#Tech
June 2, 2015

iOS Outlook App Review

My day job provides email via Microsoft Exchange. In the last few years, everyone in the office now has smartphones, a majority of which are iPhones. When we first set up our phones to send and receive emails, we were limited to the native Mail app. It works well, but it's a little lame. A few months ago, Microsoft released…
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#Film
June 1, 2015

The Transition from Photography to Filmmaking

I’m a purist. I love the snapshot, the image captured in a fraction of a second that tells an enduring story. I’m that weirdo who never minded when my friends’ moms showed me photo albums of trips I hadn’t taken and people I didn’t know, because I did know them. I have been to the Grand Canyon several times in…
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#Film
June 1, 2015

Consumer Vs Professional DSLR

Let's say you followed my flowchart and you see that I recommend getting a consumer DSLR. Maybe you were hoping to leap right into a professional model, or maybe you're on the fence on which way to go. What are the differences between a consumer vs professional DSLR? What are some factors that might help you make a decision? Price.…
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May 31, 2015

Conjecture, Twitter, & Biblical Illiteracy

Let me start by saying I've bombed my fair share of sermons over the years. There have been those moments where words have come of out my mouth while preaching that left my leadership team asking for further interpretation. There are also times when I've hit it out of the park completely in tune with what needed to be shared. People have thanked me years later for biblical truths I've preached that impacted them. They've also reminded me of funny illustrations that are unfortunately more memorable than the sermon lesson that accompanied them. Preachers are not perfect and mistakes will be made. However, it's imperative that our twenty-first century gospel is in tune with the heart of the first century gospel because we are…
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#Film
May 27, 2015

What Video Camera Should I Buy?

I am asked all the time, "What video camera should I buy?" Usually it's a non-profit or church looking to start doing more in-house work. I always say start with what you have, but sometimes there really is nothing to start with. There are so many variables to be considered before purchasing a camera. Do you need a DSLR or an action…
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#Influence
May 26, 2015

Give what you’re in need of

I was working on editing a youth sermon series on giving for the fall. Each week talks about a different way to give by focusing on things like time, talents, and finances. In writing one of the titles I was reminded of the story of the widow who gave two small coins in the offering. Jesus commented on how she…
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#Tech
May 25, 2015

Turn Off Double Notifications on iPhone

So I've had an iPhone for nearly two years now and I've lived that long with double notifications on every single text. It's always been annoying, but I guess never enough to do anything about it. Apparently it's a system default to repeat the notification. Alas it's a new day and for the first time, I ventured into settings to…
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#Life
May 24, 2015

2015.05 // Memorial Day Weekend

A little rain didn't spoil our Memorial Day weekend. We grabbed some bubble mix and had some fun getting wet in our yard.
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May 24, 2015

Judgement, Potential and Listening to Sermons

I recently got my hands on a sermon intended for teens that included a portion of text from a book (which I'll leave unnamed) with an illustration about an accountant who gets to heaven and stands before God. God calls for "Robert the Missionary," but the man doesn't step forward. After God calls again for "Robert the Missionary," the accountant…
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#Film
May 23, 2015

The Heart of the Story in Film

Filmmaking is all about story. Much of our work in the past year has been capturing things that are happening as we film: weddings, church spotlights, event recaps, and personal stories. Many times it's showing up in unknown territory without a complete picture of what we're getting into. We've done this a number of times. Most frequently it's going to churches on…
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May 21, 2015

Being Burnt out on Burnout

(Repost from 2011) When I was in high school, my dad overheard me telling someone that I got "yelled at".  He later corrected me, because, as he pointed out, he didn't actually raise his voice at me.  I explained to my dad, a school teacher, that being "yelled at" only meant I got in trouble.  The phrase had transitioned from…
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May 20, 2015

The Context of Love

The other day my Bible reading came from the 13th and 14th chapters of 1st Corinthians. The former is known as the love chapter. Usually it's used as a basis of love in marriage. That of course is a great application, but it's not actually the intention of Paul. Paul is writing to a dysfunctional church that had a hard time agreeing on…
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#Tech
May 19, 2015

Download Photos from a Galaxy Note 4

My wife maxed out the storage on her phone, so I had to figure out how to download photos from a Galaxy Note 4 to a Mac. I've had some trouble in the past transferring the photos, but have always figured it out. This time, however, I think the lack of free space complicated things. I tried Samsung Kies, but…
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#Film
May 19, 2015

My Evolution of Cameras for Filmmaking

I was thinking today about why I'm writing more about filmmaking. Like I've mentioned before, I don't consider myself an expert, but there are number of things I've learned in the last few years that might be helpful to someone out there. Much of my experience has happened within the context of the non-profit/faith-based world. Many non-profits have utility players like me…
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#Tech
May 18, 2015

Timeline and My Go-to News Apps

I think I'm a news junkie. I read the news on my phone a few of times a day, follow news outlets on Twitter and listen to news radio on my commute.  There was a time I wouldn't miss the local evening news at the end of the day, but those days are gone since it's now served directly and immediately…
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May 17, 2015

Our Sins and the Minnesota Twins

I love the Minnesota Twins.  I know sometimes my Tigers hat throws people off, but that's more about home representation than being a fan. I come from a sports-watching family (see "Sports Moments" post from '08), but with my busy schedule the last couple years, I've limited the number of teams I completely follow (every game, stats, etc.) to just a…
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#Life
May 16, 2015

2015.05 // Vietnam

I had a good time traveling to Vietnam last week with a couple of friends. It's an amazing country with incredible people and great food (except for durian). We had a lot of fun experiencing the culture and cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City.
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#Tech
May 15, 2015

How to Post Instagram Photos in Twitter as Native Photos

I remember many things from long ago: "Where's the Beef?" commercials, 99 cent gas, and when you could view a photo from Instagram on your Twitter feed. Now when you share from Instagram, all you get is the Instagram url link that takes you back to their site. I sure miss the good ol' days. IF to the rescue! IF…
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#Film
May 15, 2015

A Humble Beginning in Filmmaking

If you've read my philosophy on filmmaking then you know I'm a huge advocate of starting with whatever you have. There are some recommendations I'll make in upcoming posts once you have some money to invest in some starter gear, but I'd strongly recommend just using what you have at first. Our first venture into filmmaking really started in 2004 between…
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#Tech
May 14, 2015

Download YouTube Videos

I run slides and videos for a good number of events and inevitably a speaker will find a video on YouTube that they want to show (and usually with some disregard to quality) to the audience. So what do I use to download YouTube videos?  I've tried a number of different resources like browser add-one and media players with streaming…
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#Film
May 13, 2015

The Four-fold Philosophy of Filmmaking

Let it be known that I'm no expert in filmmaking. I honestly don't even know if I meet the criteria to be called a filmmaker. There's some debate on the definition of a filmmaker, but most agree that filmmaking is the art of telling stories on video. Since that is where my heart and passion lies and the representation of most…
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#Tech
May 12, 2015

Turn Off Your Email Notifications

Most weeks I work 40 hours Mon-Fri. There are occasional anomalies where I find myself working a weekend for an event, but for the most part there are fixed hours each day where I am punched in. Years ago during the emergence of smartphones, I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to receive work emails and send an…
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#Film
April 18, 2015

Equip 15 // Closing Video

Closing video for the 2015 Equip Conference in Spring Lake Park, MN on April 18, 2015.
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April 17, 2015

Equip 15 // Welcome Video

Welcome video for the 2015 Equip Conference in Spring Lake Park, MN on April 17, 2015. Infinity by One Hundred Years is licensing by the Music Bed.
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