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W-E-B Issue 203 ~ January 2012
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
VALENTINE'S DAY EVANGELISM RESOURCES
WIN NEW MISSIONS AND MEDIA BOOK: EVANGELISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE
EMAIL DISTRIBUTION
VIDEO APOLOGETICS
COMMUNICATING WELL
WORLD WE LIVE IN
FREE EBOOKS AND STUDIES
TRAINING AND CONFERENCES
MOBILES KEEP ADVANCING
SOCIAL NETWORKING
POPULAR CULTURE
TECH TIPS

"Confidence is the feeling you have before you really understand the problem"



VALENTINE'S DAY EVANGELISM RESOURCES

Effective Church Communications offers a range of ready-made resources:
http://www.effectivechurchcom.com/category/seasonal/valentines-day/

Rusty Wright produces free syndicatable outsider-friendly evangelistic articles about Valentine's Day and much else:
http://rustywright.com/topics/holiday-and-seasonal/

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WIN NEW MISSIONS AND MEDIA BOOK: EVANGELISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Just published – a new book by mediastrategist Dan Henrich: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies (Volume 1).

The book is a series of insightful case study reports about various film, radio, cartoon, web and mobile phone initiatives in Africa, S America and Asia in the recent years. Read a sample chapter online. You can win a copy, just by tweeting or Facebooking about it:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6822

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EMAIL DISTRIBUTION

Despite the rise of social networking, email newsletters are still a vital element of many communication strategies. Of course you can use freebies such as YahooGroups, or your host company may provide an email service. Another option is MailChimp, which is free for lower levels of use, but not cheap for higher levels. Even if you don't plan to use MailChimp, check their very useful library of advice pages on the many issues involved in email distribution, including spam, filters, and social networking - MailChimp for Churches:
http://mailchimp.com/resources/guides/mailchimp-for-churches/

Feedburner is also a free way to distribute blog and other news items by email:
http://feedburner.google.com/

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VIDEO APOLOGETICS

UK apologetics ministry Focus writes, "We're currently working on six series of short videos explaining and defending the Christian faith against contemporary scientific and historical challenges. These videos will be available online and on DVD, and our vision is that more than a million people will have watched them by the end of 2019.

"We've just produced a new brochure outlining this vision. You can read it or download it from:
http://www.facingthechallenge.org/focus.pdf

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COMMUNICATING WELL

Ed Stetzer's blog series on contextualization is now available all on one page:
http://www.edstetzer.com/2011/09/contextualization-and-the-miss.html

And Ed interviews Mike Frost about his new book:
http://www.edstetzer.com/2012/01/leadership-book-interview-mich.html

Relationships and listening: key to conversion:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6700

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WORLD WE LIVE IN

TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES in 2012:
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/01/trends-and-opportunities-for-2012-digidisiciple-soonguy/

RESEARCH - UK's Church Army research unit is a great source of studies on evangelism in contemporary culture. Their 6-monthly PDF Tomorrow's Evangelism is around 8 pages of valuable analysis by researcher Steve Hollinghurst:
http://www.churcharmy.org.uk/ms/sc/Evangelism/sfc_tomorrows_evangelism.aspx

BRITISH BELIEF - Latest British Social Attitudes study shows 50% regard themselves as having no religion:
http://bit.ly/z4rAab

REFUGEES - one of the sad characteristics of the last century has been mass movements of displaced people. There are over 50,000 Bhutanese refugees in USA, and a further 9000 in other western nations. Diaspora people naturally have a strong need to maintain social links with each other and those back home, and will often be heavy internet users. For those with an understanding of the language and culture, appropriate online outreach to diaspora peoples is a big opportunity:
http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=41455

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FREE EBOOKS AND STUDIES

How the Internet Works - a guide for policy-makers:
http://www.edri.org/files/2012EDRiPapers/how_the_internet_works.pdf

Princeton Theological Review, Fall 2010: The Church After Google. 122 pages PDF, multiple short articles, quite academic:
http://www.princetontheologicalreview.org/issues_pdf/43.pdf

A PhD thesis actually: Doug Belshaw has written a 270-page thesis on Digital Literacy. If this is a subject you'd like to delve into at an academic level, visit:
http://neverendingthesis.com/doug-belshaw-thesis-as-submitted.pdf

Free ebooks at a popular level:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/eb

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TRAINING AND CONFERENCES

CARTOONING - The next School of Cartooning (YWAM Thailand) is now open for applications:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/socam

JAPAN - Reaching Japanese Conference 16-18 Feb, Kirkland WA. Includes manga workshop:
http://t.co/yHXDJx1X

BIOLA media conference May 5:
http://www.biolamedia.com/

SECULAR SOCIAL NETWORKING CONFERENCES around the world:
http://www.socialmedia.biz/2012/01/02/2012-conferences-social-media-tech-marketing/

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MOBILES KEEP ADVANCING

If you are not in touch with the education scene, you may be amazed at the extent of use of digital media, including interactive digital white-screens and tablet computers. Our 9-year-old grandson is the 'tablet monitor' for his class, distributing and collecting the tablets as needed. Here are some classroom apps for iPads:
http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/2011/06/12-ipad-apps-for-storytelling-in.html

Tablets are starting to impact African education:
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/02/01/19el-africa.h31.html

Mobiles starting to edge out internet cafes in Africa:
http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/mobile-phones-edge-out-internet-cafes/1816/

Wikipedia will be available on free mobile access in Africa via Orange - a great benefit for information and learning:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/24/orange-wikipedia-mobile-devices-free

Next billion mobile users will come from developing rural areas:
http://www.telecoms.com/39127/next-billion-mobile-users-to-come-from-developing-rural-areas/

In 2012, there will be 200 million more mobile users in India, and, hopefully, the launch of the Indian $50 tablet for schools:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16354076

How mobiles can change your Bible:
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/01/biblephones-part-1/

AppStorm reckons the Galaxy Nexus is the best Android on the market:
http://android.appstorm.net/reviews/hardware-reviews/the-galaxy-nexus-best-phone-on-the-market/

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SOCIAL NETWORKING

Using Twitter - about the best summary advice I've seen:
http://couchable.co/blog/post/using-twitter-more-effectively

Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi & Urdu Twitter are on the way, empowering idea-sharing & truth:
http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article569006.ece

5 Things You Need To Know BEFORE Designing Your Social Media Strategy:
http://socialmediatoday.com/node/436686

The 6 Online Places Your Ministry Must Be, says Brian Barela:
http://www.brianbarela.com/the-6-online-places-your-ministry-must-be/

9 tips for integrating social media into your website:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/9-tips-for-integrating-social-media-on-your-website/

The state of social media - Trevin Wax interviews Justin Wise:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2012/02/01/the-state-of-social-media-a-conversation-with-justin-wise/

Publishing in March: Len Sweet's new book Viral is an excellent read highlighting the potential of social networking for effective evangelism. Probably the most significant web ministry book of the year?
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/201624/viral-by-leonard-sweet

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POPULAR CULTURE

WAR HORSE is a powerful redemptive story:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6737

USING FILM FOR CONVERSATION STARTING EVANGELISM - Krish Kandiah (of UK Evangelical Alliance) writes on recent UCCF discussion event about Inception:
http://krishk.com/2012/01/5-learned-inception/

...and discussion of Shawshank Redemption:
http://krishk.com/2012/01/5-learned-jesus-shawshank-redemption-event/

...and Lord of the Rings:
http://krishk.com/2012/01/5-learned-jesus-lord-rings/

EXCELLENT GUIDE from Tony Watkins on starting a film discussion group:
http://www.tonywatkins.co.uk/media/film/filmdiscussions/

DAMARIS study materials on Iron Lady are still available:
http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/6741

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TECH TIPS

- non-techies look away now

GOOGLE reverse search image:
http://www.worldstart.com/newsletters.php/computer_tips/2011-01-02

CSS3 border width animation fun:
http://html5advent2011.digitpaint.nl/1/index.html

CSS3 button creation:
http://designmodo.com/create-css3-buttons/

CHARACTER ENTITIES and Javascript:
http://www.sitepoint.com/character-entities-html-css-javascript/

CSS 'bullet-proof' dropdown menu:
http://azadcreative.com/2012/01/bulletproof-css3-dropdown-navigation-menu/

32 MORE dropdown menus:
http://bloomwebdesign.net/myblog/2012/01/16/32-impressive-drop-down-menu-designs-for-inspiration/

DOWNLOAD PHP scripts:
http://sharebrain.info/scripting/10-websites-to-download-php-scripts/13889/

FREE HTML editors:
http://www.wokay.com/technology/10-best-useful-free-linux-html-editors-59563.html

PRIVACY POLICY - how to write one:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-craft-a-privacy-policy-for-your-website/

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TAILEND FUNNIES ô¿ô

My boss phoned me today.

He said, "Is everything okay at the office?"

I said, "Yes, it's all under control. It's been a very busy day, I haven't stopped for a minute."

"Can you do me a favor?" he asked.

I said, "Of course, anything, what is it?"

He said, "Hurry up and take your shot, I'm right behind you on the 7th hole."
[Source: www.mikeysFunnies.com ]

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