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W-E-B Issue 149 ~ June 07
Every 3 or 4 weeks ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

NEW OUTREACH SITE FOR IMMIGRANTS
SHARK JUMPING
"THAT FRODO SKYWALKER... SOMEHOW IT RINGS A BELL"
SEPTEMBER CONFERENCE GRAND RAPIDS
CHURCH MINISTRY
GETTING THE E-VANGELISM MESSAGE OUT
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
A COOL IDEA FOR KIDS
POPULAR CULTURE
VIDEO OUTREACH
WARNING: COMPUTERS CAN SERIOUS DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH
COMMUNICATING WELL
TIPS
VACANCY
TAILEND

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was YOU"
(via wwj.org.nz )


NEW OUTREACH SITE FOR IMMIGRANTS

CCCI have launched a new site "geared to reaching the South Asian immigrants in North America with practical help toward cultural adjustment and introducing them to Christ."

Cathy Douglass writes: "This website is not static; though we are now beginning to publicize, we will continue to add content and welcome helpful suggestions and specially offers to write good content.

"I may not look like an immigrant, but I feel like one. After living abroad for 21 years, when we returned to our native US in 2002 it felt like a strange foreign country. We had lived in Kenya and interacted closely not only with Africans but also Asians (Indians and Pakistanis) living there. By culture I was more eastern than western. I struggled with feeling that Americans were unfriendly and rude. I worried about how the moral standards would affect my family. I made friends more easily with Indian immigrants than with other Caucasians. Soon I was dreaming of a website which would help South Asian immigrants adjust to life in North America. I love the idea of extending a helping hand to those who may be as confused, lonely, and uncomfortable in their new land as I was at first. Together with some great friends who also care about immigrants, we designed NayaJeevan.org.

"When I started out to make a website, I was totally naïve and knew nothing about websites. That was two years ago. If I had known then what I know now about websites, I probably would never have attempted it! But I had conviction that this was a great strategy and that Jesus was in it, so I went ahead in faith and slowly built up a great team of volunteers. Webmaster, e-mentors, writers, editors, PR advisors, financial backers, and praying friends are all making it possible. We are believing God for results!"
http://www.nayajeevan.org/


SHARK JUMPING

'Jumping the shark' is a metaphor that comes from broadcasting. It originated with the TV series 'Happy Days', in which The Fonz character water-skies over a shark. It denotes a turning point at which the show makes an illogical or ridiculous (within its own terms) plot twist, loses public credibility and before long is closed down. (Or merely passes its peak - after 129 episodes of Lost or Prison Break, some viewers may lose the will to live.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark

The term is increasingly used more widely, indicating a loss of credibility or tipping point, leading to decline. We can apply the concept to gospel communication too. Many people, (and also society as a whole), can reach a tipping point in their own perception of Christianity, through a range of factors. Hypocritical actions or statements by Christians in the public eye. Unlovely pronouncements on public issues. Using weak arguments as if they are strong ones, to back up an apologetic position. Presenting personal opinions as if they are unchangeable Christian principles. Failing to understand the concerns and needs of not-yet-Christians. Appearing to exclude, rather than include. Not being spoken to when visiting a church for the first time. By anyone. Or being deeply hurt as this story, whether true or fictional, demonstrates:
http://home.att.net/~scorh5/Dressed.html

Of course, the fallen human heart may often want to find excuses to distance itself from the claims of the gospel. But many feel hurt and repelled for genuine reasons. Communication is not about the sender, but the receiver. At least, with online communication, we have time to test a website with if possible, non-Christian users, and make appropriate changes. Ad agencies spend considerable time testing a new campaign with real users. And maybe we can meet with hurting online.


"THAT FRODO SKYWALKER... SOMEHOW IT RINGS A BELL"

A look at the concept of the archetypal universal story:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07june-archetypalstory

It is remarkable how often we can see 'echoes from eternity' in supposedly secular stories:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/parallel.php

C S Lewis of course believed strongly in the power of story to tell a greater truth, and as well as explaining this in his academic writings, in 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' he describes Lucy's reaction to the redemptive story which has faded from her mind:

"And she never could remember; and ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician's Book."


SEPTEMBER CONFERENCE GRAND RAPIDS

The Internet Evangelism Coalition and Gospelcon conferences are now fully integrated as one, rather than being back to back. I'm hoping to be there.
https://www.internetministryconference.org/


CHURCH MINISTRY

LEARN LIKE A PAINTER: "Another church's formula for success may not work for your church. Do not replicate what other churches do, but study what principles and techniques make them successful. Learn like a painter," says Kent Shaffer:
http://churchrelevance.com/?page_id=728

THE DARK SIDE OF WHITE SPACES: How digital broadcasting in US may affect wireless mikes in church:
http://tfwm.com/newsletter_6207article1

Outreach Magazine's top 20 sites for church communicators:
http://outreachmagazine.com/Library/webexclusives/JF07webexTop20WebSites1.asp


GETTING THE E-VANGELISM MESSAGE OUT

"Mission field covers world, but the work is done from home," writes the Tennessean:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07june-tennesean

Articles like this are major way to communicate the potential of online evangelism to the wider church. Please make use of our own free articles in print publications or email newsletters in any way you can:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/free-articles.php

You can also insert many of these articles directly into your own site using a javascript insert code. Our book offer for May-June now applies to any site which adds a javascript insert article, or our church website tool:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/churchdesign-syndicate.php

Just send us your postal address and the URL of the article, and one webmaster will be chosen to receive a copy of Church First by Eddie Gibbs and Ian Coffey:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback.php

Internet Evangelism Day allowed many churches to focus on the potential of online outreach. Report of how different groups used it in May IEC newsletter:
http://www.webevangelism.com/index.php?id=85


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

THE GODDESS PRINCIPLE: why is it so attractive? Understanding it, and helping those who believe it:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2007/mayjun/5.30.html

VIRGINIA TECH KILLER - was obsessed with violent video games:
http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2007/3417va_tech_videos.html

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES - a one-page online tract based on tragedy:
http://www.whendisasterstrikes.com/

WHAT GOOGLE KNOWS: The information that Google can potentially have about a person is quite mind-blowing. And one interesting thing: Google engineers are encouraged to spend 20% of their time working on personal projects. 50% of new Google projects come from that "20% time".
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07june-google

HEALTHmap: Global Disease Alert Map - a real-time map of emerging infectious diseases:
http://healthmap.org/

PEW INTERNET report on spam email:
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/214/report_display.asp

SECOND LIFE: the virtual world within a virtual world. It is developing rapidly - Sweden and Lithuania now have embassies within Second Life. If you have experiences of Second life, please share them:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback.php


A COOL IDEA FOR KIDS

Bill Zimmerman writes, "I am an author whose books are used in many school programs to encourage children to express themselves through writing. I have just launched a website where students can create their own comic strips. The site offers fun animal and human characters with different moods, thought and talk balloons to fill in with words, and story prompts. It's a wonderful resource to spur children and adults to write, read and communicate their ideas and to practice English. It is also being used as a tool by educational therapists who work with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate." An interesting (secular) idea - check it out:
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/


POPULAR CULTURE

American Idol: Christian involvement. Comments Christian Post: "Even non-competitors have had a significant impact on this year's contest. "This Is My Now" was chosen as the winning song for the American Idol songwriter competition and was performed by both Sparks and fellow finalist Blake Lewis in the finale. It, too, was composed by two Christian composers: veteran Christian artist and songwriter Scott Krippayne and his pastor Jeff Peabody."
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07june-christianpost

Talking of Christian music, there's a whole Hillsong album online to promote a new release. Nice. Some sounds a lot like Coldplay. But then, doesn't everything?
http://www.unitedalloftheabove.com/_ecard/ecard.php

SGT PEPPER: Can it really be 40 years ago? Culture-watcher Dave Buckna has produced a Sgt. Pepper's Bible Study:
http//www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07060038.htm

A BETTER STORY-TELLER: Donald Miller helps culturally conflicted evangelicals make peace with their faith. "Your book was the only thing that got my daughter through college."
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/june/10.28.html

MOVIES: Are Christian film fans hypocritical?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/070605-readerscommentary.html


VIDEO OUTREACH

Online video clips are the new communication medium, especially in youth culture. So what do you make of this very professional hip hop spoof 'Baby got Bible'? Dude, check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avd2-QM6vtI

'Children see, children do.' A pointed depiction of a universal truth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVmZXaZZfsI

More on video clip outreach:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/video-outreach.php

You can easily save any video from YouTube and other video sites, using a Firefox extension.The icon appears in the browser status bar when you have downloaded this extension - so make sure status bar is enabled first.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2390


WARNING: COMPUTERS CAN SERIOUS DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH

Being hunched over a laptop can cause spinal problems. The best way to use a laptop at home is with a separate keyboard and mouse, and the laptop positioned so that the screen is more or less level with your eyes:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b07june-laptop

Indeed, desktop monitors should also be at eye level. Yours probably isn't? Get some old telephone directories or similar, and build it up to height now, and give your neck muscles and posture a break.

You can also easily suffer RSI by not using a keyboard correctly. If you have aches and tingles in your hands and arms, take urgent action now. Google 'avoid RSI' for many advice tips on avoiding this very serious health problem.

One major issue - many computer users have never learned to 'touch type'. They 'peck' and jab at the keyboard with their index fingers, causing multiple shock-waves up the arm. If you make no other resolution for this year, do this one: learn to touch type. With all your fingers doing the work, and all of them gently touching the keyboard at all times, you will type far more quickly with much less strain. There are many ways to teach yourself typing:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/training.php#typing


COMMUNICATING WELL

SERVANT EVANGELISM: Is servant evangelism 'real evangelism'?
http://www.christianitytoday.com/outreach/articles/servantevangelism.html

LESSONS FROM A TAVERN by Charles Swindoll:
http://ctlibrary.com/14821

THINKING CREATIVELY: Are you stuck? This website offers some useful thoughts on thinking outside the box:
http://www.whatagreatidea.com/stuck.htm
In the fast-moving world of digital communication, innovation is vital. This book looks like it could help:
http://www.digital-web.com/articles/myths_of_innovation/

STORY-TELLING: whether true stories or fiction, concepts are always best communicated with personal stories. This is why many journalistic stories are generously illustrated with true stories and quotes from real people. And why Jesus told stories all the time. Read the '10 immutable laws of story telling':
http://pacrimmedia.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/the-10-immutable-laws-of-storytelling/


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

CAPTIONS IN FLASH. Hearing-impaired people miss out on the audio element of the increasing numbers of online flash video clips. Now there's a way to help them in the latest version of Adobe's CS3 Studio - by adding captions, ie similar to subtitles. This will also help second-language English speakers, who may be OK at reading, but struggle with spoken language. What a great way to enhance the usefulness of video:
http://www.digital-web.com/articles/captions_flash_video/

USABILITY: having a good designer does not necessarily mean a site has good usability, says Jakob Nielsen:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/genius-designers.html

FLASH v JAVASCRIPT: why javascript can be better:
http://www.webreference.com/programming/javascript/java_flash/

EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS: Your appliance manufacturer's website doesn't cut it for you?
http://www.fixya.com/

DUPLICATION: When is duplicate content okay? When is it penalized?
http://www.wilsonweb.com/seo/dunn-duplicate-content.htm
http://www.websitenotes.com/2007a/0604.html

DHTML MENUS: These days, there are strong arguments for a pure CSS drop-down/flyout menu, because it is works (and faster) in any modern browser without javascript. However, if want DHTML instead, and use Dreamweaver, this article may help you:
http://www.phptr.com/articles/article.asp?p=29835&seqNum=5&rl=1

FIND PEOPLE IN SOCIAL NETWORK SITES - metasearch tool yoName:
http://www.yoname.com/

LEASE OR DONATE DOMAINS: James Cooper writes, "MinistryPool is a Christian domain bank (or library), which allows people to lease a domain for a period of time to help advertise/market their ministry/outreach event (like a sermon series, camp or alpha course). When the event is over, rather than having the domain sit un-used for the rest of the time and then just expire, it can go back into the pool so others can use it. This should also help to stop expired Christian domains being picked up by 'web nasties'! People can also 'donate a domain' that they no longer need/use.
http://ministrypool.com/


VACANCY

LifeChurch.tv are seeking what they call a 'Digerati Team Ninja' - a web designer and communicator:
http://www.lifechurch.tv/p/738/Default.aspx#ninja

More vacancies and sparetime opportunities:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/vacancies.php


TAILEND ô¿ô

'Shorpy' is 'The 100 Year Photo Blog' getting its name from a boy who lived around the era of when these photos were taken:
http://www.shorpy.com/

'How a Bill Becomes Law' by humorist W Bill Cameron (or how teens don't clean the garage):
http://www.cfnetwork.co.uk/resources/wk100howabillbecomes.asp

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