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Mike

I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 19 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.

braveones
Life

For the past five years, I have helped coordinate the Leadercast right here in our hometown of Galax. It has been a great partnership between local small business leaders, church leaders, and Crossroads. My passion is developing leaders, and that’s why I decided to get a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership

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Invitation, Vol. 1
Life

Review: Invitation, Volume 1 by 10,000 Fathers I’ve been listening to this album all week and it has quickly become one of my favorite worship albums. 10,000 Fathers is a small group of worship leaders organized and taught by Aaron Keyes and his team.  This school is focused on discipling worship

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victor
Life

Luke shared this TEDx video with me last week. Victor Wooten is an incredible bass player and I have enjoyed listening to him play over the years. In this video, he shares a unique concept about learning how to play an instrument. Luke loved this, and it really fits his

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Faith

I just arrived home from the Sticky Teams Conference near Charlotte today.  It’s my second year in attendance, and it has quickly become one of my favorite conferences to attend. Sticky Teams is focused on how to build a great team to do ministry. It is practical and encouraging, with

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Technology

Every week I read about new security vulnerabilities for websites. In this past week, there have been several reported for WordPress.  Since I highly recommend WordPress for churches, how can you keep your website safe from attack? Here are a few basics (most of these are especially important for WordPress)

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becomingemma
Life

I have a new favorite blog. My 16 year old daughter has started writing and sharing her thoughts through her new blog.  She writes about her journey of faith and issues of self-identity, relationships, struggles, and temptations. Emma has a gift with words, and she has a great outlook on

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apple-watch
Technology

The Apple Watch is definitely interesting, but how does it really work in everyday life? I like this review by The Verge because it brings up interesting points. Do we really need to be more connected? Does a smartwatch make you treat others rudely? I like my Pebble watch, but

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Bible and Phone
Technology

Does your church provide internet access? That’s a question every church needs to think through. We encourage people to use the Bible app to follow along our sermon notes, so we really want people to stay connected. We also have a mobile app that we encourage people to download, so

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guy-sunset
Faith

I recently read an article that made a point that I have been thinking about. Tony Morgan shares It’s possible to obsess about excellence–which is more about the execution–and completely ignore the outcomes. Churches, in particular, need to be more outcomes-minded. We need to make sure what we’re doing is

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Bible
Faith

At Cornerstone, I’m doing a series going through the Gospel of Mark. I’ve got several commentaries and study books that I’ve found helpful in preparing each week.  I tend to gravitate toward study books that are more practical and application based. Here is a quick description of what I like. Christ

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