The 10 best iPad apps


Here are the 10 iPad I can’t live without. They are the first apps I install on any new iPad or IPhone I buy.

Feedly – I was a google reader fan and used Mr. Reader on my iPad with google closing the doors on google reader I have made the switch to Feedly the transition was seamless. I love the layout options and experience Feedly provides. I blogged about the switch to feedly here.

Downcast – Love how this app makes the listening subscribing and function of podcast infinitely easier than apple does. It allows you to stream content saving space on my device. I can also download episodes for offline enjoyment.

Agenda – This is an alternative to the native iOS Calendar application. I like its simple and elegant interface much better. It is just more intuitive to me. (I also use it on my iPhone.) It connects directly to Google Calendar, which is what I use to manage my appointments.

Mailbox – This to is an alternative to the native iOS application called mail. I like that it forces me to deal with mail in an organized fashion without allowing them to be buried in a folder somewhere. Mailbox has a clean simple workflow that if you use gmail you must use this app it’s fantastic.

Evernote – I love Evernote – I use evernote to for tons of things from cataloging messages, illustrations, book notes to keeping copies of my receipts and even a copy of my passport should be abroad and lose it, I will always have a copy handy.

New City Catechism – This app was created by Redeemer Church in New York City. Keller and his team created a 52 week catechism based on  The Heidelberg Catechismof 1563 and Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms of 1648. The app is beautifully laid out and easy to use. Our family goest through it together over dinner.

Kindle Reader –  Love reading books on my iPad mini. It is the perfect size I have used an actual kindle reader but most often prefer my ipad. The reason I prefer the iPad as a Kindle reader is because I use Evernote to log my notes on a book and use Drafts to send out quotes to all my social media sources. Here is a great article from Michael Hyatt on importing highlight from your Kindle books into Evernote.

Drafts – In Drafts you can get that text down quickly and decide what to do with it later. Extensive output options let you send text to Twitter, Facebook,, email, SMS, a Calendar event, quickly save it to Dropbox or Evernote – or forward it to a growing list of other Apps such as OmniFocus, Things, Fantastical, Byword, Sparrow and more. Customize actions to fit into any workflow.

YouVersion Bible – One of the first apps available on the iPhone was YouVersion by I love what they have done with this app and how they continue to improve it. I use it in church and I use the Bible reading plans for my daily reading at home. – I use for storing and sharing files rather than dropbox because I find Box sharing abilities much more flexible  I also downloaded the iPad app a few months back and got 50gb of storage for life.


Branding your ministry 101.


We rebranded thankfully in 2008 my primary concern was the elimination of all a.c.r.o.n.y.m.s. I hope you are not offended by this but I hate all things acronym. I know that that is risky to put on a blog since the NSA will read this and they themselves are an acronym. It seems that the debate of rebranding is centered around functional vs. fun. We tried to accomplish both.

Here was my thought process in our rebranding.

1. What is the direction of our church – Our church was about to rebrand and so we couldn’t name our kids church after our big church. Plus some churches should name their kids after their big church because well their big church name is a bit much (greater highway deliverance ministry kids?) I digress. What reflects the vision and values of the church.

2. Does it help parents? – When I took over our preschool we have classes like Navigators, Explorers and Discoverers I for the life of me could not keep them straight and sent lots of kids to the wrong rooms. To fix this when we rebranded and picked a theme for our kids church I chose names that could have numbers. 2nd Ave. – 2 year olds – 3rd Street – 3 year olds – Rte. 5 – 5 year olds. our 5, 6, 7th grade Junction 567 – It makes sense to new people because they know how old their kids are. I haven’t misdirected a kid yet.

3. Is it fun? – Parents remember utilitarian names kids embrace fun ones. So to have a combination of both we did the practical names like 4th ave. But I didn’t want kids to invite other kids to their class. I wanted them to invite them to a broad-based experience so we named the whole thing Uptown. Uptown covers everything from birth to 6th grade. It’s fun and it’s all kids have to remember it also will be all they will ever have to remember.

4. Know your area – For us not being in the bible belt but in crucifix alley being a protestant non-denominational church having a different name than the name of our church is a plus in that we reach kids without preconceived ideas from parents.

It is our desire to preach Jesus to kids and parents alike. So rather than be cute our goal is how can we be effective and glorify God in all we do. Far to many churches try and be cute because they believe that cuteness draws people while this may be true cuteness doesn’t transform lives and change hearts that is a work that only Christ can do.

So name things and name them well.

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Matt Chandler’s latest book “Explicit Gospel”

I just downloaded this book and have not had the chance to listen to it. I have listened to many of Chandler’s messages and his gospel centered, direct, humor infuse messages always force me examine my heart. I am looking forward to diving into this book and thought I would pass on the freeness you as well. I hope you download it.




Yancy’s new CD has a very cool app

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Yancy just came out with a brand new CD and now she has an amazing app that accompanies it.

When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?

So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parent teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children? Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:

• Sam Luce
• Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)
• Gina McClain
• Beth Guckenberger
• Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)
• Johnny Rogers (KidMo)
• Jonathan Cliff
• Jenny Funderburke
• Jason Martin
• Jen Galley
• Sara Richards
• Brian Dollar (High Voltage)
Amanda White from did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.


• iPhone

• iPad

• Android – t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS55YW5jeW5vdG5hbmN5LnJvb3RzNDYyIl0.


• iTunes