Random Thoughts

Here are some things on my mind right now since it’s 5 am on a Saturday morning.

  • I hate being sick. I’m such a whiner. I’ve been up for the last two hours with some type of stomach bug. It sucks. It does make me think about having a backup process in case I can’t preach on Sunday.
  • We had a rough time getting home from the beach. Kids throwing up all over the car, stuck in traffic for hours, and sleepy, but we were safe. And for that I thank God. I am incredibly blessed with my family.
  • GMail has started using IMAP!! For the tech geeks, this is awesome. What it means is that you can synchronize your mailbox across different programs and computers. It even keeps all your folders intact. I’ve already set it up in Apple Mail and on my Motorola Q. I need to setup Jenni’s email on Outlook the same way. This is great, especially for my Q. If you use gmail with any other application, change your setup to start using IMAP instead of POP. You won’t regret it. Instructions are here and here. It will also give you offline mail access if you use a desktop mail program.
  • I have the new Mac OS X operating system Leopard. I pre-ordered it and it is sitting on my desk right now. I really want to install it, but I am going to wait until Monday to make sure I have time to troubleshoot any problems before the next Sunday morning. That’s a good and bad thing about using the same laptop for presentation on Sunday morning that I use during the week. It’s efficient, but I can’t screw it up or it will affect the whole church.
  • I’m enjoying the series on Body Building at church. I’m excited to see how many people will join a new life group as a result of the series. I really believe that life groups are where true life change happens. Going through the week surrounded by people who encourage us and hold us accountable.
  • A Christian comedian Scott Davis will be at our church next week. It’s great to have a week off from preaching so that I can focus on getting our new life groups organized.
  • We will be starting a new series in a few weeks from Willow Creek called Just Walk Across the Room. It’s the best training material on relational evangelism that I have seen.
  • We had a good time at the beach, but we have so much to do on the house that it’s good to be back. Our garage door is broken, I need to fix an exhaust pipe on the furnace, and I really need to clean out the garage so my car will fit.
  • I really want to blog about the technology we are using in our church right now. EasyWorship, Kidzpro, and Elevate come to mind. All our technology is on a shoestring budget and would work for any small church.
  • I just read two blogs by teens at our church. Here and Here
  • I think I am going to try to go back to bed now. More randomness later.


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 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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