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W-E-B Issue 182 ~ October 2010
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"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln


Not only do we rejoice at the rescue of the miners, and the way that many apparently turned to faith through their ordeal and most wore the t-shirts given by Jesus Film Chile during the rescue:

But also, we have been given the redemptive parable of the century: one which speaks in a number of very clear parallels of grace and our inability to rescue ourselves.

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Michael Paton blogs almost daily in Parchment and Pen, about theology and Christian life issues, with much grace and humility. Here's an aside he wrote recently:

"Now, I am a slow learner. I don't connect the dots too quickly. So, pardon me if you already knew this. But it suddenly dawned on me, while I was in Munich (during the World Cup), that one of the easiest ways to make inroads into a foreign culture is to know soccer. Missionaries should devote quite a bit of time to knowing about the national team of the country where they will be ministering. It's an immediate conversation starter. And it shows that we are involved in the lives of the citizens, in the things that are important to them. I would strongly recommend that missionaries learn the names of all the national soccer players, and learn their stats, too. Know what city they are from, what position they play, how they are regarded in their homeland. Missionaries have a tough job just getting accepted in a foreign land (much like anyone from another state moving to Maine!). Knowing soccer, and becoming a genuine soccer fan, is a great way to open doors. And if they can get a hold of a TV, they should invite their neighbors over to watch the games. The next time the World Cup rolls around, I plan to do a little homework, since I don't know what countries I'll be in. Wherever it is, I'll know soccer."

Damaris have created free resources to tie in with the highly-praised movie Africa United:

The film is getting great reviews. Read an interview with one of the producers, a Christian:

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WHERE DO GOOD IDEAS COME FROM? Steven Johnson offers some valuable insights into 'where good ideas come from'. He highlights the timescale needed, and especially the cross-fertilization of ideas through discussion and networking:

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE - "A new study co-authored by MIT researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive ..."
This study is hugely significant for Christian leadership groups of any sort:

BLOGGING - Make your next blog posting unforgettable:

KINDLES - why they are increasingly significant:

"WHAT WILL IT TAKE to reach the non-churched?" asks Alan Hirsch:


C S LEWIS - Narnia fans will be looking forward to the release of the Dawn Treader in December. However, there is also a biopic of Lewis in the pipeline, working title Surprised by Joy:

SOCRATIC EVANGELISM - Effective Dialogue in Evangelism, by A J Rinaldi:

LAUSANNE - videos of sessions available, blog posts about the sessions, and a Bristol church that put missions before anything else:

Mission leaders at Lausanne's Wednesday session said the hardest obstacle to overcome in reaching unreached people groups is the lack of obedience of the church:

"YOU DON'T GET a second chance to make a first impression," says Steve Fogg:

Interested in sharing Jesus through Manga?

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LANDING TABS for a church Facebook fan page:

FAILURE - Why most people fail in social media:

THE CONVERSATION PRISM analyzes and connects the many different types of social networking within a circular graphic. However, to see the hi-def graphic, you need to click the small graphic (and several others) lower down the page to get a popup, resizable graphic with clearer text:

CONFERENCE - Social Media for Social Change: day conference at All Souls Langham Place, London, 30 November:


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THE LITTLE PHONE THAT COULD: new article in International Journal of Frontier Missions outlining the major opportunities for evangelism using mobile phones, not least in the Majority World:

AARDMAN STOPMOTION VIDEO CLIP 'Dot' has serious message. It was shot using a microscope attachment on the new Nokia N8:

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BIGGEST ONLINE BEHAVIOUR research project covers many countries:

BABY COGNITIVE EXPERIMENTS - This series of cognitive experiments with small babies at Yale University is quite remarkable:

HOW GOOGLE Translate works:

LESSONS LEARNED from doing without social media:

ONLINE SAFETY FOR KIDS - Advice from the children's column Surfing the Net with Kids:

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS are being digitized by Google:,2817,2371109,00.asp

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-non-techies look away now

IE8 PROBLEM with a CMS site not displaying in IE8? Ensure that the doctype tag is absolutely the first thing displaying for the browser to see. Comments or whitespace will mess it up. A further fix is to make IE8 emulate IE7 with this meta tag:
meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7"/

PDF to Word - online conversion tool:

SHORT URLS - Google now has an URL shortener. It also creates a ready-made QR Code for the URL (which mobile phones can read), which you can add to websites, visual displays or print a articles:

WINDOWS 7 crashing when using wifi - suggested solution from Danny Sullivan:

CSS3 promises to usher in a new wave of gorgeous web design, with lovely features such as drop shadows, text shadows, rounded corners, gradients, and border images. One CSS3 feature that is really starting to gain traction now is transitions. CSS transitions allow you to smoothly animate an element's CSS properties from one state to another, without using a single line of JavaScript:

25 EMERGING FREE SCRIPTS from Hotscripts:

WORDPRESS - don't even think of installing the Wordpress 'blogpress seo' plugin:

SECURITY - if you run an CMS system such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc, you can go some way to preventing hacking into the system, by using htaccess to block access to your admin area (in Wordpress it is in the wp-admin folder) to all IP addresses except those of the computer(s) you use to make site updates and posts. You can find your IP address at - if it is not static (i.e. unchanging) then you can still use the first digits of the IP address that don't change each time). All you need to do is create an htaccess file and place it in the admin directory, NOT your root directory:

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11 ways to convince someone to buy your e-book:

Free communication/evangelism e-books:

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Here are a number of links about the nature of digital communication:

TIM STAFFORD INTERVIEW. The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance - Tim Stafford interview with Al Erisman, who says we need to think about ministry in the digital culture the way missionaries think about the culture of the people they serve. Long but significant article:

There are responses to the article from others at:
- Nigel M. de S. Cameron: Sci-Fi Reality

- Wha-Chul Son: Technological Divide:

- Juan D. Rogers: Not Just Tools:

- Haron Wachira: Blessings & Curses of Technology:

PHIL COOKE ON MEDIA. The difference in the closed media world of the past, and the open media world of the future:

WEB CAN BE LOCAL TOO. Geographical location becoming more significant on the Web:

TOO MANY GADGETS? Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price:

10 LEVELS of intimacy in communication - useful graphic:

BARRIERS FALLING - one major Christian commentator on the Web writes in a significant book: "... most of the barriers to group action have collapsed, and without those barriers, we are free to explore new ways of gathering together and getting things done. "

THE INTERNET - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. Long but very useful analysis by John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University. He is currently working on a book about the internet phenomenon:

E-BOOKS FOR CHILDREN - they would read more frequently if they could get hold of e-books, says a study by publishing group Scholastic:

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"I just read that YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are merging - it'll be called You-Twit-Face."

"I know where I am. I've been lost here before."

What happens when you bug an elephant

[Thanks to Pastor Tim's Cybersalt]

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