God’s Not Dead: movie review

Saw the God’s not dead movie.  It was actually pretty good!  Im not usually a big fan of Christian movies, since they are usually cheesy…but this one wasn’t bad.

I appreciated the story, and the fact that the Newsboys were in it!

How does Romans 7 apply to me?

I have spent the last several days wrestling with Romans 7.  Paul, who is at this point a strong christian, is talking about his struggles with sin.  Not to say that Christians don’t struggle with Sin, but that he has realized how big of a deal it is.  Here is the passage:


“14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging waragainst the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.” – Romans 7:14-25


This verse describes my walk in life too.  I struggle with sin daily, and I try so hard to do what I know is right, but I don’t do it.  I especially like this discussion from JI Packer had with a young college student:

“Young man, Paul wasn’t struggling with sin because he was such a sinner.  Paul was struggling because he was such a saint.  Sin makes you numb.  People who sin over and over again become desensitized to sin.  The reason Paul’s “struggle” was so intense was not because he was caught in a web of sin, or because he thought of himself as hopelessly doomed to giving into the temptations that he faced.  Rather, it was because Paul lived a life so sensitive to the Holy Spirit and passionate about the glory of God that he intensely felt his sins whenever he became aware that he had committed a sin (since he was not, of course, sinlessly perfect.” – JI Packer


Thanks Paul for the example that I see in this passage and for showing me that Im not the only one!

Print Anything to any iOS5 device (without Airprint printer!) – Windows

If you HAVE to use Windows, here is the fix:

I was able to make Airprint work with IOS 5 !!! here is what you need to do :
First , if you had installed Airprint before and if the Airprint Service is still in your Service list ( you can check by running the command: services.msc ) you need to unregister it . (if not, download it and put it in program files.)

to do so type at the command Prompt  ( Make sure your run the command line as an administrator ) :


sc.exe delete Airprint


Now we are going to re-register the Airprint service but with a slight different Command option:

At the command line type the following 2 commands:


sc.exe create AirPrint binPath= “C:\Program Files\AirPrint\airprint.exe -R _ipp._tcp,_universal -s” depend= “Bonjour Service” start= auto


sc.exe start Airprint


at this point , you should now be able to see a list of your shared printers from your IOS 5 Device !


If you don’t see your Printer, make sure your firewall is not blocking port 631.


If you don’t see any lock icon next to your printer name, then you’re good to go !

If you see a lock icon next to the printer name, make sure you enable the guest account in windows

Once you enable the guest account , restart the Airprint service and Voila ! you now can print from your IOS 5 Device

Post WFX comments

Just got back from WFX.  This years conference was good and had many good points, but at the same time, over the past few years, they may have lost the plot a little.

Here are a few of my complaints from this year, along with suggested improvements:

1.  WFX 2011 was all about Video and Sound and Lights.  As a full time Church Tech, THERE IS MUCH MORE to church tech than Sound, Video, and Lights.  There is check-in / event registration software, software, computers, networking, security cameras, etc.   Where were those companies?  They used to attend.  The church “security pavillion” had ONE company there, and it was to get the church member to pay for its own background check.  That is not a “Security” section.  WFX needs to go after those companies, and invite them back.  We are not getting the full aspect of Church Tech, just the Audio and Video and Sound stuff which seems to be their new focus.


2.  Banks / Finance Companies.  As a church tech, I could care less about whats available for church financing.  I don’t need or want to be chased down the aisle by the banks asking me questions I don’t know how to answer.


3.  Vendors / Sales people.  What can I say about them other than I go to the expo to browse, and if I have a question, I’ll ask.  High pressure sales is a real turn off, and the opposite of going to a booth and getting ignored is also not good.   There needs to be balance, and heres a thought, maybe the vendors could be techs too?


4.  Expo Organization.   There is no rhyme or reason to the expo floor.  It seems that sound companies would be together, and lights, and security, and computer, and software, etc.  That way I could visit the sections I am interested in / or need info on without having to go though a bunch of stuff I don’t need or want to see.


5.  Hands-On Classes that had no Hands-On.  I signed up for 4 Hands on classes this year. Only one was actually hands on.  The computer graphics and Video editing classes didnt even have computers in the rooms.  It was a lecture class instead, and while i can still learn that way, its not what I signed up for.  Also, Computer graphics for worship class was a “how to use propresenter” class, and people who dont use propresenter were completely duped.


6.  Class selection / availability.  There also was a lack of different types of classes.  Again, LOTs of video and Audio classes.  But nothing different, or fresh.  Same stuff.  And it was really slim pickings if you didn’t preregister.  I saw lots of guys who had to wait and come late since there weren’t any other good classes except the supposed Hands On ones.


7.  Facility / Food / Parking.   The Atlanta Cobb facility blows Dallas away.  Atlanta has free parking, not $10 per day.  Also, its close.  The food selection, well frankly, it sucked.  You could buy a $6 hot dog, or hamburger, and a $3.75 bottle of pop.  At Atlanta, there is many choices and varieties in ALL PRICE RANGES.  Atlanta facility is also, MUCH easier to access from outside the attached hotel.


What I liked (a Lot):


1. Keynote speakers, especially Jud Wilhite.  The info we get in the keynote is way above the info from some of the classes.  Getting a ministry perspective on it, good job!


2.  Worship concert.  Drew Bodine was really good, and unlike years past, sung songs that a majority of churches actually know and can sing along too.  Good Job!


3.  EMails / Communications.  I felt that WFX did a spectacular job communicating with us.  My phone got emails every day discussing what was happening.  There were QR codes that would give schedules and class reviews, etc.  Communications were great!  Good Job!


A couple more random thoughts:


1. One of the things I like to do is network with other techs, and hear how things are going for them.  I would like to see an emphasis on that some too.  And a way to hang and chat with others in my position.  Maybe some open forum stuff.

2. Another thing is that its not about the Gear!  WFX kinda forgets that in some aspects, and it should be emphasized to a smaller, poorer church that they can do a great job for God with what they already have, they just have to get creative!  I like to say, its not about perfection its about Good enough.


In closing, not a bad week, and we’ll see if the addition of Unite will change anything for the better at WFX next year.  See ya there!