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WandaVision's Power was in the Human, not the Superhuman

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:19 PM

What is grief, but love persevering? Disney+’s WandaVision is one of the best series I can recall gracing the small screen in decades and that question posed by the Vision (Paul Bettany) captures so much about what allows the show to be profound beyond the strictures of either of its roots: classic sitcoms and Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Live Streaming with Mevo

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:54 AM

Last year, I put together a little overview of using the Mevo line of live streaming cameras for churches rushing to do live streaming in the midst of the pandemic. Since then, Mevo also released a new camera with a lot of additional features. We haven’t been able to look at that new model yet, but below is the guide I put together last year, which still serves as a good entry point into the world of live streaming with Mevo.

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They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Anger? (March 8, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:43 PM
We have so much we feed our anger on: politics, our neighbors, pop culture, the world in general. Is that what God has called us to?
Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 10: Colossians)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:45 PM

This week, we turn to Colossians for encouragement from God’s Word.

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Buzzing About the Neat Worker Bee

A High Quality and Affordable Microphone

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:56 PM

My work has become highly dependent on live streaming since COVID hit. I wanted a good quality microphone to improve live stream quality without breaking the bank. I found a lot of options that were of uncertain quality, but affordable, and plenty of well known quality with a price to match. Then, I found something neat: the Neat Worker Bee.

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Tongues of Liar (March 1, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:43 PM

What does it mean to have a lying tongue? Why does the Proverb distinguish it from bearing false witness? Join me as we continue our series on Six Poisons from Proverbs 6.

The Thylacine

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:51 PM

From black to gold to black to gold to black
Adrift in the worn brush of wild’ness past
Not seen, not heard, not pawed upon soft grass,
No prey to catch, to chase through pitch and burrow,
The rotten stump, a boarder jet and blond,
No more remunes, for breath and sigh is lack.
Unseen amidst the wood and leafed wrack,
No rush to feast, no rush to hide from row.
Transfigured now but on a yellowed sheet,
The gold made white, no longer fur but line,
An acetate and alkaline marked brine,
The only echo left, long past last bleat.
Unless the beast still prowl, one fight is all to show:
A frayed print against forgetting’s undertow.

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 8: Job)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:32 PM

Melanie Haynes shares a thought provoking devotional thought this week from the story of Job. What are we to think when things go wrong?

Apple and Parler

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:00 PM

I hear a lot of consternation from quite a few people I know about Apple removing Parler. I’ve spoken out against deplatforming on a number of occasions — whether I agree with the views or find them distasteful — but I think this particular case is a more nuanced issue. I also suspect, if anything, Parler was given an extra long leash, not a short one. Here’s why I say that.

So far, I take Apple at their word, because I think they’ve earned it by years — or rather decades — of consistency. In the 12 years since the App Store was first offered, I’ve seen them remove both Left and Right leaning apps that, for example, fail to meet Apple’s standards for illegal content moderation. Most often this requirement has been invoked due to failure to moderate explicit or illegal drug related content — something much of Big Tech rarely seems to care about, but Apple consistently has.

I strongly believe Apple is sincere in saying Parler would be allowed back on if they implemented an effective form of moderation, something Parler actually agreed to do by submitting the app to the App Store in the first place. I doubt many people have read the App Store agreement every single app submitted is required to agree to, but the terms are clear and Parler was violating Apple’s terms of service (this wasn’t a new requirement Apple created).

Pastor Stemler

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:11 PM

I learned this afternoon of the death of one of the best pastors I’ve had a joy to know, Pastor Herbert Stemler. This is a photo of him and me from the night of my ordination in 2012.

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