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W-E-B Issue 197 ~ September 2011
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
TITANIC CENTENARY APRIL 2012
DESIGN AND USABILITY
CARTOON GOSPEL STORY
CHURCH, MISSION AND EFFECTIVE MINISTRY
COMMUNICATING WELL
CONFERENCES IN PARAGUAY AND LONDON
MOBILES OPPORTUNITIES
MOVIES AND FILM
SOCIAL MEDIA
WORLD WE LIVE IN
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUN

"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest." - Corrie Ten Boom


TITANIC CENTENARY APRIL 2012

2012 will mark 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. Expect a big upsurge in books, movies, blogs, and general awareness of this iconic world-changer. It provides a great starting point for spiritual parallels and evangelism. Read more on how to do this, and find the best books and video clips on Titanic and survivor stories:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5174

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DESIGN AND USABILITY

5 SIMPLE CHANGES to font sizes and layout will increase readership of blogs and websites dramatically:
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2011/08/19/5-simple-font-changes-to-boost-readers-comments-and-shares-on-your-blog/

10 THINGS you can do to improve your website right now:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-you-can-do-to-improve-your-web-site-right-now/2666

CSS3 - amazing ways to make style transitions without Javascript, enhancing site usability:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/css/how-to-create-css3-transitions-without-javascript.html

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CARTOON GOSPEL STORY

The Jesus Comic is a series of simple cartoons (using 'stick' people) to tell the gospel story. It is deliberately designed to stimulate questions and discussion, and Jason the artist is a secondary school teacher who has tested it widely on his students. The series can be viewed online, and is also available as an iOS phone app. It can be also purchased as a customized PowerPoint.
http://www.thejesuscomic.com/

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CHURCH, MISSION AND EFFECTIVE MINISTRY

NEW BOOK: 'Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication' draws on the wisdom of more than 60 church communication pros. They cover everything from branding and design, to websites and outreach. This is a comprehensive communications resource for church leaders:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5633

HOW TO MATCH volunteers to their gifts:
http://tonymorganlive.com/2011/08/22/cutting-cacti/

VISITORS - Getting People from Point A to Point B: Inactive to Engaged. It's been proven that almost 90% of guests will return to a church, if someone follows them up on the same day as their visit; that percentage drops to 60% if you wait just 24 hours:
http://tonymorganlive.com/2011/09/06/getting-people-from-point-a-to-point-b-inactive-to-engaged/

ASSESS HEALTH - Justin Wise suggests that it is possible to assess the health of any organization including churches, from their website. What do you think?
http://justinwise.net/communications-pyramid

CHURCH SITES - One way to make your ministry or church website beautiful:
http://www.brianbarela.com/one-way-to-make-your-ministry-or-church-website-beautiful/

STRONG APPEAL giving 7 reasons on why we should be involved in digital evangelism:
http://stickyjesus.com/2011/09/7-digital-realities-christians-cant-afford-to-ignore-any-longer/

5 REASONS BORDERS BOOKS went out of business - and lessons for the church:
http://www.missionaloutreachnetwork.com/profiles/blogs/5-reasons-borders-went-out-of-

SHARE FAITH in workplace:
http://www.vergenetwork.org/2011/08/16/30-simple-ways-to-be-missional-in-your-workplace/

RESEARCH - The importance of small-scale mission research:
http://www.gmi.org/newsletter/articles/2-1/

LESSONS from a car mechanic:
http://bedeviant.com/lessons-from-a-car-mechanic

FOUR KINDS OF PEOPLE in the world, says Tim Keller, in a very useful analysis:
http://www.provocativechurch.com/2011/08/four-kinds-of-people-in-world.html

Read this in conjunction with Ed Stetzer's wise comments on legalism:
http://www.edstetzer.com/2010/04/legalism-1.html

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COMMUNICATING WELL

SCOTTISH MASTERCLASS in clear, concise and positive communication, used on train window stickers. Repeated from last time, sorry about typo in URL! This is correct one:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5005

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CONFERENCES IN PARAGUAY AND LONDON

CHRISTIAN NEW MEDIA CONFERENCE, London 15 October
http://www.premier.org.uk/newmediaconference.aspx

COICOM 18-22 October 2011. Details of the Spanish language Web Evangelism section of the COICOM Paraguay conference:
http://bit.ly/qUSzov

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MOBILES OPPORTUNITIES

MOBILE MINISTRY TRAINING COURSE is a distance-learning 4-week introduction to the uses of mobile technology platforms for Christian ministry. It involves 4-6 hrs of home study time each week:
http://www.cybermissions.org/mobilemin/

IPHONE MANGA APP: At long last, the Bible in Japanese manga comic format is out, on iPhone and iPad! It is in both English and Japanese:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nextmanga/id456287209?mt=8

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: John Gibbs writes: "As the Japanese are glued to their mobile phones all the time, two of the media they are engaging most often are comics and games; so we are developing Christian comics, Christian games, and Christian social apps on iPhone/iPad.

Our specific needs:
- Programmers who can make iPhone and iPad applications, particularly (but not only) games
- Artists who can draw comics in full-color
- Designers and creative people who can think of comprehensive ideas for Christian games and comics that would teach the basics of our faith: The nature of God, who Jesus is, salvation, discipleship, sanctification, etc.

For further details, write to John: johngibbs AT gmail DOT com

ANDROID set to grow in Africa:
http://whiteafrican.com/2011/09/13/africas-android-invasion

FIVE TECHNOLOGIES on the way:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hiner/five-future-technologies-i-cant-wait-for/9174

ANDROID calendar apps:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hiner/the-20-best-iphone-apps-of-2011-for-productive-geeks/9133

ANDROID ANTIVIRUS options:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/five-android-antivirus-products-to-add-to-your-mobile-arsenal/3519

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MOVIES AND FILM

SOUL SURFER, the story of Bethany Hamilton, opens in UK cinemas 23 September:
http://www.premier.org.uk/Features/Soul%20Surfer.aspx

FREE EBOOK: USING FILM IN CHRISTIAN COMMUNICATION. Moving pictures have captivated audiences since their invention. Whether to capture reality or create an alternate narrative, film has taken us on a fascinating journey during the last century.
Tony Watkins is a culture-watcher and his new 16-page ebook is a very readable introduction to understanding film and worldviews:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5444

ANIMATIONS - for news of interesting animations, and learning how to use these for evangelism, become a fan of School of Cartooning and Animation (and make sure your settings are to receive an email for each new post):
http://www.facebook.com/groups/socam

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Justin Wise says, "I attended the world's largest marketing webinar yesterday, along with 30,000 of my closest friends. The webinar was 'The Science of Social Media' with Hubspot's Dan Zarrella. It was, in a word, informative."
http://justinwise.net/science-of-social-media

These two meta-premises will save you lots of heartache as a social media practicioner, says Justin:
http://justinwise.net/social-media-snooki

10 COMMANDMENTs for Twitter:
http://www.randyelrod.com/the-ten-commandments-of-twitter-with-apologies-to-moses/

FAN PAGE MAILOUTS terminated. From the end of September, it will not be possible to send a broadcast email message to all the fans of a Facebook Fanpage.

WHO CAN CLIMB FORRESTER'S LADDER? A useful insight into the different ways that people interact with social media and the Web:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/5599

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WORLD WE LIVE IN

WEC International has launched a global prayer community, an online presence encouraging around the clock intercession for the nations:
http://www.globalprayer365.com/

INDIA WEB USERS set to treble by 2014, says Google. Appropriate contextualized digital evangelism is vital for India:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904060604576572552645756840.html

SWING: who says young people can't do Swing? (Or even know what it is?) Watch this great excerpt from Japanese comedy film Swing Girls:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7N6slVrQeY

Background to film:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_Girls

JAPAN - the tsunami aftermath is not often in the western media. But it's very hard on children as well as adults:
http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109080337.html

PAGEANTS - if you saw LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and thought it must be an exaggerated parody of child 'pageants', it wasn't. Not even close:
http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/pluggedin/2011/09/08/tarted-up-toddlers

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

WORDPRESS syndication plugin:
http://www.willmaster.com/software/WPplugins/instructions-local-syndication-wordpress-plugin.php

TWITTER client for MACs:
http://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/home-en

JQUERY - new book from Elated.com:
http://store.elated.com/

HTML5 VIDEO conversion:
http://easyhtml5video.com/

DOODLE WITH CSS online:
http://cssdesk.com/

APPS - 20 best phone apps for 2011:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hiner/the-20-best-iphone-apps-of-2011-for-productive-geeks/9133

BUILD APPS for different platforms on a common base:
http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/products/flashbuilder.html?sdid=IEFPD

MYTHS of PC performance:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/dont-be-fooled-by-these-10-pc-performance-myths/2703

STORE your cables safely - simple tip:
http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/geeks-store-their-cables-the-recycled-way/

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TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

10 Words That Don't Exist, But Should

1. AQUADEXTROUS (ak wa deks'trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub tap on and off with your toes.
2. CARPERPETUATION (kar'pur pet u a shun) n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.
- Read 8 more: http://www.humorbin.com/showitem.asp?item=847

Buy a parrot and teach him how to say this one thing: "Help! They transformed me into a parrot, help me!!"
[source www.cybersalt.org ]

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