Unsplash.com – FREE [Do Whatever You Want] Hi-Resolution Photos.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this great resource! The title says it all: Do whatever you want with these beautiful hi-res photos for the incredible price of FREE!!!!!! They promise 10 new photos every 10 days. I’ve been using them at our church for design projects and the collection is big enough that it seems like there’s …

Standard Theme. 8BIT. A Private-Beta.

In the next few days you may notice some amazing, cool, bizarre, or just plain freaky stuff happening to my blog. THIS IS PERFECTLY NORMAL (or at least until Friday). My blog has not been hacked, cracked, or jacked. No. Instead, I’m beta-testing the coveted, brand-spanking new Standard 3.

Use CameraBag 2 To Smarten Up Your Blogging Workflow

As a blogger, you’ve got to learn to dabble in a few different areas to maintain a somewhat successful blog. WordPress, code, photo editors, and of course, social media sites. Since I manage a couple of blogs and sites, I am always looking for “tools” that will help me work smarter, not harder. One that has caught my attention lately …

Easily Enhance Your Visual Worship With iWorship Flexx Videos

A few weeks ago I was at a conference and during worship there were these incredible videos that accompanied a few of the songs. I thought that the video guys had pulled an all-nighter and created them. That wasn’t the case (thanks for your honesty Matt 🙂 ). I learned that they simply used Flexx videos. Here’s the basic idea: …

Some New Tools I’m Learning To Use in Worship Ministry

March was an extremely busy month. Not only did I start at a new church but I renovated my office (painted it and learned how to install hardwood flooring) and had to start commuting with/into Toronto traffic. Along with all this, I’m learning what it means to be an associate pastor and to also oversee the worship and young adult …

3 Easy Ways To Take Screenshots On Your Mac

A few days ago I had to show my pastor how to take screenshots on his mac. After showing him 2 common methods, I came across an awesome third method from iHospital. Here are all three methods: 1. To take a picture of your entire screen as it appears hold down the Command+Shift+3 keys in that order. You will hear …

Display Your Twitter Stream on a Big Screen – A Simple Tutorial

This past weekend I had the privilege of serving at the CAOG Roots ’11 Youth and Young Adult Convention. I was responsible for the programming of the main sessions as well overseeing all worship and creative aspects. Part of what I really wanted to do was to get a live twitter stream going whereby students can tweet using a simple …

Facebook: How to Set Up Secure Browsing (https) and Login Alerts

When it comes to the “world wide web”, If you are  remotely human, you try to be meticulous about your online accounts and login credentials (I use 1Password to easily manage these). Generally, after doing some online banking or some secret online birthday shopping for your wife, it’s a good idea to clear your browser’s cache, cookies, and history trail. …

Ultimate Guide to Importing a YouTube Video into a Keynote Presentation

“Jon, if you have time can you grab this video on YouTube for me? I need it for Keynote.” I have received this question several times as more and more of my “entourage” of friends and pastors are using Macs. If you own a Mac and use Keynote you are going to enjoy my Ultimate Guide to Importing a YouTube …

My Tech-list For Life, Ministry, Music, and Blogging

Being a musician, I’m used to sharing my gear-list, and I know that some of you would want to look at my tech-list for life, ministry, music, and blogging. Computers/Devices: 15″ Macbook Pro // 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (ministry, media/design, blogging) PowerMac G5 Quad Core 2.5 GHz // 20″ Cinema Display (music recording) Original iPhone – 1st gen, and here’s why (life, …