Thursday, November 29, 2012

Geek Nerd Dork Dweeb Venn Diagram - Which are you?

I was in a deep discussion with a friend about whether I am a geek or a nerd.  It escalated when we brought others into the conversation and asked them which is worse and how they define those terms.  (One said a geek is someone who bites the heads off chickens!  I don't know where that came from.)

I did a little searching on the net and found this venn diagram.  I love the fact that someone took the time to research and do the venn diagram!  (What does that say about them?)

So, which are you?  I still think I'm a geek.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2013 Standard Mileage Rates Announced by IRS

Today the IRS announced the 2013 optional standard mileage rates beginning 1/1/2013.  They are:
  • $ .565 per mile for business miles,
  • $ .24 for medical and moving miles, and
  • $ .14 for charitable miles.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Article: Outlook Email Mail Merge

Outlook is a powerful tool. Mail merge (the tool that allows you to create one document, like a letter or an email, and send it to many people with their personalized information inserted throughout so that it feels as though it was written just to them) is also a powerful tool. Do you know how to do mail merge emails in Outlook! The article I just released to the publisher tells how.

Click here to read it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saying Thanks

Sometimes saying thanks isn't enough. At least, it doesn't feel like it's enough to the one saying it. It often is enough to the one being thanked, but to the one who is thankful, it seems like more needs to be said or done to express how thankful he or she is.

I feel that today-- thankful again for the privilege of serving the Creator of the Universe! It was about twenty-six years ago that he called us to serve his church; and there have been so many ways he has confirmed that call and blessed me since! Here's a partial list:
  • First, 37 years ago (eleven years before MBS) he saved me from a life that was destined to be wasted in prison or in an early death.
  • He planted me in a good church and gave me friendships that continue to shape me to this day.
  • He gave me a wife who is an absolute delight to be in life-partnership with, and a daughter who brings me great joy.
Okay, that's the personal stuff, here's some of the work/ ministry stuff:
  • He gave me an interest in computers back in the late 1960s, and developed in me an ability to see their value and then later to develop systems and methods necessary to make them a valuable tool he would eventually use in ministry.
  • He took a guy (me) that had nearly lost his ability to communicate because of too many psychedelic drugs, and made me an effective conference speaker; giving me the ability to communicate technical information in a way that non-technical people could use to make good decisions.
  • My college professors would be shocked to know that I have been published in print hundreds of times. I think they would all agree that it wasn't my ability, but clearly a miracle!
  • He has granted our little firm the privilege of helping to shape how technology is used in churches and ministries throughout the U.S., and even beyond!
  • He has granted us favor among hardware and software providers, allowing us to influence solutions through relationships with engineers and executives.
  • More recently, he has granted us the privilege of helping to lead The Church into the cloud by placing us in an awesome datacenter and letting us 'play' with some very sophisticated hardware and software.
On that last point I am thoroughly amazed. In fact, it's what woke me up tonight and has me writing now with such deep gratitude. You see, I felt his strong leading to pursue this direction (the cloud) a few years ago; but I was cautious. I let him lead me and speak to me, and I did my best to pay attention and to follow. But I was hesitant because of the investment involved.

So I worked out a business plan that could pay for itself with as few as six clients added per year. That became my hope! Just six clients each year. But the Lord was going to do-- and has done much more than that. We've been offering hosted servers and services in our datacenter for a year this month, and he has blessed us with so many clients (after all, it was his idea in the first place!) that this month we are significantly expanding our datacenter capacity.

I am thankful to be serving. Once again, the Lord has proven himself to be faithful and true. I am also thankful that our opportunity to serve doesn't rest on the shoulders of my brilliance (that would be a problem!), but on the brilliance of the One who called us into service twenty-six years ago this month.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 ChMS Article Released to Publisher!

We have the privilege of publishing the most authoritative and referred-to resource to help churches and ministries find the right church/ ministry management software solution for their needs.  I just released the newest version to the publisher, and you can read a free advance copy by clicking here!