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WEB EVANGELISM BULLETIN

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W-E-B Issue 212 ~ July-August 2012
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
OLYMPIC GAMES
AFTER LIFE: NEW APOLOGETICS RESOURCES FROM FOCUS
POPULAR CULTURE
STUFF FOR YOUR CHURCH
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
WRITING AND DESIGN
STORYTELLING
CONFERENCES COMING SOON
MOBILE MINISTRY
ANIMATION AND VIDEO
TECH TIPS
TAILEND FUN

"Jesus spent most of His life with people we spend most of ours trying to avoid" - Bob Goff

OLYMPIC GAMES

SHARE CONVERSATION-STARTING video clips about the Olympics on Facebook, Twitter etc. The YesHEIs team has a special Olympic section. (And join their mailing list, with a chance to win an iPad.)
http://yesheisatthegames.com/

JESSICA ENNIS is the face of the British Olympics. Why is it important to summarize a concept or message within a single image? And where to find free images to illustrate your website, blog, PowerPoint, or printed bulletin:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8896

OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY – an amazing picture of effective communication:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8790

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AFTER LIFE: NEW APOLOGETICS RESOURCES FROM FOCUS

Focus apologetics ministry offers a new series of short videos After Life, on the evidence for the resurrection. Speakers include William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, Amy Orr-Ewing and Tom Wright. They are free for people to embed in websites and blogs, link to, or download. They can also be bought on DVD:

Focus site: http://www.focus.org.uk
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/godnewevidence
Facebook fan page - you may wish to Like it: http://www.facebook.com/godnewevidence

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POPULAR CULTURE

LES MISERABLES trailer for the film of the musical, a highly redemptive story, due to release in December:
http://missionalthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/links-to-help-you-get-to-friday/

HOW KERMIT the frog is spreading the gospel:
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/06/how-kermit-the-frog-is-spreading-the-gospel-medialit12/

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STUFF FOR YOUR CHURCH

CHURCH BULLETINS - "I wish every church said what this church says in their bulletin," says Jon Acuff:
http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2012/07/how-to-welcome-people-to-your-church/

DIFFERENCES between 'withreach' and outreach:
http://breakthroughchurch.com/withreach/chart.html

CHURCH COMMUNICATION - valuable resources:
http://www.effectivechurchcom.com/2012/06/introducing-friday-miscellany-a-collection-of-links-to-materials-from-a-variety-of-sources-helpful-to-church-communicators-issue-1/

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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

CHILDREN - the gospel sketched for kids:
http://benirwin.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/the-gospel-sketched-for-kids/

NEW BOOK - Evangelism in the Digital Age now cheaper on Kindle:
http://wp.me/p25HsR-1D

EVANGELISM - "If Christ says, 'Let those that thirst come,' then why does much evangelism look like water boarding?"
http://www.pathwaysinternational.org/2012/06/evangelism-respond/

LOVE ASKS - and listens, says Trevin Wax:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/06/16/love-asks/

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL, in evangelism or anything else:
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/06/one-size-does-not-fit-all-does-it/

RETHINKING HOW WE PRESENT THE GOSPEL depending on the hearer:
http://frankviola.org/2012/04/25/presentingthegospel/

AVOID THE 'PARADOX OF CHOICE' that paralyzes people:
http://www.chrisbrogan.com/pick-a-badge/

YOUR NONPROFIT'S brain needs to think creatively:
http://www.brianbarela.com/your-non-profits-brain-needs-to-think-creatively/

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WRITING AND DESIGN

BETTER WEBSITES - What people do not see on your website matters too:
http://conversation.cipr.co.uk/posts/graham.jones/what-people-do-not-see-on-your-website-matters

WHY PEOPLE LEAVE a website. Don't let it be yours. How to bring an outsider's eye to your pages, and test usability:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8823

WHY IMAGES ARE VITAL, everywhere:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8390

3 INFOGRAPHIC STYLES to communicate your message in 60 seconds:
http://engage.tmgcustommedia.com/2012/06/3-infographic-styles-to-get-your-message-across-in-60-seconds-or-less/

WRITERS - how to test your readability:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8252

USE NUMBERS EFFECTIVELY in writing:
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-number-problems/

MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT in writing:
http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/175394/how-to-make-every-word-count-when-writing-about-people-places-things/

DOUBLE SPACES - always do a 'search and replace' for unintended double spaces in your writing.

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STORYTELLING

WHAT IS NON-PROFIT STORYTELLING? asks Wilton Blake:
http://wiltonblake.com/define-nonprofit-storytelling/

Dip into more storytelling insights from Wilton's Storytelling for Nonprofits daily;
http://paper.li/WiltonBlake/1309903964

"LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY" - why are these words so vital? 15-minute TED lecture:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8496

STORYTELLING - great insights from a storyteller, writer and film critic. 45-min video from Jeffrey Overstreet:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8290

HOW NARRATIVES can prepare hearts for the gospel:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/july-august/how-narratives-can-prepare-hearts-for-the-gospel.html

MAKE SURE you tell a story, says Tony Morgan:
http://tonymorganlive.com/2012/04/17/make-sure-you-tell-a-story/

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CONFERENCES COMING SOON

CHRISTIAN NEW MEDIA - 20 October, London:
http://www.newmediacentreofexcellence.org.uk/cnmac/conference

COICOM - this year in Honduras, 18-22 September. Hispanic conference including web and digital ministry:
http://www.coicom.com/congreso/index.php

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MOBILE MINISTRY

MOBILES - the ultimate electronic tool. Amazing stats, opportunities and infographic:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8727

SMS - Deutsche Welle uses SMS and dial-to-listen radio shows for those with limited web access:
http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/2012/07/030939.htm

FREE Android apps for worship leaders:
http://churchm.ag/free-android-worship-leader-apps/

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ANIMATION AND VIDEO

ANIMATION is a powerful tool for evangelism. Here are some examples of good secular animations:

Paper model stop-motion, The Move:
http://youtu.be/u2582g0nl_U

More papercraft stop-motion:
http://churchm.ag/papercraft-stop-motion-video/

Masterclass in wordless communication, this advert won a prize at Cannes:
http://www.campaignbriefasia.com/2012/06/chipotle-back-to-the-start-tak.html

CHURCH VIDEO - Be more creative in making online video for your church, says Josh Burns
http://joshburns.net/blog/?p=1437

CREATIVES, DON'T GIVE UP. If you're a creative writer, musician, animator, artist, whatever... don't give up. Maybe you won't need Malcolm Gladwell's '10,000 hours' to get good. Maybe you will. Watch Nobody Tells Beginners 2-min video clip:
http://churchm.ag/ira-glass-storytelling/

SWIVEL - your own personal cameraman when videoing yourself in sermons and seminars:
http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/swivl-your-personal-cameraman-dream.html

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

BACKUP - get some extra backup safety - store (non-sensitive) files in the cloud free:
http://www.bestfreecloudstorageproviders.com

DESIGN HTML EMAIL newsletters effectively
http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/articles/28-tips-for-designing-effective-html-emails

COOL CSS to hide/show text overflow. Lots of uses!
http://www.willmaster.com/library/web-development/hover-to-view-hidden-text-overflow.php

MALWARE - onto Android via Opera Mini:
http://www.zdnet.com/warning-new-android-malware-tricks-users-with-real-opera-mini-7000001586/

5 WAYS to improve your contact form conversion rate:
http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/06/25/5-ways-to-improve-your-contact-form-conversion-rate/

RUN EXTRA external monitors on a MacBook:
http://daggle.com/macbook-pro-retina-running-external-monitors-3135#.T-MHjYacaXI.twitter

FOR MISSIONS - use the web without leaving a trace:
http://www.gadgetbox.msnbc.msn.com/technology/gadgetbox/browse-bond-use-any-computer-without-leaving-trace-tails-820868

BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS - Michael Hyatt's choice:
http://michaelhyatt.com/my-favorite-wordpress-plugins.html

CONSIDER WORDPRESS for your next web project:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/8405

WORDPRESS tutorials:
http://www.whatanicepost.com/tutorials/become-expert-with-40-wordpress-tutorials/

EMAIL - 10 Strategies for getting a faster response to your email:
http://michaelhyatt.com/faster-responses-to-your-email.html

WANT A 200px WIDE NEWS FEED on your blog or website? You can add the headlines for Digital Evangelism Resources easily using the embed copy/paste code:
http://paper.li/soonguy/1330899182

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TAILEND FUN ô¿ô

"I think most everyone would agree that trampolines are awesome. Except for kangaroos. They're probably unimpressed."
[from Mikey's Funnies www.mikeysFunnies.com ]

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