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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 143 ~ December 06
Twice a month ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

BLOGS DESIGNED FOR GENTLE OUTREACH
SHARING SECRETS
BREAKING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
VACANCY FOR WEBMASTER
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
TIPS
PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER: SP_M SITUATION GETS CRAZIER
INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
EPHESIANS GROUP STUDY BOOKLET FOR DOWNLOAD
IF ONLY...
TAILEND

"It is madness - to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn"


BLOGS DESIGNED FOR GENTLE OUTREACH

Geraint Lloyd is at a Bible college in UK, and has just launched a blog 'Lloyd about life'. The purpose is to post discussion on issues in the news, or more personal thoughts, from a Christian worldview. Visit the site, link to it, blog about it, send him some encouragement, or add your own comments to different posts.
http://www.lloydaboutlife.com/

And Vic is a Canadian grandmother: "I live in a rural community in northern Canada and live in close proximity to wildlife about which I like to write anecdotes; also some memories and observations."
http://caribooponderer.blogspot.com/

And if you want cartoons for your blog, see Dave Walker's site:
http://www.weblogcartoons.com/


SHARING SECRETS

It was encouraging to find that there is already a website using that 'share your secret' approach proposed in last issue:
http://www.mysecret.tv/


BREAKING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

INDIA: Microsoft has a target to increase computer use in India. The goal is no less than to have 400-500 million computer users:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-2450962.html

Current users in India have been found to be rather less than previously thought, says Internet World Stats:
http://www.internetworldstats.com/usage/use009.htm

Jakob Neilsen looks at the implications of the digital divide:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/digital-divide.html

TechMission exists to help communities at risk with appropriate technology:
http://www.techmission.org/


VACANCY FOR WEBMASTER

Coming up next time: more details on the vital need for a webmaster to work on a trilingual website to reach a very unreached people group in Asia.


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

One pastor's struggle with temptation:
http://www.ctlibrary.com/le/1999/fall/9l4084.html

When Great Leaders Fall - interview with Wayde Goodall:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b06dec-mondaymorning

DAWKINS AND GOD: Calling Dawkins' Bluff. by Peter Williams:
http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=503

TV FEELS THE PINCH: Is it the beginning of the end for 'appointment TV' - programs at particular times?
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b06dec-reuters

WIKIPEDIA COMES CLEAN QUICK:Being volunteer-based, with the potential for perverse rogue postings, a professor tried adding some very small errors of fact, expecting them to remain posted for months. In fact, they were corrected within three hours!
http://www.gcn.com/blogs/tech/42433.html


TIPS

-non-techies look away now

TOOLS FOR YOUR WEB MINISTRY - useful stuff from Christian Computing magazine:
http://ccmag.gospelcom.net/2006_11/2006_11internettoolbox.pdf

CSS Styling for Print and Other Media - from Digital Web magazine:
http://www.digital-web.com/articles/css_styling_for_print_and_other_media/

CYCLICAL RSS FEEDS: A cyclic RSS feed has only a certain number of entries (or "episodes" or "issues" if you want to call them that) and is designed to be read in a specific sequence:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b06dec-researchbuzz


PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER: SPAM SITUATION GETS CRAZIER

There has been a 300% increase in email sp-m in the last four months:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,542-2470181.html

Increasingly, users' own computers are unwittingly sending them out too:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2470742.html

So, if your computer does not already have both antivirus and spyware software, add it today. Spyware Doctor, or Search and Destroy spy software are free:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/?ref=google_anti_spyware

and among various antivirus programs, Avast is free to personal users:
http://www.avast.com/


INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

A set of 15+ ministry and Christian business leaders are beginning to talk together about their use of the mobile/cellphone platform for delivering Christian and evangelistic content, particularly in non-English languages. We are looking for networking opportunities and collaboration in this emerging field. Participants include those focusing on mobile Bible applications, cellflix and media, daily verse applications, SMS, podcasts and vodcasts, virally-spread content, evangelistic websites designed for mobile access, mobile followup to other media, and more. If interested in participating in these discussions, contact Rev. David Hackett of visionSynergy (networking and partnerships specialists) at:
dhackett [ at ] visionsynergy.net


EPHESIANS GROUP STUDY BOOKLET FOR DOWNLOAD

SOON Ministries have published a 32-page group study booklet on Ephesians. Written in easy-English, it is primarily for the non-Western world. Download it in PDF or Publisher formats, and print out as many copies as you need.
http://www.soon.org.uk/ephesians.php


IF ONLY...

- someone had built a bridge strategy site like this...
LIKEBETTER: fun photo game where you choose from two, the photo you like better. When you have chosen enough, the brain image near the bottom will flash pink. This means that the brain has some insight into your personality or life from the photos you've chosen:
http://www.likebetter.com/


TAILEND ô¿ô

Willard Wigan is incredible. He makes the smallest artworks in the world, for instance statues that sit on the head of a pin.
http://www.willard-wigan.com/

Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
[Source: www.mikeysFunnies.com ]

You couldn't make it up:
A Welsh sausage factory has been told by Trading Standards officers that their 'Welsh Dragon' brand sausages must be better labelled, so that consumers are not misled into believing the sausages contain dragon meat.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8213-2458696.html

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