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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 125 ~ November (i) 05
Twice a month ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

APOLOGETICS OUTREACH TOUCHING THOUSANDS
DISCOVER ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE BIBLE
RELATING TO CULTURE
CONFERENCE VIDEOS NOW NOPAY
DESIGN HELP
INCREDIBLE TOOLS
TIPS
PHISHING
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
CHURCH LIFE
OUTREACH LITERATURE FOR AFRICA AND ASIA
OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNSHIPS
IF ONLY...
TAILEND

"Do not let what you cannot do ... interfere with what you can do."


APOLOGETICS OUTREACH TOUCHING THOUSANDS

'All About God' offers answers to questions non-Christians may be asking.
News of AAG developments:
http://www.allaboutgod.com/launch-of-aag4.htm
Online testimonies:
http://www.allaboutgod.com/testimonies.htm
Endorsements of AAG:
http://www.allaboutgod.com/endorsements.htm


DISCOVER ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE BIBLE

'Discovering Ancient Wisdom', produced by the International Bible Society, is a 'source for seekers', presenting God's Word in a simple, non-threatening format. The text includes brief selections from the Books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job and the Gospels, known as 'The Wisdom Chronicles':
http://www.discovering-wisdom.com/


RELATING TO CULTURE

HOLLYWOOD JESUS film site's Dave Bruce now has podcast audio and Flash video clips. Check, for instance, the video clip of Dave speaking about the new biopic 'Walk the Line':
http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/walk_line.htm

SCI-FI STUFF: UK broadcasting company BBC has won awards for their latest Dr Who series. Culture-watch experts Damaris has published a new book: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Doctor Who (written by Steve Couch, Tony Watkins and Peter S. Williams):
http://www.damaris.org/shop/shop.php?pid=2

TWO TYPICAL TRENDS IN UK which reflect our spiritual decline: the most popular non-religious song at funerals in UK, is the desperately sad and egotistic 'My Way':
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,10654-1879025,00.html

And a TV comedy has taken UK by storm, with 9 million viewers watching the first of the new series of 'Little Britain'. It always has the same two and half jokes, usually risque or laughing with varying degrees of cruelty at old age, disability, or women. 14-year-old schoolboy stuff really. Not the BBC's finest.


CONFERENCE VIDEOS NOW NOPAY

All 19 workshops from last April's web evangelism conference at Liberty University are now streamed f-r-e-e on Google:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/training-videos.php


DESIGN HELP

Photoshop tutorials:
http://www.eyesondesign.net/

"Websites continue to make the same mistakes," says Jakob Neilsen:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html

Ready-made templates are an alternative to designing your own site from scratch. Some are free. Others are sold:
http://www.oswd.org/ - all open source/no-pay
http://templatemonster.com/ - a few nopay, mainly sold
http://www.templatefolio.com/

Web-Empowered Church offer f-r-e-e church-site templates (and a growing range of other church site resources):
http://webempoweredchurch.org/products/templates/

CSS VISTA: realtime edit tool - nopay and very clever, working with FireFox and IE simultaneously in realtime:
http://www.sitevista.com/cssvista/


INCREDIBLE TOOLS

The problem with Google is they do so much! If you only use them as a search engine you're missing out on some really cool tools:
http://www.google.com/options/

One thing not even listed here is their webstats tool. If you do not get very detailed website statistics from your host company, you can register for Google Analytics. (A few quirks in the registration process, such as you must add your phone number in the US style with hyphens, and I found it took ages for them to see that my pages had their code added)
http://www.google.com/analytics/

If your hosting company offers raw statistics to download, you will probably get even more detail by processing them with a program such as Mach5 (which is free, on application, to non-profits:
http://www.mach5.com/

It is very helpful to see where your visitors are coming from, which pages of the site they arrive at, and (more scary) which ones they leave on.


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

PDF - everything you might need to know:
http://www.pdfzone.com/

GALLINA - nopay software that uses Google's Gmail to post to blogs:
http://ion.gluch.org.mx/files/Hacks/gallina/

POP-INS: popups are dead. Long live pop-ins! If you do not overdo them, DHMTL popins can alert visitors to things you need to tell them. I prefer a cookie-based system so they only ever pop-in once every month or two.
http://wowpopup.com/

CHOOSING COLORS: Color Palette takes an image and generates a website color scheme from it:
http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/
Other color tools:
http://www.christian-web-masters.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=8069

TINY APPS: software that will still fit onto a floppy disk:
http://www.tinyapps.org/

STYLE SHEET FOR RSS FEEDS: allows your RSS page to make visual sense in a normal browser:
http://www.petefreitag.com/item/208.cfm

CSS: alphabetical list of CSS values, some you may never have heard of:
http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/css/propindex/all.htm

SEARCH ENGINES: how do they see Flash?
http://www.philb.com/blog/2005/10/flash-and-search-engines-how-do-search.htm
http://www.se-flash.com/

TIPS FOR SENDING HTML EMAIL NEWSLETTERS - what to do, what to avoid:
http://www.anandgraves.com/nobullshit/articles/articles.php?id=51
http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/7295.asp

THE FOX IS WINNING - IE is losing ground to Firefox - globally, it's 11.5%, with 14% in US and 17% in Canada. (For some reason, UK is only 5%.) Opera and Netscape combined are only 1%. So - if you are a webmaster, your site MUST look good in FireFox.
http://www.web-evangelism.com/rd?b05nov-webpronews


PHISHING

'Phishing' is the sending of fake emails purporting to come from banks and other companies, asking you to 'verify' your personal details including passwords, bank and credit card details etc.

The most convincing of these fake messages are those apparently from Amazon, Paypal, and Ebay, because many of us use these services all the time, whereas we are unlike to have online banking with any particular group.

They will ask you to click on a certain link in the email, the URL of which sounds like a genuine one. However, if you mouse-hover that URL, you will see that the real URL it takes you to is something else entirely, and is NOT a secure 'https' URL either.

Particularly malicious are recent ones supposedly from Paypal - I was almost taken in as I had been using Paypal the day before. The URL displayed on hovering the email was
http://www.paypal.com.login.webscr.php.login.... etc
It looks genuine, doesn't it? But see - there is no forward slash after the '.com'. So in fact this is a long 'subdomain' containing full point characters, of an entirely different domain. And it is not a secure https URL.

Be aware of this constant danger. Only ever log in to any online commercial undertaking through the known URL stored in your browser bookmarks or wherever. Never click through from an email. And no genuine company will need you to 'verify' anything. They already have your details.
http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/p/phishing.html
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/phishingalrt.htm


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

CELL PHONES: can cheap cell phones and low-cost computers offer developing nations a leg up on poverty?
http://laptopmag.com/Features/Developing-Nations-Developing-Technology.htm

The world on our doorstep: overseas students and business people are coming to the West where we can reach them:
http://www.bgcworld.org/newstand/worldrch/wr6_05.htm

Ms Pola Muzyka will be conducting a Christian Media seminar in Coimbatore, India, in December.
More details: csi-bacas [at] mailcity [dot] com

BARNA UPDATE - UNDERSTANDING FAITH: most adults in the United States consider themselves to be Christian, but their commitment to their faith is minimal - or robust, depending on how you measure it. In the latest Barna Update are the results of eight different ways of measuring faith commitment; and the population subgroups that are most committed - and those that are much less interested:
http://m1e.net/c?27701654-Dsy0vJbbkdPzk%401270026-nrkJJZIjHDyk2


CHURCH LIFE

Never, ever, use a wired microphone while you are in a baptismal pool. A recent tragedy in Texas is only the latest of a long series of church leaders being electrocuted in pools. Even a normally harmless leakage of stray volts into a microphone is lethal when the body is immersed in water.
http://www.abpnews.com/news/news_detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=1014

Make it your church policy that there is no mains-wired electrical equipment of any sort within reach of a baptistry pool, and that a permanent warning is displayed on your PA equipment about this. This includes not only microphones, but also lighting, camcorders, tape-recorders, and power sockets. Do not think that an RCD (earth leakage) trip switch gives sufficient safety - it cannot. Stick a permanent warning message on your sound mixer or amplifer. Please pass this warning on as widely as possible. Musicians should also understand electrical safety too.
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/electric-safety.php


OUTREACH LITERATURE FOR AFRICA AND ASIA

SOON Ministries offer nopay outreach literature in easy-English, African French, African Portuguese, Swahili, and Fula dialects:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/free-papers.php


OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNSHIPS

Urban Ministry Internships in Boston and Los Angeles: this spring TechMission Corps is offering one-year paid internships at urban ministries in Boston and Los Angeles. These positions, working with youth and technology, will start in January.
Contact: khary [at] techmission [dot]org
http://www.techmission.org/


IF ONLY...

- a Christian had thought of that and built a Bridge Strategy site around it:

Coping with broken relationships:
http://soyouvebeendumped.com/

Offering people a totally customizable homepage:
http://www.protopage.com/

Competition where you create pictures from a chosen word:
http://www.humanprogresslandscape.com/archive/09.13.05.htm


TAILEND ô¿ô

1. To all friends in USA celebrating Thanksgiving: a spoof sodapop site:
http://www.jonessoda.com/files_new/turkey05.html

2. How did the girl cope with the dilemma posed in last time's issue?

Well, here is what she did ....

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

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