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So the next time someone is tweeting in church, you are not allowed to judge them. They are simply doing what Scripture has “clearly” told them to do: Tweet. And read on their Kindle Fire.

Who knew? 🙂

(HT @Michael Hyatt & @Scott Williams)

Here is a picture of what mine looks like:

(Click to maximize)

Check out this easy, 2 minute video of how to get it before everyone else:

For my first reactions to the changes, check this here. Overall, I really like it. It’s visually very appealing and will provide a rich, interactive scrapbook that will provide much more value long term for us users. But I’m still on my first impression. And I’m wondering yours.

Leave your reactions, good or bad, below.

HT @KyleReed.



Here are my observations and updates of the changes that will be occurring over the next few weeks (starting today!) on facebook:

1.) Andy Samberg and Mark Zuckerberg look identical. I guess this isn’t an update, but it was an entertaining start. See it here:

2.) There will now be “Gestures” on Facebook. This will allow users to use “verbs” to describe what they are doing (ex/ watched, loved, etc.), as oppose to just “like.” I think this will be nice, especially for when the user is not looking to endorse a certain article of information with only a “like” button.

3.) The new profile page, now called “Timeline” looks completely different. The view looks like a really interesting blog – but organized for you by facebook automatically. My first response, without using it yet, is that it looks really nice and will probably be the most impressive change.

Check out this video:

4.) The apps will go along with the gestures. You can now talk about Media & Lifestyle in real time.

5.) With Open Graph, you will discover what your friends are reading, watching, and recommending. Rather than simply having large news aggregators, our friends will be the ones who can recommend news articles to us. News will be “socially curated.”

6.) Social games will be more interactive and won’t have the sort of interruptions asking you to share with friends in the middle of gameplay. You will now be able to see what games your friends are playing and can play along with them.

7.) Lifestyle apps will allow you to share more content of what you are doing and what you are enjoying. Sharing your recipes online and your running routes will become much easier and visually stimulating.

8.) You can see what friends are watching or listening to at that moment. This means that you can listen and discuss YouTube videos or songs from Spotify in real time. I also believe this will make it super easy to make songs and videos go viral in seconds.

9.) With the social graph (I know, the terms get confusing…), you get to choose what content shows up. If you are sharing music, you can share a picture of the artist, you can share the song, you can share how many times you’ve listened to a particular song or album , or you can share where you’ve been listening.

10.) With the Open Graph platform, Facebook’s algorithm will help provide the content that everyone is engaging in and help weed out the information that people are finding annoying. Personally, I think we could all use less FarmVille in our feed and use more worthwhile conversations and engaging content. This is good!

11.) There will now be a banner at the top of a page that you can easily post, crop, edit, and publish. It will not replace the profile picture, but will be in addition to on your profile page. See this picture below:

11.) Facebook will basically function as a comprehensive scrapbook. Currently, all your previous content gets lost from a feed after a few hours or a day. Now, your memories will be stored, organized, and arranged in one place.


This is big.


I think most people are going to wig out at the changes, but I personally think it is going to be good.


For clearer descriptions of the changes, head on over to Mashable to get the full stories of all the changes that are rolling out. Or, you can read a play-by-play commentary here. I’d love for you to share your thoughts. I want to hear your first reaction(s)…



Some people listen to Rob Bell‘s views on hell. Others listen to Francis Chan.

As for me?

I listen to Seinfeld. 🙂

Be sure to click here to watch it (embedding disabled).

After watching, click back here and leave me a funny comment.

Yes, you read that correctly.

This is the Rally to Maintain Division.

You see, a FORMER favorite author of mine, Rachel Held Evans, is pulling together Christians from every “sect”  of our faith to try to unite us all in Christ.  Now this seems great to most Christians.  But I LOVE division. No, not the kind of division that respects people for their theological differences; the kind that helps beat up our brothers in Christ.  The kind of Christianity that says, “I’m right, you’re wrong, now get out of my church.”

So maybe you heard about Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” last October. Just as soon as Jon Stewart made his announcement, Stephen Colbert came back with his announcement for his “Rally to Restore Fear.”  His desire was to restore fear back into American politics.  And 200,000 people showed up on the Washington mall.  And Stephen won. For sure.

So now that Rachel Held Evans has publicly admitted to stealing this idea and putting a “Christian” spin on it, I am the Stephen Colbert to her cause. She thinks she is doing us all a favor by trying to unite us.  Well I call her bluff.  And even if I’ve recommended everything she has ever written before, I am now calling ALL of us as Christians to KEEP THE HATE ALIVE! (*Insert rally chant*)

Oh. I should also mention she is doing this entirely for selfish purposes.  She says she is raising money for Charity: water to try to show we can put aside our differences to help people in need. But I’m sure it’s all a publicity stunt. It always is from people like her (*insert fabricated story about her*).  I think pulling our resources together to help people in need is ridiculous and that we should just argue about useless theology all day.

That’s a cause I could get behind.

And thus the birth of the Rally to Maintain Division.

See the pictures below and further instructions:

“Predestined to have a choice?”

So much easier than healthy dialogue.

“Next time you think about accepting someone for their differences, be sure to smack yourself in the face and proceed to insult them for their faith.”

New sweatshirt I custom made: “God Doesn’t Like You!”

On sale now!

“There’s No UNITY in CommUNITY, but there is a ME in team.”

You just have to rearrange the letters and it’s all about ME!

Jesus said to love your NEIGHBOR, but nothing about the guy two doors down.

I’m a conservative. You’re a liberal. Let’s yell at each other.

Liturgical churches don’t really worship. Contemporary churches are all just a big show.

Other notable mentions:

Jesus is a Democrat. (or a Republican…whichever one drives you more crazy…but he is definitely in a political party).

Let’s go back to the good ole days…when people didn’t use drums to “praise God” and the organ cost more than most homes. Worship wars must live on!

“I Use Controversy To Stir Up Dissension”

“Denominations Are Useless”

“Christians Are Crazy”

So here’s your instructions:

1.) Post your own picture of how you are Rallying to Maintain Division. Or write something in the comments about how we can keep division alive!  This is the best cause I’ve ever been a part of.

2.) Write your own response of how we can keep division alive. Either in the comments here, your own post, or on facebook or twitter.  This needs to go viral.  This is the most important cause you could ever be a part of.

3.) Share this post with friends. Let’s get everyone involved in this.

4.) If you are a complete nut job and think Christians should pull together to battle injustice, love others, and show Christ to people, then go give to Charity: water. But only if you are crazy.

But if you are with me in battling against crazy liberal-conservatives like Rachel Held Evans, then join the battle!




I feel inclined to add that this is all a big joke.  This is satire and meant entirely for fun. It is never a good idea to not be unified. So let’s keep this light-hearted and fun. Thanks!

Manchester Orchestra is pretty great.  Check out this video below and let me know what you think.  Lyrics are below the video.

Hunter eyes
I’m lost and hardly noticed, slight goodbye
I want to rip your lips off in my mouth
And even in my greatest moment doubt
The line between deceit and right now

Simple math, it’s how our bodies even got here
Sinful math, the ebb and flow to multiply
What if I was wrong and no one cared to mention
What if it was true and all we thought was right was wrong?
Simple math, the truth cannot be fractioned
Either way…

I imply to mitigate the guilt, we could align
A perfectly constructed alibi
To hush the violent guilt that eats and never dies
In actual blame, they call me once the dark divide

Simple math, it’s why our bodies even lay here
Sinful math, the truth cannot be fashioned
What if you were crazy, would we have to listen then?

What if we’ve been trying to get to where we’ve always been?
What if I was wrong, and started trying to fix it?
What if you believed me? Everything is brilliant

Oh, oh, oh

What if I’ve been trying to get to where I’ve always been?
What if we’ve been trying to get to where we’ve always been?
Simple math, believe me, all is brilliant
What if we’ve been trying to kill the noise and silence?

What if I was wrong and you had never questioned it?
What if it was true, that all we thought was right, was wrong?
Simple math, the truth cannot be fractioned
I imply I’ve got to get it back then

Oh, oh, oh

Simple math.


What do you think? Do you get it?


Agree or disagree?

My Top Picks for 2010

January 3, 2011 — 1 Comment



Top Movie: Book of Eli and Inception

Top Book: Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans (partially because I read it with Sarah)

Top Album: Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”


Top Worship Album: Gungor “Beautiful Things”

Top Worship Song: No One Higher/The Stand

Top Worship Leader: David Crowder


Favorite Christian Blog: Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight

Funniest Blog: Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff

Favorite Pastor’s Blog: by Pete Wilson


Best Youth Group: SECOND Student Ministries (Just launched this year)

Best Church Website: Calvary Assembly in Rochester, NY (Also launched this year) 🙂

Best Looking Person: Sarah Sigmon

What about you? What were some of your favorites this past year?