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CinePro – An iPhone App You Need to Check Out

May 23, 2012

I used to tote around my Canon D-SLR camera with me everywhere. Interchangeable lens, external flash, batteries, CF cards, and the whole deal. Then something crazy happened. I got an iPhone 4 years ago, and the camera I have used 95% of the time is not my Canon D-SLR but my iPhone. Having said that, I’ve looked for great camera apps for creative iphonography and enjoyed great new developments in recent years.

However, I haven’t seen many apps that address iphone videography. That is, until now.

A friend of mine has been developing an app that will give your iPhone professional features for video capturing and editing.  CinePro, which launched just yesterday, is the iPhone videographer’s one-stop app. Whether a novice capturing home video or looking to for mobile videography to share on social networks, this app delivers on numerous levels, including adjustments for exposure, ISO, filters, aspect ratio, frame rate, focal length, and white balance. How cool is that? Additionally, you can share directly from the app to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or upload it to a Dropbox account.

For a limited time, the CinePro app is available 60% off at just $1.99. If you are looking to expand your videography potential via the iPhone, that’s two bucks worth investing. After all, how often are you going to be carrying around your D-SLR or camcorder? 🙂

2010 Band of Blogger Rewind – Photos

April 16, 2010

Chuck Heeke, one of the stellar photographers of Sojourn Church, came out and snapped some images of the 2010 Band of Bloggers gathering.  Be sure to check out his photo album on Flickr.  Thank you Chuck!

Here are some photos I took with my iPhone from the 2010 Band of Bloggers. More here.

POTW :: Swingin

April 9, 2010

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Aiden had his first shot at the neighborhood swings, and needless to say, he loved it.  I’ve had some sweet moments with the boys this week, and I pray that I will always have front-row seats to watch them grow up.

My heart has been heavy all week with the passing of Michael Spencer.  I’m glad he is with Jesus.  Please continue to pray for his wife Denise, his children, and those whom he ministered to in Oneida, KY.

For those heading to 2010 Together for the Gospel in Louisville, I look forward to (re)connecting with many of you.  The Band of Bloggers gathering is ready to go with over 2,400 books ready to be given away, but more importantly spending time with a couple hundred gospel-centered folk discussing a very important topic (Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity).  I’m looking forward to a great time next week.

Speaking of next week, I will probably not be able blog much due to a packed schedule, but I will try to give regular updates on twitter (including pics) and toss up more photos on Flickr.

Grace and peace.

POTW :: Miromar

April 2, 2010

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I suppose I’m not the only who is experiencing crazy moments this time of the year.  Lots going on.  The photos above are from a much-needed family outing to Miromar Outlets. My wife loved getting good deals kiddos. Nolan loved it because they had monster water fountains everywhere. I loved it because I got to race the two-seater stroller around on a gorgeous afternoon.

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POTW :: Tubing

March 26, 2010

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Yesterday morning, my wife and I took our 10-month-old son to the hospital to have tubes put into his ears.  He has had ear infections since mid-January, and over the course of the past three months fluid has continued to develop and worsen in his little ears.  From the testimony of others we are hopeful that this procedure will cause a dramatic difference in his health and sleep (and our sleep as well!).

Another exciting first was big brother’s first spend-the-night as a result of the early procedure.  From what I was told, Nolan was walking around the Ascol house, calling out “Oh Pastor Tom!” in his high pitched voice. Nolan is still working that John Deere tractor around the house like a man on a mission. The only thing that seems to be stopping him is the battery life and occasional shrub action.

The 2010 Band of Bloggers is right around the corner, and next week I will be revealing all the little goodies each attender will be receiving.  There is still room, though it is filling up fast.  I will go ahead and say it here first that each person will walk away with over $200 in books/resources. But shhh, that’s our little secret. Register now!

On the Grace front, we are voting on the continued development of our community group emphasis by providing more structure for sharing life together and learning to live as missionaries in our own communities.  Over the past five months, we have seen considerable growth in attendance (50% increase) and are working heard to develop a more effective process for assimilation and follow-up of those who are being engaged with the gospel.  Please pray for us if you think about it.

There’s so much more random stuff to mention, but it’ll have to wait for another week.  May the grace of God abound to you through the triumphant work of Jesus on the cross and in your heart.

POTW :: Back Again

March 20, 2010

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Man, it has been probably a year or more since I have done a POTW.  As much as I love photography, it has been one of those things that gets laid aside when you have these two little ones by your side. 🙂  For those who do not know, I usually give a little personal update in my POTW posts.  And as far as photos go, the majority of them will be coming from my iPhone, so the picture quality will not be great.

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Aiden Clark

May 10, 2009

Thank you, all, for joining me in prayer for Aiden.  I’ve created a photo set for Aiden on Flickr where I’ll be posting pictures of him in the future.  Here are some I’ve posted thus far.

POTW :: aidenclark

April 10, 2009

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On Monday of this week, I set out to catch a sunset only to see the sun play hide-and-seek behind the clouds, so I went over to the Cape Coral Marina to see what I could capture (the goal was to come up with potential postcard pics).  The pics above are from that brief photog excursion.

On to other news, we have finally decided on the name for our second son (due in less than five weeks!).  His name is Aiden Clark.  The middle name comes from my wife’s dad whose middle name is Clark, and Aiden comes from A.W. Tozer (his full name is Aiden Wilson).  Early in my theological journey, God used the writings of Tozer to impact my thinking on a God-centered trajectory and to live dangerously for the glory of God.  Aiden means “little fire” and perhaps comes from the first person to have that name–St. Aidan of Lindisfarne.  St. Aidan lived in the 7th century and was known for his passion to plant churches and excellency in theological education.  St. Aidan is credited as being the first missionary to the English-speaking world. I pray that God would fan this “little fire” and make him a great missionary theologian for the cause of Jesus Christ!

On the church front, things have been going rather well. Grace is planting a church about 30 minutes east of Cape Coral, and I have spent the last six weeks working with the core group and launch team as we are working through a study on Acts developed by Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church (which is excellent!).  I am also continuing a series focusing on Matthew 10 (Sending of Our Savior) this Sunday night, dealing with the relationship of prayer to the mission.  By the way, if you have not checked out the spiritual warfare sermon series Tom Ascol has been preaching, you need to check it out.

The 2009 Band of Bloggers registration is officially closed. We have 215 registered, and I’m excited to be able to give over 2,000 books away due to the generosity of several publishers.  The theme is Servants & Stewards based off of 1 Cor. 4:1.  The Gospel Coalition has been super helpful in working with me in attempting to put this event together.  Those who come will not be disappointed.

Finally, I have created a YouTube channel for the family since I recently made this purchase.  About the size of my iPhone, I am able to capture HD video, transfer, edit, and upload in less than 30 minutes.  I can’t wait to see what this little gadget can do.  A little confession though: I am having serious reservations of posting video clips with me talking to my son in a high-pitched voice.  Until I start sounding more manly, you will not hear a peep from me. 🙂

POTW :: firsthaircut

March 13, 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, we took Nolan for his first haircut.  As you could imagine from the photos, it lasted all but of maybe five minutes.  The first and last photos are a before and after shot from the backseat of the car.  Things are going well on the family front, and Dusti is now 31 weeks in on baby Brister #2.  We still haven’t decided on a name, although several friends have proudly nominated their names in honorary fashion.

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  It’s my first attempt to complete a triathlon.  I’m generally in decent shape, but I have not trained regularly at all for this race, so I’m really nervous about how my body will perform.  The race starts Saturday morning at 8:00AM, and I am in the third wave to hit the water (@ 8:15am).  Plans are to leave Cape Coral at 2:00AM and drive four hours to Orlando and arrive just in time for registration, body marking, and walking through transitions.  I believe there will be a live-streaming of the race available here starting at 7:30AM.  And while I’m tempted to live-tweet the race, I think I will pass because I will be in survival mode most of the time. 🙂

Last but not least, I’ve got a favor to ask of you.  SBC Voices (actually Tony Kummer) is putting on the SBC Blog Madness where you vote for your favorite SBC blogs.  I’m in the “Eastern Division” and have to compete against the world-renowned iMonk.  So if you would be so kind as to go over there and vote for me, I’d really appreciate it!  Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll try to post some pics of the race soon.

Grace and peace.

POTW: The County Fair

March 6, 2009

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Some of you may be wondering why I have not done any picture of the week posts in the last couple of months.  A big reason for that is my dog jumped on my PC laptop and knocked it on the floor, damaging the screen.  I have no photo-editing software on the MAC, and I shoot all my images in RAW format. So anyway, a very generous couple from Grace gave us an external monitor which has allowed me to utilize my old PC and the software on it, hence the pictures above.

Speaking of these pictures, they are from this past Tuesday at the county fair here in Lee County.  Nolan is now 14 months old and walking like a wobly wild man.  Dusti is nearly 30 weeks in her pregnancy, and we still have not decided on a name for that boy.  The photographer in me wanted to take a monopod or tripod and spend a couple of hours doing long-exposure shots with all the motion and lighting, but alas, the daddy in me won out, resulting in watching pig races, petting billy goats, and riding the merry-go-round–all of which was quite fun I must say. The pictures of the lights above where my only takes at trying to capture long-exposure, attempting to use Nolan’s stroller as a “quadopod.”  Didn’t go too well. 😦

So yeah, today is March 6, and you know what that means? I am officially 19,951 days old.  Some of you may recognize that as being 30 years and 1 day old.  I woke up wondering if I had any gray hair or the need to see a chiropractor. So far so good. Before long, I might blend in with the folk at the SBC Annual Meeting. 🙂  By the way, any of you young chaps going?  I’m tempted to sport my Ahmedinejad look.  Still not sure though.

But today also marks the daily countdown to my first attempt at completing a triathlon which happens a week from tomorrow. That’s right. And you know what?  My training has been an epic FAIL.  But I’m going to try it anyway.  I still haven’t run once this year.  I’ve swam about five times, and rode a good bit.  Here’s to putting it all together and making it out alive!  I’m going to see if I can drag a couple of guys up to Orlando to live-tweet the excitement.

Ah, I miss these POTW posts.  There’s so much to say and so little space and time.  I’m hoping to transition to a new template and self-hosting on WordPress soon, so if you come here and everything looks different, you’ll know why.  I am also looking to post some thoughts on my life with Grace, especially given that this past week marked one year that I came down here in view of coming on staff with the church.  If you want to keep up with the boring details of my daily updates, go here.  At least you will see more pictures.

Happy Birthday Nolan!

December 18, 2008

This time one year ago, I was sitting in the labor and delivery room watching the contraction meter anxiously awaiting the birth of our precious little boy.  The journey as a father and the beginning of our family has been an incredible ride! I will never forget the first seconds of seeing Nolan, and I pray that ever look since then has been and will continue to be filled with gratitude to God, love for my son, and joy in my heart.

I thought I’d share ten of my favorite photos from this past year.  Thanks to all of you who have been so fun, supportive, and encouraging over the past year!

Happy Birthday Nolan! Mommy and daddy love you very much!

Nathan Finn on Calvinism and Cooperation

December 9, 2008

Over recent years, there have been a number of attempts at labeling Calvinists and non-Calvinists in the SBC. I have referred to Calvinists and those who are Calvinistic (not five-point Calvinists), and on the other side to non-Calvinists and anti-Calvinists. My last post revealed some of the results from continued anti-Calvinism, and in the article prior to that I made the case that their latest agenda includes a redefinition of terms along with false labeling.

In light of this, I am happy to see that Nathan Finn has resurrected and slightly adapted an article he wrote earlier this year entitled “Some Thoughts on Calvinism and Cooperation.” In his article, Finn accurately notes four kinds of Baptists (with excerpts):

1. Non-cooperative non-Calvinists

“Non-cooperative non-Calvinists tend to misrepresent the convictions of Calvinists (Calvinists aren’t evangelistic) and use incorrect labels when discussing Calvinism (”hyper-Calvinism,” “militant Calvinism”). Though there are some well-known Southern Baptists that probably fit into this category, I suspect it is a minority position among well-read non-Calvinists. Non-cooperative non-Calvinism is an extreme position and is a threat to the future of the SBC itself, not just Calvinism within the Convention.”

2. Cooperative non-Calvinists

“Calvinism is not a threat to the convention, but plays a prophetic role in speaking out against much of the silliness and shallowness in the SBC, even if Calvinism does not always provide the best solution for those problems. . . . This is a reasonable position that will aid the Convention in building upon the foundation of the Conservative Resurgence as we move toward a Great Commission Resurgence.”

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Louisville on Two Wheels

November 11, 2008

bikeCycling can be a dangerous sport.  In fact, it can be a deadly sport.  Roughly 700 cyclists are killed each year due to vehicle accidents.  Just last week, a cyclist here in SW Florida was killed in a hit-and-run.  On Oct. 4 of this year, a young lady by the name of Jennifer Futrell was killed while riding her bike in Louisville.  My good friend and fellow cyclist, Dan Canales, has since begun a project called Louisville on Two WheelsDan writes,

This blog is dedicated to all of our friends who have died while cycling.  Thousands of Louisvillians take to the streets every day, some out of necessity, some in pursuit of fitness and some for the sheer joy of riding.  This blog is not a place to point fingers. This is not a place for anger.  This is a blog to share the lives of those who ride the streets,  the faces and the places they live, the streets they ride, and the roads we all share.

What I love about this project is that Dan is taking his two hobbies–photography and cycling–and using them to bless the city and reach out to fellow cyclists.  He has identified with brokenness in culture and is seeking to redeem it using the gifts he has to encourage cyclists and represent Jesus.  We’ve all got hobbies, talents, and passions we enjoy.  Most of the time they serve our own purposes.  Dan is an example to me (and hopefully others) of how to use them to bless others.  May God grant him grace and bless his little project–Louisville on Two Wheels.

POTW :: sanibelsunset

October 19, 2008

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A couple of weeks ago, the elders and deacons (and wives) spent a weekend together for prayer, leadership development, and fellowship.  Having returned from the restaurant, this was all I could catch of the sunset that night (which was amazing).  Having only 30 seconds to catching the last seconds of the sunset, I was pleased with the outcome.  You can view more photos on my Flickr page.  By the way, has anyone else noticed the changes on Flickr?  Makes me want to start posting more photos.  🙂

This week, I will be in St. Louis for the LEAD Conference, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with old friends and getting know many more folks within the Acts 29 network.  I am also excited about the opportunity to hang around for the assessments on Thursday (which I find really important for future church planting opportunities).  Not sure if I will blog a whole lot, but I plan on at least posting regular updates (and photos) on My Twitter.

Speaking of the blog, I have to this date written nine responses to Dr. Steve Lemke’s article.  I have (at least) two more left on the docket, but I don’t know if I will develop them in the future.  I do not care to write about this, but I felt that it is time for this kind of stuff to stop.  To those of you who are not in the SBC, thanks for hanging in there while I address this necessary, yet unfortunate matter.  Note: If you want to see why it is so necessary to publicly debunk errors by Lemke and others, go to this page and listen to the “What Is Calvinism?” sermon by a “John 3:16 Baptist” (warning, you will be bombarded with falsehoods).

Tonight, I will be preaching my third message from Matthew in a series I am calling “Scenes of Our Savior.”  The study of this passage (Matt. 8:23-27) has been quite rewarding personally, and I am thinking about posting some of it in the future.

In a couple of weeks, we (GBC) are holding a Reformation Celebration block party on the 31st for the community, and yesterday was the first of three scheduled community canvassing opportunities to connect with folks in the neighborhoods around the church.  If any of you are something for Oct. 31st to engage your community (besides Harvest Festivals and Judgment Houses), I would love to hear what you are doing.

Have a blessed week, and as always, thanks for reading P&P.

POTW :: biggestlittle

September 27, 2008

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Saturday is game day in the Brister family.  Today #8 Bama takes on #3 Georgia at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.  My prediction?  24-21 Bama.  🙂

On more important news of note, my father turned the big 6-0 yesterday, so I want to give a big shout out to the old man, my best friend, my dad.  The more I look at my son and see where I was almost 30 years ago, the more I realize how awesome my father has been to me every day, without exception, in my life.  Happy birthday Dad!

Speaking of Nolan, he had his nine month appointment this past week.  He is 97% on height, 80% on weight, and 95% on head.  Not bad for our little buddy.  🙂

Thanks to all of you who commented on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter over the past week regarding the announcement of our second baby.  The due date has tentatively been set for May 15, 2009 (I say tentatively because we have another doctor’s appointment soon).  Grandparents have put an order in for a baby girl, and so have some friends here in Cape Coral.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

This past week I have been working on another blog project and trying to get it up to speed (in regards to church planting).  I hope to plug it soon (still loading up content).  I will also be working on the development and content of GBC’s new website which we hope to go live in the very near future.  The church’s website will have a ton of features which I am excited about.

In the meantime, you can catch all my photos on my Flickr page, my random life updates on my Twitter, and an engaging October in blogging here at P&P.  Have a great weekend!