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A la carte: Evernote app ideas for speakers, Chris Broussard

Evernote org for speakers Do you use the Evernote app for speaking? Michael Hyatt has a great entry with ideas for organizing your prep.  His system makes Evernote a database with material you’ve read, thought and seen for easy referreal when prepping for speaking. He includes notebooks for illustrations, jokes, quotes, and statistics. In addition,…

Sometimes it takes a ballpit

Check out this beautifully conceived and well done concept. Put two strangers in a ballpit with some pre-written mixer questions and then stand back and watch the laughter, surprises and simple joys of – get this – talking to another human. In our day of pseudo relationships engineered by cell phones, social media and sound…

Live Where You Love: The New River Valley

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February book update and observations about the inglorious process of book publication, ego, and supporting creative friends

First of all, I owe thanks to so many for your gracious help and support in getting the word out about Super Center Savior. I have no publicist or agency. It’s just me, my mom and sometimes my wife. I actually think they are the ones who have bought the most books to date. I…

What do you use for tweeting?

I was pretty bummed today when I learned that the Mac app for Echofon was discontinued last October. I had no idea. I don’t know how I missed it. When I googled to get the scoop, Cult of Mac had the story. Echofon has been my main Twitter client for over a year on all…

Why did I write Super Center Savior?

I grew up in the South, just to left of the buckle of the Bible Belt. My family was faithful to be at church every time the doors were open. Both my parents were active in serving. In college and on my own, I too found myself heavily involved in church life. After sensing a…

“Select all” code for inviting Facebook friends to an event

Ever wanted to invite ALL your friends to an event or maybe just the ones on a Facebook list you’ve created? Here’s a handy hack that I use a lot for church purposes (I have a “Northstar” Facebook list) and have used for the Spread the word about “Super Center Savior” event. Go to the…

Cover for Super Center Savior

At long last, my book project is fully complete! Super Center Savior has been a labor of intense joy and adventure. It began while we were living in Monticello, Arkansas, and it was finished earlier this year. Now, it’s heading to online stores, and I hope next month to some brick and mortar ones as…

The problem is in us

West Paducah, KY. Jonesboro, AR. Littleton, CO. Blacksburg, VA. Add to the growing list of horrible killings on school properties the town of Newton, CT. Yesterday, the nation tuned in with horror (again) to news casts about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School which left 20 children dead. Though the count was 1/3 in…

Reflections on the Elections and Reminder of the Debates

Well, as I said in a tweet last night: The Redskins fooled us all. My guy didn’t win. The blogs I read were wrong. But you know what? I have joy. You can too. Mt 22:37 While I hoped that the Romney/Ryan ticket would win, now it’s time to pray that the leaders of our…

I voted

Four years ago I voted against Barack Obama more than I voted for John McCain. I was concerned about Obama’s lack of experience. However, when he won, I celebrated that America had elected its first African-American President. I prayed for him, and I hoped that his rhetoric would translate into reality. It did not. Instead,…

Statism or Conservatism

This for me was the most compelling and dynamic video in this election season. There have been many political ads I’ve shaken my head over in distress, literally astonished and dismayed by their pettiness and banality. I expect more from Presidents and potential Presidents of the strongest country on earth. This video is truly worth…

Cultural progressivism

One of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking research projects I’ve read during the past several weeks has been George Yancey’s What Motivates Cultural Progressives. It’s a four-part series that I’ve linked below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The series is based on his book by the same title, and it seeks to…

What politicians should learn from pastors

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” ~ Linus Some subjects tend to divide the moment you discuss them, and it’s one of the most unfortunate and wretched states of our culture. During this political season, it’s almost impossible to have a rational discussion…

A la Carte: Crumb and Get It, Your Pastor’s Marriage, Tats and Academic Bias against Religion

When referring to a menu, something is a la carte if it is priced and ordered separately from other full menu items. For those of you not familiar, my “a la carte” entries are simply that – unrelated, brief entries that have captured my attention over previous weeks. Normally, I use readitlater.com (now Pocket) to…

Chik Fil A: A day less

Over the past week, the Chik-Fil-A controversy reached a fever pitch. Fox News Mike Huckabee suggested to his audience that those who like the embroiled chain should support them on Wednesday. In one astonishing day, the restaurant broke all sales records as people endured long lines for hours to express their appreciation to someone, really…

My Instagram birth certificate

If you use Instagram, here’s a pretty cool little feature from signing up for Statigram: There are some great ways to view and interact with your Instagram account and followers on the web. Here are a few: Webstagram http://ink361.com http://statigr.am/ http://www.gramfeed.com/ http://instagrid.me/ http://instagre.at/ Which one do you like? Like this:Like Loading…

Redefining marriage

I was sad. I was sad for the perfect cultural storm of the week. I was sad because of how money runs our country and manipulates the thinking of our leaders. I was sad because wisdom is so lacking. I was sad that people, in general, are robbed of true love. I was sad that…

Blacksburg Christmas parade

Our church had a great float in the community Christmas parade tonight! Check out the other pictures here. Like this:Like Loading…

Review: Switch – How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

If you’re looking for a extremely practical book about how to experience change, influence change or lead change in either your personal life or organization, Switch is the book for you. It’s not a dry, textbook or monotonous business book either. Brothers Chip and Dan Heath weave stories together in a very Malcolm Gladwellish way…

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