Yearly Archives: 2006

Google Calendar

Use Google Calendar. Much like a MacBook, it will make you happy and change the way you do life. Then, share your calendar with me so I will know when you are available to have Starbucks or Skype.
If you don’t have a gmail account yet, you are a loser and lack perspective. Use it… it will save you many headaches from trying to find old emails, fighting spam, and having to delete large emails you don’t yet know are important. I will send you an invite if you can’t get one otherwise. Let me know.

Next, make lifehacker a daily read so you can learn how to use all three tools above and more. They will feed the flame of your lust for more Google services. Consider yourself warned and tempted.

Posted in Design

Web Ministry Idea #2 – YouTube

This is post #2 in a slow going series about Web Ministry. Find post #1 here.

So this should be somewhat obvious, but to do good web ministry you have to go where those who need ministering to are located. Not to say that you need to be comformed to the world, or even blend in. But being relevant is, well relevant to web ministry. Here is a neat thing Community Christian Church did to get a dialog going with a) unbelievers and b) people stuck in legalism/traditionalism.

I think this is the formula for creating viral web videos within a church, regardless of the platform:

  • Create a killer media department (volunteer or otherwise)
  • Create a devout, educated web ministry team
  • Facilitate brainstorming sessions
  • Create a story, script, or storyboard.
  • Shoot it over and over until it feels right… repurpose what you are already creating
  • Spend as much time editing and getting it right as in the above steps
  • Publish not just on your own site but with everyone who will host it
  • All volunteers talk it up where appropriate, in email, at the water cooler, etc.
Posted in Web Ministry

How are you?

Found myself in a conversation this morning with a fellow staffer whose husband is depressed. Taking meds but still depressed. In my attempts to encourage her, it occurred to me that her husband doesn’t take his meds regularly enough because he probably thinks if he were a “true believer” then he wouldn’t struggle with feeling down or “depending on anything but Jesus”. We don’t allow ourselves the freedom of being weak, do we? Some guilt-ridden part of our mind whispers “You lack faith if you depend on anything but Jesus. You aren’t as strong a Christian if you need help. Why aren’t you counting your blessings? Surely life isn’t that bad that can’t just pray through it.”

This is a common thing Christians seem to buy into, that our lives should be happy and perfect. And, sometimes they are close, but no life will stay ideal. It isn’t the way God works. Refinement comes by way of the fire and until we are perfected in heaven we’ll always have some remnant of impurities. There is a pressure to make everything appear alright in our lives. What God seems to most enjoy is broken people with contrite hearts and authentic dependency on receiving strength from the Holy Spirit. In an IM with a friend yesterday, I referenced the pressure as:

Posted in Best Practice

Where have you been?

Everywhere and nowhere is the best answer. Truth is I haven’t had much to say. Been focusing a ton of my energy on finding a big whitetail to that will bring some temporal joy.

I have gone hunting but am back for a time. Go again in a week for 24 hours of bliss. Ashley encourages this you know. She sometimes uses it as a negotiating tool, but for the most part she knows my batteries get recharged by being in the woods attempting to rule-over the earth. Not much ruling going on this year, I admit. Outsmarted every way I turned. There is a reason beautiful bucks grow old and die alone, and it is the same reason the one I wanted didn’t present a shot. We aren’t the only mammals with brains thank you very much.

Posted in Writing

Hover Mower – My kind of work!

Toolmonger.com, which is fast becoming one of my favorite leisure sites, has the Hover Mower review:

The HoverMower floats effortlessly on a cushion of air; Without any wheels it mows in any direction following the contour of the land. It hovers with ease on lake banks, slopes, wet grounds, sand and retaining walls. It cuts and mulches tall, wet grass for a clean professional look. The new 4-cycle engine is light and specially designed for continuous incline operation.

Now, that sounds like my kind of mower. I like riding lawn mowers, but they normally have grass clipping hovermower.jpgcollection bags that you have to get off and empty… which requires sweat. The nice thing about this is that a little girl (mine in fact) could use it at a fairly young age… though I might suggest some kind of guard around the outside edge. I think I will introduce my neighbors to child labor in a few years. We’ll call it allowance money!

Posted in Design

Church Building Security

Recently in my area there have been a series of vandalisms of churches. For the most part the incidences seem to just be graffitti, but I am sure things could get worse. Also, over the years, there have been a number of shootings, child abduction and molestation cases, church burnings, and various assortment of other violent and non-violent crimes on church properties. Since 9/11, physical security has become a focus for most Americans, and churches are no exception.

Like the majority of our government buildings, churches have their doors wide-open. The difference is of course that churches typically do not have the onsite security to handle the types of tragedies that occur when sinful people decide to do Godless things. For the most part, churches are prepared for Sunday and Wednesdays, but lack the resources to safeguard the properties and persons in the church when the building is wide-open through the week and overnight.

With this recognition also comes a reality that much of our Christian heritage developed in a much safer period in history, wherein stealing and a sundry of petty crimes were primarily committed against the church by undiscerning boys looking for something other than boredom. One must also consider that our faith has developed a culture and attitude towards outsiders and those who may harm us that is best summarized in these three scriptures (NKJV):

Posted in Design

Web Ministry Idea #1 – Squidoo you

This is idea #1 in my series on web ministry. Follow the trail to #2 here.
Much of what is required in web ministry is creating new channels with which to connect with people. I am of the opinion that you must go where the people are. Like the roots of a hardy plant should our projects in web ministry be.

One root I have discovered and predict will grow in popularity and traffic is the Squidoo lens. Squidoo’s own definition:

A lens is one person’s view on a topic that matters to her. It’s an easy-to-build, single web page that can point to blogs, favorite links, RSS feeds, Flickr photos, Google maps, eBay auctions, CafePress designs, Amazon books or music, and thousands of products from hundreds of other trusted merchants. You can pick whatever content you want to put in your lens to bring context to your topic. Then, when someone is looking for recommended information, fast, your lens gets him started and sends him off in the right direction. It’s a place to start, not finish.

This means you can leverage a platform that receives more traffic and has more credibility with the search engines than your own ministry site. It is a way for people to initially find your ministry distinctives (speaker, programs, beliefs, unique attributes) and become more familiar with your organization over time.

As an example, I created http://www.squidoo.com/chuckswindoll/ in order to promote Chuck Swindoll. The page was created on 07/12/2006. As of 09/22/2006,

Posted in Design, Web Ministry, Writing

German Purity Law

Another beer post… I recently saw reference to the “German Purity Law” and thought it was some kind of moral code against illicit material or something. As seen below, it is actually a law about beer making. So, German companies, make war or peace in whatever adulterated way is necessary, but don’t you dare mess with the beer!

Gaffel. Especially Koelsch. Gaffel Koelsch – Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co.
The German Purity Law is the oldest food and drink regulation still existing today and therefore effectively the world’s first consumer protection law. On the 23rd of April 1516 before a committee consisting of gentry and knights in Ingolstadt, the Duke of Bavaria Wilhelm IV proclaimed that only barley, hops and water could be used to brew beer.

Because at that time, beer was often adulterated and experiments were carried out using all kinds of herbs and spices, this law certainly led to an increase in the quality of beer. However the Duke was not primarily thinking about protecting beer drinkers from adulterated beer. His true aim was to create a secure market for Bavarian barley farmers and to ensure that the scarce supply of wheat was only used to make bread.

Posted in Best Practice

Laughing at myself

As to show I have a since of humor, here is an image of me doctored up by our Director of Communications yesterday after a brief photoshoot for a bio picture for a web ministry panel I am to sit on at NRB in Feb ’07. The sun was in my eyes and I was struggling to get them open at all. He said I looked drunk, which was the apparent inspiration for the picture. Poor choice of beer though… I am a Fat Tire, Dos Equis, Shiner, or Guiness kind of guy myself. Have never even heard of that brand!

Jason_BioPic.jpg
Posted in Web Ministry

Good Intentions

Romans 7
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.

So, right, I can’t exactly blame my not following up on my last post as the sin within me, but this text does describe how I am feeling at the moment.

Good intentions. I am full of them. I intend to honor my wife in a big way every day, but do I? No. Every day for the last month, I have intended to connect with old my buddy, but have I? No. (sorry Blake) Just as I intended to make great grades and eat better in college, I intend these days to make more money and do more ministry. But do I? Do I really?

Posted in Community, Web Ministry