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Back to blogging

Well, this site has been pretty quiet for the past year, but it is now time to get back into writing.  I’m now “between jobs” and dealing with the intricacies of a job search – the first in many years, so there is plenty to write about.

Suggestions for topics can be left in the comments.  I doubt that they will have the level of … umm … enthusiasm that the comments on this post had, but we will see :-).

April 2, 2010   Comments Off on Back to blogging

New voice to text service! – Dial2Do

Dial2do_logo_nFor those of us who were really liking Jott.com, but couldn’t justify paying a monthly charge, there’s a new game in town – http://www.dial2do.com.

It has the main features that I want:

  • voice to email
  • voice to SMS text message
  • voice to twitter.com
  • voice to this blog!

Give it a try.  It’s free, and it’s a whole lot safer than trying to text while you drive (and more legal in some states!)

January 30, 2009   Comments Off on New voice to text service! – Dial2Do

"Subject: Pastor Removal from Television"

Read the below all the way through, please…

Pastor Removal from Television
Removal of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and
other pastors from the airwaves.

An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject

I received this email about “the FCC rumor” on a day when I was already on edge.  It contained a long list of folks who “signed” the bottom and forwarded.  My response (below) was a bit pointed, but I wanted to put it here as a warning to those who would consider forwarding me such things:

Please check the Focus on the Family site at http://www.citizenlink.org/CLFeatures/A000000320.cfm

or the FCC site at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/enf/forms/rm-2493.html

or check http://TruthorFiction.com  or http://www.snopes.com  for clarification on this or other rumors

What I and many others see below is a list of about 750 well intentioned people who pass on rumors without checking them out – adding unnecessary load to the email servers that I support, and showing people outside the Church that Truth isn’t as important as we claim it to be.

  -Mark

PS: Yes, I had previously sent the forwarder to snopes.com, so it’s not like they weren’t warned.

October 31, 2008   25 Comments

Time for a change in strategy

My preference for avoiding confrontation is not getting me the results that I want.  I like to be considered “reasonable”, but as George Bernard Shaw said:

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

I think I need to open up a can of “unreasonable” on a couple of situations.  Time to go buy a six-pack.

August 19, 2008   3 Comments

Dear Santa…

I am writing early this year in order to avoid your annual busy season.  I would like one of these, and I promise that I won’t use it to take over the world   :-)

(via Gadgetopia)

June 12, 2008   Comments Off on Dear Santa…

Well, that was tasty

I just finished "Pop Goes the Church" by Tim Stevens, and my brain is feeling like it has overindulged at the idea buffet! I’m feeling stretched, I’m kind of uncomfortable, and there’s a lot to digest.

A couple of things stick out.  First, this book is not about dealing with people who are already actively involved in your congregation.  It is about reaching the unchurched. It deals with intentionally looking for the questions and themes that are reflected in the arts and media of our culture and using them to start God-conversations in our community.

Secondly, this book is challenging Christians to make some changes. There is a focus on becoming missionaries to our own communities, meeting needs in order to get the opportunity to talk about God.  Some of us have  become very comfortable inside the church subculture, but by doing so we become isolated and insulated from our neighbors.  As the book points out, when we are all bent over in our "holy huddles", we should consider the view that we are giving to everyone else!

What’s next?  I don’t know.  I’m pretty sure that I’m the first to read this book in our church. I don’t think I’ll be the last, though.  This could spawn some good conversations – and maybe some changes.

-Blessings-

May 13, 2008   3 Comments

Kids Choir

Production week schedules for our kids choir are amazingly hectic, but the final result is worth it.  the Kids of the Kingdom choir at Tigard Christian Church will be presenting “Living Inside Out” tonight and tomorrow at 6 PM.

That’s what I’ve been working on this week instead of blogging – just so you know :-)

On a more technical note, we managed to get a live link set up so that our son Tim could watch the dress rehearsal from 1000 miles away!

May 3, 2008   1 Comment

Facebook Ministry?

Chris over at MinistryMarketingCoach has released a 31 page ebook on using Facebook for Ministry.  It has several good ideas on how to turn a complete time sink into a tool for reaching others for Christ.  Take a look.

April 26, 2008   1 Comment

Am I blogging or not?

I’ve played around with this weblog for a while, using it as a proof of concept and/or toy, but I’m thinking that I should do more writing as a means of a) recording thoughts, and b) crystallizing my thinking.  A couple of months ago I ran across this article by Scott Young – a productivity blogger that I follow, and it has been bugging me ever since.  Basically his point is that for whatever reason, we seldom act boldly to get the results that we want. 

Boldness – acting with courage – is the deliberate, willful, acceptance of risk. It means trusting something or someone more than you trust your own fear.  That’s hard to do.

Why? 

My fear has helped me avoid several types of pain. It keeps my mouth shut when I might embarrass myself. It keeps me from making phone calls when I might be considered rude.  It keeps me from going to the doctor when I might not like what he has to say.

But like any wall that is built to keep badness out, it also keeps me locked in.

<sigh>

I hate it when I talk myself into a corner.

If I want my ideas to have more impact, I need to write them down.  This is where I do that.

I think I’ve found a new blog entry that’s going to bug me for a while.  I just wrote it. 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."  Deut. 31:6

April 24, 2008   Comments Off on Am I blogging or not?

Book on order

I’ve just ordered my copy of "Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?"

Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?
by Tim Stevens

Read more about this book…

If the reviews are even half right, this will be a challenging read (and worth passing around!).  The author – Tim Stevens – is on the staff at Granger Community Church, and has co-authored the Simply Strategic books with Tony Morgan.  Apparently, the book is in its second printing already, even though it just came out in late March.

April 23, 2008   2 Comments

Helpful hints for calling tech support

Great post on dealing with tech support folks.  I’ve been there, done that, got the bruises from beating my head against the nearest wall – mostly from the support guy side.

April 21, 2008   Comments Off on Helpful hints for calling tech support

Multimedia message

Heading up 101 toward Santa Clarita. We’re on our way.

October 20, 2007   Comments Off on Multimedia message

Multimedia message

Driving to California. I love going through southern Oregon with the forests coming right down to the road.

August 17, 2007   Comments Off on Multimedia message

Tuesday night at camp

Music time at bonfire.

July 4, 2007   Comments Off on Tuesday night at camp

Forced fun

Link tag. Woo-hoo!

July 2, 2007   Comments Off on Forced fun

Practice bonfire

June 30, 2007   Comments Off on Practice bonfire

Camp starts!

We are starting our pre-camp staff meetings for Winema second junior camp. Here we go!

June 30, 2007   Comments Off on Camp starts!

Test picture from cell phone

Fern at my desk – photoblog test.

June 28, 2007   Comments Off on Test picture from cell phone

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Jott on Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:25 AM

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June 28, 2007   Comments Off on This is just another test of the e-mail interface to wood press c…

Email-blog interface test

Hi,  I’m just checking out the ability to post messages via email  that is built into WordPress.  Next I’ll use this with Jott to post from my cell phone!

June 28, 2007   Comments Off on Email-blog interface test