5 Reasons To Say 'No' To Cheesy Photos

Let's start by defining “cheese." Cheese: a food made from the pressed curds of milk. That sounds disgusting. Just hearing the words "Pressed curds of milk" makes me want to vomit a little. Honestly, that's the majority of the way I feel when I see Christian photography. Why does it have to be this way? You know, there was a time when Christians excelled in the creative arts. Look at the cathedrals, paintings, and literature through the centuries. There have been many bright spots. ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 4. Gingko

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This is the fourth article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. Gingko is a different kind of platform from the others I’ve reviewed so far in that it isn’t “just” a text editor. The focus and goal of Gingko’s development seems to be on content and organization of that content. Since I’m normally a disorganized mess, I normally give anything that says it will help me a once over. So, let’s take a look at Gingko. ... Continue Reading

Effective Storytelling with Social Media [Infographic]

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If you are running the blog for your ministry, the social media account for your church, or some kind of marketing for your brand, you need effective storytelling for who you are representing. How do you share a church's story that might include hundreds or thousands of people over five, ten, or one hundred years? Even more so, this story needs to not only be about what was, but what is and what will be. The infographic below has some tips and church marketers as well as pastors, bloggers, and ... Continue Reading

The Desk Publishing Machine: Alpha Build

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Say “Hello” to the Desk Publishing Machine. I am excited to say that I am a part of the Desk PM testing group, a group of bloggers who have been given an “Alpha, Beta, Whatever You Wanna Call It!” version of the latest project by John Saddington, the Desk Publishing Machine. What is this awesome new app? Let me tell you a little bit about it while I use test the Desk Publishing Machine. ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: A Series- 3. Write.app

This is the third article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. A Small Introduction You've never heard of Write.app? That's ok, neither had I until I started to research this project! They tout themselves as a private, secure journal. I'm no security expert, but the resident contributors have verified that it is indeed secure, though not extraordinarily so. Their front page claims "256-bit SSL encryption with HSTS enabled" which is slightly above a standard security connection, but ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 2. OneDrive

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This is the second article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. I'm not a Microsoft fan whatsoever, but when I opened this series up to user entries, one of our readers mentioned he did his writing in OneDrive. Since I couldn't say no, I made a Microsoft account and jumped headfirst into OneDrive. I'll say this: it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Keep reading to check out some pros and cons from my time with OneDrive. ... Continue Reading

Stuff Church Techies Say: “I’ve Got This”

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Four months ago I had made a big change to my own blog where I went from a single blogger writing every day to an editor of five contributors. While I thought that I was finally taking the leap of faith to empower others to talk about technology from their experience and building up the church, the reality is that God was looking ahead. See how my mentality as a blogger of "I've got this" could have actually ended my blog if it was not for God's divine intervention? This has been the most ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 1. Writer

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This is the first article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. As I started writing for 78P, I started becoming dissatisfied with the layout of the Wordpress text editor. As a total noob, I kept finding myself distracted by all the poorly drawn icons and lack of portability. It ended up taking me way more time to write than I actually had to write! This doesn't mean that Wordpress is an ineffective text editor (it has actually improved a lot since I first started), it simply means ... Continue Reading

Decimate Writer’s Block: Never Run Out of Blogger Fuel

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You are sitting at your desk staring at a blank screen. A deadline is looming and your to-do list is growing like a hoarder's collection of newspapers. You put your hands on the keyboard and lightly tap your fingers in hopes that somehow words will appear on the page in coherent sentences. Nothing happens. Nothing. There are no words. There are NO WORDS!! What do you do? You're a writer/author/blogger and words are your currency. You can't live without words. And yet there are no ... Continue Reading

Repurposing Content [Free Images]

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Blogging can be a very difficult thing to do after a couple of months of writing. You first jump into blogging with a ton of ideas and can easily create 5, 10, or 50 blog articles, but eventually you hit a creative wall. While we always suggest that new, high quality content is the best option, sometimes you need to repurpose your content. One of the best ways to do this is taking old blog articles, updating the content, and putting it into new mediums. Below is a demonstration of such a case. ... Continue Reading