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Going iPhone-less: more thoughts

It’s been more than three weeks since I put my iPhone 5 in its box in a drawer in our living room. Since that time, I’ve upgraded from my original dumb phone. I was using a Sony Ericcson w810i that we’ve had for years. It’s been a sturdy (and surprisingly feature-rich little phone) that we’ve…

On invalid signatures, rejection, reflection, and relief

I got the call Wednesday morning that I didn’t have enough valid signatures to place me on the ballot for the Blacksburg Town Council elections. For those of you who had no idea I was attempting to run, check out the post here. I wanted to offer some thoughts on the process and results. First…

Running for Blacksburg Town Council

It’s been a long, waffling process. I finally sleuthed out where to go and pick up papers to fill out for candidacy. I couldn’t find anything online about how to begin the process, nor where to go. After a few misfires, I finally had the papers in hand. And there they sat as I continued…

Why I am not responding to your texts

I’ve been a Mac guy since 1988. My mom and dad graciously bought me the first iPhone the day of its release. Carolyn and Sam waited in a small line at the AT&T store in Monticello, Arkansas for mine. Since then, I’ve owned every iteration of the iPhone as well as several Powerbooks, iBooks, MacBooks,…

Why I’m moving from a smart phone to a dumb phone

Call it a digital life adjustment experiment (DLAE for short). I’ve been mulling over the implications of being constantly accessible, online, responsive and honestly, much of the time, digitally consumed. It’s been weeks of mulling. Today, I pulled the trigger. Here’s Part 1 of my DLAE. I boxed up my iPhone 5 and put it…

A la carte: Are you doing team leadership wrong?, Interns, and 3 Issues Churches Must Answer

Are you doing team leadership wrong? Phil Cooke offers some strong advice about meetings, teams and decisions on this blog entry: Teams are for brainstorming and execution. Leaders make decisions. Simple as that. What’s happening today is that too many leaders are afraid to embrace decisions. Fear of not being liked. Fear of failure. Fear…

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…

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