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Pastor Steve Jobs

Great post this morn from Bobby Gruenewald over at  You guys know I’m an Apple freak and his post marries the best of both worlds: the Church and Apple.  What would the church that Steve Jobs ran be like?  Here are my favorites from his list:

  1. Incredible imagery would display behind Pastor Jobs as he demonstrated the iJesus and invited everyone to demo it immediately.
  2. Everyone would be twittering as they were amazed by the iJesus…“I have to have that!” and “That changes everything!” would cross the twitterfeed.
  3. Everyone would have an iPod with their own worship playlist (and if you’re new, one would be provided to you at the door).
  4. Everyone with an iPod—earbuds in…would press play and simultaneously begin singing different songs (but no one would care, because you couldn’t hear everyone else and they couldn’t hear you…sing away!)
You can read the rest of his post here
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Posted by on April 3, 2008 in apple stuff, church stuff, ministry


What creative teams can learn from Apple…

I personally have a great interest in creative planning teams.  Specifically within the church environment, where a team meets and helps plan every aspect of a corporate worship experience. They focus on the entire environment, from the songs to the talk to the videos to the overall mood they want to convey to best communicate the truth of Jesus.  I think it’s interesting how these teams work together and the great things they come up with.

Macrumors had a post today on Apple’s design process that I thought was very interesting (you know I’m an Apple freak) and I thought there might be some applicable principles church creative teams could use.  Here is one of these principles, with my thoughts about how this might apply to the church creative team:

Speaking of Apple’s design approach in coming up with their products, they have “PAIRED DESIGN MEETINGS.”  These are two separate design meetings.  One is for free thinking (“go crazy”) without worries about any technical constraints, while the other meeting addresses implementation and practical considerations.  Both of these meetings continue throughout product development.
Hmm.  As many of you know, I used to be a worship pastor and met weekly with a team like this.  How many of you have been in a creative planning meeting and someone keeps squashing all the ideas?  How many of you have had an idea outside of the box that you were afraid to bring up because you knew it would get squashed before the team had an idea to dream a bit?  I have many times in various environments.
I think the concept of having 2 separate meetings is an excellent idea.  On a weekly basis this could look like this: Monday (or whatever day you start working on that week) have the free thinking meeting.  Nothing is off-limits.  Allow your team to dream.  “I’ve had this idea for a series” or “I have this idea for an interesting visual for the stage” or statements like that could be listed on a whiteboard and discussed by the team.  The goal would not be to finalize anything, but rather to dream a bit and think outside the box.  A “what-if” meeting of sorts. The first half could be ideas regarding anything (new series, set design, video ideas, etc), and the second half could be dreaming about the current series/weekend/upcoming series.  Someone would be responsible for copying and organizing everything that was shared and written on the whiteboard.
The next day (or perhaps later the same day) the practical/technical meeting would involve many of the same people, but the list of ideas would be distributed and some specific decisions regarding the current week/series/etc would be made.
What do you think about this?  What can we learn from Apple’s design process that will help those trying to use creative planning as a tool to tell others about Jesus?  I love the power of teams, and I love Apple, and I love Jesus.  If we could somehow marry all of those things…

Test of the emergency blogging system

Hey all

I’m trying to find a tool that will allow me to organize my blog posts, save drafts, and post new blogs to my Blogger account, all within this software. Macjournal does this but I’m not too stoked about it’s interface/features, Journler seems like the perfect thing but it won’t post to Blogger, etc.

This is a test from Ecto. Does anyone have any other ideas of mac software to use for blogging to Blogger? Here are the things I’d like to be able to do…

  • see a list of all of my blog posts
  • be able to write a new blog and quickly and easily post it
  • add pics or html code (like for YouTube) easily
  • look cool

What do you use? What should I use? Will this even work??


Macworld 2008 today!!

the title says it all.  This is to me like football is to others.  It’s also the day when they tell us the new laptop we bought last week is being refreshed with the new bigger, better thing.  

Still love Apple.

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Posted by on January 15, 2008 in apple stuff


Going Under The Knife…

This will be my last post.  No, not my last, last, post, just my last post with Tiger.  OS X Tiger.  

I just got Leopard about 15 minutes ago, and I’m about to run the installer.  
I’ve wanted a makeover since January.  Pray I make it through.  I hope to see you on the other side…

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Posted by on October 26, 2007 in apple stuff


2 days, 20 hours, 52 minutes, and 42 seconds…

Those of us who are macheads know the significance of this… 2 days and 20 hours until Leopard is released.  Yes, in case you’re wondering, I pre-ordered.  I’m sure there are some cool things about Leopard, but there are some major updates to the calendar and mail program that I am most looking forward to that will (hopefully) increase my productivity.

If you’re a machead, do you plan to upgrade immediately?
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Posted by on October 24, 2007 in apple stuff, random stuff


Another Reason I Love Apple Stuff…

As many of you know, Apple released some cool new stuff yesterday in the way of iPods…  and semi-quietly announced a $200 price drop for the iPhone.  From $599 to $399 (they are dropping the 4gb altogether so they are blowing them out while supplies last for $299- a great deal).  This is good news if you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy an iPhone… but if you plunked down the cash just 10 short weeks ago, this really feels like a slap in the face for your loyalty.

Now Apple announced that you’d get a refund if you bought one in the last 14 days… but this has left many who bought weeks ago really ticked.  Here’s where it gets good, and another reason why I love Apple
Today, Steve Jobs announced that anyone who wanted it and bought the iPhone weeks ago is eligible for a $100 credit to Apple Store (online or retail).  He didn’t have to do that… the nature of the business calls for price changes/product changes all the time.  But he did it, and I respect that.  You can read his open letter here
Now go, go get your $299 iPhone while supplies last…
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Posted by on September 7, 2007 in apple stuff