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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 176 ~ December 2009
Monthly ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

USING TWITTER FOR OUTREACH
VIDEO SHORTS TO USE IN EVANGELISM
RANSOM RELEASE
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
CHRISTMAS STUFF
MAGAZINES
MOBILE PHONE MINISTRY
COMMUNICATING WELL
PARALLELS IN MOVIES
TIPS
TAILEND

"You don't always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it, too" - Anne Lamott


USING TWITTER FOR OUTREACH

Here is a valuable strategy being used by Paul Watson of 'Reaching the Online Generation'. Doubtless as marketers start to use similar strategies, it may lose its effectiveness. But meantime, it means that you can easily connect with people within almost any topic you wish. This can include people who are tweeting about a personal life problem, enabling you to contact them and sensitively offer help.

Because you can also filter tweets by postal code origin, a church can locate hurting people in its area! Paul explains it here:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/1101


VIDEO SHORTS TO USE IN EVANGELISM

The thought-provoking short films from the Global Short Film Network are designed as question-asking conversation-starters. They are extremely well-produced and available very cheaply as outreach tools. Videos can be downloaded to mobile devices and will soon be available for website embedding. Until 10 Jan, they are offering a free download of video short 'Vinyl':
http://www.globalshortfilmnetwork.com/films


RANSOM RELEASE

Representing a new effort to reach the next generation, an innovative Christian web resource, Ransom aims to introduce young people to Jesus Christ. A project of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), Ransom features compelling music videos and interviews with Christian artists, athletes and other personalities, all designed to connect with youth and young adults and present the life-changing message of the Gospel:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09dec-ransom


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

POSSIBLE CHINA WEB RESTRICTIONS - China has issued new Internet regulations, including what appears to be an effort to create a list approved websites that could potentially place much of the Internet off-limits to Chinese readers:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BL19620091222?type=technologyNews

SCAMS - Help yourself, friends and family to never fall for email scams:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=1227&tag=nl.e101
http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/lessons-from-twitter-spam/

PASTORS WANTING TO WHAT! WHO KNEW? "For most pastors, it's a secret they've never shared with their colleagues, their churches, and sometimes even their spouses. I know I can count on one hand the people I've shared it with," writes Brian Jones:
http://www.brianjones.com/2009/12/your-pastors-dirty-little-secret/

SENIOR CITIZENS spend a surprising amount of time online, and this is an outreach opportunity, says eMinister blog:
http://eministerblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/ministering-to-seniors-online-facebook.html

STRING THEORY AND HEAVEN - author Dinesh D'Souza says new scientific thinking bolsters the case for life after death:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/december/19.38.html

PROSPERITY gospel teachings 'distort' Bible, says Lausanne group:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09dec-lausanne

PERSECUTION. Two-thirds of global population live in religiously restrictive countries:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09dec-restricted

THEOLOGY - if you're interested in the heavy stuff, you might like 'Parchment and Pen' blog:
http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/


CHRISTMAS STUFF

Over the Christmas break, it might be fun to put your family names, or other words, though an anagram maker such as:
http://wordsmith.org/anagram/

Christmas music MP3 from Noel Richards:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09dec-christmasmusic

Bethlehem shepherds were not just ordinary shepherds, now were their sheep were not ordinary sheep:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/1174


MAGAZINES

COLLIDE MAGAZINE - till the end of the year, you can get two subscriptions for the price of one, and also get a free sample of this excellent magazine. The site also offers free resource articles and a blog:
https://secure.collidemagazine.com/subscription/subscribe.php

Support Christian magazines! When they are gone, they are gone. The strategic Rev! Magazine is sadly ceasing, hit by the recession.

SHARING CONTENT - Our free articles are available to magazine editors and bloggers:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/free-articles.php
For instance, Online Christian Magazine launched on 19 December, with several of our articles:
htp://www.OnlineChristianMagazine.com/

You can also insert our blog headlines into your own site with an easy short insert code:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog


MOBILE PHONE MINISTRY

Mobile access to the Web is the only access many in Africa can hope for, due to the lack of fixed lines:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/22/mobilephones-internet
http://www.e-gear.com/blog/the-mobile-phone-is-pc-africa-the-movie-301288

Mobile penetration in Africa is greater than electricity penetration:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09dec-mobile

Mobile ministry is the future. We need to be ahead of the curve:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/mobile-outreach.php


COMMUNICATING WELL

'WE LEPERS' is a moving illustration of incarnation:
http://www.provocativechurch.com/2009/12/we-lepers.html

SKIMMERS VERSUS READERS. Many people do not read entire webpages, they skim very quickly for keywords. Learn how to write for skimmers:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/usborne-skimmers-scanners.htm

PEOPLE CATEGORIES - It is always vital to understand the attitudes and motivations of those around us. Mel and Steve's blog looks at five categories of people, as explained in a book by Frank Luntz. Doubtless these categories are broadly similar in most western countries:
http://www.ldrteam.com/blog/american-people-categories/

WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT EVANGELISM - being where people are:
http://inamirrordimly.com/2009/12/10/what-we-dont-want-to-know-about-evangelism/

CHURCH AND DIGITAL. Over the next five years, thousands of churches will consider developing innovative technology initiatives:
http://www.churchcentral.com/blog/A-Hot-Trend-In-Church-Consulting

BEWARE THE POLITENESS TRAP. In many Asian cultures, it is impolite to say 'no'. "This difficulty of saying 'no' can be a real problem when sharing the Gospel with an Asian. This is even worse when a respected foreigner is sharing the Gospel," says 'A Big Mission blog'. In an evangelistic meeting too, people may indicate a positive response to 'an appeal' purely out of respect for the preacher.
http://www.abigmission.com/asian-politeness-and-evangelism.html

THE LOUDER TRAP - if everything is loud, nothing is loud:
http://tonymorganlive.com/2009/12/07/louder/

DO IT THEMSELVES - "Should we let people join up the dots themselves," asks Eugene Peterson:
http://www.bedeviant.com/black-white-ambiguous

AVOID CHRISTIANESE - our new guide is available for reprint:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/christianese

DIGIMISSION DAY - the one-day London conference organized by UK's Evangelical Alliance and Facing the Challenge is available in MP3 (except, sadly, Shane Hipps video-link contribution, which worked well at the time, but did not record). The sessions are short, clear and thought-provoking:
http://www.facingthechallenge.org/digimission.php
To listen to a different 30-minute interview with Hipps, go to his NeueMinistry recording:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.neueministry.com/podcast/Neue_ShaneHipps.mp3

FOR HINDUS - downloadable resources from SouthasianNow available in English, Bengali, French and Hindi Languages, these free print-ready tracts are designed for tri-fold use to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to share the good news with Hindus. The 'Vedic Bridge' and 'Truth that Triumphs' are contextual tracts ready to for free download and print in PDF format:
http://www.go2southasia.org/resource/evangelism/

STARTING FROM SCRATCH IN A WIRED WORLD. What if your organization or your client has done nothing? What if they've just watched the last fourteen years go by? No real website, no social media, no permission assets. What if now they're ready and they ask your advice? And, by the way, they have no real cash to spend...
http://www.visualstorynetwork.com/forum/topics/seth-godins-top-ten-starting

COLLEGE MAGAZINE FEATURES DIGITAL MISSION - UK's Redcliffe College Encounters Magazine focuses on Technology and Mission in their December issue. There are six main articles and the opportunity to discuss issues raised:
http://www.redcliffe.org/encounters


PARALLELS IN MOVIES

AVATAR MOVIE HITS THE WORLD. James Cameron's new sci-fi/fantasy movie AVATAR promises to be a blockbuster in every sense. It's also a major opportunity for us to point to embedded spiritual parallels in the story:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/1127

MESSAGES IN GLEE. Andrew Careaga is a name familiar to many from the early days of the Web - his books on web evangelism must have started many into their different ministries. Happily, he is still sharing insights with us - here are his thoughts on redemptive analogies in GLEE:
http://highered.prblogs.org/2009/12/10/gleegospel/


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

RUN FOUR MONITORS from one Macbook:
http://daggle.com/macbook-pro-multimonitor-4-monitors-at-once-1577

A NEW DIRECTORY - I thought general directories were dead. When did you last look at Dmoz? And the far better Zeal.com succumbed several years ago. But now there's a new directory: MasterMoz. To add your site, and maybe get a bit more page ranking from the major search engines, visit:
http://mastermoz.com/

JAVASCRIPT - redirect a user to a page in their own language:
http://javascript.internet.com/user-details/language.html

CANONICAL - Setting canonical pages for Apache:
http://www.webreference.com/programming/Apache-Canonical/

HOW TO CHOOSE effective website photos and images Part 2:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/niehaus-choosing-images2.htm


TAILEND ô¿ô

A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children.

After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.

She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year.

Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.

Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car dragging her two kids and all the bags of stuff in with her.

When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."

From the back of the car, everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, "Don't worry, we already crucified Him."

The rest of the trip down the elevator was pretty quiet.

[Source: www.mikeysFunnies.com/ ]

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