State of the Blog 2019

Writing has long been part of my life. I’ve kept a journal for 30 years (see 5 Benefits of Journaling). And, now I’ve written on the blog half that time, compiling more than 1,200 posts (including some by Joleen). I’ve blogged long enough to know that we go through seasons. I’ve written similar posts in … Read more

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Top Posts in 2013

I love the beginning of a new year. While there’s nothing magical about it, there’s just something about getting a fresh start, and entering a year for the first time in history! But I also love the opportunity to look back and reflect on the year that was. On the blog, we wrote (only) 79 … Read more

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Blogging on the iPad With Byword and Daedalus

Recently, I started blogging on my iPad. I quickly determined I needed a good writing app. I don’t care for the WordPress app. Writing in the WordPress editor in a mobile web browser is better, but still isn’t ideal. On the iPad, I use Pages to sync docs with Pages on my laptop. It’s what … Read more

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Year in Review: Our Top 10 Posts

We published 112 posts in 2012 (including this one). According to blog statistics, the 10 posts listed below were the most viewed. The busiest day was May 10, the day we published 4 Strategies to Transform The United Methodist Church. That post, and three others below, were related to the 2012 General Conference of The … Read more

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This Site Is Getting a New Look With Headway 3

Last November, I wrote a post on Building a Church Website With WordPress. In that post, I discussed the basic steps for setting up a church website using WordPress.org’s software. I also talked about using Headway Themes, a theme framework that uses an innovative “visual editor” to build and design websites with WordPress. As I … Read more

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Randy Willis

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Site Hacked for the Third Time

Last Thursday evening, I discovered that our blog had been hacked earlier in the day. But this wasn’t the first time it’s been hacked. A few months ago, the site went several weeks with files infected by malware before I learned about it. And our first encounter with malware occurred last May, when our webhost … Read more

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Our blog has morphed over the years. It started out as a place to post notes/summaries of our weekly sermons. Later, we reflected on classroom experiences at Asbury while working on D.Min. degrees. In those days, we didn’t do much personal/family blogging. That changed after we started pursuing our first adoption from Korea. Looking at … Read more

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Randy Willis

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Why We Blog

During this transitional time in our lives, it might be a good time to recast the vision for this blog. This blog started out as a place for us to post summaries of our sermons (in late 2004) and it has broadened over the years. The current tagline of our blog is: Life. Leadership. God’s … Read more

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Randy Willis

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Our First WordPress Upgrade

Back in mid-January, we moved our blog from Typepad to a WordPress-powered site (hosted at Dreamhost), which we wrote about here. WordPress updated their software earlier this week, so in the near future, we will be upgrading to the new version (2.5). Actually, if it wasn’t for dissertation work this week, it would’ve already been … Read more

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Randy Willis

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Comments and Stuff

Here are a few things that may help you make the most of this blog … Comments You can read and/or write comments on any post we write on this blog. Simply click on the comments link at the bottom of each individual post. If there are no comments, it’ll say “0 Comments.” If there … Read more

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Randy Willis

Follower of Jesus. Husband, Dad. Pastor.