Resources for learning Android app development

Hey all! Goodness, it’s been almost 4 months since I’ve made a real blog post…

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a mobile app project with 2 good friends. They did most of the work while I attended the meetings, listened in, and ate a fantastic lunch to celebrate the successful completion of the project. I didn’t know enough to be as useful as I wish I could have been, but I learned a ton, and the project left me with a revived passion to learn more about building mobile apps and software development in general.

At the moment I can’t do a whole lot with iOS apps because I’m stranded in the Windows world, so until my situation improves I’m working on developing some Android app skills. I’m not very deep into it yet, but so far here are some resources that have been helpful to me.

That’s just a short list for my current stage. Lord willing I’ll have a lot more as I make progress!

Tomorrow I’ll be getting an Android device via Amazon Prime so I can actually run and test some code (I could never get any of the emulators to work). I’ll be sure to give some updates on that.

Until then!

See the Conqueror mounts in triumph

See, the Lord ascends in triumph,
Conqu’ring King in royal state
Riding on the clouds, His chariot
To His heav’nly palace gate;
Hark! The choirs of angel voices
Joyful alleluias sing,
And the portals high are lifted
To receive their heav’nly King.

Who is this that comes in glory
With the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies,
He has gained the victory.
He who on the cross did suffer,
He who from the grave arose,
He has vanquished sin and Satan;
He by death has spoiled His foes.

While He lifts His hands in blessing
He is parted from His friends;
While their eager eyes behold Him,
He upon the clouds ascends.
He who walked with God and pleased Him,
Preaching truth and doom to come,
He, our Enoch, is translated
To His everlasting home.

Now our heav’nly Aaron enters
With His blood within the veil;
Joshua now is come to Canaan,
And the kings before Him quail.
Now He plants the tribes of Israel
In their promised resting place,
Now our great Elijah offers
Double portion of His grace.

He has raised our human nature
On the clouds to God’s right hand;
There we sit in heav’nly places,
There with Him in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels;
Man with God is on the throne;
By our mighty Lord’s ascension
We by faith behold our own.

Leading in Worship with Eric Marts

Saturday the 7th was a day that I’d been looking forward to for some time.

IMG_7577Eric Marts was asked by the elders at HOFCC Hillsboro to do a short seminar on leading worship. He’s a great friend of mine (as you probably know if you’ve read much here), and I knew the content was going to be great, but I was even more excited because Mr. Marts asked if I could film the seminar.

This was the first time my brother Gabriel and I have ever done video coverage of a live event, so we spent some time planning the shooting strategy, figuring out how to tap and record the church’s sound board, borrowed some equipment from a friend, and otherwise tried to iron out details as much in advance as possible.

We tried to plan for every contingency, but inevitably disaster struck the night of Friday the 6th…

Well, it wasn’t that dramatic.

Friday evening was a “Love Feast” (celebration of the faithfulness of God) as some friend’s house. We knew it was going to be a late night, so we were just going to go home, go to bed, and then get up again early the next morning so we could get to the church on time to set up, but apparently I ate something I shouldn’t have while we were there. By the time I was getting to bed at around midnight I was having an allergic reaction. My neck was inflamed and in serious pain, and my prospect for rest that night was bleak indeed.

IMG_9121By the time my alarm went of at 6 the next morning I had gotten an hour and a half of sleep in, but on production days there’s no canceling, so we got up, loaded the truck with the bags we’d packed the night before, and headed off.

We got to the church bright and early, set up the cameras, snagged a line from the mixer, set up Gabriel’s computer to dump footage onto, set white balance, and started rolling right on time.

Frankly, I was surprised at how smoothly everything went. Aside from tripping over my DSLR tripod setup in the front row in the middle of a session and our main camera’s card filling up in the middle of another session, there were no major disasters.

IMG_1308Note the word “major”

The problem we ran into was that our borrowed Cannon Vixia HF R500 filled up it’s 16 gigabyte card sooner than we’d planned on during session 3, obviously meaning that it’s recording stopped. While we scrambled to try to clear the card and get another one into the camera from the back of the room, the 60D in the front row was having it’s own problems writing data to it’s 32gb card. All these evil forces converged and a good portion of that session was irrevocably lost.


Well, no use pulling my hair out about it now, what’s done is done. Here’s what we learned for next time:

  1. Have LOTS of GIGANTIC memory cards. I thought 1 32GB, a couple 16’s, and an 8 would be good enough. A sad miscalculation.
  2. Have a place to dump. E.g., a computer. Gabriel brought his Macbook Pro, and we emptied our cards onto it.
  3. Did I mention big memory cards?

IMG_7575All in all, we had a great time. Assuming a few equipment upgrades, I’m really looking forward to more events like this in the future! I really like how our church elders took the initiative to ask Mr. Marts to share his experience and expertise with those in the church who serve in worship, and I hope to see more of these events on this and other topics in the future.

The recordings are below. If you’re interested in biblical worship and practical advice on leading worship in any setting, you’ll find them very helpful. Enjoy!