The following ramblings are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the local church I serve, the United Methodist Church, John Wesley, my family, my dog, my gecko, or anyone else whom I may have forgotten to mention for that matter.
I've owned an iPhone for a little over a month, and its safe to say that I continue to be impressed. This little device has really made my life more productive and more entertaining. It isn't a perfect device by any stretch of the imagination [but it is as close to it as I can imagine]. Even for all of its marvels, there are relatively simple things that it cannot do.
For example, it cannot copy calendar colors over from the desktop version of iCal. Seems a really strange and very simply thing to be able to achieve with a native app. There is no cut and paste feature that would allow one to cut and paste a link for example from the browser to a blog page. Flash media still isn't supported on the iPhone. These are just a few things that I have named.
But I will say, even with it's small imperfections, and I do mean small, there is a vast world of tech junkie stuff at one's disposal. The App Store is one of them
Now it seems that Nokia and Microsoft will be opening their own version of an applications store in 2009. This latest tech piece from the BBC annouces the intentions of these two technology giants to move into the sacred ground broken by Jobs and his band of merry men [and women].
One could only hope that either they, or someone will come out with syncable word-processor program for the iPhone that will allow you to not only read MS Word files but also edit them. Also, it would be nice if Apple, instead of simply making an amazing Keynote remote, could also make a mini Pages and Numbers interface for the iPhone.
Well, for all you tech junkies I just thought I'd share some news.
Just retired my second Moleskine journal of the year and cracked a fresh one. Call me pretentious if you want but I love this little notebooks for the fine paper, durability and portability. You should really check them out. I tend to use the small pocket plain ones for my personal and creative journal. I use the larger size for message prep and textual exegesis. I purchase mine here.
Anyone else particularly feel that the VMA's were No Big Deal this year? Not to mention that quirky & crude host who had absolutely no chemistry with the crowd. Sorry MTV, but there wasn't much to keep me impressed this year, save maybe Kanye's performance.
I've got to tell you, I have a "thing" about church signs that have the ability to put pithy sayings on them: I hate them. I type this as a hypocrite because my own little tribe that I serve just bought the own "bling" sign as my Trustee chairperson called it. I told them that it would be great to have the opportunity to put community pertinent announcements on it, but I never...NEVER...want any pithy, puny sayings put on it, at least not while I'm here.
When the company that built the sign bid it [and yes we stayed local to support the home team] they had placed on the picture the saying that you see here.
After having set the bar for what it means to be an attractional seeker sensitive model church Willow Creek is shifting its weekend emphasis from primarily seeker sensitive to believer centered.
Of course no one is sure what exactly this means and if Sunday will now look like Wednesday night services, but a recent article from Christianity Today attempts to get at the rationale for the change.
Honestly, I've been to both and I think its probably a good change. The biggest difference that I saw in my few times there was that Sunday mornings was more of a experiential worship wherein participants "watched" the action of worship leaders and Wednesdays was much more participatory wherein participants were invited to take part in what was being lead on the platform. Also the Scriptural diet on Sundays was a much lighter fare than Wednesday nights.
All in all I think it's a smart move. Although I'm not really sure what the difference will pragmatically mean for their Sunday gatherings. I give them credit for doing a pretty authentic self evaluation and then actually making some decisions based on the results that they faced.