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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

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W-E-B Issue 172~ July-August 2009
Monthly ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

VITAL BOOKS
MOVING VIDEO CHALLENGE
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
TECH TIPS
SOCIAL NETWORKING AND VIDEO RESOURCES
SURVEYS FOR CHURCHES AND MISSION
CHURCH WEBSITES
CONFERENCE CALL AND FULLER TRAINING COURSE
WHEN SETTING UP YOUR WIRELESS ROUTER
VOLUNTEERS FOR INDIAN BIBLES. AND FREE ARABIC BIBLE DOWNLOAD
TAILEND

"It's been said that next to food and drink, our most basic human hunger is for storytelling" - Leighton Ford


VITAL BOOKS

Pop Goes the Church: Should the Church Engage Pop Culture?
Tim Stevens
Power Publishing
ISBN 0979017491

Stevens makes an inspiring case for leveraging pop culture to reach out to people in the language of their lives, with compelling biblical backing for this approach. He offers a new perspective that give relevance and impact to the church by using popular culture - stories from movies and music - to point people to the gospel. He encourages us to get out of our comfort zones and look people in the eyes, meeting them wherever they are:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/748

Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories
Daniel Taylor
Bog Walk Press
ISBN 097065110

"You are your stories. You are the product of all the stories you have heard and lived - and of many that you have never heard. They have shaped how you see yourself, the world and your place in it. Your first great storytellers were home, school, popular culture, and, perhaps, church. Knowing and embracing healthy stories are crucial to living rightly and well. If your present life is broken or diseased, it can be made well. Or, if necessary, it can be replaced by a story that has a plot worth living." Taylor, a professor of English, writes with great insight into how and why God uses story:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/748

The link includes video interviews with both the authors, and for Dr Taylor, an audio and video of his address to the Desiring God conference last year.


MOVING VIDEO CHALLENGE

The video 'A Thousand Questions' is a moving challenge to Christian service: "Are you ready to take part in God's story?" Many are using it for church meetings. Watch it on the link below, where you can also download it in Flash or Quicktime and read the brief story of Craig who made the film:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/715

We have links to two other challenge videos, also available to download in high-definition, one about children's ministry:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/evangelism-opportunities.php


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

YOUR HOME TOWN - when did your place of birth change most? 1910-1950, or 1950-2009? When staying back in my home area in a holiday cottage (which was already 200 years old when Charles Wesley stayed there!), I got to thinking about my own town and why the dramatic technological changes of 1910-50 are trumped by the last 50 years:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/768

FIND A BIBLE IN ANY LANGUAGE, free ebook 'Reaching the Campus Tribes', why Lee Strobel says traditional apologetics approaches do not work any more, and learn what a 'cardboard testimony' is:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/646

US 1930 Census online free till end of August:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09july-census

UK Census is available 1841-1911:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/census/

ABANDONED PLACES - poignant shots of ruined towns:
http://www.dirjournal.com/info/abandoned-places-in-the-world/
For eerie shots of another ghost city, google for 'chernobyl pictures'.


TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

FEEDBURNER - Make the most of Feedburner for your blog:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09july-feedburner

LONG URLS - want to know the long URL hiding behind a short URL without clicking it:
http://www.longurlplease.com/

NON-POPUP POPUP - HovClick is an example of a popup layer message you can add to your website without knowing the scripting necessary to create your own:
http://hovclick.com/

MANIPULATE GRAPHICS ONLINE - free PICNIK tool:
http://www.picnik.com/

SEACH IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES - a front-page with two search boxes:
http://2lingual.com/

CODING CONTRACTOR - Are you are looking for a professional contractor for coding (Javascript, jQuery, PHP) and web design? Damian Dawber has been very helpful and knowledgeable:
http://www.damiandawber.co.uk/


SOCIAL NETWORKING AND VIDEO RESOURCES

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING - What's the advantage?
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2009/jul/8prt.html

TWITTER - 15 ways churches can use it:
http://communicatejesus.com/2009/07/15-ways-for-churches-to-use-twitter/

FACEBOOK - Be careful what you give away about yourself on Facebook:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=851

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Comments, statistics, maps, Twitter:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/636

HOBBIES - Why you should get a hobby:
http://missionalspace.com/?p=231

BOOK REVIEW - The New Community Rules - Marketing on the Social Web
Tamar Weinberg, O'Reilly, ISBN 0-596-15681-2
"...reads easily and is a great reference tool for navigating social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr, understanding blogs and why YouTube is so popular. If you are in ministry and are not using social media, or just getting your feet wet, this book will really flesh out the why's behind everything and how to leverage social media towards your organization's goals," writes Brian Barela:
http://tinyurl.com/socialwebbookreview

FUTURE TRENDS - School Reunion site Friends Reunited has just been sold for a quarter of what its owners paid several years ago, as it has been in part superseded by Facebook etc. On the other hand, some have been predicting a decline in social networking sites. However, rumors of their demise are exaggerated, says George Simpson:
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=111717

VIDEOS SAFE FOR CHILDREN - for younger kids, you may not be happy to let them loose in YouTube. There's now a video site for younger ones, with over 60,000 parent- and teacher-approved videos:
http://video.kidzui.com/


SURVEYS FOR CHURCHES AND MISSION

Focus is a Christian ministry specializing in the 'new media' - web-sites, podcasts, blogs and videos. They provide training to help churches and other ministries make the most of the opportunities provided by these new media.

Focus needs your help to complete a brief survey which will help them find out how your church currently uses the Internet, how you would like to use the Internet in future, and how Focus can help you achieve your goals in this area. This will help them develop new training courses and other resources:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=85VKjNYZ3s85FFN4smADQQ_3d_3d

Communicate Jesus blog would like mission groups to help by completing a survey on how mission organizations use online tools and technology to achieve their mission:
http://communicatejesus.com/2009/08/online-tools-and-technology-a-survey-of-mission-organisations/


CHURCH WEBSITES

Tony Morgan's "10 Easy Ways to Keep Me from Visiting Your Church Because I Visited Your Website" is well worth reading:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/701

See too Frank Chiapperino gives "10 Reasons Your Church Should be on Facebook". He says, "Actually if you look closely at the image on the post, the second guy in the image posted to the fan-page asking us if he should visit our church! How cool is that? If you go to our fan-page you can see that another first-time visitor jumped on the page and told him she visited for the first time this weekend and that he should definitely check it out."
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09july-facebook


CONFERENCE CALL AND FULLER TRAINING COURSE

You can still book for the Christian Web Conference 11-12 September at Biola in California:
http://www.christianwebconference.com/

and the COICOM conference 26-29 August 2009 in Argentina:
http://www.coicom.grid.agathongroup.com/cgr09/index.php

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

FULLER Course MP537 on Internet Evangelism & Cybermissions is running again this Fall. It's a distance-learning option so you can study from any country:
http://documents.fuller.edu/cll/dl/ecds/fol/MP537_Edmiston.html


WHEN SETTING UP YOUR WIRELESS ROUTER

When you set up your wireless router, Tony O'Hagan suggests you give it the name of an outreach website you know and recommend. That way, when neighbors open a computer looking for their wifi connection, they will keep seeing the URL of an outreach site, and may be inclined to check it out. They will not be able to use your network of course - this is just a way of placing an URL in front of their noses!


VOLUNTEERS FOR INDIAN BIBLES. AND FREE ARABIC BIBLE DOWNLOAD

Vinod of Jasminecorp.com is looking for volunteers to keyboard or proofread Bibles for an online bible project in the following languages: Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali and Urdu. I will pass on offers or inquiries - write:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback

The WBTC Arabic Bible is available as a free download for desktop or mobile:
http://skybible.org/


TAILEND ô¿ô

Chelsea Flower Show is UK's premier garden festival. When laddish TV broadcaster James May entered a garden made out of Plasticine (children's modelling clay), the entry was accepted in the spirit it was intended, and he was awarded a Plasticine medal.

The garden is now open to the public at Sudbury Hall, just up the road from our house:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiaqJRZoPH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw_Sk9RrDvk

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