I just updated the site for Because We Care Ministries. I moved the site over to WordPress so it would be cheaper and easier to maintain. Don and Pam Gillette do an incredible job of ministering to the people of Nicaragua. Our church has been on numerous trips there to work with them, and I highly recommend that you check out their ministry and see how you can partner with them. I’m planning on returning in April for a week of training local pastors.
If you are interested in any website work, check out my other site at FEDesign.net.
I finished The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham today, and I must say this was a great read. I had to read this for a class I’m taking in seminary, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be a fascinating glimpse into the life of a great man of God. This was one of my favorite leadership books, so I highly recommend it to others wanting a Biblical view of true servant leadership.
The book reminded me of the very first event we ever took a youth group to. In 1996, Jennifer and I took a group of teens to Panther Stadium in Charlotte for the youth night of one of Billy Graham’s crusades. Michael W. Smith and D.C. Talk were there in concert and it was a night I won’t forget. Billy Graham spoke powerfully, yet simply, and we saw many people respond to the power of the Gospel. It taught me a valuable lesson early in my ministry that true power lies in the Word of God.
While I knew a lot of facts about Billy Graham and recognized him as a great preacher, I don’t think I had ever realized he was a great leader. It was something that I really had never thought about. This book talked about the many different facets of his ministry. It is amazing to think of how many lives have been touched through his preaching and through the different ministries he started or helped. It was refreshing to read stories from the people who were closest to him and learn about his humbleness and authenticity. Here is the description from the book.
If you have ever setup a new computer for your church, home, or business, then you know how time consuming it is to download and install all the typical programs that you need. I like installing iTunes, Chrome, Dropbox and lots of other freeware utilities and apps that will make my life easier. One of the students at our church turned me on to the website Ninite.com. Ninite is a service that allows you to visit one website and select all the programs you want to install. After you hit the Get Installer button, an install script is downloaded that does all the work for you. Below is a screenshot of just a few of the apps offered. Believe me, this is a great time saver. You’ll thank me later.
We just worked out the details to host Coffey Anderson at Cornerstone next month. Coffey is an incredible musician and an all around great guy. He was a finalist on the show Nashville Star and his website iCoffey.com is a great place to learn more about his music. I first found out about him through his YouTube channel several years ago. On YouTube, he shares both his original songs and his great covers. I love his guitar style! You can help us spread the word by downloading the poster below and sharing it around town.
Last year, one of the books I read that had the biggest effect on me was the book Not a Fan, by Kyle Idleman. When I read it, I knew it was something I wanted to share with our church. So this week, we are starting a six week series based on the book. I am really excited about this study, because I know it has the power to start a movement. A movement of people who are not content with simply being fans of Jesus, but who are committed to follow Jesus no matter the cost.
Two of our LifeGroups will also be going through the corresponding small group material, and we will show the Not a Fan movie on Saturday night, February 11th. Details are on our church website. If you haven’t read the book, we have copies available for purchase at the church. I want to encourage you to invite others to join us for this six week challenge.
Over the years I have noticed that many churches and smaller organizations want to embrace and use technology, but they simply don’t know where to start. One of my passions is helping those people by sharing what I have learned along the way. I have been meeting with local churches for several years now, helping them with audio/video questions and with developing a web strategy. I have been designing and hosting websites for people who need help, and it is just a small way I can help.
As a pastor, I do have limited time to work on side projects. But this is a way I can be more Kingdom focused, by helping other churches understand and implement new technology. I have a second website dedicated to sharing more about my design and consulting work, so if you want to find out more, please visit FEDesign.net for more information. I offer competitive pricing and support for WordPress Hosting, and I also offer a custom CMS platform that is incredibly easy to use and update for churches. Visit the website for a view of my portfolio.
I’ve been watching the new android phones and waiting for the next round of great phones. I was fine with my old HTC Desire(similar to the Google Nexus One) and I wasn’t in any hurry to change things up. Unfortunately, the USB port on my Desire died yesterday so I decided to go ahead and make the plunge. I checked with Verizon, but their data plans are just too expensive compared to what I have on US Cellular, so I ended up with a new Motorola Electrify.
I’m impressed so far, and I’m not easily impressed. This thing is a beast. It’s a dual-core processor, 4.3″ screen, with 16Gig of Internal memory. It has both a front facing and a rear facing camera with HD Video. It even has a hdmi connection so you can hook it up directly to a tv or projector and a SIM card slot for use out of the country. I spent a good part of the evening setting up all my apps and transferring everything over from my old phone. I don’t even think I need to root this phone since it has everything built in.
Technology can be both good and bad, and new phones are no exception. It’s hard not being over-connected and distracted, but there are several great apps that really help me in my ministry. I’m using all the Google apps, and here are some of my other favorites
Evernote (for Note Taking)
ADWLauncher EX (for the User Interface)
Logos Bible Software (for Bible Study)
YouVersion Bible (for Bible Reading)
Wunderlist (for my To-do List)
Amazon Kindle (for all my reading)
Dropbox (for sharing files)
WordPress (for updating my blog)
I did a quick search on YouTube and found the following review of the phone. Motorola phones get great reception and this phone has a much better battery life than before. It’s not 4G, but it will probably be a while before US Cellular gets 4G in our area.
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.