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Preparing for Death

It feels like death and suffering has surrounded me.  Last spring, I watched my friends lose their 4-month-old. This spring it has intensified. A former student at UMD died on January 22, 2017 after a 15 month battle with colon cancer. My wife’s great aunt passed away on January 23, 2017. My last living grandparent passed […]

New Job!

On July 1, 2017 I will become the Assistant Director for Leadership Training. This is a new national position and I will be responsible for equipping Area Directors around the country. This past fall, I had the chance to tell my colleagues why I thought the Area Director position was the most important role in […]

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The Gospel According to Twitter: Everyone is right – Part 2

Twitter assumes that the most relevant information is the most recent information.  Twitter amplifies this by publishing a list of current trending topics based on an analysis of the latest tweets.  A word or phrase can trend when a significant number of people start tweeting about that word or phrase.  For example, during the Urbana […]

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Using Twitter for Ministry: History – Part 3

Historically, twitter was born out of a brainstorming session by a group of employees at the podcasting company Odeo.  Jack Dorsey, a computer programmer, was fascinated by blogs, Instant Messaging (IM) and dispatcher systems.  Blogs allow you to host an online journal. IM gives the user the ability to chat live with friends, but it […]

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Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San […]

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Using Twitter for Ministry: Basics – Part 1

Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site where users share thoughts of up to 140 characters, known as a tweets. There are 200 million active users who tweet an average 400 million tweets per day. The site launched on March 21, 2006 . It is the fastest growing social media site today. Twitter […]

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The Gospel According to Twitter – Part 1

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49pm EDT two bombs exploded within 13 seconds and 210 yards of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  The bombs killed 3 people and injured another 264.  Within seconds, Twitter was lighting up people’s cell phones and computer screens with first hand accounts of the event […]

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Dreaming – The gospel according to Monsters University

Dreaming & Significance Think back to when you were a kid. What did you want to be when you grew up? I remember when I was in pre-school and the teacher asked us that question.  Horses amazed me and I thought it would be awesome if I could ride a horse when I grew up. […]

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How do we know?

Let me ask you how did you get here? Think about it for a moment. … … … Let me tell you how I got here

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World Domination

I host a once a month gaming night at my house. I grew up playing games like Super Mario, Contra, Risk, Axis and Allies. I like baseball, football and the olympics. In high school, I programmed a game on my TI-85 that was passed around school until nearly everyone was playing my game. I love […]

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