I’ve recently come across two killer apps that I absolutely LOVE. I’ll share the first one with you today and the other one tomorrow. The first one is Simplify Media. It adds great new functionality to your iTunes. Unless you have multiple computers at home running iTunes or you work in an office setting where you would be with many other users who may have iTunes running, you may have noticed that you can see other people’s iTunes library. In the preferences, you can set up music sharing for yourself and tell your iTunes to look for others as well. You can also tell iTunes what folders you are willing to share. (Unfortunately, you cannot listen to someone’s music if they bought it from iTunes, thanks to DRM. However, if they put the music on their computer by ripping it off a CD, happened to buy non-DRM music or if they have actually activated your computer to listen to their music… by entering their user name and password… then you can enjoy their music) The downside has been the iTunes only lets you share music over a local network. We use VPN all the time at Cross Timbers. I can be home and VPN connect to the office and to everyone else in the office, I appear to be in the office as well. All our campus sites are...Read More
I religiously listen to the daily Podcast Buzz Out Loud (from CNET). It’s a fun and informative Podcast on anything technical. I’ve been listening for over a year now and it’s usually my source for new information for things on the web, market and and everything else. So, I just heard in my Podcast yesterday of a brand new term (keep in mind that I’m currently a week behind in my Podcasts, so this information is not “breaking news”) coming to the technology world and may soon infiltrate the life of everyone who has an email address. The word? Bacn.Ã‚Â Bacn is the word being used to describe the email that fills our inboxes that isn’t spam, but also isn’t email from people. Your daily email from your favorite website, your electronic bills, your notifications from myspace or facebook, your alerts and everything that broadly fits into this category. This is Bacn. It’s better than spam. The spelling is a nod to web 2.0 influence and the name is in reference to spam. Ultimately, it may soon be a term you use on a regular basis. So, remember where you heard it first… bacn. Now I’m a little hungry. A story on bacn Ground Zero for...Read More
I can’t believe how hard it has been to get back into this. I really felt the Lord leading me to start blogging back in the Spring and have had so much fun doing it. Then when the summer hit with a packed out schedule and a new baby to arrive… I fell of the face of the blogging earth! For the past several weeks I’ve had thoughts and ideas pop into my head and I’d say, “Hmm, I should blog that.” However, getting back into the routine has been so hard. My wonderful wife really encouraged me last week to make a greater effort to jump back in, so here I am. I have a few starter posts that I plan to post today and tomorrow, just to get the juices flowing again. I also hope to play a little catch up. This summer has been absolutely amazing. We had an amazing Venture Quest with a record number of kids, SURGE (our mission trip to Mexico) was mind-blowing and Camp X-Treme (our camp for 3-5th graders) was unreal. I hope to share these experiences with the blogosphere, especially since I was sharing a lot about this before it happened and then dropped it completely. I also experienced some unique challenges this summer that I’d like to share to get feedback and possibly encourage others who might face the...Read More
Well, I’m going to be easing back into blogging regularly. In many ways I’m dissapointed that I haven’t been able to keep up the blog… even if it was just once a week. However, it has been a busy summer (it’s not over yet either) and I had a son only 5 weeks ago. So, I don’t feel so bad about taking 5 weeks off. In actuality, I’ve been keeping up my family blog as well as a new blog on our church website for parents, it’s just been this blog that I’ve neglected. So, I’ve got many posts coming soon. We had our best Venture Quest ever, I just got back from our first kid’s missions trip (phenominal) and I’m about 10 days away from summer camp. I’ll recap each of our summer events as well as some others I’ve been saving up. I’m really looking forward to getting back into the...Read More
I’ve been a children’s pastor now for over 11 years, 7 of those full time. Yeah, I was only 18 when I started pastoringÃ‚Â 8 kids in a back building in Jenks, Oklahoma. It didn’t take me long to realize two very important points. Yes I had an opportunity to make a significant impact on the life of a child spiritually. Making a significant impact is going to be a lot harder than I would like it to be. Personally, I am who I am today largely as the result of a children’s pastor who made a significant impact on my life. I have a great family and even attended a Christian school when younger, but it was my children’s pastor who shook me spiritually. But I know that there were many other kids just like me, sitting right next to me who didn’t end up like me. I can’t testify to anyone’s spiritual condition, but all I know is what happened to me and the few people I still keep up with. However, I quickly learned that my opportunity to make a significant spiritual impact on my kids was a lot smaller than I expected it… or wanted it to be. For the kids who attended every week, that was 4 hours a month. Those that came on Wednesday nights too, that was 8 hours a month. But in...Read More
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