About the author  ⁄ Kevin Purcell

Kevin Purcell is a pastor, writer, tech enthusiast, and sports fan. He currently writes for GottaBeMobile, Christian Computing Magazine, and pastors High Peak Baptist Church. He blogs at KevinPurcell.org.

MediaShout 6 Worship Software Review

MediaShout recently released a major update to their worship presentation software giving MediaShout 6 a cleaner and more tightly integrated user-interface. They’ve streamlined the process of editing the slides users create speeding up the process of importing lyrics and working with other slide show elements like Bible passages. They also Liturgies, a new kind of Cue that creates what many churches call a responsive reading, where the leader and congregation read scripture together out loud. ...

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iPhone 5 Enhancements for Ministry

Last month, Apple released the sixth iPhone which garnered millions of preorders and tons of media attention. Although there’s been a storm of attention, Apple didn’t really make a lot of changes to the iPhone itself, except in a couple of ways that users don’t really like. I agree with one, the weakening of an already weak Maps app. I disagree with the other one that users often complain about – the change from a 30-pin dock connector to the new 9-pin Lightning connector. iPhone 5 Screen Size The Apple iPhone 5 got a beautiful redesign with a taller 4-inch ...

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Interview With Stephen Johnson, CEO of OliveTree Bible Software

Stephen Johnson took over as CEO of OliveTree Bible Software when founder Drew Haninger retired. I was able to interview him via email recently. I published a longer version of this in Christian Computing Magazine and the full text of the interview unedited and raw can be read at www.kevinpurcell.org. KP: When did you become the CEO and how? SJ: I became CEO on July 9th, 2012. We had a company meeting and announced the transition. At the meeting I spent some time talking about “What We do Matters.” We don’t just create Bible software to let people study the ...

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Nexus 7 vs. iPad: Tablet World Heats Up

The tablet world really heated up this summer as Google released the Nexus 7 Tablet running Android’s newest operating system, Jelly Bean. Apple released their new iPad in March and it sold a bunch. Amazon will likely release new versions of their once popular Kindle Fire, which found its way under a lot of Christmas trees last year. So, what’s the best tablet to use in the church world these days? My first tablet ran Windows XP, sported a tiny screen and little keys on either side of it and gave me about two hours of battery life if I ...

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