After much prayer and discussion, the four of us have decided that the No Ties Allowed podcast will be going on indefinite hiatus. With recent changes in each of our professional and personal lives, we all came to the conclusion that we cannot devote the proper time necessary for this podcast for it to be of service to our listeners. In the future, we will discuss this podcast again and perhaps it will be reborn at that time with new passion and vision. For now, we want to thank all our listeners with some personal comments.
I was thinking of saying that it was with sadness that I’m saying goodbye to the podcast. But in a moment of reflection, I realized that I’m not sad. I haven’t had a chance to be sad (at least not about the podcast). I will miss it. In fact, I miss it nearly every day as I think “Wow, there’s a great article to discuss on the podcast.” Whether it’s Twitter being hacked, or Antigua opening it’s doors to Megavideo and what’s our missionary / missional response to that. NTA really has spoken into my life and has affected how I think – probably because it forced me to think regularly about tech and mission issues. It really was a short snippet of ICCM every couple of weeks. So, I will miss it, fondly.
Thank you for listening to us ramble on. I had a lot of fun doing the podcast and I hope that somewhere, somehow, God used us to minister to you in some way.
I also hope that somewhere, somehow, sometime we can resurrect the NTA podcast or do something completely different that also ministers to the geek missions community.
- Roy Campbell
It is with great sadness that I am saying good-bye to our podcast. I am grateful to T.R. for coming up with the idea, and for our listeners. I am pleased that it turned out to be more than just T.R.’s daughters who listened to us, but I think it was not only for our audience that we kept at the podcast. It was lots of fun chatting with the team on a bi-weekly basis and it gave us a little bit of ICCM-like fellowship throughout the year. I also enjoyed the opportunity to bring in guest-speakers, giving a little more publicity to some of the neat things going on in missions. So NTA was more of an excuse for me to keep holding onto a breath of ICCM throughout the year. But life just keeps beating me over the head, sucking time away from important things, like NTA. I am hoping someday soon, other ICCMers will grab NTA and make it happen once again.
But for now, as I have been known to say to a faithful CPU, a good memory stick that has served it’s cause, or a HD that just ran out of space, “until you are needed again, I will set you aside.” Of course, that usually means it is about to be recycled by my wife and I need to protect the departed remnants for a bit. So, T.R. and others. Please do not delete our podcast archive. Someday I will want to pull it out again, chuckle at how far we have come, and then it can be recycled with all dignity…
- Tim Young
Working with T.R., Roy, and Tim on No Ties Allowed has been a great experience for me. I’ve grown as a technologist. I’ve been challenged as a relative newcomer to the missions community. But mostly I’ve been blessed to be part of this group of guys who love Jesus and love technology and love the gospel, and who each have their own unique ways of bringing all three together to bless the nations. I’m hopeful that in some small way we’ve contributed to our listeners’ lives to bring knowledge, encouragement, or even just a little goofy humor into their day. We are grateful to all our listeners and pray for you God’s continued blessing as you serve him as a missions technologist.
- Tom Nurkkala
I want to thank Roy, Tim, and Tom for accompanying me on this journey. The podcast was an idea that spawned from the great discussions that occur at all the ICCMs. This podcast may be coming to a close, but those discussions are ongoing and increasing year by year. I have watched over the years as ICCM has grown from a small gathering at Taylor University in the U.S. to global gatherings in Australia, Asia, Europe and soon to be Africa. I have been blessed to be a part of ICCM, the growth of the gatherings, and this offshoot podcast. I have enjoyed immensely our special guests and the insights they brought, the discussions we had on various topics, and the feedback from our listeners. Technology will continue to impact global missions. ICCM will continue to be a gathering to discuss those impacts.
See you at ICCM, where the No Ties Allowed discussion is ongoing…
- T.R. Knight