Why I’m Still a Mac Fan
Feb03

Why I’m Still a Mac Fan

This past weekend was one of “those” weekends. It used to happen to me so much more frequently. However, I have not experienced it in almost five years: the dreaded laptop crash. I saw it coming over the past few weeks. The reliable and beloved MacBook Pro (2009) was not only slowing down, it was beginning to crawl like an infant. Last weekend, I removed just under 100 gigs of material (apps, docs, pics, music, etc.). Nothing. In...

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How Shall We Then Facebook?
May01

How Shall We Then Facebook?

Face it, Facebook (I use this as a moniker for all social media, i.e., Twitter) is a part of our culture and it is not likely to go away any time soon. Like money, the love of Facebook is the root of many evils, and yet, at the same time, it has the potential to be used for the glory of God and the heralding of the gospel. I am intrigued, overjoyed, and discouraged by Facebook’s social influence. I have lists of friends, church...

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Using the iPad in Preaching: Benefits & Drawbacks
Apr26

Using the iPad in Preaching: Benefits & Drawbacks

I began using my iPad to preach in October of 2010. Actually, I have used my iPad since I bought it for some teaching, preaching, and other messages.  I used it to speak and sing at several funerals. I”™ve used it at a wedding.  But in my regular preaching, I”™ve used the iPad every week since late October 2010. No regrets thus far. No debilitating challenges. While there are some potential drawbacks, none have been...

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iPad and Pastoral Ministry: An Update – Part 2
Apr21
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iPad and Pastoral Ministry: An Update – Part 1
Apr19

iPad and Pastoral Ministry: An Update – Part 1

Last January, when Apple announced the introduction, I published a post about how I thought ordinary pastors might make use of this new category of computer.  A follow-up post is long over due.  In fact, when looking over which articles tend to be most perused, I find that previous article continually referenced. I purchased my iPad (the original version) just days after it was released.  I immediately began to put it to use in my...

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Presidential Media and the Modern Church
Feb28

Presidential Media and the Modern Church

Regardless of what you think of our President’s policies, Barak Obama‘s team is doing an excellent job in its use of media, particularly social media. Technology is enhancing how we communicate our messages and priorities, and the Obama White House has a firm handle on how to do it well.  From the first days after his election and as the President-elect, Barak Obama began weekly video addresses (in addition to the...

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iPad Released Today
Apr03

iPad Released Today

Do you have your iPad yet, or are you still saying it’s nothing more than a bigger iPod Touch?  Here’s a few reviews from those who have been playing with it for a week before release.  I get the sense that the naysayers may be taking back the criticisms. ABC News: PC Mag’s Overview: PCMag: Apple iPad video review from PCMag.com Reviews on Vimeo. Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal Andy Ithnako at the Chicago...

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New Tech on the Way! ?
Mar08

New Tech on the Way! ?

Here’s one coming out for sure: Will you be sporting a new iPad on April 3? Here’s one for the future. Now that’s pretty...

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6 Reasons Ordinary Pastors May Benefit From the iPad
Jan28

6 Reasons Ordinary Pastors May Benefit From the iPad

I’ve been waiting for something like this – a handheld device that I could consume information very easily and most comfortably.  Apple may have done it and I think it will have a number of benefits for those in pastoral ministry. If you missed it, here’s the video of the new Apple iPad: Will/Should ordinary pastors and people use the newly unveiled Apple iPad? This pastor probably will, and I think many, many will...

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Apps I Use – Part 3:  Web Apps
Sep19

Apps I Use – Part 3: Web Apps

In this post I want to review a few applications every ordinary pastor (or person) can readily make excellent use of – and the best news is that all of them are free. While the web can be a major distraction for productivity, it can also be an amazing tool for getting things done. Here are tools from the web I use every week (some almost every hour): Safari Web Browser: I have been a Firefox fan for a long time. I loved the...

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