Mike
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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 21 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.

Faith

Ministry in small towns and cities is tough. The issues that rural America face are very similar to inner city problems:  job loss, population loss, drug use, and lack of opportunities.  As a pastor, I’ve realized that almost all conferences, magazines, and resources seem geared toward large megachurches in large

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Technology

When the iPhone 7 was released, I took advantage of a generous trade-in promotion from Verizon to pick up the brand new iPhone 7 Plus.  Now that I’ve had it for a few months, I wanted to share my thoughts about it. Size I was really worried about going to

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Faith

Most churches now realize the importance of offering online giving, but many have not recognized the transition to mobile giving that is now taking place. There is a difference, and you need to understand how it impacts the giving to your church or ministry. Here’s a quick survey that you can do

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Technology

I’ve been a big fan of PreSonus and their line of StudioLive mixers since we purchased one of the early models for our church. It has been easy to use, and the multi-track recording features have worked great for us. We have an first generation StudioLive 16.4.2 board, so we are

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Technology

For the last couple of months, I have started using the Overcast App for listening to Podcasts. I’m wishing I would have made the switch from the native iOS Podcast app much sooner. It’s only available on the iPhone, but it’s a great free app. It does have a few

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Technology

Several months ago, I shared about a new video live streaming camera that looked interesting for churches. After using it for the last month I wanted to share an update. The Mevo camera by Livestream is an interesting small video camera that can be used to record events and it is

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Technology

I try to always tune in and watch the new keynote presentations from Apple for product releases. After watching the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 release, I thought I would share my thoughts on my Apple Watch. Almost ten years ago, I bought my first Apple computer. Since then,

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Life

Leaders must be learners, and one of the best ways I learn is listening to other leaders. I enjoy reading books about church, theology, and church leadership, and I enjoy listening to podcasts. The great thing about podcasts is that I can listen to them in the car and when I’m

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Technology

I recently was interviewed by BizTech Magazine for an article about how churches use technology. BizTech “explores technology and business issues that IT leaders and business managers face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution,” so it was a little unusual that they reached out to me. However, from a technology

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Faith

As a pastor, I’ve struggled with how to end our church services. While it is great to see people respond to the Gospel, I feel that everyone needs a chance to respond to what they have heard. Typically, the only people that are asked to respond are people who don’t know Jesus,

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