Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-04-09

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This is not a good speed to be going when you’re on the interstate.

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Filed Under (CITRT, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-04-06

Editors note: If you’re looking for a more superficial post on the technical details of MinistryTECH and the Spring RoundTable, move along now. That is NOT what this is going to be.

Warning: Deep Philosophical Stuff Ahead

The last four days have just flew by and I’m sad that MinistryTECH and the Spring RoundTable are now over. I always leave these times together with a heavy heart, much like the heavy heart I had Monday morning of this past week when I boarded Delta flight 47 to head back home from Moscow, Russia. There is just something so incredibly special about the relationships that are formed and strengthened at a CITRT event.

We had several first-timers this week and I’d love for some of you to leave a comment on your impressions. Someone usually asks the question “What was the most meaningful thing about this event for you?” and since 9/10 of us are hardcore geeks who thrive on the latest and greatest shiny gadgets, the answer usually surprises me. It comes in different forms and worded in different ways, but it all boils down to one thing: The People. And “The People” doesn’t just mean our “A-Listers” like Tony Dye, Jason Powell, Clif Guy, and Jason Lee – it’s the effect of the full group all meeting together and encouraging one another while discussing technology and spiritual things. It’s been said before, but I’ll repeat it here: We really have something special here! Sure, we have the common bond of technology and things surrounding it, but I honestly think if we took that away today, we would still have a great community and still be friends.

I wish there was a better way to let all of you know what an encouragement you are to me – both professionally and spiritually. I consider it an honor anytime I get to participate in (or even just listen to) “big picture” conversations like I did last night at dinner with Clif, Tony, JasonL, and JasonP and again this morning over breakfast with Tony and JasonP. I truly feel that my thoughts and opinions are valued and I always walk away feeling blessed by knowing all of you. I really look forward to the day when I can join you guys in ministry.

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Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2008-04-04

A little over three year’s ago, I partnered with my credit union to purchase a new ride. It was a four-year loan and the first payment was made on March 28 in 2005.

Since January, we made additional payments on principal on two different occasions and just a few moments ago, I got to make an awesome phone call. I called my friend Matt who works at one of the credit union’s branches and had him transfer the funds to pay off the car note – a full one-year early. So far, it seems surreal, but when the title comes in the mail next week, there will be some shouting at my mailbox!

I must first thank God for setting Bonnie and I on the right financial course about 15 months ago, Dave Ramsey and FPU for helping us get really focused about five months ago, my employer for their weekly contributions to my bank account, and last but certainly not least, my wife for her continuous encouragement and partnership as we inch our way towards financial freedom.

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Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-04-02
Seat 19A

Seat 19A,
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I think this is going to be one very noisy plane ride.

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