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W-E-B Issue 179 ~ April 2010
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INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY - LOOKING BACK
USING TWITTER FOR EVANGELISM
WHICH ONE IS EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM?
THUMB WARS, CHURCH MINISTRY
COMMUNICATING WELL
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
CHOOSING PHOTOS FOR YOUR SITE
POST-CHRISTENDOM MISSION
USING HOBBY AS A BRIDGE
SEARCH ENGINES
MAKE YOUR SITE USABLE
THE LAW AND COPYRIGHT
TIPS
VIDEO SHORTS
POPULAR CULTURE
TAILEND

"Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation" - Henry Ward Beecher


INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY - LOOKING BACK

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USING TWITTER FOR EVANGELISM

Twitter offers various ways of sharing the good news. Perhaps the most strategic is the potential to find hurting people in your community or area:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/twitter-evangelism.php

May 15 sees a live webinar from Tony Steward: Social Media: Is it worth it? (11.00am US EDT/15.00 GMT)
http://www.m2live.org/web/


WHICH ONE IS EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM?

"Evangelism. It is a loaded word. When we say 'evangelism', it brings to mind for many of us a familiar image: an individual standing at a door with an unbeliever, tract and Bible in hand ready to win this wretched sinner to Christ by walking him through the ABC's of salvation and move on to the next house on the block." says Seed blog:
http://seed.sojournchurch.com/2010/03/09/evangelism-in-the-light-of-community/

It reminds me of a photo of an 'amazing new evangelistic tool' - actually a home dining table, published in Calvinistic Cartoons blog, no less:
http://calvinisticcartoons.blogspot.com/2009/01/evangelism-tip.html

"Bad news or good news first?" asks Paul Copan:
http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Want-the-Bad-News-First.html


THUMB WARS, CHURCH MINISTRY

MODERN-DAY PARABLE FOR THE CHURCH - "There was an ambitious businessman in a certain city who had built a huge grease factory. People from all over the world came to view this factory once it was completed and in full production and the ambitious businessman was only too pleased to show the visitors the entire process, from the point where coal was off-loaded from ships to the point where the grease was eventually pumped into huge tanks..."
http://missionissues.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/a-modern-day-parable-for-the-church/

TEXTS - Can text messaging and Twitter enhance worship or just interrupt it? Well, since people learn best interactively, rather than just listening to a one-way sermon or lecture, the option to ask questions via SMS in real time is compelling:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/preachingworship/worship/thumbwars.html

LOSING CONCENTRATION - In any case very few people can concentrate for more than 20-30 minutes without a break. Check this research and good advice:
http://www.speakerconfessions.com/2009/04/bordom-through-science/

YOUR CHURCH PROJECT TEAM - Help them stay sane and saved:
http://www.misternifty.com/ministry-tools/multimedia/help-your-media-team-stay-sane-and-saved

FREE PROJECTION SOFTWARE for your church:
http://www.misternifty.com/ministry-tools/multimedia/free-projection-software-2

TEN SIMPLE WAYS TO LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY - Challenging common-sense advice from Anne Jackson:
http://flowerdust.net/2010/04/16/ten-simple-ways-to-love-your-community/


COMMUNICATING WELL

THE NEW 'E' IN EVANGELISM - "The new evangelistic landscape will be engagement. At some point the exposure bubble will finally burst and a whole new set of tools, presentations, and success criteria will emerge," says Brian Barela:
http://brianbarela.typepad.com/the_necessary_things/2010/01/the-new-e-in-evangelismengagement.html

RADIO TRAINING COURSE, LEEDS UK - Learn how to do Christian broadcasting in a two-week training course at Christian training ministry Radio Worldwide:
http://networkleeds.com/Articles/167837/Network_Leeds/Recent_News/Radio_Worldwide_Course.aspx

MEERKATS - Those living outside UK will probably be unaware of an extremely effective TV advertising campaign featuring meerkats. Can we learn from its creativity and humor?
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/1466

The OK GO music group are nothing if not creative. Watch their video 'This Too Shall Pass':
http://www.blainehogan.com/post/426369775/ok-go-this-too-shall-pass

WRITING WELL - Brush Writes offers simple, clear, short, regular advice on better writing:
http://www.brushwrites.com/

STATUES - "Has your ministry got any statues?" asks Brian Barela:
http://brianbarela.typepad.com/the_necessary_things/2010/03/3-.html

THE BIGGEST RULE - "After some reflection, I'd like to narrow it down to one major rule and law every communicator should follow," writes the Modern Ekklesia blog:
http://www.modernekklesia.com/2010/02/most-important-rule-every-communicator.html

WRITING - There is no final draft when you write a webpage:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/usborne-final-draft.htm

HOW NOT TO SWEAT the mobile office:
http://www.loosewireblog.com/2010/04/how-to-not-sweat-the-mobile-office.html


THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

TURKEY - Radio Shema, a Christian station, is producing an iPhone application, to be available from iTunes, that allows people to listen to Radio Shema on their iPhones. Shema is also developing new programmes for women.

INDIAN BROADBAND - India is to embark on an ambitious scheme to provide all its 630,000 villages, no matter how remote, with broadband internet access:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7057435.ece

WEB USAGE BY LANGUAGE - Latest figures released for languages online:
http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

CARBON MONOXIDE - get a detector now:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/features/article6992870.ece

GEOCACHING. Heard of it? Me neither. It's like a treasure hunt, using GPS devices. Some trivial small item is hidden at a specified GPS location, and others can look for it, even replace an item. Amazed to find there are no less than 14 hidden items in my own village.
http://www.geocaching.com/

FLU TRENDS - how Google can provide quicker surveillance of flu trends then the health agencies:
http://www.youtube.com/v/6111nS66Dpk

TECH STUFF - don't understand tech things, or need to explain them to those who don't? See video:
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1465&tag=nl.e101

HUGE ONLINE DATABASE OF BLUEPRINTS - ResearchBuzz explains this remarkable resource:
http://www.researchbuzz.org/wp/huge-online-database-of-blueprints/

VALUE OF YOUR CURRENCY IN HISTORY - use the calculator at Measuring Worth:
http://www.measuringworth.com/


CHOOSING PHOTOS FOR YOUR SITE

The final part of Sandra Niehaus' series gives wise advise on how to use face graphics. Although she writes with business websites in mind, this article is hugely useful for any site, including outreach or church websites. Access all three pages in her series:
http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/niehaus-choosing-images3.htm


POST-CHRISTENDOM MISSION

In the West (although the 'progress' of secularism varies from country to country), we must realise that post-Christendom evangelism must be very different:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/1508

USING HOBBY AS A BRIDGE

Bridge outreach sites are not common. Here's an example of a bike club:
http://cyclestar.org/joyriders/index.html


SEARCH ENGINES

18 effective search engine optimization techniques:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2010/apr/28.html

The Google 'duplicate content penalty' - there isn't one any more. Categorically:
http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2010/apr/26.html

Meta descriptions are now affecting your page ranking in Google once more. So it is really important to craft an enticing page description which also uses likely keywords that people will be searching for, all within about 160 characters:
http://www.site-reference.com/articles/Search-Engines/Your-Meta-Descriptions-Now-Affect-Your-Google-Rankings-Again.html

Searchers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in using 'long tail' search phrases:
http://www.site-reference.com/articles/Search-Engines/Long-Tail-Queries-and-Long-Tail-Keywords.html

6 ways to boost your church or ministry site in Google:
http://ministrymarketingcoach.com/2009/11/02/what-google-values-6-ways-to-boost-your-ministry-or-church-web-site-rankings


MAKE YOUR SITE USABLE

Jakob Neilsen, usability guru, says that research confirms that a conventional site layout, with menu at the left, is the most usable. "You deviate from conventional layout at your peril."
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/horizontal-attention.html


THE LAW AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright law relating to the Web varies from country to country, and also has not really caught up with the digital world. But to get a sense of the 'fair use' concept in US law, watch this short presentation:
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2010/04/16/are-you-blogging-within-your-fair-use-rights


TIPS

- non-techies look away now

BROADBAND - Check your ISP's speed:
http://www.speedtest.net/index.php

CONTACT FORM - Add an Ajax contact link to your site:
http://www.willmaster.com/library/web-development/ajax-contact-form.php

PHOTOCOPIER SECURITY ISSUE - Scary implications when disposing of old photocopies:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20002904-83.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0

MOBILES - What does your website look like in Opera Mini mobile phone browser? Test it here:
http://www.opera.com/mobile/demo/

SPEED UP WORDPRESS BLOGS AND SITES. I was much impressed by these recommended ways of speeding up Wordpress, or enhancing security, using extra code in an htaccess file. The DEI blog really flies far faster now:
http://wpshout.com/10-ways-to-use-htaccess-to-speed-up-wordpress/

SENDING LARGE FILES TO FRIENDS - often email systems have maximum file sizes for attached files. But you can send large files easily to others using Skype:
http://www.skype.com/


VIDEO SHORTS

Here's a useful way to make a short stick figure animation. It is simple but effective - I saw one telling the Easter story made by some teens:
http://www.snapfiles.com/GeT/sTiCKFiGuRe.html

The Blair Foundation is running a Faith Shorts Film competition:
http://www.themedianet.org/article?article=e5dbeae1-c497-410f-ac7c-5bfd2578816e


POPULAR CULTURE

Do you like the book or musical Les Miserables? Do you have any insights about the themes in the story, especially from the viewpoint of embedded spiritual parallels? Please write:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/feedback


TAILEND ô¿ô

Dog lovers will treasure one dog-owner's description of his dog, which was getting totally in the way, as "A tail with an idiot attached to it."

Answer to last weeks puzzle: envelope

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