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

Technology

Every week I read about new security vulnerabilities for websites. In this past week, there have been several reported for WordPress.  Since I highly recommend WordPress for churches, how can you keep your website safe from attack? Here are a few basics (most of these are especially important for WordPress) Choose strong passwords – In today’s age, every password you

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Life

I have a new favorite blog. My 16 year old daughter has started writing and sharing her thoughts through her new blog.  She writes about her journey of faith and issues of self-identity, relationships, struggles, and temptations. Emma has a gift with words, and she has a great outlook on life. She is a very special young woman, and I

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Technology

The Apple Watch is definitely interesting, but how does it really work in everyday life? I like this review by The Verge because it brings up interesting points. Do we really need to be more connected? Does a smartwatch make you treat others rudely? I like my Pebble watch, but I have learned to turn off most of the notifications.

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Technology

Does your church provide internet access? That’s a question every church needs to think through. We encourage people to use the Bible app to follow along our sermon notes, so we really want people to stay connected. We also have a mobile app that we encourage people to download, so Internet access is a tool we use to help reach

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Faith

I recently read an article that made a point that I have been thinking about. Tony Morgan shares It’s possible to obsess about excellence–which is more about the execution–and completely ignore the outcomes. Churches, in particular, need to be more outcomes-minded. We need to make sure what we’re doing is actually having impact and getting results. Excellence sounds like a

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Faith

At Cornerstone, I’m doing a series going through the Gospel of Mark. I’ve got several commentaries and study books that I’ve found helpful in preparing each week.  I tend to gravitate toward study books that are more practical and application based. Here is a quick description of what I like. Christ Centered Exposition – Exalting Jesus in Mark: This series is quickly becoming

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Technology

All my friends who work with bands or in churches with live audio will appreciate this. Check out the GaffGun. It tapes down audio, video, and electrical cords in seconds. Gaffing tape is durable and it doesn’t leave a residue, so it works great to tape down cords.  I can think of a lot of times where this would have worked great.

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Life

My 14 year old son plays in a bluegrass band called ShadowGrass. We were in Nashville last week for the SPBGMA bluegrass convention. It was a great experience and Luke’s band was able to do a lot of late night jamming. They also were able to play a showcase for the group Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars. One of the attenders posted

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Faith

I haven’t had a chance to do much writing lately, so I have decided to share some great articles with you. I use a web service called Pocket to collect interesting articles online to read later. From time to time, I will be sharing interesting links and articles that I have read. Do you like working in a Coffee Shop,

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Technology

Every now and then, you come across an app that really works and fills a need. This is one of those apps. If you ever need to email or send a document, forget the scanner and just use this app. It’s quick, it’s easy to use, and it does a great job capturing multi-page pdf files, receipts, and business cards.

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Faith

I had a conversation about youth ministry a few weeks ago with a friend. Jennifer and I started working in youth ministry almost 19 years ago, and we have been blessed to teach and mentor hundreds of youth over that time. During my conversation, I started sharing success stories of the youth who have gone into ministry and mission work, and

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