New Deacon Magazine Article: Why the Future Matters

I think one of the most edifying things for a writer is seeing their words in actual print.  I get giddy with excitement whenever something I wrote shows up in my mailbox for me to thumb through.  LifeWay's magazine cycle is WAY ahead, so typically you're writing almost three quarters ahead of time.  This article that I wrote for Deacon Magazine, "Why the Future Matters" then got delayed an issue, so this article has been waiting for just over a year to see print.  Welcome to the world, little sliver of my thoughts; I hope your readers like you! Deacon Magazine Future Article
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Magazines!

Magazines!

That's right!  This past week, Aaron became an officially publisher writer!  The first magazine that came was Deacon (which you can purchase a copy of here) featuring my article on Blogging, Pornography and your Church's Website.  It took almost a year to get here (I wrote it in June of 07!), but it's quite the excitement to see my article all dolled up with graphics and real ink.
Deacon Magazine Article
I then recieved my copy of Collide Magazine!  For them I wrote a piece on satellite churches.  I have to say, the design and content of Collide Magazine is really top-notch.  These guys get it.  I'm also proud to mention that I turned in my second article for them today, on churches using Facebook apps.
Collide Magazine Article
One of the great things about writing these articles is that I'm getting to interact with awesome guys who are real pioneers in using media and technology to help build relationships.  It's a bit odd to be "the press," but it's also incredibly fun to get to hear these stories and passions and broadcast their message of quality, relationship and innovation out to a much larger audience. As a follow up to my "Launching Satellites" article for Collide, I also was contacted by Ka You Communications about their installation of the satellite service for McLean Bible Church (one of the churches featured in the article, along with Long Hollow and North Coast Church).  I encourage you to check out these churches to see the ways they are pioneering in mulit-site campus thought, and bridging the gap between church and local communities. Seeing these articles in print really is an awesome feeling.  For anyone who is struggling with writing, let me tell you that it's worth it to keep knocking on doors and trying to put yourself out there to write.  One of the reasons I try to keep this blog rolling is to keep my fingers typing and writing things out.  With both magazines it took a while for the editors and I to connect and find the right topic for my knowledge base and their audience, but in the end it's worked out great and I hope to be a regular contributor to both of them. Now I'm wondering how my short story pitch to Asimov's is doing...
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My first Futures article sent off to the magazine...

I just finished up my first Futures related article that will see print.  Written for Deacon Magazine by LifeWay, the article covers the very basics of Futures research and study: why we should do it and a few short paragraphs on how.  I would love to push out the "how" a little further, but I was limited to 1200 words (I wrote over 1400, like usual).  Here's to hoping this article makes and impact and helps get the church thinking/talking about what the future might be.
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My First Article going to Print!

Way back in June of 2007, I was contracted to write an article for Deacon Magazine.  LifeWay works on a very far ahead schedule for their magazines and that first article I was contracted for should be out this coming quarter's edition of the magazine. Mid-January I was contracted to write for Collide Magazine.  A couple of days ago, Scott McCellan announced on the Collide blog that the March/April issue of the magazine (with my article on multi-site church technology in it) went to press.  It's exciting to finally know that a piece that I worked on is on it's way in the mail to my hands. Hooray!  You can subscribe to the magazine here. In other freelance news, Deacon Magazine has contracted me for a Futures-related article.  This is incredibly exciting for me as Futures research for the church/technology is where I'm heading a few years down the road.  I'm in the Futures degree program at University of Houston, so it's pretty awesome to be able to write about the topic already.  Not sure how I'll crush my thoughts down to 1200 words... but we'll see how it goes!
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