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Church Tech Weekly Episode 200: Who Has Time?

It’s Episode 200! After four years of being on the air, we took a look back at some of our favorite CTW moments while we reminisced about some great times. Sit back, relax and be ready to laugh. A lot!


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Church Tech Weekly Episode 178: The New RLX!


It’s the last show of the year! We take a look back at the biggest stories and products of 2013, and make some predictions about what’s to come in the new year. Plus, a special call in from our producer, Katie. You won’t believe from where!


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Church Tech Weekly Episode 177: I Felt His Presents


Being that it’s Christmas week, we solicited fun Christmas stories from our listening audience. And boy did we get some! We even throw in a dramatic reading of one! And somehow, we end up talking about LED lights at the end. Go figure.


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Taking a Break


For the first time in a long time, the old saw, “It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy” applies to me. I can’t recall a summer that wasn’t full of some sort of project or change. And then suddenly, some plans changed and I have a month and a half of relative free time. So I’ve decided to do something I haven’t done in four years.

Take a break from writing.

Given my newly freed up schedule, I’m actually going to take some vacation time, and just relax for a bit. I am looking forward to some time to spend with my family, to think, reflect, pray and just mellow out. I’m honestly not sure how it’s going to go…

But don’t fret; I’m going to pull some posts back out of retirement and clean them up a bit so there will still be plenty here to read. We’ll keep up ChurchTechWeekly, since that’s just plain fun. Though if you’ve e-mailed me a question in the last few weeks, it’s likely going to be a few more weeks until I get back to you. 

Like you, I need a break, and this one is coming at a good time. So enjoy the back catalog, and have a great summer!

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Going to Gurus?

Gurus 2013 is happening soon; starting Tuesday May 21 at Willow Creek in Chicago. Van and I are excited to be going and while we’ve talked about it on the podcast, I thought we should mention it here as well. If you see us walking around, please come up and say hi. We love talking to you guys and putting faces to the names.

We’ll be recording a live ChurchTechWeekly during lunch on Wednesday, with a second segment taking place during the facility tour later in the day. We’d love to hear from you, so look for us in the auditorium and come over and join the fun for a few minutes.

If you can’t be there, we hope to be able to broadcast the first half of the podcast during lunch on our Livestream channel. If all goes well, we’ll be live sometime around 11:45 AM CDT. We’ll also be doing some video coverage—interviews and stories from speakers and attendees alike, so watch the blog for that as well.

The event is free, and it’s not too late to register, so if you can get to Chicago by Tuesday, you can still make it happen.

Hope to see you at Gurus!

Church Tech Weekly Episode 130: Makey Makey


It’s all about making stuff today! Our guest is well known for his creative hacks including a giant real-time Instagram wall for Passion 2013, switching video with an arcade controller and much more. Learn how to hack your way to a better tech booth.


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Happy Fourth of July!

Today we celebrate the founding of our nation. While I’m a bit concerned about many current events—political, social and religious—the fact remains that we are one of the few nations on earth people are still clamoring to get into. So while we may have our struggles and issues, I’d rather live hear than anywhere else. 

To celebrate the Fourth, our worship team put together a pretty rockin’ mix of America the Beautiful. The arrangement was done by one of our resident piano players, Scott Wilkie. Since they totally rocked it, I am posting the video here for your enjoyment.  

For some reason, the Vimeo file muxed the audio down to mono, which doesn’t sound nearly as good as my quick and dirty “live mix down” that I did after services. Basically, I ran the tracks back through the SD8, rebalnced the drums and made a few tweaks, and mixed it “live” to another computer for recording. It’s not perfect, but it sounds pretty good. So because I’m a bit of an audio snob, I’m including the audio file here as well. I’ll fix the audio on the video at some point next week, but it won’t make nearly as much sense to post it then.

UPDATE 7-5-12: For some reason, the video has been switched back to private by the CHCC webmaster. For now it’s off-line, and since I’m on vacation this week, I don’t know what’s going on. Until I figure it out, enjoy the audio below! END UPDATE

But here’s the audio file (click to stream it):

America the Beautiful as played by Coast Hills Community Church

Take time to not only enjoy a day off, but also to reflect on what has made our nation great. By God’s grace, we can perhaps see a return her former glory.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Birthday ChurchTechArts

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog 5 years ago, but it’s true. The first post was published on March 6, 2007; this post will be post 867. When I started this little endeavor, it was really an attempt to bolster my resume. Then it became fun, and after a while it took on a life of it’s own. Clearly God had something in store that I never saw—which is probably a good thing as I don’t know if I would have started it if I had known what was coming. 

That first month, we had a whopping 37 page views. For the month. Clearly we didn’t set any records as we launched. But traffic started to grow and before long it was doing pretty well. In fact, today, there we will probably record 37 page views in the time it takes me to write this post. For the month of February, we broke the 10,000 unique visitor mark for the first time; not only did we break it, we blew past it with a total of 11,506 uniques. Honestly, that blows my mind, especially considering I’ve never done any advertising or promoting of the site outside of Twitter, Facebook and Google+. 

According to the Google, we have visitors from all over the world; from Finland to France, Austria to Australia, the UK to the Ukraine, South Africa to South Korea. I have been contacted by many of our international readers, and I have to say it is humbling and encouraging to hear what God is doing in your ministries all over the world. 

As I said, this is such a work of God. I had no idea when I started ChurchTechArts.org that it would take off like this, or that we would start a weekly podcast, or start covering trade shows with full sponsorship. I have met so many amazing friends through this process as well. In fact, the people I consider my closest friends right now have all been direct introductions through this blog. 

At the beginning of 2006, I was trying to figure out what God was going to do with my life; it had been a pretty crazy journey up to that point. By 2007, it was clear what He was doing, and it has been an honor to be able to share that journey with you. 

I know some of you have been reading since the early days and I am so very thankful you’ve stuck with me for the past 5 years. According to the stats, we’ve seen quite a few people join the conversation in the last year, which is also exciting. 

For those who have written in to thank me for writing, to ask a question or two, and those whom I’ve met at various trade shows and conferences, thank you for the constant encouragement. I truly owe a debt to all of you, my readers. Without you, so many of the doors that have opened for me would not been opened. 

I also need to thank my sponsors. You have all been incredibly generous and supportive over the last year. And the good news for you readers is that because I promised to the sponsors I’d write 3 posts a week, you’ve got at least 10 more months of content to look forward to. I encourage you to support the sponsors as well. Each was personally chosen (I say no to most, “Hey, we’d like to advertise on your site” requests) because I believe in the companies and products represented. 

OK, that’s enough of that. It’s been a great journey the last 5 years, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to go on it with you. If you’re a new reader, I encourage you to check out the archive to see what you missed. I’m told there’s some good stuff there. Next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming.

When did you start reading CTA?

Thanksgiving 2011


'Thanksgiving Decorations by Miu' photo (c) 2010, Mark Mrwizard - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/


Today is Thanksgiving. As far as I know, we are one of the very few nations on earth that set aside an entire day for giving thanks. While the last few years have been hard on many, the fact remains we have a lot to be thankful for. I haven’t always done a Thanksgiving post, but this year I decided to, if for no other reason than to remind me to be thankful for the many things God is doing in my life. While we all face the trials and tribulations of daily life, it’s good to remember to be thankful.

So without further adieu, here is my Thanksgiving 2011 list.

My Wife and Daughters

In a few weeks, my wife and I will celebrate 21 years of marriage. It hasn’t all been bliss, but I’m thankful that we’re still together and we are still working on our relationship. She has put up with a lot of craziness being married to me, and I am very thankful for that. My two girls are amazing women of God, and it’s been fantastic watching their faith grow and develop. I’m truly blessed to have all three of these women in my life.

My Friends

God has given me a lot of people to call friends; and that’s amazing. Some are really close friends who mean the world to me. I dare not list them, but they know who they are. Technology has made it possible to develop and maintain close relationships with people across the country, and I really appreciate that. I’ve gotten to know so many great people that way, and it’s an honor to count them as friends. 

My Readers

I was telling my wife the other night that I sometimes wonder why anyone reads this blog. Who am I to have anything to say? But, amazingly, you do, and I am grateful for you. I am encouraged not only by the stats showing me the number of readers, but the many comments, e-mails, tweets and words at conferences. You have made my life richer.

My Sponsors

If I am amazed that people read this, I am blown away that anyone would advertise here. But again, they do, and I am very grateful. Not only for the endorsement, but also for helping put my daughter through college. My sponsors make it possible for me to continue to do what I love to do (writing this blog), and keep me from having to work a second job to help get her through school. That’s a big deal.

Everything Else

The Apostle Paul reminds us to give thanks for all things, and indeed we live in remarkable times. The technology we have at our disposal is incredible; we are experiencing wealth and prosperity that was unimagineable a few hundred years ago (even in the midst of the current downturn); and we can travel just about anywhere quickly and affordably. 

I have a great job at a great church, God has provided for us more than what we need, and I have a steady supply of dark chocoalte in the drawer of my desk. I admit to forgetting these many blessings on a regular basis when I get frustrated at things that don’t go the way I might like. But the reality is, things are going pretty well, and I need to be thankful for that.

Finally, I am thankful for bacon, the aroma of which is wafting throughout the house now—which means it’s time to move on to the next phase of cooking. Happy Thanksgiving!

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