Worship Cohort, Belleville, Illinois

This afternoon, the Worship Cohort of the Belleville, Illinois area got together at Christ Church for its monthly meeting. We had a terrific time. There’s just something about gathering together with others of similar calling, talking through issues and celebrating successes together.

We had a time of worship and a couple of hours of discussion. I won’t go into what we talked about because we didn’t discuss sharing our conversations outside that choir room, but suffice it to say that we had liberty to push back on each other’s views without hurt feelings or fear of retribution. Just an open discourse on all things worship and gospel.

Ministry leaders: do you have a group of people with whom you exchange ideas?

I’ve Stepped Back. Apparently.

I sit here, unwinding from a long day, grateful that my family is home safe from a trip to Kentucky, just thinking…

Why haven’t I taken time to write lately?

I have a bunch of ideas in Evernote, ready to be fleshed out. And there is plenty going on in my life upon which I could comment.

Yet there has been little creative synaptic action in the NoCamo regard.

I could blame it on #NWLC11 (search that hashtag for posts on that subject) and the fact that I wrote so much during the conference.

I could pin it on my church going to two services this Fall and our Block Party coming up in a couple of weeks, and all the assorted busyness involved.

I could think of any number of reasons why I haven’t written anything in a while. I just think I’ve needed a breather. As a blog whose purpose is to seek Christian transparency, I need to be honest with myself and admit that I needed some time to step back from the blog and refresh my outlook.

I am still committed to this ministry (yea, I consider NoCamo a ministry). And I’m looking forward to restarting my blogging workflow.

Stay tuned, loyal NoCamo readers! You too, not-so-loyal ones! 🙂

A Corner with a View

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I decided to find a spot from which to work today that would not require any additional lighting.

The picture above is my view. You can see the window screen.

I read an article this morning about the history of man-made light and how it has shaped our society (I’ll update this post with a link later). It’s funny how I would read that article right after seeking a workspace with natural light.

I find myself increasingly enamored with a lack of technology in my life. Will this lead to a life of camping? Not likely. But I do find myself taking every opportunity to unplug, regroup, and embrace the real world.

I still love computers. I still love social media. I am still in awe of the wealth of information and opportunity provided by the devices that accompany us through life. But at the same time, I am more willing to justify my experiences away from a screen (typing this blogpost notwithstanding… does a 3.5″ screen count?).

Thoughts?

Field Trip Day

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I took the day off today to go on a field trip to the zoo with my son. I’m carpooling with another dad and we just stopped for gas. The sun is warm and it looks to be a great day.

I’m so thankful for the blessings of my life. Hope everyone else is having an awesome day as well!

Jon

Relying on the Unreliable

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It’s that red light that is the issue.

After several minutes on the phone with tech support, during which time it could not be determined whether our lack of Internet or TV was the result of a regional outage or equipment malfunction, we are still without service.

I continue to be amazed at just how much I RELY on technology. I’ve had to rethink several plans for the evening based on my inability to get online or watch a channel. So many things in my life are synced, uploaded, downloaded, or otherwise virtualized.

I am old enough to remember when a computer was a luxury and the Internet was still several of years away from full utilization. Were things different then? Yes. Better? In some ways. During forced offline times like tonight, I would say that simplicity has it’s benefits.

Of course, I’m writing this post, so I’m STILL technically online.

Hmm…

Sent from my iPhone.

The iBlog is Back

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In the early NoCamo days, I produced this website with iWeb. It looked ok, but I always lamented my inability to blog without being in front of that computer. So, when I wanted to post but was not near the iMac, I set up a page on the blog called the iBlog. I used the RSS feed from my Blogger site and posted to it with my Samsung Blackjack. Then, when I got back to the iMac, I reworked those posts in iWeb. It worked fairly well.

Now, I am all-in with WordPress and am grateful for what it provides. Including the WordPress for iOS app that I am typing on right now.

And that I used last night to document the death of bin Laden.

I’ve decided to bring the iBlog back. From time to time, I will take a picture wherever I am and record some thoughts. No fancy editing. No elaborate text manipulation or edited graphics.

Just thoughts manifested on a screen.

That’s what blogging is about, right?