Jennifer and I were able to sneak away for a few days this week to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We have always said we wanted to take a big trip to the islands, so for this trip, we ended up camping in a tent on Bear Island at Hammocks Island State Park in North Carolina. We had an awesome time, and
Back in January, I shared about PictureLife, a new service we started using to backup and collect all our family photos and videos. So far, we have really liked it and enjoyed it, despite the $15 per month fee we are paying for the storage we need. However, I think that’s about to change. Just a few days ago, Google came out
For the past five years, I have helped coordinate the Leadercast right here in our hometown of Galax. It has been a great partnership between local small business leaders, church leaders, and Crossroads. My passion is developing leaders, and that’s why I decided to get a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from the Seminary at Liberty University. One of the biggest
Review: Invitation, Volume 1 by 10,000 Fathers I’ve been listening to this album all week and it has quickly become one of my favorite worship albums. 10,000 Fathers is a small group of worship leaders organized and taught by Aaron Keyes and his team. This school is focused on discipling worship leaders, and Invitation, Volume 1 is their first combined album
Luke shared this TEDx video with me last week. Victor Wooten is an incredible bass player and I have enjoyed listening to him play over the years. In this video, he shares a unique concept about learning how to play an instrument. Luke loved this, and it really fits his style of learning. Instead of structured practice, Wooten shares the
I just arrived home from the Sticky Teams Conference near Charlotte today. It’s my second year in attendance, and it has quickly become one of my favorite conferences to attend. Sticky Teams is focused on how to build a great team to do ministry. It is practical and encouraging, with teaching that is applicable and useful to the local church.
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
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
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.
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