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Some Thoughts on WWDC

It seems like a lot is at stake for Apple with today’s keynote. Not a day goes by lately without someone predicting doom and gloom for the company…

“Android is winning!” (even though Apple owns HUGE majorities of the profit in every sector)

“iOS is boring now…” (even though almost every terrific App is developed for iOS first – try naming a non-Google Android exclusive that’s making waves)

“Apple has lost it… they REALLY need a big hit” (even though they’ve completely reinvented 3 major consumer sectors in the last 10 years and are sitting on $100 billion in cash)

“Apple doesn’t know how to innovate any more” (even though their two most recent innovations are responsible for the current renaissance in the computing industry.)

… that’s pretty much the gist of it. Truth be told, it’s just been a long time between Apple announcements (strangely so), with the last keynote coming late last Fall. Where Microsoft and Google bleed product leaks for press, you rarely hear much from Apple until they’re ready for you to purchase. That’s intentional.

With all of that said, here are some predictions for today.

Will You Join the 100?

When we tell folks about Creative Missions, the first thing most people ask is “How can I be a part of that?” Here’s your chance!

A mission team of 30 creatives and communicators is heading to Anchorage, Alaska on May 18 to spend a week pouring into dozens of ministries and ministers. You can read a little more about why we’re going and what we’re doing at the bottom of the campaign site.

Creative Missions operates on a shoestring budget each year; all missionaries donate their time and resources (in addition to paying a trip fee and arranging their own travel), and its your donations that allow us to pull of these logisitically challenging trips.

We need your help! Alaska is expensive, and we’re projecting a $7,500 shortfall for our ministry goals. Over the next week, we’re asking 100 individuals/organizations to “Join the 100″ and back this trip by donating $75. Even better, that’s 100% tax deductible through the Center for Church Communication. If you can give more, that would be amazing. If you can only give a little, we would really appreciate that too. Even if you can’t give, can you help us spread the word about the “Join the 100″ campaign?

Thanks so much for supporting Creative Missions!

Spread the Word and “Join the 100!”

Eric MurrellToday’s post was written by Eric Murrell. Eric is the Co-Founder of MediaBLEEP, Communication Manager at Long Hollow Baptist Church and creator of Series Engine and Prayer Engine. Eric and his wife Lauren reside in Hendersonville, TN with their son and daughter.
3 Things the Church Can Learn from Feedly and Google Reader

If you’ve been hiding in a cave, you might not’ve heard that Google has announced the sunsetting of Google Reader on July 1.

For many people, that means their favorite tool for reading blog posts will be gone.

Fortunately, the fine folks at Feedly were ready with a solution to allow Google Reader users to seamlessly continue reading their old Google Reader feeds on the Feedly platform. According to slashgear.com, in the first 48 hours following the announcement, Feedly has gained 500,000 people.

There are three things the church can learn from Feedly’s post-Google-Reader activity.

Paul Harvey’s Voice On Your Easter Video?

Were you inspired by the “God Made a Farmer” commercial that aired during the Super Bowl advertising Dodge trucks?

It was probably my favorite commercial.

Remember? It was narrated by Paul Harvey, the iconic American voice.

Chattin’ Alaska, Week 3: Stats

It’s crazy when you add up everything accomplished over the first two years of Creative Missions.

Chattin’ Alaska, Week 2: Bi-Vocational Pastors

Continuing Chattin’ Alaska this week, we’re talking about Jay, one of many bi-vocational pastors/planters in Alaska.

HELP WANTED: Web Position in Raleigh-Durham

Since moving to the Triangle last fall, I’ve been having so much fun getting to know my new church, our pastoral team, and our media team, specifically. Our team is small but growing and crazy rich in talent. We’re looking to add to that talent with a new much-needed web position.

Can my spouse come with me on Creative Missions 2013?

We’ve have had a good number of inquiries about spouses joining us for Creative Missions this year. Alaska is an exciting location, so this is a fair question. A better question might be, “Would your spouse like to go on a solo trip to Alaska but sleep in the same bed with you at night?” [...]

Chattin’ Alaska, Week 1: Soul Care

I’m excited to kick off a series of conversations we’re posting once per week between now and Creative Missions 2013 to Alaska. This week’s is about soul care.

Applications Open Today for Creative Missions 2013!

We’re going to the “Last Frontier” for Creative Missions 2013, and you’re invited. Anchorage, Alaska, here we come, May 17-24, 2013.

5 Lessons The Church Can Learn From Lance Armstrong & Manti Te’o

I think churches can learn from almost every situation if we’re willing to look hard enough. Here are a few lessons I think we can learn from the recent troubles of Lance and Manti.

A Different Spin on Google Maps

I was blissfully excited when Google Maps came back to the iPhone. Like many of you, I’d grown accustomed to a mapping application that included a wealth of battle tested data and POI information; the icing on the cake for me, though, was always Street View. There’s just something comforting about having a visual frame [...]