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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 136 ~ July (ii) 06
Twice a month ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

THE POWER OF A BLOG
WEBSITE PROMOTION
A NEW TEACHING MODEL
EVANGELISM FORUM
TIPS
COMMUNICATING: NEEDS-BASED EVANGELISM BOOKS
RELATING TO THE CULTURE
CHURCH SIGN GENERATOR
FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE OR MAGAZINE
CONFERENCES
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
BOOK REVIEW
TAILEND

"We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams" - Gypsy proverb


THE POWER OF A BLOG

The fate of an Englishwoman in Paris has had worldwide news coverage - and all because of her (secular) blog: La Petite Francaise. Her anonymous Bridget Jones-type tales, about living as an expatriate mum in Paris, have a huge daily readership due to her winsome and enticing writing, and I cite it as a writing style to emulate in our page on blogging evangelism. But it incurred the wrath of her employers:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/rd?b06july-dailym
http://www.petiteanglaise.com/

For Christians, this blog style of openly sharing your life can offer people a taste of the Kingdom. Read how a young Christian mum demonstrates an equally effective style of writing about her life:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/christian-blog.php

There are more blogs about personal life and experience (37%) than any other topic:
http://www.webpronews.com/2006a/0720.html

A detailed Pew Internet study: 'Bloggers: A portrait of the Internet's new storytellers' looks at the facts and figures in detail:
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/186/report_display.asp

Although blogs are so powerful in communicating and building an ongoing web relationship with people, almost all blogs written by Christians are written only for other Christians. I have so far found very few which are written for, or even accessible to, non-Christians:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blogging.php


WEBSITE PROMOTION

An SEO (Search Engine Optimization) guru reveals some top techniques for getting high search engine ranking:
http://www.ecommerce-guide.com/solutions/advertising/article.php/3618946

See also Pastor Ralph Wilson's set of tips:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/promote.php
He also takes site promotion seminars in different locations throughout the year:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/seminar/

Aaron Wall, who produces the Search Engine Optimization online book - and generously makes it available free to non-profit groups, has in Beta a new Firefox extension to give extra information on sites within a Google results list:
http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/seo-for-firefox.html

Inbound link quality is also a key:
http://www.webprobusiness.com/2006a/0719.html

8 Magical Tips includes submission of articles:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/rd?b06july-magictips

Jakob Nielsen's latest Alertbox analyzes a number of issues, one conclusion is that pages found by multiple search words are the best way to capture a majority of search engine users.
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/traffic_logs.html


A NEW TEACHING MODEL

The potential of the web to teach at a distance has long been understood. At last, without needing to go as far as a library, bookshop or college, we can learn from the very best teachers. However, although some people can learn well just from the written word, and others merely by listening to the spoken word (eg. MP3, podcast), the long-tested classroom model - combined verbal, visual and written communication - is the most effective for many types of instruction.

How can this be replicated on the Web? The emergence of the 'webinar' combines a video feed of the instructor, PowerPoint slides appearing at the appropriate point, and printable handout notes. If the seminar is live, there is also the option to interact by email in real time with the instructor.

Marketing Sherpa offers a page about the concept:
http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article.php?ident=28516

And Christianity Today has developed a webinar system along these lines. See the introduction to their system:
http://www.ctcourses.com/content/storefronthtml/demo-course/

and try out one of their courses free - on how to handle email:
http://www.ctcourses.com/storefront/storefront.asp?cat=4493

Here is a webinar by Mark Stephenson, of the key church resource Web Empowered Church:
http://webempoweredchurch.com/about/introvideo/

This seems an exciting development, and one that can be used in a variety of ways. It would be great to develop short presentations ABOUT web evangelism, for instance.

What are your thoughts or experience of webinars? What do you think is the optimum length of a web-based seminar? Write to:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback.php

And of course your thoughts on anything else in this newsletter are always welcome!


EVANGELISM FORUM

There's a new bulletin-board style discussion forum, on all aspects of evangelism:
http://www.evangelismforum.com/


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

PURE CSS EFFECTS - you really have to look at this one! An incredible range of pure CSS menus, hover tricks and much more, with ready-to-use code for you to copy. The beauty of pure CSS is that it does not depend on Javascript, thereby working instantly for everyone:
http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/

WEB DEVELOPER'S HANDBOOK: incredible set of top links - another to bookmark:
http://www.alvit.de/handbook

GRAPHICS: when to use jpegs or gifs?
http://www.webdeveloper.com/forum/showthread.php?t=113884

MOBILE BLOGS: creating a mobile-accessible version of your blog:
http://www.webpronews.co.uk/2006a/0717.html

IFRAMES: specifying an iframe page display area - automatic scroll it to the required position:
http://www.web-source.net/web_design_feed.htm

BUTTONS: make buttons easily:
http://www.buttonator.com/

Learn PHP: Christian based forum help:
http://learnphpfree.com/

CSS: solving Box Model problems with CSS:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/css/article.php/3620531

FLOATING IMAGES: you would need to use this effect sparingly, but there might be uses for it! You can make the images into hyperlinks too:
http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex4/flyimage.htm

SKYPE ON A STICK: taking your Skype account with you, on a tiny plug-in device:
http://www.eministrynotes.com/2006/07/10/skype-on-a-jump-drive/

FAKE GOOGLE SITE - hides trojan download:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,126506,tk,nl_dnxnws,00.asp


COMMUNICATING: NEEDS-BASED EVANGELISM BOOKS

I Hate Witnessing
by Dick Innes
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/books.php#witness

Needs-Based Evangelism
Becoming a Good Samaritan Church
by Robert D. Pierson, Abingdon Press, 2006
http://churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/060426_bookreview.html

Needs-based evangelism is particularly appropriate for the Web, because of the Web's ability to target narrowly defined affinity groups of people:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/felt-needs.php


RELATING TO THE CULTURE

APOLOGETICS FOR A POSTMODERN AGE: "You Are Bringing Strange Things to Our Ears": a 3-part article by Albert Mohler:
http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2005-10-10 (part 1)
http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/pastors/1407489.html (part 2)

SURVEY FOR GROUP LEADERS: Facing the Challenge are a UK-based ministry helping Christians to understand contemporary culture. Their downloadable study course for small groups is one of our recommended publications:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/books.php#challenge
They are looking for church leaders or cell group / home group leaders to enter their brief training needs survey, with the enticement of an Amazon gift certicate:
http://www.facingthechallenge.org/ftcsurvey.htm

SUPERMAN: culture-watch quiz guru Dave Buckna again looks for embedded spiritual parallels:
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06070029.htm

MIND THE GAP - particularly related to the UK situation, this Agape (CCCI) DVD training resource is designed to help churches understand the issues of reaching the 'unchurched':
http://www.agape.org.uk/movements_mind_the_gap.html


CHURCH SIGN GENERATOR

A fun site where you can create your own church signs with your own wording! Then you can save the graphic for humorous use in your website, church newsletter or sermon, or email it to a friend:
http://www.churchsigngenerator.com/


FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE OR MAGAZINE

Our page of tips for building church websites can be inserted into any other site, just by copy/pasting a few lines of code. The latest site to adopt it is Baptist Express:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/rd?b06july-baptistpress

Get the code here:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/church-syndicate.php

There are also a range of other articles which can be used within websites or print magazines. A major magazine in US will be featuring our article on blogging in October.
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/free-articles.php


CONFERENCES

The IEC annual 2-day conference will again be held in Chicago, 20-21 September:
http://www.webevangelism.com/Brix?pageID=11914

Other conferences and events:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/events.php


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

Track commercial and private flights in real-time:
http://flightaware.com/

World stats updated in real time: looking for the current world population, number of people who die from communicable diseases, or the number of newspapers being circulated this year?
http://www.worldometers.info/

Bank cyber-attacks are growing in sophistication:
http://www.securitypronews.com/2006a/0720.html

Zondervan offer a range of email newsletters and devotionals for many categories of reader:
http://www.zondervan.com/newsletters

Cellphones are transforming Africa:
http://www.strategicdigitaloutreach.com/index.php/weblog/cell_phones_and_africa/

What are the limits of online fellowship?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2006/004/2.32.html

Lost Missions: Whatever happened to the idea of rescuing people from hell?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/007/35.40.html


BOOK REVIEW

Who Can Be Saved
Terrance L Tiessen
Inter-Varsity Press
ISBN 1-84474-031-5

Tiessen writes as both a college theology professor and former missionary in Asia, and it is from this dual background that he approaches the hard question that any Christian must surely consider: 'what about those who have never heard?' Whether you agree with every nuance or not, he carefully analyzes the issues and available viewpoints from a biblical and reformed angle. It's a 500-page read, but don't let that put you off - the style is very readable!


TAILEND ô¿ô

Things You'll Probably Never Hear A Woman Say:

1. What do you mean, today's our anniversary?
2. Can we not talk to each other tonight? I'd rather just watch TV.
3. Oh, this diamond ring is way too big!!
4. And for our honeymoon we're going fishing in Alaska!
5. Aww, don't stop for directions, I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to get there.
6. Is that phone for me? Tell 'em I'm not here.
7. I don't care if it is on sale, 300 dollars is too much for a designer dress.

[From witandwisdom.org ]

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