Your Church Should Have Air Conditioning and Free WiFi

On Monday, I wrote a neat little story on why toothpaste is cool, minty, and makes your mouth tingle. While I really think you should give it a quick read, the basic idea is this: toothpaste doesn’t need to tingle to work – it was an add-on by an advertiser (not a dental professional) that became so popular that even …

Why Toothpaste is Cool and Minty

You’ve probably never considered the why behind the cool, minty favor of your toothpaste before. All you know is that you like it and it probably has something to do with making your teeth clean. What if I told you that tingling feeling your love after brushing your teeth has absolutely nothing to do with having clean teeth? It doesn’t. …

Apple’s New iBeacon Technology – and How Churches Could Use It

Late last week, Major League Baseball completed its installation of Apple’s iBeacon technology in the first two of twenty stadiums for use on Opening Day. If you don’t know what Apple’s iBeacon technology is, don’t worry – it’s been one of the most obscure features of iOS7. Here’s what Apple says about it in a note to developers: iBeacon, a …

Use Your TV’s Remote to Control Your Apple TV

Ever since Apple debuted the first Apple TV in 2006, I have been been a loyal owner. It’s a wonderful digital media playing device that we use in our house every single day. One of my biggest complaints about each generation of the Apple TV is the remote. I truly have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it because …

“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

Last week, I wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a part of his life – he was lost in non-Christian spiritualisms, intellectual pride, and lust. One very important person I left out of the post last week that was instrumental in Augustine’s conversion was his mom, Monica. Like many …

iOS7 Inspired YouVersion App Design

Apple debuted iOS7 to developers on June 10, 2013 and officially released iOS7 on September 18 the same year. This redesign of the iPhone’s operating system changed everything in iOS design. Because of the massive change, many iOS app developers have dramatically redesigned their apps to match the new look. However, one notable app that is still rocking the iOS6 …

Augustine: Sex, Pride, and the Power of Jesus

Through my seminary studies, I recently read about the conversion of Augustine – one of the giants of Christian leadership and thought in church history. Augustine’s story is surprisingly normal. He was born in a small, seemingly unimportant town in North Africa (in present day Algeria) to a very religious Christian mother named Monica. Augustine’s father was a pagan man …

Giveaway: Flappy Bird Countdown Video

If my student group is as obsessed with Flappy Bird as your group is, download this video and use it at your next event as a fun countdown before the service! [vimeo 86462184 w=500 h=281] To download this video completely for free, click here and hit the download button under the video. ___ If you think someone you know needs …

The Sad Truth About (Most) Everything

A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time! Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and …

The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udS-OcNtSWo?rel=0] When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what …