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What the Tech?

September 5, 2014

Technology is both a blessing and a curse. Our smart phones, tablets and laptops connect us like never before, but we’re also connected to them in ways that aren’t very healthy. Their constant presence becomes a drain, not just on battery life, but on our lives too. The way we present ourselves on social media is a reflection of our hearts. Through technology, we can make our voice heard and even share our faith, but sometimes, without realizing it, we have allowed our technology to have too much of a hold on us. In this new series called What the Tech?, we’ll discover how to bring out the good in technology and minimize the bad by setting guardrails in place.

I want to personally invite you to be my guest at one of our Celebration services this week as we kick-off this timely series. This is a perfect week to bring a friend along with you. It’s all happening this Sunday morning at 9, 10:30, and Noon. I can’t wait to see you there!

app_Website-slideDid you know there are around 300,000 apps available in the app store? Yes, there are lots of examples of useless apps (like the one where you push a button and it says “Wooo!”), but there are a couple that I literally use every day. Now, add the newest essential app to the list: The Connection Church Mobile App! Yes, it is here!

With more people carrying smart phones around the world with access to the app, this big step puts our message into the hands of people literally around the world. Now we can take The Connection Church experience with us wherever we go. This app features life-applicable teaching, notes with discussion questions, videos, up-to-date news, ways to connect, directions to TCC, online giving, and more! We can even use it as a tool to share the love of Jesus with our friends and introduce people to what God is doing through The Connection Church.

Of course, it’s a FREE download. It’s available on iPhoneAndroid (GooglePlay), and should be on Windows soon.

Go ahead and download it now and spend a few minutes checking it out. I think you’ll be as excited about it as I am. Help us spread the word about this great resource by talking it up and using social media to let your connections know about it.

If you have any suggestions for this new app, feel free to post a comment and let me know how we can make it the best and most used app on your phone.

My Windows Problem

September 16, 2012

This week, I got a call on my cell phone that appeared as “Blocked” and when I answered it, a guy with a thick foreign accent told me he was from “Windows Technical Support” and that he was calling because they had discovered a major problem with my Windows computer. Because I don’t have a Windows computer, and I recognized this scam from a few weeks earlier with my step-dad, I decided to have a little fun with the scammer.

  • Him: “You’ve got a problem with your Windows PC.
  • Me: “Oh no! What kind of problem is it?”
  • Him: “Well, we can fix it.”
  • Me: “How do you know there’s a problem?”
  • Him: “We can see it when you get on the internet.”
  • Me: “Really, you can see my computer?”
  • Him: “Yes. But we can fix it.”
  • Me: “How can you see my computer?”
  • Him: “When you get on the internet.”

I just kept asking questions and was actually nowhere near any computer as he was giving me instructions that would have allowed him to not only see my computer, but make changes to it as well. That’s a really bad idea. At that point, he’d have complete access to any info on my computer or install whatever software he wanted.

I eventually just told him I knew it was a scam and that he was a criminal and should be charged for this scam and then I hung up.

But as I thought about it, I realized that I do have a kind of windows problem. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

My windows problem is that right now, I can’t see completely clearly. My vision is a little blurred and I don’t understand nearly as much as I would like to. Whenever I think I’ve got it all figured out, I find out that I don’t know as much as I need to know.

But the promise of God is that one day, I will see Him face to face. And one day, all my questions will be answered. And I will finally understand the answer to the all-encompassing question, “Why?” And I think at that point, some of my questions won’t be as important as the fact that all the answers will be found in Him.

And the best news in that verse is that God does know me completely right now. He knows all the dark corners of my life that I try to hide and yet He still loves me just as I am. It’s mind-blowing that the One who knows me the best, loves me the most!

Can you do that at church? That question gets asked sometimes at The Connection Church where we love to be creative and try new ways to connect God’s timeless truth with our ever-changing culture. I’m excited about a new feature that’s coming soon to our lobby. We’re calling it a Connection Kiosk. It will be a place where people can take next steps while they’re with here with us. The kiosk is a streamlined, electronic way to get connected.

There are 3 key steps you can take at the kiosk. Today, fewer people are carrying around cash or even checks. While everywhere you go, you can use a debit card, the church is the last place that seems to understand that this is how people operate. I know for me, I usually have very little cash on hand and I never carry a check book (it’s in a drawer somewhere at home with the Muppets printed on them). So now, people will be able to give their tithes and offerings through the kiosk, in addition to the typical ways they’ve been able to give. You can also find out more info on Connection Groups and ministry teams and sign up for them instantly. There will even be an opportunity to register for events and even pay for them if there is a fee associated with an event.

So be on the lookout for this innovative addition this summer and check it out for yourself.

What’s the Wordle?

October 10, 2009

Bethanie showed me a cool site called Wordle that creates a very creative word-cloud of your webpage/blog. You just enter your URL and it takes the weighted words that it finds and makes a randomized picture that you can customize with your chocie of fonts, colors, etc. The results are very interesting.

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Give it a try and feel free to link to yours in the comments section below.