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

Life

It is a sad day in college football. Today is Frank Beamer’s final home game as head coach at Virginia Tech. Frank has been a steady constant in a world of change. As a Virginia Tech student, I was there in Shreveport, Louisiana for the 1993 Independence Bowl. I was even at the 1994 Gator Bowl when Peyton Manning dominated against

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Faith

It seems that everyone is talking about the Syrian refugee crisis. While much has been written about what we shouldn’t do, I want to share what we can do. While our government works toward a solution to prevent terrorists from entering our country, as Christians, we are commanded to care for those in need. We simply cannot use the Bible

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Technology

Over the years, I have used most of the Church Presentation Software programs. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but they all help churches communicate more effectively using video screens. I have spent the last few days trying out the latest version of Proclaim, the Church Presentation Software by FaithLife. It’s an interesting program, and I think it would work

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Life

Jennifer and I just got back from a great weekend.  We spent the weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway. I’ve got to be honest, I was a little skeptical about going. I had envisioned  awkward conversations with couples I had never met, but the conference really surprised me in a good way. There were about

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Technology

WordPress is a great tool for developing websites. I manage several websites for local businesses, organizations, and churches, so I am always looking for ways to simplify and streamline how I manage the sites. Here are a few of the tools I use to make my life easier. InfiniteWP InfiniteWP allows you to manage all your self-hosted WordPress sites from

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Technology

Drone maker DJI has introduced a new 4k Osmo handheld video camera that you need to see. This could be used for church videos and home videos, and it’s under $700.  I’m really impressed with this. Check out the video and see why.

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Technology

Register using the Coupon Code: FAITHENGINEER for $20 off any ticket (even group ticket of 4+) The SALT Creative Arts Conference looks great for creative, worship, and technology leaders in your church. The tickets are almost gone, so you will need to register soon (check out the coupon code listed at the top of this post for a discount). I’m

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Life

I’m already sick of the constant bickering by political candidates. We have a desperate need for strong leadership in our world today. So what does that type of leadership look like? What characteristics and traits should we be looking for in our leaders? Unfortunately, I feel that many people in our country are looking at the wrong qualities for our leaders.

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Faith

I recently read an article that just reinforces my belief that most churches are missing the mark when it comes to how we educate students about mission work. Here’s the quote that caught my attention “Quit entertaining your children and your young people. Drive them to study God’s Word. Expose them to the field for the depth of understanding that will

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Technology

I’m excited about the new AppleTV.  We use one at home frequently, and we also use a couple of them at church for our Small  Group Ministry. It is incredibly easy to stream videos from your iPhone or iPad to an AppleTV.  We also use RightNowMedia at church for many of our Small Groups, so the AppleTV works great with the

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Faith

I love this video by Francis Chan. It really makes you think about how your church is structured to make disciples.  

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