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W-E-B Issue 230 ~ September (ii) 2013
Monthly ISSN 471-0323  Bookmark and Share
Paying it forward | IE Day 2014 | Communicating well | Social media | World we live in | Popular culture | Tech tips | Tailend fun

They say...
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies" - Nelson Mandela

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty" - Henry Ford


You may have seen the Kevin Spacey movie Pay it Forward, which illustrates the biblical principle of the far-reaching effects of random acts of kindness performed with no expectation of return.

Indeed, it is acts of mercy that often pave the way for people to even hear the good news, as the Gray Matrix concept graphically demonstrates.

This 3-minute moving Thai film illustrates the same thing.


The 2014 date for Internet Evangelism Day is Sunday 1 June. April and May dates were not possible due to a late Easter and other later event clashes in some countries. Here's a short news item to share.


"People don't believe what you tell them.
They rarely believe what you show them.
They often believe what their friends tell them.
They always believe what they tell themselves."
 - Seth Godin

How to write a professional email that gets a reply. And 5 mistakes pastors make with email.

The art of the offer from The Story of Telling.

Online video - shorter is better (mostly).

Nine tips on making a killer presentation, from Len Wilson.

How to design a message series for unchurched people, from Outreach Magazine.

Tips on writing blog posts, articles, or tweets, that people will actually continue to read.

Grammar Police: 12 mistakes nearly everyone makes.


Reach more people online using these 16 ideas for improving your church's internet ministries, says Internet Toolbox for Churches.

Facebook now lets you edit posts that have already been published.

Facebook publishes free ebook Facebook For Educators And Community Leaders Guide.

FaithVillage is offering some free tools for churches.

Ten things I've learned on Twitter: reflections on getting to 100,000 followers, by Ed Stetzer.

Churches must think about mobile and digital, says Leadership Network.


Existential angst. Stand-up comedian Louis C. K. was on the late-night show Conan, explaining why he doesn't want his kids to have smart phones. He may well be right, but the reason I am highlighting this item from the excellent Second Nature blog is because both he and his interviewer (from 1:21 in) admit to the horror of existential loneliness and how ready people are to cover it up. with displacement activity. (And the audience laughter indicates a ready understanding of this avoidance strategy.) Jesus-followers either forget this feeling, or, growing up as believing children, may never have experienced it at all. We need to empathize and engage with it.

It is rare to read or hear anyone using this angst avoiding strategy as a starting point to share the good news. Would you agree? Do you know of an effective and appropriate use of this?

Free mission-related infographics. Get free world mission infographics newsletter by email from GMI, with free downloadable infographics. I know they have a digital evangelism infographic in preparation.

An interesting infographic on the world's religions (not from GMI) and another on how the Internet actually works.

Five minute video of a girl aging a lifetime - compiled in an astounding way.

Why Generation Y is unhappy.

Testing water quality with mobile phones in Tanzania.

Unearthed treasure confirms Jewish history in Jerusalem.

Christianity Today offers a wealth of free world-class articles. Check these recent features:


Why you should breathe Narnian air: part 1 | part 2 - Trevin Wax in interview with Joe Rigney.

Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill is now on DVD. It's a beautiful and gentle masterpiece. For Christmas present ideas, look no further! Reviews from Christ and Pop Culture | Three Brothers Film | Hollywood Jesus.

Latest film-related resources from Damaris Trust.


– non-techies look away now

5 simple PowerPoint tricks.

Using the YouVersion Bible app with iO7.

Using PHP to verify that checkboxes are ticked.

Formatting a Kindle ebook case study.

Make your text content mobile-friendly.


Is this girl for real? No, I think she is a good actor. But so funny.

"When I was kid, my English teacher looked my way and said, "Name two pronouns." I said, "Who, me?"

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