Level Up Podcast - Episode 03

Level Up Podcast: 03 Stop Looking At Porn

If you have been reading this blog much this year, you know that we are not only taking a position against pornography, but also actively engaging in the conversation from a church technology standpoint. This podcast honestly less of something that we could do and more like a dream fulfilled. In pushing for people to stop looking at pornography, we have not explicitly discussed how the church technology team could do so and that is what this podcast episode addressed. No frills, no beating around the bush. We go right for the heart of this topic, so be prepared to feel a little uncomfortable, more empowered, and challenged to take up the cause yourself.

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Blackmagic Design Television Studio & Scalers

Blackmagic Design Television Studio & Scalers

In a recent installation project for a church, I learned a very valuable lesson about the Blackmagic Design Television Studio video switcher (BMD TVS) and how it interacts with scalers and other equipment.

The TVS expects either 720p or 1080i/p video content and it’s extremely specific about what it accepts or doesn’t accept.  For example, if you are trying to feed a 1366×720 signal from a scaler to the TVS, it will not be able to compensate for the difference (720p HD is 1280×720).  It will simply display a black screen.  Likewise, if you are feeding a 1920x108060p signal, it won’t be able to compensate because it’s expecting 1920×1080/59.94p.

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5 Ways To Gurantee Your Church Website Fails

5 Ways To Guarantee your Church Website Fails

My first car was an old BMW 533i. That car made me fall in love with the BMW brand, they are just a great car in my opinion. I have not had a beamer since then but recently was shopping for a used car. Surprisingly I found several new(ish) BMW’s in my low budget price range.

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VLOG - How Church Techies Can Minister To Leadership About Porn

How Church Techies Can Minister To Leadership About Porn

This is the seventh article in the series The Fight Against Porn series.

Filtering Internet at church is more than just setting up software for the church technology ministry. If we are owning the cause to fight against pornography, then we need to have a loving follow up conversation with people when they do look at porn. But how do you confront someone if they are church leadership? We have a couple of ideas for you to make the conversation go a little smoother.

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Case Study- Updating The Sanctuary Tech [part 1]

Case Study: Updating The Sanctuary Tech [part 1]

Below is a description of how Fort Bragg Seventh-day Adventist Church went from a system with some components dating back 30 years to a new easier-to-use and highly capable and integrated AV system.

When I visited the church earlier this year, I was dumbfounded at what I saw; a small niche had been built into the wall of the sanctuary and this is what constituted the tech area (see image below). It was made clear that this system was out of date when they acquired it and it’s been limping along ever since.  It was painfully clear that a new integrated system would be needed.  The church as a body was motivated and eager to upgrade and while it did take several weeks to design the exact system they would need, once it was proposed, the church board approved it immediately and the equipment was ordered.

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Designers Listen Up! Learn to Speak the Language of Your Leadership

The other week I wrote an article where I picked on pastors and church leadership a little when it comes to working with us not-so-easy-to-work-with designers.

Well it would just not be fair to let the creative fold off the hook in addressing issues when it comes to a healthy and functioning ministry relationship.

As stated in my article about the most overlooked church media the communication and understanding of the leadership for designers is paramount in effectively creating quality work for your ministry. To take it a step further – I would be so bold to say that most of the issues in this relationship are often caused by the designer or creative volunteer.

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VLOG - 3 Easy Blog Tips That Will Improve Your Content

3 Easy Blog Tips That Will Improve Your Content

If you are running a blog for yourself, your ministry, or your church, you are probably always looking for aways to improve the content and get more eyes on it too. For some bloggers, that means improving SEO. While SEO is good to an extent, there is a ceiling on it before it becomes too gimmicky and manipulative.

I want to give you three easy blog tips that will improve your blog’s content and get more readers to your site. These 3 tips are so easy you can implement them today and will immediately improve your traffic and content quality.

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