 and actually kinda fell in love. I had ideas of doing a chromebook challenge, to...

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