The Anti-Monday

It’s Monday, but it doesn’t feel like Monday.

That’s because I don’t have to work today.  I am unemployed now.  Not because I quit or was fired, but because my charges (as I affectionately refer to the kids I nannied this summer) are spending their last week of summer on a family vacation.

It feels good to be free, but the end of my summer job only means more time to ponder future classes, employment, internships, professors, friends, roommates, etc.  Classes at U of O start on September 29, so I’ve got some time.  Before I know it, I’ll be moving back to Eugene, but I’m savoring the last few weeks of summer.

One of the best things about this weekend was discovering the Mars Hill Church iPhone app.  Mars Hill is a huge church in the Seattle area with multiple campuses and an unconventional pastor named Mark Driscoll, and the church recently unveiled its app, which allows users to view or listen to sermons via their iPhones.

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Whatever your religious beliefs may be, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about a church’s development of an app.  I’m not a church-and-social-media scholar, but I know enough to understand that the Christian church is not necessarily viewed as cutting-edge in the technology world.  While many have fancy setups for their worship music and large projection screens for their big sanctuaries, Mars Hill seems to be the first to embrace the App Store.  (Mark Driscoll also has his own Twitter account: @PastorMark.)

Based on this article on the church’s blog, they see the app as a way to broaden their reach in the community and give Christians a way to take the teachings with them on the go.

I’ve listened to some of Mark Driscoll’s teachings before and really enjoyed them, and I’ll be more likely to listen again now that I can get them straight from an app instead of having to download them in podcast format.

What do you think?  Will individual churches or business start providing their services via iPhone apps?  It will be interesting to see how Mars Hill’s app is received in the coming weeks and whether or not more churches follow suit.

Picture credit: http://blog.marshillchurch.org/2009/08/17/the-mars-hill-church-iphone-app-is-officially-available/

Welcome

Welcome to “The Opinion Paige.” That’s the cleverest name I could come up with. I know what you’re thinking…a cheesy play on words with my name. How clever is that? Probably not very clever. But for now, it will have to suffice.

Earlier this year, I started a blog on the MLBlogs Network about baseball (bestof162.mlblogs.com, if you want to know). I realized after a few months that I wasn’t blogging because I had a lot of interesting things to say about baseball. While baseball is really fun to watch and analyze, it’s not what I live and die for. I was blogging because I wanted people to notice me and leave a comment. Sounds pretty stupid, right?

Right. Most of what I think about is not baseball related: It’s about current events, interesting people and places, books I’m reading, social media…you get the idea.

So, “The Opinion Paige” is my fresh start. It’s a chance for me to say something because I think it might start an interesting dialogue, provide some insight into a particular issue, or make the world a better place in some small way. As much as I want it to, I don’t think this blog is going to magically change the world. So for now, it’s just a blog…but feel free to leave a comment if you like. I love interacting with and learning from new people, and checking out new blogs and new perspectives.

Last week, I became the proud owner of an iPhone. It’s the 3G kind (3G S is out of my financial league right now), but I am slowly becoming addicted to using it. In my spare time, I’ve been surfing the App store for some useful Apps to install. Right now my App collection consists of “Waterslide,” “Chase the Dot,” and “iGlowStick” since I’ve been letting the kids I nanny download pointless games.

Now I’m on a quest for more serious, functional Apps and would welcome any input. I’ll consider anything and everything…especially if it’s free. Also, perhaps this a naïve question, but has anyone found a suitable competitor for the App Store yet? A quick Google search led me to a few stories of rising competitors, but nothing looked very threatening. In my opinion, nothing seems to be terribly wrong with Apple’s store, but I was just curious.

Well, that’s about all for now…I promise to get better at transitions. I have made an Almost-New-School-Year resolution to be a more relevant, consistent blogger, so stay tuned. More opinions to follow. Thanks for stopping by!