Odds & Ends – February 16, 2021

I hope your week is going well. We were set for 1/2 inch of ice last night that never materialized (thankfully), but are looking forward to another significant snowfall later this week. Here in Eastern Pennsylvania we’ve had rather mild winters lately, but this one has more than made up for it. If we have the kind of storm forecast for the region, it’ll push us well over 30 inches. For some of you, that’s very normal. But for us, that’s an unusual amount of snowfall.

Anyway, I had some random thoughts that I wanted to share with you.

A few weeks ago I read Thom Rainer’s latest book, The Post-Quarantine Church. It’s an easy read and can be finished in a couple of hours. I don’t think Rainer has any earth shattering observations, but I do think the book is helpful and would recommend it. In particular, he discusses the need for churches to prioritize meeting together once the pandemic is gone while at the same time using the many opportunities that being able to go online provide. I’d take a look if you have the opportunity.

How do you access this blog? Some blog readers have a list blogs in their browser’s bookmarks folder and click on each one. For a number of years I’ve been using a blog aggregator, which allows you to subscribe to as many blogs as you want and then automatically have the new stories from those you follow appear when you open the program. If you’re a Mac user, you will find several available. I use Reeder, available for the Mac, the iPhone, and iPad. It costs a couple of dollars, but it’s helpful and saves a ton of time. If you use Windows, here is a link to a list of RSS readers sorted by their rating. Pay attention to the dates (I would steer clear of older ones) and to whether they are paid or free. From what I can see, QuiteRSS and GreatNews look like good Windows options.

I recently stumbled upon Medium. Medium is an interesting tool that is kind of like a collection of blogs, but not quite. You select areas of interests and each day you get a series of articles to read on that area of interest. There’s all kinds of topics available. I like to read productivity-related stuff, so I’m paying the $5 per month for now. I doubt I’ll continue that for the entire year, but I may pop back in for a month here and there to see what’s new.

Finally, if you are on the lookout for royalty-free graphics and videos, let me point you to Pixabay. They have thousands of quality images and film clips for use without cost.

Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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