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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

. . . learning from each other
W-E-B Issue 173~ September 2009
Monthly ISSN 471-0323

News this time...

AUSTRALIA MEDIA OUTREACH
CHURCH WEBSITES
FILM TO VENICE
FREE OUTREACH ARTICLES FOR EDITORS
LEARNING AND TRAINING
MOBILE DEVICES
SEARCH HELP
I AM SECOND
BOOK REVIEW
TIPS
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
TAILEND

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together" - African proverb


AUSTRALIA MEDIA OUTREACH

Two outreach campaigns in Australia this month are using media including the web:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09sept-australia


CHURCH WEBSITES

CPU - THE CAMPAIGN FOR VISIBLE URLS: Is your church website URL displayed outside your church, in letters large enough to be read by passers-by in traffic on the street? That probably means, in letters almost as big as your church name! If so, please send a photo for our webpage on the subject:
www.internetevangelismday.com/church-website-publicity.php

DESPERATELY SEEKING LODGERS - '"We need more lodgers," said Maria Silversmith to her husband Milo one evening...' This short 300-word story illustrates the vital importance of making church websites people-focused. It is free to reproduce in print media:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/church-evangelism.php

VIDEO IN CHURCH: Stewart H. Redwine writes in Christian Video Magazine about using short films. "The problem with short films shown in a church service is simply this; no-one knows when the video will end." They know that TV ads last 30 seconds, music videos 3-6 minutes, and TV programs 30 minutes. They have no frame of reference for a video short, unless we give them help."
http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=148


FILM TO VENICE

"Jitensha," a short film for Japan by students from Biola University in CA and 'Studio Re:' in Japan has been selected by 66th Venice Film Festival - one of the top five film festivals in the world!
http://worshipandthearts.blogspot.com/2009/09/jitensha-film-by-students-emerging.html


FREE OUTREACH ARTICLES FOR EDITORS

We highly commend the evangelistic articles by writer and evangelist Rusty Wright, an Internet Evangelism Day associate. He offers free 'seeker/skeptic-friendly' articles (plus online training resources) to web content managers and editors. They are equally useful for websites, blogs and print - about one million copies of his articles appear in print media each year. Many are available online in 14 languages. To get brief email alerts about new articles as they become available (generally monthly), email him at RustyWright@aol.com requesting to be added to the mailing list, and view articles or contact him at:
http://www.probe.org/Rusty


LEARNING AND TRAINING

Adrienne at the Computer Forensics Training blog has put together a remarkable list: '100 Open Courses to Make Yourself an Internet Whiz':
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/875

See our other training resources:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/training.php

Learn more about culture - video clips and book recommendations:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/810


MOBILE DEVICES

MP3 PLAYER WINS - Global Recordings 'Saber', a hand-wind MP3-player designed for oral peoples with limited access to power, won the International Conference on Computing and Mission's (ICCM) Technology for Missions (TFM) contest. Saber was demonstrated to have a high impact in reaching the unreached people in the world who are oral communicators. Quality was demonstrated in its ability to be heard by the conference and that it continued to work after being dropped. The ability for missions to load their own MP3 material onto the player fulfilled the re-usability criteria:
http://globalrecordings.net/topic/saber

GOOGLE VOICE - what will they think of next:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2009/sep/16.html

RECOMMENDATIONS ON LOW RADIATION MOBILES - "We at Environmental Working Group are still using our cell phones, but we also believe that until scientists know much more about cell phone radiation, it's smart for consumers to buy phones with the lowest emissions." It goes on to list those with the best and worst radiation levels:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=2888&tag=nl.e101
You may wish to consider anti-radiation pads to go under your laptop, when using a wifi connection, for the same reason.

MOBILE GAME - Trans World Radio's Lithuanian partner, the Good News Center (GNC), is taking advantage of the popularity for mobile phone games. GNC staffer Robertas Peteraitis put together a role-playing game with a gospel presentation embedded in the game. To reach as many as possible, the game is simply designed with low graphics quality and requirements. The ministry has been surprised at the game's popularity, and regular subscribers are increasing.

YOUVERSION LIVE - A new mobile collaboration tool, 'YouVersion Live', made specifically for use by people in churches and at conferences, will debut in October.It hopes to bring a new level of interaction to the communication of God's truth and love - a free service that will give pastors, conference speakers, teachers, and group leaders the ability to share content and real-time feedback on mobile devices during live events, services, and more. See the site for an idea of how a church leader could use YouVersion Live:
http://www.youversion.com/live
Blog:
http://blog.youversion.com/post/273/introducing-youversion-live


SEARCH HELP

To do effective search engine optimization, we need to understand how people search. One valuable tool is Google's 'Insights for Search' tool:
http://www.google.com/insights/search/

Google is beta-testing a new set of indexing criteria called 'Caffeine':
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2009/aug/24.html


I AM SECOND

A project where people - some famous, others you've never heard of - share how they met Jesus, and put him first. The videos are well-produced, and communicate how Jesus has changed lives - cured addictions, ignited purpose and provided hope and fulfillment. The website also provides 24/7 opportunities for visitors to ask questions (phone, email and online chat) about what it means to put Jesus first.

One of the most watched testimonies is that of Brian 'Head' Welch - former lead guitarist and founder of the band Korn:
http://www.iamsecond.com/


BOOK REVIEW

The Seven Basic Plots - Why we tell stories
Christopher Booker
Continuum
ISBN 0-8264-8037-3

Readers of Middlemarch by George Eliot may recall the dry old scholar Rev Casaubon's failed attempt to create a unifying 'Key to all Mythologies'. (You may have briefly felt in passing, that Casaubon's plan was irrelevant and futile.) But Booker has succeeded in doing this and much more - a quite remarkable analysis of the nature of story, in a project which took him 34 years. But do not be misled into thinking that this is a sterile academic book - it is highly readable! And for its 700 pages, remarkably cheap.

Booker's highly convincing thesis is that almost all stories, from every culture or time in history, display seven archetypal plots. Some stories may indeed contain more than one plot, occasionally all seven. Stories that try to subvert their natural archetype can seem unsatisfying to us - jarring, like an out-of-tune or incomplete piece of music.

This book has huge significance for any Christian communicator, because it analyzes why we tell and respond to stories:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/bookreviews/the-seven-basic-plots.php


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

FIREFOX - There are many add-ons to enhance your browsing experience, make online life easier and save time:
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2009/08/17/8-firefox-add-ons-to-boost-productivity

MAKE YOUR OWN FONTS from your handwriting:
http://www.fontcapture.com/

DHTML POPUPS - the great alternative to true popups (which can get blocked). Check their 'tab view' script too:
http://www.php-development.ru/javascripts/popup-window.php

CHART APPLICATIONS - Research Buzz recommends two charting systems:
http://www.researchbuzz.org/wp/a-couple-of-online-chart-applications/

WINDOWS XP - 10 services you should never disable:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=960&tag=nl.e101

LANDING PAGES - 10 tips:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2009/aug/26.html

PURE CSS FLYOUT MENU - what they said couldn't be done - a flyout menu that works in IE6 without a helping hand from an htc (javascript-type) file. Stu Nicholls did it with IE-only inserted table code. Respect. (12% of users still have IE6, and doubtless the usual 5% of those have javascript switched off.)
http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/latest-flyout.html

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS - creating more, and using in different operating systems:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=977&tag=nl.e101

TWITTER - avoid spam by using TrueTwit:
http://www.truetwit.com/

SPANISH - Yahoo has introduced a Twitter-like service in Spanish:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2009/aug/28.html

FACEBOOK APPLICATIONS - have you ever developed a Facebook application that others can insert directly into their own Facebook pages? If so, please write.


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

CHRISTIAN HISTORY INSTITUTE - provides Christian History Resources, regular email newsletter, and the popular Torchlighters DVDs, retelling the stories of Christian heroes for children:
http://www.chitorch.org/

NEWS OF INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY - in a few days, may we send you a separate email of news items about IE Day, which can be used in magazines, newsletters and blogs.

ALICE COOPER: good guy being bad guy:
http://mondaymorninginsight.com/blog/post/alice_cooper_on_being_a_christian/

CONSECRATION - the lost message:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09sept-consecration

NEW BOOK - Is Self-Deception Always Bad? Not necessarily, says Gregg A. Ten Elshof in his new book:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/august/22.57.html

BEST WAY? How God Messed up my Religion blog...
http://godmessedmeup.blogspot.com/2009/09/five-memories-five-days-getting-saved.html

SHUTTLE - Astronaut plans to take a piece of a plane used by Nate Saint, who was slain in Ecuador in 1956:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/augustweb-only/134-51.0.html

FACEBOOK - "If Facebook were a nation, it would be the 8th largest in the world with over 150 million members," says evangelist Daniel Kolenda. He goes on to say, "How can we win the battle, if we are not on the battlefield?" - ie. being where people are, on the Internet:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09sept-revolution

4/14 WINDOW - Luis Bush, who coined the 10/40 window concept some years ago, suggests we should also focus on the '4/14' window - young people:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09sept-christianitytoday

5 TYPES OF BLOG WORTH READING - and why:
http://www.edcyz.com/five-types-of-blogs-worth-reading/02/

GHOST FLEET - receission-hit merchant shipping laid up in a semi-secret location:
http://www.web-evangelism.com/offsitelink?b09sept-ghostfleet


TAILEND ô¿ô

Whatever happened to the Peanuts gang when they grew up?
http://www.crosswalk.com/fun/mind-benders/1355574/

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