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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

This past weekend reminded me of the importance of community.  We saw our close-knit city come together to support a young family in need after the tragic death of the father.  If not only affected many of the family members who attend our church, but it affected the entire community, and it also deeply affected me. Little things really do

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Technology

I’ve been experimenting with the Google Voice service for a while now. They have added a great new feature, but I probably need to stop and explain the basics of Google Voice first.  It is a free service that gives you advanced control of a new phone number.  You can setup rules for calls received on the new number.  It

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Technology

Own the Mix Since I was sharing about a resource to train your tech team in an earlier blog post today, I wanted to share some other resources that you might find helpful.  The first is Own the Mix, an online training resource for your audio team.  Here is how they describe the service OwnTheMix.com is a comprehensive audio training

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LifeTechnology

I recently received a copy of the book Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship to review here on the blog.  This is really a great book that fills a very important need in the church.  I am always looking for good resources that help volunteers get up to speed in using tech equipment at church.  This is a

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Life

Earlier this week, U2 did something that would seem a little crazy.  In the middle of their 360 concert tour, they livestreamed their show from the Rose Bowl on YouTube and then made it available for viewing.  Jenni and I saw the concert in Charlottesville, and it was an incredible experience.  Here are a few thoughts. I think this is

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FaithLife

I have been hesitant to blog about this, but the thoughts simply won’t go away.  At the Catalyst Conference I saw yet again something that has been bothering me about the church world.  When you step back and look around, all the pastors of contemporary churches look the same.  And all the worship leaders leaders looked the part as well.

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Faith

We kicked off our study of Crazy Love with the youth and college students from Cornerstone this past Thursday night. I wanted to share the links back to my comments on each chapter of the book. I’ll be adding the later chapters to this list as we go through the study.  You can also find out more about the book

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Technology

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Gear Update

Last year, I shared about a new Kodak Zi6 pocketcam that I was using as my main camcorder.  I have been extremely pleased with the camcorder and we have used it a lot over the past year.   But with the cheap price and small size, pocketcams all have some drawbacks. Typically the battery life and recording times are short.

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Life

Nineteen years ago I was running in the state cross-country finals.  We had a great team and I was a scrawny 135 lb senior running 18 minute times in 5K’s. Since that time, I really haven’t continued running and the years and pounds have added on.  Over the last couple of years I have tried to start running, but I

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FaithLife

I wanted to share a couple of memorable moments from Catalyst. One was crazy and the other was powerful. Professor Splash set a new world record high dive. He dove from a tower over 35 feet high into a pool with only 12 inches of water. Check out the video below. It’s another crazy world record from the Catalyst Conference.

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Faith

Three days later, and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the Catalyst Experience.  It was again a great trip.  In the past, I have shared about what each speaker shared, but this year, I just want to talk about the overall experience.  You can find summaries of the talks at the Catalyst Blog. I was able to split

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