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Which is Better: A Facebook Group or a Facebook Page? « The PR Post

http://prpost.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/which-is-better-a-facebook-group-or-a-facebook-page

  • Advantages to Facebook Groups
    • You can send messages to your members’ Facebook inboxes (update: as long as you have 1,200 5,000 members or fewer). The limit used to be 1,200.
    • If you already have a Facebook group, creating a Facebook page could create confusion. (update: However, you can transfer your Facebook group to a Facebook page). You can no longer transfer your Facebook group to a Facebook page at this time.

    Advantages to Facebook Pages

    • Facebook pages let you measure your traffic. Hooray! You need at least 10 fans for the metrics to work. Jump down to “Metrics” on Peter Leonard’s discussion for a picture and details.
    • You are locked into a set of applications on Facebook groups (e.g., wall, photos, video); however, you can create new applications for your Facebook page (such as allowing customers to buy products). There is also an events application for Facebook pages (see here for an example and click on the event).
    • When your fans take action on your page, such as writing on your wall or posting a video, their actions will be documented on the news feeds of their personal pages. Their friends could see the news feeds and check out your organization.
    • Ali pointed out that fan pages stand out on profiles, whereas group pages get lost in the mix. See her page for an example. Look at the left sidebar items and compare her Facebook groups with her Facebook pages.

Facebook | Help Center

http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=825#!/help/?question=630052

  • You can’t. I just saw a facebook FAQ that said usernames are only for facebook pages or user accounts, but not for groups. It’s too bad. I really wanted to do the same thing for one of my groups.

Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups: What’s the Difference?

http://mashable.com/2009/05/27/facebook-page-vs-group

  • Groups are a bit different than Pages. I administer an alumni group on Facebook. To create a group you go to facebook.com/groups/create.php and then fill in information about the type of group, and decide if it is open to a particular network (such as a University network) or all of Facebook. You can set join permissions on groups so that they are either open to anyone, closed (where users must get administrator approval to join) or secret (invite only). Groups have administrators that manage the group, approve applicants or invite others to join. Administrators can also appoint “officers” who are nominally in charge – however, being an officer doesn’t mean the person has the ability to administer the group.

    Because of these privacy settings, Facebook’s groups are analogous to clubs in the offline world. Administrators can invite members to join via Facebook mail and email, and public groups can be found via Facebook search.

  • Personal vs. Corporate:

    Due to their security features, and size limitations (only groups under 5,000 members can send email blasts), Facebook Groups are set up for more personal interaction. Groups are also directly connected to the people who administer them, meaning that activities that go on there could reflect on you personally. Pages, on the other hand, don’t list the names of administrators, and are thought of as a person, almost like a corporate entity is considered a ‘person’ under the law.

    Facebook considers groups to be an extension of your personal actions. When you post something as a group administrator, it appears to be coming from you and is attached to your personal profile. Alternately, Pages can create content that comes from the Page itself, so that content doesn’t have to be linked to you personally.

    Update: Also one key difference is that Pages are indexed by external search engines such as Google (Google), just like a public profile while Groups are not.

  • As long as a group is under 5,000 members, group admins can send messages to the group members that will appear in their inboxes. Page admins can send updates to fans through the Page, and these updates will appear in the “Updates” section of fans’ inboxes. There is no limit on how many fans you may send an update to, or how many total fans a Page can have.
  • Groups offer far more control over who gets to participate
  • Pages can host applications, so a Page can essentially be more personalized and show more content. Groups can’t do this.

A List Apart: Articles: Practical CSS Layout Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/practicalcss

  • The form above was created without the use of TABLEs. Once again we are using FLOAT to accomplish the positioning. The trick is to create a DIV that works like the TABLE row that we are used to using. Then we’ll create two SPANs: one for the labels and the other for the form elements. Float the label SPAN left and the form element SPAN right. For the label SPAN, align the text right, and give the form element SPAN left-aligned text.

    The CSS looks like this:

    div.row {
      clear: both;
      padding-top: 10px;
      }
    
    div.row span.label {
      float: left;
      width: 100px;
      text-align: right;
      }
    
    div.row span.formw {
      float: right;
      width: 335px;
      text-align: left;
      }

    The CSS above also gives widths for the SPANs. These can be absolute values like the example, or percentages that add up to 100% or slightly less, depending on padding and borders (and the box model you are designing for). In the example I have wrapped the form in another DIV to give it a border and a background.

    The example HTML looks like:

    Name:
    Age:
    Shoe size:
    Comments: Go ahead - write something...
     
    </form> </div>

    Front and Center

    You may have noticed part of the STYLE attribute for the containing DIV above contained the following: margin: 0px auto;. This results in the 400 pixel DIV being centered in standards compliant browsers. Some browsers, like IE5.x for Windows ignore this, but will (incorrectly) center DIVs that have a TEXT-ALIGN of center. To center DIVs in these browsers you can wrap a DIV with TEXT-ALIGN set to center, around another DIV that sets MARGIN to auto (and TEXT-ALIGN to left so text will align correctly). See Rob Chandanais’ Layout Reservoir for this and other centering technniques.

How to convert manually your HTML tables to CSS | Table2CSS

http://www.table2css.com/articles/convert-your-html-tables-to-css

  • The first approach

    (this was the approach used by the first version of our Table2CSS converter)

    We will try to mimic the table layout as closely as possible using DIV elements. It is quite easy to replace the TABLE and TR tags:

    <html>
    <body>
    
    ...
    ...
    ...
    </div> </body> </html>
  • The TD elements however are a bit more problematic to convert. Each DIV element forms a new block so it is not so easy to place more than one DIV element on the same line. Applying floating style however allows us to change the DIV element behavior and to place several DIVs side by side:
    <html>
    <body>
    
    Cell 1
    Cell 2
    </div>
    Cell 3
    Cell 4
    </div>
    Cell 5
    Cell 6
    </div> </div> </body> </html>

35+ Most Essential WordPress Tricks and Hacks | Artatm

http://artatm.com/2010/02/35-most-essential-wordpress-tricks-and-hacks

  • Get posts published between two particular dates

    WordPress loop is very powerful, as well as the query_posts() function, which allow you to specify some parameters for the loop to retrieve posts. Though, there’s no built-in function or parameter to get posts between two dates. Let’s solve that.

    Open your index.php file and find the loop. Just before the loop starts, paste the following code. Of course, don’t forget to change the dates on line 3 according to your needs.

    <?php
    function filter_where($where = '') {
    $where .= " AND post_date >= '2009-05-01' AND post_date <=
    '2009-05-15'";
    return $where;
      }
    add_filter('posts_where', 'filter_where');
    query_posts($query_string);
    ?>
    
  • Display your categories in two columns

    The stadard wp_list_categories() functions echoes a list of all your categories. Let’s see how we can easily force the display of categories on two columns.

    Simply paste the following piece of code where you’d like your categories to be displayed


    <?php
    $cats = explode("<br />",wp_list_categories('title_li=&echo=0&depth=1&style=none'));
    $cat_n = count($cats) - 1;
    for ($i=0;$i<$cat_n;$i++):
    if ($i<$cat_n/2):
    $cat_left = $cat_left.'<li>'.$cats[$i].'</li>';
    elseif ($i>=$cat_n/2):
    $cat_right = $cat_right.'<li>'.$cats[$i].'</li>';
    endif;
    endfor;
    ?>
    <ul >
    <?php echo $cat_left;?>
    </ul>
    <ul >
    <?php echo $cat_right;?>
    </ul>

Seth’s Blog: Moving on

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/08/moving-on.html

  • Authors need publishers because they need a customer. Readers have been separated from authors by many levels–stores, distributors, media outlets, printers, publishers–there were lots of layers for many generations, and the editor with a checkbook made the process palatable to the writer. For ten years, I had a publisher as a client (with some fun self-published adventures along the way). Twelve bestsellers later, I’ve thought hard about what it means to have a traditional publisher.

    Traditional book publishers use techniques perfected a hundred years ago to help authors reach unknown readers, using a stable technology (books) and an antique and expensive distribution system.

Why Most Authors Should Not Emulate Seth Godin

http://michaelhyatt.com/why-most-authors-should-not-emulate-seth-godin.html

  • The short answer is this: While I think this might be the right answer for Seth, I don’t think it is the right answer for most authors. I can think of four reasons why most authors should not follow his lead here:
    1. Most authors can’t get directly to their readers. Sure, Seth can. His blog attracts an estimated 438,000 followers. But he is the exception. Most authors aren’t directly connected to their readers. Without a platform, an author is like John the Baptist: “a voice crying in the wilderness.” With more than one million new book titles published last year, getting your voice heard is a challenge. I am not arguing that traditional publishing is the answer, but I don’t think going-it-alone is either. It might just be tougher than it looks.
    2. Much content doesn’t lend itself to alternative forms of distribution. Some does, to be sure. Seth, for example, writes short, pithy, stand-alone non-fiction. It’s perfect for blog posts. In fact, many of his books feel like collections of blog posts. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. It’s a great way to write. (I know many authors who first posted their book online, one segment at a time, and then published it conventionally.) But it doesn’t work for all genres, particularly fiction and the kind of non-fiction that requires a longer, more sustained argument.
    3. Most authors still have need to monetize their content. Seth might be the most generous person I know. He happily gives his content away because he wants to get his ideas out as broadly as possible. But most authors don’t have this luxury. They have to be compensated for their effort or they can’t afford to invest the time it takes to create truly great work. Sure you can sell Kindle, Nook, or iBooks editions (provided you can figure out the different formats), but despite what you may read in the press, it is still a very small part of the publishing business. Tim Ferriss points out, for example, that digital book sales (all formats) on his last royalty statement were “a mere 1.6% of total units sold.”

Mark Clement: What People Wish Their Pastors Knew About Church – Part 1: Why The View From The Pew Matters

http://markclement.typepad.com/markclement/2010/08/-what-people-wish-their-pastors-knew-about-church-part-1-why-the-view-from-the-pew-matters.html

  • The bottom line is that for us to be more effective leaders, we have to trust and work with the people we are leading. As we carry out this discussion over the next several days, we need to each ask ourselves ‘how can I improve the way I interact and communicate with my people?’ Here are a few key things to think about as we go:
    1. Spend more time with your people – Rick Warren says ‘To win people you must be WITH people – like Jesus. Pharisees labeled it compromise but He called it compassion. Be like him.’ Thom Rainer recently wrote a blog post reflecting on his time as a pastor and one of the top 5 things he said he would change is that he would have spent more time with the people of his church. And when we talk about the people of our church, that doesn’t just mean the leaders. The leaders we put around ourselves are generally the cream of the crop and are more the exception than the rule. Get around the average members, the ones who make up 90+% of your congregation. They represent the true heartbeat of your church.

On the Verge | LeadershipJournal.net

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/summer/7.72.html

  • Ethnic churches have their own forms of prejudice. It’s not talked about much. It’s okay for people of other ethnicities to come to the church and sit there. But when it comes to marrying my son or dating my daughter, there’s hostility.

    The Asian church was unfamiliar to me—I had grown up in a white, majority culture church. But some mentors encouraged me to explore the Asian part of my heritage. So I attended a Korean church that was known as the premier church on the East Coast at the time, and I saw the children bored during the service. I had never before experienced that.

    I’d been raised in a fundamentalist church that kept it lively and fun. And I thought, Hey, things should be a little more engaging than this. I realized that if the leading Korean church is having trouble retaining their second generation, this must be going on all across America. So I joined the staff of a Korean church in Dallas. I fell in love with the people, but also experienced the heartaches of second-generation issues—the so-called “silent exodus.” All these experiences caused me to examine my life and who I was, my biracial background, my heart for the globe and not just one culture.

Multi-Ethnic Novelty | Out of Ur | Conversations for Ministry Leaders

http://www.outofur.com/archives/2010/07/multiethnic_nov.html

  • While the church definitely needs good, practical literature on helping individuals and churches grow, we must guard against replacing the gospel of reconciliation with a gospel primarily or exclusively focused on quantitative church growth. In fact, Dr. John M. Perkins prophetically confronted the Evangelical church as far back as 1982, saying that “We have substituted a gospel of church growth for a gospel of reconciliation” (See Perkins, With Justice for All, pp. 107-108). Perkins was speaking primarily of the need for churches to break down racial barriers between people of different ethnicities. With this in mind, it is a welcome sight to find churches like Willow Creek being intentional about welcoming diverse ethnicities (See “Can Megachurches Bridge the Racial Divide?” Time, January 11, 2010). There are vital signs of hope.

Church Growth and Pastoral Stress | John Mark Ministries

http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/9680.htm

  • (1) ‘Numerolatry’

    I have yet to meet the healthy pastor who is not grat- ified by an increase in his or her congregation, nor disapp- ointed by its decrease. (10) McGavran’s Understanding Church Growth is a passionate defence of the idea that numerical growth is the only really valid criterion of church growth. (11) He makes the a priori claim that all other areas of church life – evangelism, ministry, cultural adaptation, stewardship, etc. – are tied in an absolute way to the one overriding factor of numerical increase. The essence of church growth thinking is to research the factors which help or inhibit such increase. So whether we like it or not, ‘church growth’ connotes numbers, quantity. Is this idea biblical? Church growth protagonists affirm that the Bible is ‘full of numbers. It’s full of counts. Twelve apostles, 70 disciples, 5000 fed, 500 meeting after the resurrection, and so on’. David Pawson goes on to say: ‘The Book of Acts is particularly striking here. Somebody on the day of Pentecost was so full of the Spirit that they counted heads. And do you notice the progression in the Book of Acts? At the beginning they count individuals. At the end they’re counting in churches. At the beginning they’re counting men, women and everybody. But pretty soon they found that counting the men only was the quickest way.

Homogeneous Unit Principle: An Essay from a Third World Viewpoint

http://www.ediaspora.net/ACB_article3.html

  • the homogeneous unit principle is the most controversial of all church growth principles. Donald A. McGavran, the founder of the Church Growth Movement, began to write on the HUP in 1936 and elaborated it into a fully detailed principle in his book The Bridges of God, published in 1955. Later he founded the Institute of Church Growth, later leading to the establishment of the Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission in Pasadena, CA, which became the center from where his ideas spread throughout the world.

    As a prophet of any new movement, McGavran made many comments that not only shaped the view of the church’s mission regarding to its growth, but also he received many critiques about his positions and his theology. Among his positions, HUP was the one that received more criticisms.

    The focus of this essay is to look at the Homogeneous Unit Principle from a Third World perspective. However, we respectfully do it for all that McGavran represents to all evangelicals and specially for the growth of the church scattered throughout the world.

    First, a definition of terms is in order. Secondly, the biblical and theological considerations of this principle will be examined. Thirdly, the results of the application of this principle will be discussed, and finally a case from McGavran’s Understanding Church Growth will be analyzed.

The homogeneous unit principle « Tim Chester

http://timchester.wordpress.com/2006/12/08/the-homogeneous-unit-principle

  • The result of this in the UK has been to leave significant sectors of the population untouched by the gospel. British evangelicalism is largely middle-class. Our evangelism revolves around our friendships so excluding those outside our circle of acquaintance. More significantly still, our church life and evangelism reflect a middle-class culture. Homogeneous groups do seem to be effective in evangelism, but they are by definition exclusive rather than inclusive.

    Should we then establish groups or plant churches that target those otherwise marginalised by our churches (for example, a church for drug users)? Or does this perpetuate the failure to take seriously the reconciling nature of the cross that was the problem in the first place? Should we work harder at reconciliation and establish churches that reflect heterogeneous cultures and sub-cultures?

Culture: the Homogeneous Unit Principle in the Chinese church

http://andrewhongnsw.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!EEB36B88C6BA62C4!1263.entry

  • Chinese churches are generally established with the homogeneous unit principle as their ministry philosophy – and it’s actually a great thing for the gospel. At the 2001 ABS survey, a huge 10.4% of Sydney residents traced their ancestry to either North or South Asia (see graph). And many of these have yet to come to Christ!
    The best way for this significant part of the population to be reached with the gospel is through HUP churches that present the gospel in culturally appropriate ways, and who then disciple these Christians through the pastoral issues that are particular to that culture.
    An alternative approach that some churches have tried is to set up International Churches – churches that are meant for people of all cultures to come and join. After all, this seems to make sense – people from different ethnic groups can come together and feel welcome and included in this one place.
    But generally such churches actually end up as failures! The reason? In trying to reach all cultures, they have had to make certain decisions (eg. what language, how formal, how punctual, etc.). And in doing so they end up creating a new and artificial culture that no one has! A service that no one is really comfortable with! In trying to erase culture, they have ended up creating yet another cultural barrier for non Christians to cross!

Homogeneous unit principle of church planting methodology and caste, culture

http://www.ywamcity.org/resource.asp?id=92

  • The Homogenous Unit Principle of Church Planting Methodology and its relevance to Caste, Culture and the Urbanisation of India.

    Submitted by Tim Svoboda for TL 624i, 724i Global Theological Issues: Postmodernism, Hinduism and Christianity in Urban India
    1. Introduction

    In this short paper I will attempt to look at the church planting methodology that revolves around the Homogenous Unit Principle and the changing caste dynamics in Urban India that are fuelled by the mass urbanization and trends of globalization. While the Homogenous Unit Principle has been a key tool used thus far in planting churches across India, I propose to show that the changing urban scenario and the demands of the gospel in light of the evil of the caste system demand a rethinking of church planting methodology.
    2. The Caste System:

    A short introduction of the caste system is important in understanding the broader topic. In the book Hinduism, edited by John Hinnells and Eric Sharpe, it says,
    The caste system was instituted by a people known as the Aryans. The Aryans established themselves in the Punjab and then gradually advanced eastwards. This was not an organized invasion of India, but was a part of a whole series of ethnic movements that affected both Europe and Asia.

The Problem With Most Church Growth Paradigms – Church Leadership

http://www.churchleadership.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=41934&columnid=4543

  • The Church Growth movement has made major contributions to the Church over the years. It has opened the minds and challenged the perceptions and approaches of many church pastors and leaders. It challenged us to be better, to rethink how and why we do things, and to improve the way we do church, especially in the areas of evangelism and missions. These aspects have been good, but there has been a negative aspect in church growth thinking that has done the opposite to the church. This thinking has caused churches to close themselves off to the people God brings them, concentrate on research over Scripture, chase trends to the detriment of what God calls us to, and concentrate on pleasing people and not God.

    Most of what has been written in the last 40 years of church growth has, at best, fallen short of what Scripture directs and, at worst, is an abomination. The focus has been on manmade principles defused from business paradigms and comparative thinking. These principles have not always been based on what God clearly defined in His Word. Yes, there have been some good ideas and some of the church growth principles are from Biblical principles. What we need to do is define what the Scripture teaches – the wheat- and then get rid of the garbage – the weeds.

Protestant Church Growth in Russia

http://www.eastwestreport.org/articles/ew13105.html

  • The Homogenous Unit Principle: Pro and Con
    At the outset of my study of church-growth principles, I did not anticipate the significance of factor seven for Russia: essentially, the classic homogenous growth principle focused on a single group such as youth or former drug addicts. The demographic segmentation of large Russian cities presents increasing opportunities for churches to focus on particular populations, according to education, wealth, employment, or ethnicity. In the last decade, Moscow, for example, has become home to many more minority populations.

    The average Russian church member never considers these developments. Furthermore, many Russian evangelicals reject the focus on “homogenous units,” seeing it as a violation of Christ’s commandment to love all. Many simply see the homogeneous unit principle as wrong and believe the church should reject it. At the same time, we already can see that some churches are mostly composed of young people, while others primarily reach drug addicts and members of their families. There is a church of students on the campus of Moscow State University, an Armenian Pentecostal church in Moscow, and there are many other examples.

    Is there a way for a church to reach people who are different from most members of the church? I think yes. And the easiest way is to start specialized home groups where people who are different can feel comfortable. A good example is the Word of Life Church in Moscow which won several Vietnamese for Christ. They formed a separate group within the church, with their own interpreter who translates sermons into Vietnamese. They have their own home group but they worship together with Russians on Sunday. Another example is special groups for the deaf. They would not stay in the church without the fellowship of others with the same needs.

Multiethnic church or homogeneous units? « Khanya

http://khanya.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/multiethnic-church-or-homogeneous-units

  • I was recently asked to write an article on the Orthodox diaspora in South Africa, which is to be published in Studies in World Christianity. One of the effects of diaspora is that it tends to lead to the formation of relatively homogeneous monoethnic churches, and so I was interested in some recent blog posts from Australia and the USA, which discuss this question.

    This one, from the USA, where there has been a strong diaspora influence on Orthodoxy, was interesting to compare Orthodoxy in the US with South Africa: Second Terrace: Phyletism and the poor:

    I should very much like to contend against the idea that the Church should be made up of ‘homogeneous’ units, whether those ‘units’ are based on ‘socio-economic,’ ethnic or racial categories. It is the desire for homogeneity that shuts the door of fellowship, even in an Orthodox Church, to the poor. And this idea, once enlarged and practiced as custom, can turn into something that we call ‘phyletism.’

  • His “homogeneous unit principle” met with strong resistance in South Africa, where it sounded too close to the ideology of apartheid, and some ethnically homogeneous churches that supported apartheid in the past are now struggling, not too successfully, to get away from it (see, for example, My Contemplations: More white than Christian).  While I believe that McGavran’s principle had some missiological validity, trying to use it as the basis of ecclesiology was a disastrous mistake.

What Music Styles Work Best in Racially Diverse Churches? | Unity in Christ Magazine

http://unityinchristmagazine.com/ministry/featured-ministries/what-music-styles-work-best-in-racially-diverse-churches

  • Many promoters of diversity insist on actively incorporating what sociologists call ethnic signaling.  Even if the music is poorly done, placing it in the service recognizes that people come from various ancestral backgrounds.  One church leader told me, “The gesture of musical style—even if it is bad—says to members ‘You matter.’”  It also signals to members that church leaders value diversity in the congregation.  George Yancey once wrote, “developing an inclusive style of worship is important because it signals a sensitivity and welcomeness to individuals of different races.”1  In other words, playing different types of music is a symbolic expression of care and commitment.

    But not all church leaders welcome the attempt to diversify music in an attempt to satisfy stereotypic racial overtones.  And research shows that using different styles in the attempt to integrate one group of people can alienate groups from other ethnic and racial groups.  For example, Rebecca Y. Kim found that when an Asian American campus ministry had black students lead worship with their “African American gospel style,” white students simply left2.

Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church | The Vine

http://www.thevinetoday.com/article/pastoring-a-multi-ethnic-church

  • On any given Friday morning, you will find more than fifty different nationalities represented at our church gatherings. (Our church founders established the weekly meetings on Friday to accord with a Muslim working week.) The United Christian Church of Dubai (UCCD) gathers in the midst of a sea of Islam and materialism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a small oil-rich nation that borders Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.
    People come from literally all over the world to work in Dubai. Our members have come from all over Africa, throughout the Middle East, up into Central Asia and stretching eastward to Japan and Taiwan, then southward to Singapore and Indonesia, and still further south in Australia and New Zealand. Our westerners hail from South America, up through the Caribbean islands, then further north into Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, then across the Atlantic and all over Europe. The lure of lucre draws them from everywhere. You can imagine the challenges this poses to pastoring.

Ponderings on a Faith Journey: Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church — Review

http://pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com/2008/02/building-healthy-multi-ethnic-church.html

  • Once upon a time the church growth gurus appropriated the missiological theories of Donald McGavran, a Disciples of Christ missionary in India, and told American churches that the quickest and best way to grow a church was to follow the principle: “birds of a feather flock together.” Always wanting to grow themselves, they latched on to what became known as the homogeneous principle, and began working to attract “our kind of people.” Already segregated on Sunday mornings, this principle of church growth, gave permission to remain segregated, and not only remain segregated but to celebrate the fact. As a result churches segregated themselves not only along ethnic and language lines, but generational and socio-economic lines as well. For a time, the principle proved its worth, and churches that so niched themselves did grow. Into the fray comes this book written by Mark Deymaz, pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and co-founder of Mosaix Global Network.

Why the Multi-ethnic Church Matters « signs of life

http://davidswanson.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/why-the-multi-ethnic-church-matters

  • I have heard that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. People congregate in churches with other people that look like them, think like them, speak like them and together join in singing familiar songs that they have heard a thousand times. I certainly do not think this is the way God intended it to be, but I cannot say that I find it surprising. We humans, tend to gravitate towards the familiar, what we know, the places and people that make us feel comfortable.

    Perhaps during the week we live a life of diversity, working and playing with people of other colors and persuasions but we worship with whomever we want and however it pleases us. It so happens that we want to worship with those who are like us and diversity goes out the window. I doubt that this happens on purpose, as one distinctive choice, but it is rather the sum of many small choices. Choices that have to do more with pleasing ourselves and finding a church that is the “right fit” for us, than trying to exclude a certain group of people. And how could it be any different when we perceive our relationship with God as a “personal” matter, where only He and I are significant?

Choosing Multi-Ethnic Over Mega | Out of Ur | Conversations for Ministry Leaders

http://www.outofur.com/archives/2008/04/choosing_multie.html

  • DeYmaz is careful not to criticize homogeneous churches in his book, but he does warn, “I believe the homogeneous church will increasingly struggle in the twenty-first century with credibility, that is, in proclaiming a message of God’s love for all people from an environment in which a love for all people cannot otherwise be observed” (14).

    What do you think? Is inter-ethnic ministry a biblical mandate? Or is it simply a new strategy (however noble) for church growth? And what does all this mean for your church if, like mine, it’s full of white folks who welcome worshipers of other ethnic backgrounds, but only (as DeYmaz observes) they agree to worship the way we do and not cause a fuss?

Hyper Thinking 24/7: Connecting to the Internet Campus…

http://jaykranda.blogspot.com/2010/08/connecting-to-internet-campus.html

17 Killer Premium WordPress Theme Stores | SpyreStudios

http://spyrestudios.com/17-premium-wordpress-theme-stores

  • So here are 17 Premium WordPress theme stores, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like! And most of them offer developer’s licenses too! Very nice if you have many clients that are in need of WordPress blogs.

Social Media – It’s Not About ROI

http://gregatkinson.com/2010/08/14/social-media-%e2%80%93-it%e2%80%99s-not-about-roi

  • Far too often in the business world the term return on investment (ROI) is used to justify actions or strategies. Though the term certainly has a place in the small business sector, it doesn’t fit everywhere. And there is one place it should never be used-social media. Imagine if all of us treated our “real” friends based on the concept of “ROI” like we do with our “virtual” ones. Chances are it would look a little something like this: “Today I hung out with Billy, but got nothing in return, so I won’t be doing that again, even if we’ve been friends for 20 years.” We’d all end up without any friends if we lived our lives that way. Well, the same rule should apply to any social media efforts your small business engages in. Using Facebook shouldn’t be about tracking ROI, or measuring the benefits of your friends.

    Granted, there are metrics or insights, available to show you how effective your messages are, but that shouldn’t define your efforts. Social media is about more than just sales conversions or coupon deliveries…it’s really about relationships. Today’s consumers want to feel connected to a brand, and have a personal relationship with it. It’s about engaging people, inspiring them, motivating them, and encouraging them to appreciate your brand. When you decide to dive into social media, think about treating it exactly as you would a new friend. As you get to know them, and they get to know you, you start to like each other more, and the next thing you know, you are introducing each other to new people. I believe in the business world we refer to that as word of mouth marketing.

2010 conferences: Social media, tech, marketing

http://www.socialmedia.biz/2010/01/21/2010-conferences-social-media-tech-marketing

  • Blog­World & New Media Expo Oct. 14–16 Las Vegas, Nev. The first day of the show is the Social Media Busi­ness Sum­mit. The final two days will be the trade show and rich selec­tion of con­fer­ence sessions. blogworld Pivot Con­fer­ence Oct. 17–19 New York City Pivot Con­fer­ence is a mar­ket­ing con­fer­ence where ad agen­cies and brand mar­keters will gather to under­stand the style, atti­tudes, tech­nolo­gies and pref­er­ences of the “always on” con­sumer and the social mar­ket­ing strate­gies that grab the atten­tion of this pow­er­ful demographic. pivot-conference Dig­i­tal Hol­ly­wood Fall Oct. 18–21 Santa Mon­ica Dig­i­tal Hol­ly­wood remains one of the nation’s pre­mier enter­tain­ment and tech­nol­ogy conferences.

Top 5 tips on how to use Foursquare

http://www.socialmedia.biz/2010/08/18/top-5-tips-on-how-to-use-foursquare

  • Here are the top 5 tips I discovered:

    foursquare1If you want to become mayor, check in to places that you know that you’ll be able to check in to fre­quently, as many times as pos­si­ble. Didn’t find your place on Foursquare already? Add it. Don’t for­get and don’t neglect — some­one else may steal your may­or­ship from you.

    2Foursquare resets its leader­board on Sun­day nights. To max­i­mize your weekly tal­lies, make sure you start early in the week.

    3Check in to new places — every time you do so, these grant you 5 extra points, and these can add up quickly.

    4Get famil­iar with how to unlock your spe­cial badges and work on unlock­ing them. Here are two great badges lists: TonyFelice.WordPress.com and TheKruser.com.

    5Don’t cheat. For the sake of the com­mu­nity, don’t check in to places if you’re not really there. This only hurts the whole user expe­ri­ence on Foursquare.

Dr. Brian S. Lewis is Doing Church Differently – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5727042/dr_brian_s_lewis_is_doing_church_differently.html

  • In an odd sort of way, Pastor Brian reminds me of Timothy Keller, the esteemed founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Both have the enviable ability to reach young, urbane audiences in wildly secular places (Manhattan and Beverly Hills, respectively); and both are intellectually and emotionally appealing to seekers and skeptics alike.

    But the similarity ends there. Whereas Timothy Keller is cerebral, and has the bookish look of a college professor, Pastor Brian is fit, handsome and enormously charismatic. Watching Pastor Brian preach is a turbo-charged wild ride – a high energy event, if you will.

    Arguably, one of his most fascinating qualities is a unique ability to seamlessly sprinkle his sermons with African American-influenced vocal inflections and expressions while at the same time, remaining articulate and contemporary. Moreover, because Pastor Brian is a Jew, he always emphasizes the Jewish relevance of the Christian faith and incorporates seasonal Jewish roots teaching into his sermons.

New Design, New Direction – The Gospel Coalition Blog

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2010/08/30/new-design-new-direction

  • The lastest refresh of The Gospel Coalition homepage includes several changes revealing a new editorial direction. While we continue to host several blogs, the homepage now features an assortment of news stories, commentary, videos, profiles, interviews, and more. We’re devoting our editorial energies to publishing in-depth cultural analysis, hosting vigorous and edifying discussion over key topics, and identifying stories about the advance of the gospel worldwide. Readers will also notice what we expect to be one of the most popular new features. The “Right Now” section in the homepage’s top right corner highlights the most recent articles, events, and posts making news.

    This refreshed homepage also signals TGC’s desire to include a variety of voices and perspectives that share our theological confession and vision for ministry. We’ll introduce a number of new contributors with varied experiences. And we invite anyone else to participate by commenting on articles, sharing them through Facebook and Twitter, and telling us your own stories of God’s extraordinary grace shown to sinners.

Heart of A Coach’s Wife: Avoiding the Rescue

http://heartofacoachswife.blogspot.com/2010/08/tim-keller-redeemer-presbyterian-church.html

  • Sin and evil are self-centeredness and pride that lead to oppression against others, but there are two forms of this.  One form is being very bad and breaking all the rules, and the other form is being very good and keeping all the rules and becoming self-righteous.  There are two ways to be your own Savior and Lord.  The first is by saying, “I am going to live my life the way I want.”  The second is described by Flannery O’Connor, who wrote about one of her characters, Hazel Motes, that “he knew the best way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin.”  If you are avoiding sin and living morally so that God will have to bless and save you, then ironically, you may be looking to Jesus as a teacher, model, and helper but you are avoiding him as Savior.  You are trusting in your own goodness rather than in Jesus for your standing with God.  You are trying to save yourself by following Jesus.

Peachpit: Thinking about Web Aesthetics > Color Aesthetics

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=32057

  • Lynda Weinman outlines what she sees as the essentials to good web design. She will guide you through color themes, typography, layout design and animation. Along the way, you will see multiple examples of the good and the ugly of web design.
    • Color
    • Type
    • Layout
    • Animation

    Introduction

    In the beginning, people thought that building a web site meant learning and using HTML. Then people realized they needed to learn graphics applications to make images for the Web. Then they realized they had to think about usability and navigation and accessibility. The process of making web sites has changed since the early days, which is a natural byproduct of maturity—maturity of web designers’ designs, of users’ tastes, and of users’ expectations. Somewhere in the mix lies the importance of plain-old design: color design, typographic design, and layout design.

Manmin missionary told about Christianity in America

http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue10554.html

  • What is the average attitude of American Christians to Korean preachers?

    The United States is a country of everyone. Maybe you can even say the United States is Manmin (“Manmin” means “All nations”). But we do not have the spirit of Manmin. And I think that to some extent Americans are snobbish about their language. If your English is not very easily understood people have a tendency to turn you off instead of trying to listen harder. So it doesn’t make any difference if they are Asian or Russian or German or if they have an accent which is difficult to understand… many people have a tendency to turn you off and not pay attention.

Tumblr Adds a Real-Time Wire And A MarketPlace For Designers | Aducation.net

http://www.aducation.net/tumblr-adds-a-real-time-wire-and-a-marketplace-for-designers

  • Microblogging service Tumblr is introducing a few new features today. My favorite is the Tumblr Wire, which is replacing the popular page. Tumblr Wire is a discovery page that shows a constantly-updating stream of images moving across a grid. Each image links to a Tumblog that was updated recently.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Turning the web into ‘sushi belts’

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4421707.stm

  • Like sushi restaurant conveyor belts, it delivers content to people so they can easily pick what they want to read.
  • “The information we expect today is much greater than what we had in the past. RSS makes it possible for information to flow to you,” according to Mr Winer.

    Free programs available on the net collect all the RSS feeds which users want. They essentially let users read dozens of websites, all on the same page.

    And some net browsers – such as Firefox and Opera – let users add feeds that can be viewed inside the one program, without having to open a separate window.

    “With the aggregator [reader] I use, it’s like sitting on a riverbank and watching the water go by.

    “On that water are little paper boards floating by. If I see something I am interested in, I click on it.

    “It is very easy for me to scan with my eyes. Using a computer has trained me to do that better,” he explained.

Ancient river of news « BuzzMachine

http://www.buzzmachine.com/2007/06/12/2862

  • I like the analogy to RSS but I’m not sure I agree that it’s a regression not a progression. Dave Winer has been begging for news organizations to just give him a river of news that he’ll judge. That says that RSS is an advance in the form. We can debate whether the news is overpackaged or whether online is underpackaged and I’ll say both views are right: One-size-fits-all news cannot possibly give me just what I need and the idea that editors can feed us what they say we should eat is hubris born out of the limitations of the medium of paper. But I also want some more functionality on top of my beloved RSS feeds to help me sift better.

RSS: What is a ‘River of News’ style aggregator?

http://www.reallysimplesyndication.com/riverOfNews

  • But there’s another kind of reader, an aggregator, that works differently, and I think more efficiently for the human reader. Instead of having to hunt for new stories by clicking on the titles of feeds, you just view the page of new stuff and scroll through it. It’s like sitting on the bank of a river, watching the boats go by. If you miss one, no big deal. You can even make the river flow backward by moving the scollbar up. To me, this more approximates the way I read a print newspaper, actually it’s the way I wish I could read a print newspaper — instead of having to go to the stories, they come to me. This makes it easier for me to use my brain’s powerful scanning mechanism. It’s faster, I can subscribe to more, and my fingers do less work.

    The first aggregator I wrote, in 1999, was a River of News style aggregator, and every other I’ve written since then.

Why I’m working on an aggregator « Scripting News Annex

http://scripting.wordpress.com/2005/12/29/why-im-working-on-an-aggregator

  • The aggregator I’m working on is a direct descendent of these two earlier aggregators. All employ the River of News presentation style, that’s why I call this aggregator newsRiver.root.

Dave Winer working on new RSS aggregator? — Scobleizer

http://scobleizer.com/2005/12/29/dave-winer-working-on-new-rss-aggregator

  • Looks like Dave Winer is working on a new aggregator. This is cool because his style of “river of news” aggregators is far more appropriate than the “folder by folder” or “3-pane” approach that I’m using currently. Why? The folder-by-folder approach requires you to be pretty anal about reading all your feeds and makes you mentally tired if you fall behind. Sorta like email. It’s to the point sometimes that I dread opening up Outlook.

    But a river of news approach is more discardable, sorta like a daily newspaper.

Read Articles From Your Favorite Websites in River of News Format

http://www.labnol.org/internet/tools/read-favorite-websites-river-of-news-format/2557

  • Planetaki is a new service that helps you read articles from different websites at one place in a format similar to river of news. This is a completely different concept from regular RSS readers like Bloglines or Google Reader.

     

    Here all the articles are displayed with a short summary on one page and sorted in reverse chronological order so you can very quickly scan through all pending news items.

    The “River of News” view is extremely useful when you are reading news on the move (like a mobile phone) or have to deal with RSS overload – just create a news river using couple of your favourite sites and ignore everything else.

Web 3.0 is about taming the deluge of data.: The Social Path

http://www.thesocialpath.com/2009/06/taming-the-river-of-data.html

  • Web 3.0: Mainstreaming of social media creates a constant flow of information. Challenge for users and businesses alike is to harness the flood without drowning.

    The best example of Web 3.0, or at least the transition between here and there, is Twitter. The site’s simplicity, flexibility and explosive growth have created more content than anyone could possibly digest. Couple that with the constant activity on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blogs and Friendfeed, and it’s easy to see why everyone feels so overloaded.

    The mission now is to bring order to the chaos, to carve out your own tributaries from the river of information.

Check Out a Big Primer on Big Data

http://gigaom.com/2010/03/03/check-out-a-big-primer-on-big-data

  • Big data is certainly on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days as both the amount of data entered online expands and the ways to track objects and people grows with wireless connectivity and sensors. We have both more information being entered and more sources of that information, providing a river of data that somehow we’re going to capture and use to make money and better decisions.

    For those wondering about the big picture and some of the nitty-gritty details (metadata, data visualization, open document formats) The Economist has a killer package on big data. Download it at the web site, or wander out and get your own copy of the magazine. I was intrigued by the idea that the “it” career in a data driven world was statistician.

    Writing about the concept of big data is kind of like trying to write about water.

Why Twitter Will Endure – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/weekinreview/03carr.html?pagewanted=all

  • Not that long ago, I was at a conference at Yale and looked at the sea of open laptops in the seats in front of me. So why wasn’t my laptop open? Because I follow people on Twitter who serve as my Web-crawling proxies, each of them tweeting links that I could examine and read on a Blackberry. Regardless of where I am, I surf far less than I used to.

    At first, Twitter can be overwhelming, but think of it as a river of data rushing past that I dip a cup into every once in a while. Much of what I need to know is in that cup: if it looks like Apple is going to demo its new tablet, or Amazon sold more Kindles than actual books at Christmas, or the final vote in the Senate gets locked in on health care, I almost always learn about it first on Twitter.

    The expressive limits of a kind of narrative developed from text messages, with less space to digress or explain than this sentence, has significant upsides. The best people on Twitter communicate with economy and precision, with each element — links, hash tags and comments — freighted with meaning. Professional acquaintances whom I find insufferable on every other platform suddenly become interesting within the confines of Twitter.

Managing Information Flow: How Prioritization Will Improve Your Work and Learning Efficiency

http://www.doshdosh.com/managing-information-flow-with-prioritization

  • This first folder is designed to be a stream of information I check very frequently for news. The feeds here are timely, very active and consistently fast in reporting news on current events. This is a river of data that I dive into and scan every half an hour. I don’t usually read each article in full but scan for relevant content I can use for my blogs or social media sharing.

Local Media in a Postmodern World, Part XCV, The Web’s Widening Stream

http://www.thepomoblog.com/papers/pomo95.htm

  • In 2007, the creative mind of Dave Winer birthed a concept that he called “rivers of news.” Frustrated that news organizations weren’t giving him what he wanted as a user, he created software that allowed him to place every story from the New York Times into a steady stream of content that he could dip into and out of whenever he wished. Borthwick’s metaphor comes straight from Winer’s innovation two years ago. Most people point to Winer as the person who birthed blogging and RSS, so his “news river” is a logical extension of earlier creations.

    Two years later, the Times has launched an application it calls “TimesWire” that is, in essence, Winer’s river of news. But what Borthwick, Malik and others are seeing is much more sophisticated and involves the blending of multiple streams to create a real-time user experience to keep abreast of all that is news, regardless of your definition of the term.

Activity Streams / FrontPage

http://wiki.activitystrea.ms

  • The ActivityStreams effort is designed to address the fact that sites like Gowalla and Foursquare (and others!) provide data feeds of social activities on their site in two formats: Atom and RSS. These formats are simple and easy to work with, but don’t capture the richness of the original activity.

    This problem is exacerbated by the size and diversity of social sites now proliferating. The rise of these sites and the burden they place on social aggregators leads to what we call “The Friendfeed Problem”, where it becomes increasingly costly to support each new service that enters the market. Indeed, before Friendfeed was acquired by Facebook, it supported a total of 58 services:

“activity stream” – Twitter Search

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%22activity+stream%22

Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in Action | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

http://www.nten.org/blog/2009/10/28/ten-useful-examples-realtime-web-action

  • 8. Real-Time Publishing

    Ted Roden, the founder of artsy social sharing site Enjoysthin.gs, says that ever since he started pushing new shared items live to the browsers of people on his site – the time people have spent on Enjoysthin.gs has jumped substantially. With an effective User Interface, a flowing river of news can be a very compelling way to consume content.

  • Unusual grammar, deciding when a series of real-time blips constitute an event of interest and how to present a river of data for business users are all issues that real-time-savvy reputation tracking services wrestle with in building their products.

Kosmix Blog

http://blog.kosmix.com

  • We all know that dealing with information overload is a day-to-day struggle.  Comments, feeds, and streams are flowing into a ever-expanding river of data whose rapids are a challenge to navigate.  Since gaining access to the Twitter firehose, we at Kosmix have been researching ways to turn this torrent into something a bit more swimmable.

    One way to achieve this goal is via context.  A single tweet may not hold much meaning when taken out of context, but if connected to a related article, the 140 characters can add color and a real-time punch.

    To accomplish this, we scan all the tweets as they flow through the firehose and bind the concepts in Kosmix’s large taxonomy to the most relevant Twitter accounts.  Once that list is built, the next piece of the puzzle involves connecting those Twitter accounts to the content you are viewing.

Feedly Launches a River of News

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/feedly_launches_a_river_of_news.php

  • Feedly’s developer, Edwin Khodabakchian, admits that heavy RSS readers aren’t really the core audience for Feedly, but he decided to create a “river of news” view for them (ahem, us) anyway. This new view is available by clicking the river icon on the top-left of Feedly’s navigation bar.

ActivityStreams – an evolving format for syndicating social activities around the web

http://activitystrea.ms

real-time + Web – SWiK

http://swik.net/real-time+Web?page=2

  • Yahoo announced this afternoon a “Yahoo! Updates Firehose service” that will provide a stream of activity gathered from various Web services, from Flickr uploads to YouTube favorites to blog comments and more.

    The firehose will provide a stream of real-time data from Yahoo’s index, which will also include Twitter data, as part of a deal the two companies made last February.

  • But he also talked about the challenges of parsing real-time user-generated content. “I think the data stream is broader and shorter. There’s more and more real time, and you need different architecture to keep up with it. It’s important to have real filtering applied to a noisy, low-value data stream. We believe people are the key to finding the good stuff.”

The river of news « BuzzMachine

http://www.buzzmachine.com/2006/08/22/the-river-of-news

  • The river of news

    Dave Winer is up to something important… again. He has been talking about wanting “rivers of news” — that is, headlines stripped of the packaging around them to give him a constant flow of what’s new. And he just created a few to feed his — and our — mobile phones.

    What’s fascinating about this is that while consultants and think tanks aplenty are still running around trying to come up with fancy applications made just for mobile but Dave shows that the best application is simplicity: Just the news, sir. And keep it flowing.

    He created rivers from The New York Times and the BBC and while he was at it, he created no-ballast versions of a handful of blogs (what about me, Dave?).

    Note that the only graphics on the pages he created are an orange question mark that leads to an brief explanation page with a picture of Dave. That’s it. Otherwise, it’s just information. In a sense, it’s like RSS, except it’s even simpler, even dumber: just a page with an address that has the latest from a source. I’ve been using them today and they’re quite compelling just because they are so simple and fast and to-the-point.

How to use CSS in a River of News aggregator? (Scripting News)

http://www.scripting.com/stories/2009/06/17/howToUseCssInARiverOfNewsA.html

  • How to use CSS in a River of News aggregator?

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Dave Winer.

    I’m re-doing the way the NewsRiver aggregator displays the most recent news. Up until now it has used tables. Now I want to use CSS.  Permalink to this paragraph

Newsweek.com relaunches with “River of News” – Lost Remote

http://www.lostremote.com/2010/05/27/newsweek-com-relaunches-with-river-of-news

  • Newsweek.com’s latest iteration is following the newest trend of presenting information as a “river of news,” rather than a flood of unnavigable links. There is still a lead story presented at the top in a (too) big picture. But below that comes the news river (called “Newsweek Now”), and it’s a great start. It’s not quite “Continuous News,” because it still features (as near as I can tell) only finished product news. I’d like to see more entries that are blog-like in length. We have constantly breaking information about the BP leak today. Why not have regular updates? Still, this is the trend. We’re seeing it with some pioneering local sites and now with Newsweek.

River of News — Right idea, Wrong Implementation

http://smokingapples.com/ipad/river-of-news-app

  • When Preshit published his little feature on future RSS apps for the iPad (many of which are here already), Dylan Ginsburg wanted us to check out what he had been working on. River of News, he called it. I most willingly surrendered my UUID, and promptly received an adhoc copy, somewhere in June.

    River of News wasn’t the prettiest app I had come across. It also wasn’t big on features, and its landscape was largely scarce. Okay, perhaps this is how things go. I used the app for a couple of days before sending Turnsbill an email with some feedback in it. One of the positive comments in the feedback note, was I loved the concept of scrolling through a long sheet of articles, rather than a list. Where most other clients want you to deal with individual articles as single blocks, River of News puts them in one giant list that you scroll through. It could be a list for a particular site feed, or a folder.

Think Vitamin » Finding your Flock in Twitter

http://thinkvitamin.com/dev/finding-your-flock-in-twitter

  • I wondered if there was a way to find out a bit more about how twitter was being used within the local community and if it was even possible to take a smaller stream from the river of data Twitter produces daily. I chose as my local community Iceland.

Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in Action

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/ten_useful_examples_of_the_real-time_web_in_action.php

  • Ted Roden, the founder of artsy social sharing site Enjoysthin.gs, says that ever since he started pushing new shared items live to the browsers of people on his site – the time people have spent on Enjoysthin.gs has jumped substantially. With an effective User Interface, a flowing river of news can be a very compelling way to consume content.

Google’s Schmidt: Brands to clean up Internet ‘cesspool’ | Outside the Lines – CNET News

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13953_3-10063363-80.html

  • The cesspool is one of the byproducts of the Internet. With no barriers to entry and nearly frictionless production and distribution, it’s easy for false information, lies, doctored images, and other forms of deception to infiltrate the Internet. Web crawlers aren’t particularly good at making judgments about the truthiness of digital matter, and the wisdom of the crowd can’t keep up with the river of data streaming online.

    Schmidt gave the magazine publishers hope for their future. Brands, he said, are the way to rise above the cesspool, and of course he is right. The corollary is that advertising via Google and its brethren is an essential way to build and sustain a brand.

How To Combine Brand & SEO | SEO Book.com

http://www.seobook.com/how-combine-brand-seo

  • Web crawlers aren’t particularly good at making judgments about the truthiness of digital matter, and the wisdom of the crowd can’t keep up with the river of data streaming online. Schmidt gave the magazine publishers hope for their future. Brands, he said, are the way to rise above the cesspool…

The Influence of Technology in Our Lives | Rhett Smith:. Marriage and Family Counseling

http://www.rhettsmithcounseling.com/2010/06/the-influence-of-technology-in-our-lives

  • It seems that almost everyday a new article or study comes out that clues us in to how pervasive the effects of technology and social media are on our lives.  Whether the effects are personal or relational, technology and social media are transforming our lives.  Some of the ways that it transforms our lives can be expected (feeling connected, up to date information, organization, etc.), but other times the effects are ones we don’t expect (anxiety, affairs, jealousy, anger, porn addiction, lack of intimacy, etc.).

    In this newsletter I would just like to take a few moments and point you towards some resources that you may find helpful as you begin to think more critically on how technology and social media are influencing your life.  And I would like to suggest a few tips that you may find helpful in navigating through this issue.

YF2010 Home

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    ENGLISH STAGE SPEAKERS:

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bob Roberts Jr. (Texas)
    Fri: “Invited to the Global Table” (CD/DVD)
    Sat: “When God Allows People to be Dispersed” (CD/DVD)
    Sun: “What’s so special about the Hmong people?” (CD/DVD)

    Workshop 1 & 3: Pastor Andy Tso (New York)
    Fri: “Why did God Create People?” (CD/DVD)
    Sat: “How do you know you’re loving the true God?” (CD/DVD)

    Workshop 2: Daniel Yang (Texas)
    Fri: “From Orphans To Sons” (CD Only)
    Sat: “Sons & Daughters Rise” (CD Only)

    Workshop 4: O.B. Obrien (Colorado)
    Sat: “Intimacy with God: Your Growth In Love
    & Inner Transformation ” (CD/DVD)

    Workshop 5: Mrs. Lou Cha (Wisconsin)
    Sat: “Finding My Place In This World” (CD/DVD)

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Seth’s Blog: The secret of the Roush effect

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/08/the-secret-of-the-roush-effect.html

  • When Gerald Roush died in late May, he left behind the Ferrari Market Letter. This newsletter, which he started and ran, had nearly 5,000 subscribers, paying him $130 a year for a subscription. Do the math! It’s a good living–even without a fancy website.

    The newsletter, it appears, was not just lucrative, it was a bargain. It chronicled the pricing, whereabouts and details of just about every Ferrari ever made. If you were a buyer or a seller, you subscribed. If you wanted to run an ad, you were required to include the car’s VIN, which added to Roush’s voluminous database.

    The Roush effect involves extraordinary domain knowledge, a market small enough to understand and diligently earning the role of data middleman. The players in the market want there to be one clearinghouse, one authority who can connect the data, see the trends and publish the conventional wisdom.

Natural Remedies for Bronchitis

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/natural-remedies-for-bronchitis.html

  • Natural Remedies

    An easy way to ease the pain of throat caused due to constant coughing is to drink warm liquids. Liquids such as warm water, soup, tea and coffee are useful in this regard. Gargling warm salt water frequently, is one of the easiest home remedies recommended to lessen the discomfort. An effective bronchitis treatment involves eating almonds, as they are loaded with nutrients and vitamins. Intake of almonds in any form will definitely relieve bronchitis. Honey is also a natural remedy for this respiratory disorder. This is because, it alleviates cough resulting from bronchitis. An effective way is to cover slices of onion with honey and leaving it overnight. Having a spoonful of honey in this way can cure bronchitis from the root.

  • Drinking lemon tea can also provide comfort to the sore throat. Gargling the tea is also helpful as it brings out the mucus, thus relieving the patient from bronchitis. This is one of the easiest ways to cure bronchitis. Aromatherapy is also one of the best bronchitis natural remedies available. It involves inhaling eucalyptus oil to relieve inflammation of lungs.

How Long is Bronchitis Contagious

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-long-is-bronchitis-contagious.html

  • Bronchitis is a respiratory disease caused when the bronchi or the branches of the trachea get inflamed due to virus or bacteria. The signs and symptoms of bronchitis are similar to that of common cold. Bronchitis is a type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and quite common, which can affect people of any age group. Lee us know more on bronchitis.

    What is Bronchitis?
    As the inner membranes of the bronchi are infected or inflamed, there is an excess secretion of mucous which can even lead to clogging of the passages. Bronchitis can be of two types; acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is caused due to virus and bacteria. On the other hand, chronic bronchitis can develop following a prolonged inflammation or infection to the airways or the bronchi. Secondly, smoking, constant exposure to industrial pollutants, and cold air can lead to chronic bronchitis. One should also remember that second hand smoking also is a major cause of chronic bronchitis all over the world.

Is Bronchitis Contagious

http://isbronchitiscontagious.net

  • Is Bronchitis contagious?

    It is extremely true.  It is contagious disease.  The virus can transfer the disease when you sneeze or cough.  In the initial stage, there is a swelling in the air passage. At this time, there is no formation of virus.  When the bacteria released by the patients through sneeze and cough spreads through the air, the disease gets spread to others around.  The infected person should consult a physician immediately and get medicines. Otherwise it leads to pneumonia too.  Both the types of Bronchitis are contagious.  The viral infection is powerful and it may affect the healthy people around through indirect and direct contacts.

  • How to treat bronchitis?

    • Adhere to the following tips and this would help you lots in treating bronchitis
    • Minimize your exposure to irritants. Quit smoking
    • A vaporizer can ease your breathing difficulty
    • Let your mouth and nose not be exposed to cool air around
    • Hot bath can relax you lots before sleeping
    • Take proper medication on time and avoid taking too much of cough syrup
    • Increase fluid intake and stop taking diary products sugar rich food and processed food items to alleviate the allergic reaction

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http://vocafemina.com

  • Voca femina means a woman’s voice. The feminine voice is powerful, creative, life-giving, and beautiful. We’re here to celebrate it. We’re a group of friends providing space, audience, and support for the creative voices of women in our world.

Four ways to use Fast Follow – Twitter Media

http://media.twitter.com/859/fast-follows

  • we know that 90% of text messages are read within three minutes of delivery and 99% are read eventually. It’s a powerful medium.

    So here are some things to consider:

     

    1. It’s perfect for on-air. Instead of directing viewers or listeners to their laptops with a URL, you can send them to their phones with Fast Follow instructions. “Text ‘follow [our account]‘ to 40404″—it’s as simple as that. It’s easier to grok, there’s less friction, and viewers are more likely to have their phones within reach. (And note that by “on-air” I definitely mean radio as well as TV. The Fast Follow call to action works great as a spoken prompt—much smoother than “Twitter-dot-com-slash…”)
    2. It’s perfect for breaking news. This is a medium made for real-time information (remember that stat about most text messages being read within three minutes, above). So an account like @cnnbrk makes tons of sense. What constitutes “breaking news” for your audience? What do they want to know as soon as it happens, wherever they are?
    3. It’s an opportunity to experiment with mobile-optimized content. How many texts does a user want to get in a day? What kind of content works best on phones? For instance: how do links perform? Intuitively, you might think text messages ought to be pure information, not pointers to web pages. But people do click through on their phones, especially on weekends.
    4. It’s free SMS infrastructure. I want to underscore that users don’t need to have Twitter accounts; once they’ve set up a Fast Follow, they’ll simply get tweets whenever you post them, with no further action required. So if you’ve got an idea for a new product or program that needs an SMS link, there’s probably no simpler way to get it up and running than setting up a new Twitter account and using Fast Follow.

How To Create WordPress Blog Post from Twitter Tweets

http://www.blogsdna.com/1204/automatically-create-wordpress-post-from-tweets-of-your-twitter-account.htm

  • I myself personally using twitter to read tweets of other blogger, some time I find it really interesting to read their conversation over twitter. No doubt twitter is become one place for sharing links too. You can see advices floating over twitter as well as great conversations happing on twitter between Pro-Bloggers.

    Will it be useful to create post from your twitter account tweets? If answer is yes then here way to setup your blog to automatically publish a post with your twitter tweets.

    A great plugin from Alex king, Twitter Tools is all what required to achieve this. Twitter Tools is a wordpress plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

Embedding tweets in blog posts | Technology | Los Angeles Times

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/05/twitter-blackbird-pie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheTechnologyBlog+(Los+Angeles+Times+Technology+Blog)

  • A new Twitter tool called Blackbird Pie will now allow website owners to embed a tweet into their blog posts or articles. When viewed on the user’s site, readers can view the tweeter’s profile picture, click on links within the tweet, and even view hashtags.

    Blackbird Pie was developed by Twitter employee Robin Sloan and is available on the company’s media site.

    In order to embed tweets into their sites, users need to input a tweet’s link into Blackbird Pie. From there, the service spits out a line of code that can be embedded into a site.

The Sofa Wars – Crowded Field for Bringing Web Video to TVs – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/technology/23startup.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

  • Start-ups and tech giants alike are offering what they say are easy ways to pipe shows and movies to a TV, hoping to win over people who might want a cheaper or more diverse alternative to cable and satellite service.

    These companies have a lot of convincing to do. Most people do not have the tech-savviness to tackle the hardware and software setup that these products often require. And the companies are not able to offer access to many shows and channels that are on traditional pay TV, nor bundle services like phone service and Internet access at a discounted rate, as TV service providers do.

    But there are also several perks, beginning with the cost. Many of these products do not require monthly subscriptions, and those that do rarely cost more than $20 a month. And they try to make up for the lack of some programming by organizing the Internet’s offerings through an easy-to-navigate menu.

    “People don’t want 400 overpriced channels,” said Phil Wiser, co-founder and president of Sezmi, a start-up that thinks it has a shot at the big screen in the living room. “Consumers are ready to make a new decision about how they are paying for television.”

    Sezmi, based in Belmont, Calif., offers a hybrid system that delivers content in several ways. The system, which sells for $150 at Best Buy, has a DVR and pulls in both over-the-air TV broadcasts and on-demand content from the Internet.

Killing the Lecture With Technology, Part II – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Killing-the-Lecture-With/26269

  • 400 hours producing 90 videos for a large undergraduate animal-behavior course. The content, which includes narrated film clips and animations, is available as streaming video on password-protected servers and not to the public due to copyright issues. The idea is to substitute the online lectures for one of the course’s biweekly class sessions. The remaining meeting is devoted to additional content, discussion, and questions. Honors students also gather face-to-face for an extra hour of discussion each week, which is recorded and turned into a podcast. The format works: “Almost half the class earned A’s (I do not curve grades), and for the first time that I can recall, nobody failed the course,” writes Mr. Miller, who is pictured above. Here’s a video explaining his methods.
  • a series of 30-minute podcasts that is publicly available on iTunes (“From Israelite to Jew”). It began primarily as a private project meant to make make his work accessible to the general public, but he always had in mind the idea of using it in class. Next semester, he will. In a class on early Jewish and Christian history, Mr. Satlow plans to assign the episodes along with the readings. “I plan to devote class time to very little ‘frontal’ presentation and a lot of discussion,” he writes. “In my opinion, it is in large measure the give and take of the classroom that adds value to education and that justifies the price tag, not the faculty presentation.”
  • Instead of watching a lecture and doing homework later, outside the classroom, students study the lectures on their own time online. Class is a lab, with students solving problems under the supervision of faculty. Mr. Moses went from “not knowing the names of the students in his huge lectures to knowing which ones smoked and which ones didn’t,” writes Glenda Morgan, an e-learning strategist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

40+ Tutorials on Photoshop Website Design and PSD to HTML — tripwire magazine

http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2009/02/tutorials-on-photoshop-website-design-and-psd-to-html.html

  • 40 high quality Website Photoshop Tutorials that you just have to investigate. Further this article provides you with Tutorials surfacing the secrets you need for converting your Photoshop Designs into web pages that you can publish on the Internet.

Convert PSD to WordPress with Divine. Convert Photoshop to WordPress theme

http://www.divine-project.com

  • Divine suggests easy steps
    to convert Photoshop to WordPress theme that any of you can carry out.
    Yes, that’s right – you need no special extended knowledge about HTML, no special skills in coding, basics are completely enough to convert PSD to WordPress. You’ll find all necessary information about converting Photoshop to WordPress at our site.

43 PSD to XHTML, CSS Tutorials Creating Web Layouts And Navigation

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/43-psd-to-xhtml-css-tutorials-creating-web-layouts-and-navigation

  • coding part usually is hardest part in web development process. But there are so many great tutorials teaching how to use simple XHTML and CSS to get amazing layouts and they offer You to see what’s really happening behind the scenes explaining every step. Learn how to use CSS, how to create layouts in the right way, forget about table-layouts and enjoy CSS real power and put these 43 PSD to XHTML and CSS tutorials in good use!

BridgeWay Community Church | Church Planting: A Multi-Site Vision Casting Message

http://www.bridgewaycc.com/who-we-are/church-plantingmulti-site/a-multi-site-vision-casting-message

  • Multi-site is the strategy BridgeWay is adopting to
    accomplish Jesus’ vision for growth and multiplication of his
    church. Rather than growing a mega-church (i.e. the banana tree)
    or reproducing other churches (i.e. the orange trees), BridgeWay’s
    strategy will be to grow and reproduce ourselves (i.e. the apple
    tree) on multiple sites, leasing facilities (i.e. the pots) rather than
    building them.

BridgeWay Community Church | Online Training

http://www.bridgewaytraining.com

  • Welcome to BridgeWay Online Training! BridgeWay Online Training allows you to watch videos from your computer and take short quizzes after each video. The videos are short and you can go at your own pace to learn. You may come back at anytime to review the training videos. You will need 20-30 minutes to complete an online training course.

Creating CSS Layouts: The Best Tutorials on Converting PSD to XHTML | aComment

http://www.devwebpro.com/creating-css-layouts-the-best-tutorials-on-converting-psd-to-xhtml

  • the most practical tutorials on coding a template using CSS and XHTML. Making a template has two steps. The first step is Designing the template components and the second step is Coding them into a valid XHTML page.
    For learning designing a template from scratch in Photoshop, I suggest checking this post by dzineblog. But how to convert the designed PSD file to an XHTML document is the reason I wrote this post.

15+ Website Design Converting PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials | Tutorial Lounge

http://www.tutoriallounge.com/2009/06/15-website-design-converting-psd-to-htmlcss-tutorials

  • I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements for a little dissimilar services that will exchange your PSD files into HTML and CSS. If you’re looking to save some time on your next project you may want to deem trying one of these services.

    In this article more than 20+ Photoshop Tutorials showing you the tricks you need to convert you designs into HTML and CSS. Even with the paramount tutorials at hand cutting up designs isn’t a straightforward task. To make sure you get the job done tripwire magazine also provides a list of more…

Converting a Photoshop PSD File to an XHTML & CSS Web Site – Creating Mockups | Resources for Web Development Students @ Robin’s Blog

http://www.robinsblog.com/04282009/converting-a-photoshop-psd-file-to-and-xhtml-css-web-site

  • Part of the Photoshop class project is to create a Web site mockup. I have recently found several tutorials that may help you to complete this project. This post is updated as new tutorials are found. I would recommend that you read How to Effectively Organize your Photoshop Layers before you begin these tutorials so you understand how to properly organize your layers for easy XHTML and CSS development.

Creative and Helpful Logo Design Tutorials | CreativeFan

http://creativefan.com/creative-and-helpful-logo-design-tutorials

  • A well developed and creative logo is the cornerstone of any brand image. It should be memorable, display well in both color and grayscale, and be printable in both large and small sizes. Whether you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, clever or complex, logo design can be one of the most challenging forms of design as it requires precision, creativity and vision.

    To help you become a better logo designer, we’ve collected up some logo tutorials that can help teach you some of the important techniques and also get your creative juices flowing.

50 Free Press Release Submission Websites

http://www.avangate.com/articles/press-release-distribution_69.htm

  • This is Avangate Top 50 press release submission list, most trustful sites where you can publish a press release, all of them free of charge. This list was initially created in 2007, but thanks to your comments and suggestions, we have been able to update it regularly.

    So, here is the 2009 list, ordered by Google PageRank. The links lead to “Add/Submit a Press Release” or “Register” page.

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/08/how-to-participate-in-twitter-chat.html

  • I’ve found that Twitter chats provide SMBs an excellent opportunity to meet new people, increase their own influence and gain valuable insight on a particular topic. And when you’re not busy doing that, Twitter chats are also a lot of fun!

    If you’re not familiar with them, a Twitter chat is a guided conversation where users interested in a particular topic hop onto the service to chat. The chat is given a hashtag, which makes it easy for anyone looking in to identify the chat and participate. It’s similar to a chat room in that it’s a topic-driven conversation happening in real time; it just happens to be housed on Twitter.

    For example, the hashtag #b2bchat refers to a Twitter chat for B2B marketers that takes place every Thursday. Anyone who is interested in B2B marketing can use the hashtag to follow the conversation happening and jump in.

Tech Tips for the Savvy Church Leader – Christian Leadership Alliance

http://www.christianleadershipalliance.org/?page=tech_tips_church

  • As we travel across the country training Church sound staffs and consulting on sound systems we find that the churches that are growing the fastest and serving their communities best are those that have leaders who are actively involved in the communication sector of their churches. These leaders play a part in choosing sound and praise band team members and try their best to gain an understanding of the job that confronts those members. These leaders also know that while the tech and praise band team members are anxious to serve, they have little technical experience, and that just putting good sound equipment in front of a novice isn’t the best road to success. Here are a few tips we’ve culled from speaking with church leaders from around the USA.

95 Melheimian Theses of Church Technology – Tech News

http://centerforcongregations.org/blogs/computer_news/archive/2008/02/06/95theses.aspx

  • 95 Melheimian Theses of Church Technology

    The January 2008 edition of Clergy Journal includes a great article by Rich Melheim. Melheim starts the article, “Chew on this: The average mainline preacher today was taught to preach by a professor who was taught to  preach before television was widely available.” Hopefully, that will encourage you to read the rest of the article!

    Melheim completes this treatise with his “95 Melheimian Theses of Church Technology.” Read them all! Those of you who have worked with the Center on technology issues will hear our voices echoed in Melheim’s. Our thanks to Rich Melheim, founder of Faith Inkubators (http://www.faithink.com/), for allowing us to reprint this.

Theology Through Technology – The Age of A New Church

http://www.sharefaithblog.com/2010/04/theology-technology-age-church

  • It’s a Stewardship Thing.

    The very fact that you’re reading this is a testament to your acceptance of technology. The only question is are you maximizing it for the gospel’s sake? It is one thing to admit that technology can be a powerful tool. It is quite another thing to find it, learn it, invest in it, and use it. After all, learning new technology is quite a bit of work. It costs a lot of money. It takes a lot of time.

“Worst Church Website” Part II — Pomomusings

http://pomomusings.com/2006/09/15/worst-church-website-part-ii

  • A few weeks ago, I posted about the Worst Church Website. Many were upset that I was mocking and scoffing at church websites, many of which are probably put together by lay volunteers, something I’m very aware of. However, even if you know next to nothing about web design & development, you can still create a very simple, easy, blog-type layout for a church website. And frankly, many of these church sites look exactly the same as they probably did back in 1996 or whenever they were first created. So, the quest continues for THE WORST church website.

 God In The Tubes |  genesys11

http://genesys11.com/resources/godinthetubes

  • God In The Tubes

    In March, 2009, I will be presenting a workshop entitled “God in the Tubes: Developing an Internet Strategy for Your Congregation”. I have been invited by the Center for Congregations to present this workshop, based on my research, on March 19 in Ft. Wayne, IN and March 20 in Indianapolis, IN. This page includes links to many of the resources I presented at that workshop.

Law.com – Federal Circuit: Group’s Internet and Radio Worship Does Not Meet IRS Definition of ‘Church’

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202470154549&rss=newswire

  • Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson noted that neither Congress nor the IRS has issued much guidance regarding the code’s definition of “church.” He said that court precedents have emphasized the associational test, which defines a church as an organization whose members meet regularly for organized worship, and on the IRS’s 14 criteria for determining what is a church.

    Those criteria include that it has a recognized creed and form of worship; a formal code of doctrine and discipline; a membership not associated with any other church or denomination; ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies; and holds regular religious services

    The Federal Circuit panel deemed the associational test the most important. It agreed with the lower court that the foundation’s “electronic ministry” did not satisfy the test.

    “The fact that all the listeners simultaneously received the Foundation’s message over the radio or the Internet does not mean that those members associated with each other and worshiped communally,” Bryson wrote.

    Neither the foundation nor its lawyer — Marc Sellers of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt in Portland, Ore. — returned calls for comment. Neither did the IRS. The Justice Department, which represented the agency, declined to comment through spokesman Charles Miller.

    The ruling leaves open the question of whether worship services that use modern versions of Internet chat rooms would constitute significant association to meet the association test, said Arthur Rieman, managing attorney of the Studio City, Calif.-based Law Firm for Non-Profits.

    “It would be a much tougher argument for the IRS to make that holding a prayer service in [an interactive chat room] type of environment does not constitute sufficient association,” said Rieman, who wasn’t involved in the case.

CD 7: Praising the Lord – in Mandarin

http://nycitynewsservice.com/2009/06/05/cd-7-praising-the-lord-in-mandarin

  • The stained glass windows, pipe organ and varnished wood could be taken for any U.S. church, at any time. So could the cheery, sing-along hymns – at least until hundreds of voices rise up to praise the lord in Mandarin.

    Tian Fu Church started in Sunset Park only five years ago, sharing space with a small Latino congregation in a church built a century ago for a Norwegian parish. Tian Fu’s founder, the Rev. Zhaodeng Peng, said his flock in New York City’s third Chinatown has grown to include more than a thousand believers .

    Seeking Help

    More than a quarter of Sunset Park’s foreign-born residents come from China. Many are young and arrive with limited English skills, destined for initial employment in one of the city’s many Chinese restaurants.

    “New immigrants need help,” Peng said. “They need God in their lives. That’s how we’ve grown so fast.”

    Peng studied theology in Shanghai before moving to a seminary in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province. Most of Tian Fu’s members hail from that same mountainous corner in southeast China

    Fujianese Influence

    Fujian has more history with Christianity than most of China. According to the Rev. Gunshik Shim, who oversees Eastern Long Island for the national organization of the United Methodist Church, Protestant missionaries were finding converts in Fuzhou in the early 1850’s. “It’s very historical and meaningful for their descendants to come here and start their own congregation,” he said.

    Ken Guest, a Baruch College anthropologist and the author of “God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York’s Evolving Immigrant Community,” also suggests that some immigrants bring their religious beliefs with them in spite of the atheistic policies of China’s government.

    “In Sunset Park, the Chinese immigrant population is primarily rural peasants,” he said. “Their religious practices haven’t been disturbed by the Chinese Communist Party. Especially the Fujianese.”

Blackmagic Design: User Stories

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/userstories/detail.asp?story=mariners

  • “Our goal is to produce high-quality, professional video presentations that enhance the experience of attending our services. By opting for these reliable, full-featured Blackmagic Design solutions, we managed to save thousands of dollars that would have had to be spent on higher-end broadcast solutions,” Tyson added.

    During live events, they use Blackmagic Design’s HDLink to overlay song lyrics, graphics and text elements over live video displays. Used in conjunction with ProPresenter presentation software from Renewed Vision, Traci is able to create visually aesthetic elements for the big screens. ProPresenter graphical elements are output onto the HDLink, including alpha channel and fill signal. HDLink then helps input alpha channel and fill video into a video switcher, which allows the creation of keying the elements cleanly and precisely over the video.

    “Prior to acquiring the HDLink, we tried a number of solutions, including the use of lumakeys produced by the switcher. But these solutions were never reliable and blacks and gray tones in the graphics would virtually drop out causing transparencies. The HDLink worked like a charm from day one, and our multimedia presentations are now a perfect complement to the powerful messages being delivered by the pastor,” said Traci.

    Traci continued: “Buying a broadcast quality CG for live applications would have run us about $20,000, which was out of the question financially. And this high-end gear would have introduced a layer of complexity into our operation that was unacceptable due to our wide use of volunteers on the weekends.

    Instead, we put a very cost-effective solution in place for under $2,000, including the Blackmagic Design HDLink for SDI-quality keying and an output module for ProPresenter software from Renewed Vision.”

WordPress › Connections « WordPress Plugins

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/connections

  • Connections is a simple to use directory manager but is also very versatile. You can use it for an address book, to create a church directory, business directory, staff directory and even profiles pages using templates. If none of the default templates do not suit your needs, you can easily create your own custom template. Want to show a list of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, no problem, you can do that too.

“Keep mustache out of the opening”: a history of phone etiquette

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/08/what-would-emily-post-say-about-droids-in-cafes.ars

  • From the late-19th through the early 20th-century, the telephone was the communications tool of the well-off and the middle class, Fischer notes.

    “Besides those with business reasons, it was the social elite who subscribed in 1900,” his survey of three northern California towns concluded.

    Doctors, lawyers, local storekeepers—these represented the Bell System’s core market. They were often the only people who could afford to lease the service. When blue collar households had to decide between a phone or a Model-T Ford, they often chose the latter.

    Although innovations like party lines and rural co-ops gradually expanded telephony to rural and urban working class consumers, by the early 1930s much of this progress was undone by the Depression. Between 1930 and 1933, over 2.5 million Americans dropped telephone service. The nationwide subscription rate fell by ten percent, to less than a third of the total  household market.

    Within this context, AT&T publicists took pains to portray the telephone as a respectable, middle class gadget, to be used politely and responsibly. Bell Telephone franchise ads constantly railed against rude or argumentative behavior over the receiver, as in a 1910 notice with the headline “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Telephone.”

    “The marvelous growth of the Bell System has made use of the telephone universal and misuse a matter of public concern,” the ad warned. Some local phone companies even pushed for, and won, city laws making profanity in phone conversation a finable or jailable offense.

Networked_Performance — Live Stage: Twitter/Art+Social Media [Vancouver]

http://turbulence.org/blog/2010/03/31/live-stage-twitterartsocial-media-vancouver

  • Twitter/Art+Social Media :: April 1 – May 1, 2010 :: Opening Reception: April 1, 2010; 6:00 – 8:00 pm :: Diane Farris Gallery, 1590 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

    Diane Farris Gallery is pleased to present Twitter/Art+Social Media, a juried exhibition of work by artists using social media for inspiration, production and presentation of their work. The exhibition concept evolved from an original idea by Mia Johnson who has a PhD on the emergence of the Internet as a vehicle for artists and has been responsible for the gallery’s website since 2004.

Twitter-a-Flitter at Your Events

http://www.mpiweb.org/Magazine/Archive/US/November2009/TwitterFlitter

  • Unfiltered is less work, but runs the risk of inflammatory, SPAM or useless content cluttering the stream. If too much noise creeps into your display, people may stop paying attention, or worse yet, it may detract from the session.

    Filtered will ensure higher quality, but it means you will need a filtering application, and you will have to assign a resource to do the filtering. That person will need to make a value judgment as to what gets in and what does not. It may be challenging to make that choice. Here are some apps to try for unfiltered presentation of Twitter streams.

    Other apps will do the same as above, but also allow for filtering
     

Pastor’s 10 Minute Jump Start Guide to Social Media | Ministry Marketing Coach

http://ministrymarketingcoach.com/2010/07/20/pastor%E2%80%99s-10-minute-jump-start-guide-for-social-media

  • Each day, look at your social networks and seek out ways to be involved with people in the space. Surf through the profiles of other people in your networks and read their tweets, blog posts, etc. If there is an appropriate way you can comment, reply to a post or two and if you’re on Facebook, show your appreciation by clicking “like” whenever you’re able.
  • Social networking is about relationships. Social media networking is about reaching out to the people you want to engage with the important message of the gospel. Do your research and find new people to follow each day. If you find 1-2 people who fit the profile of those you are trying to reach, connect with them! Remember, it’s not the number of people in your network, it’s the type of people and your relationship with them that matters.
  • Take some time each day to share something, at least twice, with those in your networks. By posting everyday, you remain visible and active.
  • Once per day you can send a tweet, update your status, post a candid shot, or other original content. About three times per week, write a blog post and link to individuals and pages in your networks. A blog post can be 25-500 words, depending on your mood and workload

hearitfirst.com

http://www.hearitfirst.com/globals/faq.aspx

  • What is hearitfirst.com?

    Answer
    hearitfirst.com is an online community dedicated to the artists and the fans of Christian music.

Shutterfly | Manage my pictures

http://targetphoto.shutterfly.com/lightbox/viewEnhance.sfly?sec=crod&fid=782f9a92d91aef546d9889752d9a603c&nobor=1

Getting the most out of church technology

http://www.examiner.com/x-48476-Baltimore-Church-Management-Examiner~y2010m5d30-Getting-the-most-out-of-church-technology?cid=exrss-Baltimore-Church-Management-Examiner

  • The reality is that church technology must be managed just like any other tools used for the advancement of ministry. Churches run the same risk as secular organizations when technology is acquired simply for the sake of trying to keep up with trends. All too often equipment is purchased without proper analysis and is then not utilized or underutilized because those making the acquisition misjudged the church’s capacity to fully exploit the technology.

Don’t Steal Content « RightsPro Blog

http://blog.rightspro.com/2010/01/15/dont-steal-content

  • Maybe they didn’t know they weren’t suppose to copy that image from Flickr onto their blog.  Maybe they thought because they bought the CD they could use it as a sound track for their commercial.  Maybe they didn’t realize that non-commercial Creative Commons license conflicts with their corporate website.

    Even when the user does seek permission for use from the source there may be other issues present like additional rights holders that require model release or ambiguous licensing terms that would put the user in violation if they, say, used it in a print brochure in addition to on their website.

    Education in the area of intellectual property rights will become increasingly important as more and more people publish works like blogs, podcasts, and video casts, and use creative content from sites like Flickr and YouTube.

Using Images – What you need to know

http://www.stockphotorights.com/faq/#dpc

  • Personal use may be commonly defined as use that is not for commercial gain. Examples of personal use (or non-commercial use) might include social newsletters or wedding announcements.

    Commercial use may be commonly defined as use that is intended for commercial, promotional, endorsement, advertising or merchandising purposes. Examples of commercial use could include a branded company website, brochure, advert, presentation or product.

Five Ways to Monetize Your Pictures on Flickr | njtoday.net – Everything New Jersey

http://njtoday.net/2010/04/28/five-ways-to-monetize-your-pictures-on-flickr

  • More than 140 million of the photos on Flickr are posted with Creative Commons licenses that allow images users to do (almost) whatever they want with them without paying a dime. It’s that resource that’s helped to make the site so popular with users who can find free photos for blog posts, articles, and even advertising material. Giving your pictures away might sound like a bad idea when you’re trying to make money from them but it’s a valuable strategy when you want to attract buyers.

    License a selection of your images as Creative Commons but keep the selection limited and low resolution, and include a line in the description stating that a larger resolution is available for sale. The CC-licensed images will turn up in search results when buyers search for free photos but if they want better quality images, they’ll know they have to pay.

  • Section 2: It’s actually against Flickr’s terms of service to put a sales link on the image page. You can mention that it’s for sale and tell viewers to look at your profile page for a link, but apparently it’s a no no to put it directly on the photo page.

    Section 3: If your’re planning on licensing your work rather than just selling prints you should consider one of the Creative Commons non-commercial licenses which will allow for something like a personal blogger to use it for free with attribution, but a company couldn’t put it on their website, they’d have to contact you to negotiate a use fee.

how on earth can this be legal? – Everything Else – Zazzle Forum

http://forum.zazzle.com/misc/how_on_earth_can_this_be_legal

  • What it says and what is real aren’t necessarily the same thing. Just a quick search revealed a photo which is public domain but must be attributed to the photographer – but, no mention on the zazzle site. It also says on commons “Most Creative Commons licenses are not free content licenses”. The photographer of said photo says on his own site “If you’d like to use my photography on your commercial website, you need to contact me first. Fees are based on your intended use.”

Posting Creative Commons Images – Feedback and Suggestions – Zazzle Forum

http://forum.zazzle.com/feedback/posting_creative_commons_images

  • Creative commons licenses, like all licenses, can be revoked at any time. Every product printed is a new use.
  • A good thumb rule to oblige with –
    As long as they say, Commercial Use is OK, No need for linking.. you are ok to a certain extend.
    You still should contact them about using their creation if you are using more than 1 or 2 images or using a considerable big amount and make sure that they are ok with you publishing them.

7 Reasons your photos should be on flickr | Microstock insider stock photography guides

http://microstockinsider.com/guides/7-reasons-your-photos-should-be-flickr

  • your creative commons (there are more than 100 million of them already on flickr) images can be used on products from zazzle or printed onto moocards, and all those creative commons uses will be including an unpaid attribution back to you.

Question on Creative Commons License – Create Products – Zazzle Forum

http://forum.zazzle.com/create/question_on_creative_commons_license?m=137212

  • I was looking throught the Pulse page, and I came across an image on postage where the Seller had given credit to the Photographer, with their name and a link over to the Photographer’s Flickr page …
    then a note that it was used under the Creative Commons Attribution License , which states that the work can be adapted as long as credit to the original author is given.

    I looked it up, and it was under this Creative Commons Attribution License.
    Then I looked around Flickr, and it is very easy to search by the type of license that the photo has.

    Is this allowable? Can we use images that state they are under the Attribution license ? As long as a link and credit is given?
    The image was on postage, and on Pulse – so it means it was was Sold.

  • Using any CC license is risky. Getting express permission from the creator to you is the best insurance policy.

Online photo mosaic generator – Instant Fundas

http://www.instantfundas.com/2007/10/online-photo-mosaic-generator.html

  • The above image was created using an online photo mosaic creating service. There are several such services available. Here are some of the best ones.

    Pictosaic (I used this one for the photo)
    Mozaiq
    Patchwork
    BigHugeLabs

Fulfilling God-Sized Dreams | Gifted for Leadership | Women Called to Ministry

http://blog.kyria.com/giftedforleadership/2007/02/fulfilling_godsized_dreams.html

Anita Carman | Gifted for Leadership | Women Called to Ministry

http://blog.kyria.com/giftedforleadership/2007/01/anita_carman.html

  • Speaking Engagements
    Anita is a sought-after speaker in corporate America, women’s leadership conferences and churches. Her most recent speaking invitations include a company-wide employee motivation lunch with Reliant Energy, Inspire Women’s “When Dreams Won’t Die” Rally, the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention Women’s Ministry Leadership Forum, the Women’s Leadership Summit founded by Jill Briscoe and organized by Elmbrook Church Women2Day.

    Community and Leadership Recognition
    Anita’s leadership is recognized by both business and ministry leaders. She has received awards such as the Professional Women’s Fellowship Community Leader award, the Chinese Community Center “Asian American All-Star” award, the Daughters of the American Revolution “Americanism” award for her contribution to the community, and various awards from local churches. The city of Houston recognized Anita’s impact in the city by declaring November 10 as Inspire Women day. She has appeared on the front pages of the Houston Chronicle religious section and featured in the “extraordinary stories by ordinary people” segments on both WB-39 news and Fox 26.

Lead Women Pastors Project Interactions | General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

http://www.gbhem.org/site/c.lsKSL3POLvF/b.4804875/k.7E0/Lead_Women_Pastors_Project_Interactions.htm

  • Leadership Can be Taught
    by Sharon Daloz Parks

    Synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
    Parks discusses the approach to teaching leadership called “case-in- point,” developed by Ronald Heifetz at Harvard’s Canter for Public Leadership, which takes to task the idea of born leaders. She describes Heifetz’s multidisciplinary teaching method, which uses personal experience and seminar, simulation, presentation, discussion and dialogue, clinical-therapeutic practice, coaching, the laboratory, art, writing, and case study to teach leadership. She looks at its underlying theory, overall concepts including presence and authority, and use in social groups and the workplace. The experiences of teachers and those who have applied the method are discussed. Parks is Director of Leadership for the New Commons at Whidbey Institute in Washington.

The Final Church Barrier for Women: Church Planter | Gifted for Leadership | Women Called to Ministry

http://blog.kyria.com/giftedforleadership/2009/04/the_final_church_barrier_for_w.html

  • Are there no women engaged in church planting? Their absence was conspicuous:
    ? Of the 8 plenary speakers, the number of women was zero.
    ? Of the 96 speakers listed in the program, only 11 were women, and almost all of those were teaching in the spouses’ track. Most of the few exceptions taught about kids’ ministry. Even if not many women are planting churches, many are launching Christian ministries (e.g., Catherine Rohr) and dealing with common issues of casting vision, raising funds, and building healthy teams.
    ? I hate to mention that the worship band comprised 5 men and 0 women, for the band was chosen because it came from a church plant, a decision I applaud. But it reinforced that the main stage was a Women Free Zone.

Racial-Ethnic Clergywomen Associations | General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

http://www.gbhem.org/site/c.lsKSL3POLvF/b.3887679/k.BFE7/RacialEthnic_Clergywomen_Associations.htm

  • Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Clergywomen
    The Rev. Nizzi Santos Digan
    East Saugus United Methodist Church
    Email: nizziumc@yahoo.com
    Web site: www.aapicumc.org

    AAPIC VISION

    Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we equip & empower Asian American & Pacific Islander women as disciples of Jesus Christ and transformational leaders of the United Methodist Church and the world.

Deborah Hearn Gin – Azusa Pacific University

http://www.apu.edu/theology/faculty/dgin

  • Deborah Hearn Gin, M.Div., M.Mus.

    Director of Diversity Studies, Office of Diversity Planning and Assessment
    Assistant Professor, C.P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology

    Phone: (626) 815-5446
    Email: dgin@apu.edu
    Fax: (626) 815-5468
    With a long history in the field of music, having been a professional soloist and pianist, Deborah Gin, M.Div., M.Mus., has performed at venues such as the Crystal Cathedral, Santa Barbara Mission, and Forest Lawn. In 2007, Gin became the director of diversity studies in the APU Office of Diversity, where she provides university-wide oversight regarding diversity issues in curriculum development and assessment. In addition, Gin serves as an assistant professor in the Ministry Department of the C.P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

Cover Story — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Ministries & Programs — GAMC

http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/today/cover

  • Irene Pak

    Crossing cultures

    Photo of Irene Pak“I rely on prayer,” Irene Pak says simply. Hearing her speak, one senses immediately that she is both serious about the power of prayer in her life and profoundly aware of the need for prayer for the larger church she serves. Pak serves as associate pastor of Dae Sung Korean Presbyterian Church in Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale, Calif.

    “My father’s entire family emigrated from Korea to Ogden, Utah,” Pak recalls. “My parents still live in the same house I came home to when I was born.”

    A gifted musician, Pak played the cello in the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The lifelong Presbyterian attended a Korean congregation until a split when she was 10 led her family to attend a “non-Korean” church. “My experiences there are the key to my being a pastor today,” says Pak.

    Following her graduation from seminary, Pak served as an intern with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s office of Racial Ethnic Congregational Enhancement while searching for a call. Of that time, Pak says, “It was great — working for racial justice and advocacy, doing antiracism training while facing the same issues in the call process. I was in the absolute right place to process all of that.”

    Pak did not see herself beginning her ministry in a Korean congregation. “The first time the Dae Sung church contacted me, I said no.” But she says that after a year of searching, “I realized that I wasn’t being open to what God might want me to do.”

    Now she works primarily with young people and English-speaking adults and preaches on a weekly basis. Being a female leader in a church with no women elders, where congregational meetings are conducted in Korean, is difficult at times, she admits.

    “I’m the first female pastor our youth have met, and the first one who looks like them. It was a stretch for [the church] to call me. The fact that I’m young and single makes it harder, but I absolutely love what I’m doing, and I know that’s a blessing. I’m just trying to meet people where they are.”

Presbyterians Today Magazine — Ministries & Programs — GAMC

http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/today

  • Emerging leaders

    The August  cover of Presbyterians Today Magazine.The face of church leadership is changing. As our nation and church become more diverse, leaders are arising in unexpected places, bringing gifts from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Presbyterians Today enlisted the help of Bruce Reyes-Chow and Byron Wade, outgoing moderator and vice moderator of the General Assembly, and others with extensive connections around the church in order to find some of the emerging leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Here are 10 we would like you to meet.

Best of the Blogs — Presbyterians Today Magazine — Ministries & Programs — GAMC

http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/today/best-blogs

  • http://nextgenerasianchurch.com http://headsparks.com/ http://benjaminpark.blogspot.com/ http://morethanservingtea.wordpress.com/
  • The Internet makes it easy to learn about the concerns and experiences of Presbyterians from different ethnic backgrounds. It’s not surprising that Asian American Presbyterians are well represented in the Christian blogging community, given the significant numbers of Asian Americans who are members of all denominations. Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 2008 General Assembly, is part of that community, but there are other interesting bloggers as well.

    A good place to start becoming acquainted with Asian American Christian bloggers is the group blog Gener.Asian Church: The Collision of Faith + Asian American Culture. Contributors include several Presbyterian pastors. Blog topics vary from Asian ethnic stereotyping in popular culture to reflections on Christianity by a Japanese American painter to Asian Americans in the “emerging church” movement.

    Daniel So, one of the contributors to Gener.Asian Church, is pastor of the Korean United Presbyterian Church of San Diego, Calif., and writes the blog Headsparks. The blog name is inspired by an indie band whose leader became a voice and advocate for Asian Americans in the music industry. So writes that he wants “to become a voice and an advocate for Asian Americans in these new close-knit, creative church communities that are emerging with a new perspective within the larger, more established body of Christ. All too often our voices are not heard and our faces are not seen.” Recent posts include reflections on the importance of good storytelling, and news about his church’s partnership with a South African ministry to build a home for a family in need in that country.

    Ignorance Is This is written by Presbyterian pastor Benjamin Park, who lives in the Seattle area. One of his posts includes thoughts on how frustrations with troubleshooting the digital devices we all depend on taught him about himself and his relationship with God. Several entries tell about his church’s springbreak mission trip to the New Orleans area.

    Kathy Khang is a regional multi-ethnic director for a parachurch organization and lives in Chicago. She is among the contributors to the book More Than Serving Tea and writes a blog with the same name. The book focuses on the intersection of faith, culture and gender as part of the story of Asian American Christian women. The authors, who include writers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipina and Pakistani heritage, share how God has helped them move beyond gender and cultural constraints.

    Khang continues this theme on her blog. In a recent post she ob­serves that the American dream for children of Asian immigrants in­volves extended family and ances­tors, not just the individual. She says, “I pull the history of the Korean War and stories of families being separated and precious rice spilled into the dirt and a love/hate relationship to the West, into the present filled with American and Korean values clashing still, into the future where my children, nephews and nieces are just realizing they have dreams. Success is not what I alone achieve for myself. It involves the entire family.”

developer.harvest.org » Blog Archive » Internet and Technology Ministry

http://developer.harvest.org/2010/06/internet-and-technology-ministry

  • On Saturday, June 26 at 9 A.M., come out to the new Internet and Technology Ministry. Learn how to secure and filter your internet connection, what you should know about privacy and social networks, and get your questions answered at a round table discussion. The meeting is in the Volunteer Center in the new Media building.

Sharing Faith without the Guilt | Fuller Youth Institute

http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/2010/06/sharing-faith-without-the-guilt

SLJ — When you Lack your Parents’ Blessing

http://www.intervarsity.org/slj/fa99/fa99_when_you_lack_parents_blessing.html

  • My parents, my two older brothers and I flew from Korea in 1973, and in the minds of my father and mother were grand dreams. They imagined a new life in the United States for themselves and their children. Once here, as their youngest child and only daughter, I took on their mindset and grew up wanting to be highly successful—perhaps becoming the next Connie Chung in network news.
    I realize now that I didn’t pursue this dream just for my own sake, but to give back to my parents for all the sacrifices they made so I could have a better life. As an Asian-American, my view of my life was so tied in to that of my family that I didn’t merely think about what I wanted to do, but rather what would make my parents happy.

230 Asian American Women in One Room « Take up and Read

http://bolim.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/230-asian-american-women-in-one-room

  • Among the women honored were Perla Belo, the 1st Filipino woman to be ordained in the PCUSA, Jean Kim, a lifelong advocate for the homeless and national educator for PCUSA on this issue, and Umeko Kagawa Momii.  I must say that I was a bit starstruck to be the same room with Rev Momii.  She is the daughter of Toyohiko Kagawa, the famed Japanese evangelist, theologian, and social and political activist – a sort of Japanese Bonhoeffer. These women were truly pioneers.

Deadly Viper, Hidden Racism? (Updated) – SKYEBOX

http://www.skyejethani.com/deadly-viper-hidden-racism/484

  • Nikki T-S November 9th, 2009 3:25 pm :Skye,

    I just wanted to mention that the “others” in the conversation were Kathy Khang, Chris Heuertz, and myself.
    I mention it, because as a woman, it’s hard to feel invisible and silenced. And I feel like your reference to the “others” contributes to that. Kathy Khang was invited into the conversation because she is a significant voice that is connected to a secular Asian audience.

MediaShift . Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2006/10/creative-commons-flickr-22-million-sharable-photos291.html

  • One part of my story that I didn’t get to was the effect that CC and Flickr might be having on the stock photography industry. Many of the people I interviewed, including Kris Krug, believed that the spread of CC photos might hurt that business. Markus, who blogs at AU Interactive, has a great piece explaining why he believes the time is running short for the domination of stock photo agencies such as Getty Images. Here’s a key quote from that:

    Flickr and other services that make it easy to search large databases of photos and contact the photographers directly are far more cheaper and efficient than the old system. The stock photography oligopoly is being replaced with socially distributed systems and I’m happy about it. More people will see my work, I’ll be able to get the work of others more easily — everyone wins! (Well, almost everyone.)

Are Flickr Photos Fair Game for Home Printing? – Gadgetwise Blog – NYTimes.com

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/are-flickr-photos-fair-game-for-home-printing

  • I wrote a post this week about using the photo-sharing site Flickr as a source of photos to print and frame at home. The post was meant to be a celebration of the many fantastic amateur photographers that have found a spotlight via Flickr, but a lot of people saw it as promoting thievery. That was not what I wanted to advocate by any means. Many people wrote in to explain how this practice is not fair to photographers. Obviously there are a lot of legal and ethical issues here that are worth exploring.
  • One safer route is to only use photos whose creators have released them under a Creative Commons licenses, which are often characterized as “Some rights reserved.” Flickr’s advanced search page lets you restrict your searches to those photos. The licenses often specify that the photos can be freely used in noncommercial ways as long as proper credit is given.

    But that raises another issue for those interested in printing and framing. Should a label be placed next to the frame with the photographer’s name and the image’s Web address? Is it enough to put the information on the back of the frame? Once again, bringing something off the Web and into the real world raises tricky questions. Ms. Champ mentioned Flickr’s own practices as a good solution. When Flickr wants to use a Creative Commons-licensed work for some reason, it asks users how they would like to be credited.

  • While the law may not have caught up to technology, if you look at the intent of the content originator you can get a good idea of what is moral. Corynne McSherry and Heather Champ have it absolutely correct – when in doubt, ask the artist/photographer/content creator. You will quickly find out if you are within your rights to reproduce the content for personal use.
  • I appreciate that Creative Commons (and searching by such) was finally mentioned; though in the original article it did sound as if the author had plastered her apartment with snagged photos. The fact (if true) that only one out of (allegedly) only four photos decorating her walls was taken from flickr and actually paid for (whereas the others she claims were all taken from the LoC account, which is fine) just goes to show that even she felt she should ask (and was willing to pay for) permission to print a copy to hang on her wall. It was irresponsible to suggest anything less, and while I’m still not quite satisfied with this follow-up article, at least it is a step in the right direction.

WordPress automatic plugin upgrade ftp details fix | David Parkinson – Miscellaneous ramblings of a web developer

http://daparky.com/wordpress-automatic-plugin-upgrade-ftp-details-fix

  • WordPress 2.5 has a great new feature called automatic plugin upgrade which basically upgrades your plugins automatically with a single click without needing to do it manually via ftp. For some reason i keep having to input my FTP details just before it’s about to upgrade. I’ve found a fix for this and i will tell you how to fix it below.

    All you need to do is add the following code to your wp_config.php file:

    define(‘FTP_HOST’, ‘ftp://example.com/’);
    define(‘FTP_USER’, ‘example_user’);
    define(‘FTP_PASS’, ‘example_pass’);
    //Set to true if your host uses SSL connections
    define(‘FTP_SSL’, false);

Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » How Every Flickr Photo Ended Up on Sale This Weekend

http://thomashawk.com/2008/07/how-every-flickr-photo-ended-up-on-sale.html

  • Me personally? I don’t want to live in a world where copyright is that restrictive.

    Now in terms of my own photography, I gave up worrying and fretting over unauthorized use a long time ago. To me this falls under the “life’s too short” category of things. There have literally been hundreds of unauthorized use cases with regards to my photos on the web.

    To me I look at my photographs like birds. When you take a bird and open up your window and let it go, it’s gone — even if you paid for the bird and legally “own” it. You and everyone else can still appreciate the bird. You can hear it sing. You can watch it in the sky. It can still even technically be “your” bird. But once you release it you lose control over it. It’s gone. Me personally, I think birds in the sky and trees enjoyed by all are better than birds in cages trapped in someone’s home.

    This is the way that the internet works. Put your photos online and if you are any good, someone, somewhere, somehow will technically violate your copyright. It *will* happen. And you have two choices with what you can do about it. You can get worked up and get upset and let it eat at you, or you can let it go and move on content that you are making the world a more beautiful place.

  • Um, Mr. Hawk, did you miss the “for sale” part of the copyright violation? I don’t mind people downloading my photos for private use but the minute some third party starts making a profit from my work, that’s the time your “free bird” analogy goes from “well, maybe” to “how stupid is this blogger?” Sure, I’m going to “free my work” so someone else can make money off of it. Yeah, not in this lifetime. What planet are YOU on?

Easy Photo Wall on a Shoestring…er wire Budget » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: photos, home, decoration, wall

http://curbly.com/alttext/posts/74-easy-photo-wall-on-a-shoestring-er-wire-budget

  • this cool system for hanging cast bios and other info that consisted of wire, pulled taut across a span, in this case from floor to ceiling, with small hardware holding some photos and glass in place.
  • I estimate the whole project took me half a day and cost me something like $60 for an 8′ x 4′ area – 28 photo holders. The majority of both the time and cost was for the wood photo boards, something that I now realize were really optional. Here is what you’ll need for materials:

Taekwondo, A Day in Seoul, and Korean Church – Girl meets world.

http://aewickham.travellerspoint.com/37

  • We are encouraged to attend Korean churches to gain yet another perspective of Korean culture, and to join together with Korean Christians. You might have guessed by now that there was absolutely not a word of English spoken in church this morning. But even though all hymns, prayers, and sermons were in Korean, the church members were overflowing with hospitality. They made sure I knew where we were reading from in the Bible, or what hymn number we were on. I did have one friend, a young Korean girl, who spoke very good English. And I even met a Canadian man whose wife is Korean. He is an English teacher who is now working on his masters in applied linguistics, so he was able to give me some valuable tips on both learning Korean and teaching English.

    Perhaps you’re wondering if, other than language, Korean church was different than an American church. The answer is yes. However, just as protestant churches in particular in Korea are still heavily and inevitably influenced by Confucianism, Western Christianity is still heavily influenced by its own ideology, namely Greco-Roman philosophy and even ceremonial practices. Now I’ve got you all worked up, I see. Unfortunately now that I have dropped that bomb, I’m afraid I can’t get into that tangential elaboration (perhaps another time?), but the point I’m trying to make is this: there are some who point fingers at the Confucian influence on Korean Christianity, but no people group is exempt from cultural influences that shape the way that we view and worship God, even when we are citing scripture from the same book. In my opinion, this only adds to the rich diversity within the body of Christ around the world which should be indeed be celebrated.

http://outreachconvention.com/blog/comments/stop-meeting-in-conference-rooms/

http://outreachconvention.com/blog/comments/stop-meeting-in-conference-rooms

  • hate meetings – no question.  I’m a believer that most meetings could happen in 5-10 minutes, but even most scheduling programs like Outlook, iCal, or Google Calendar schedule meetings in 30-60 minute blocks.  But let me go one further – stop having meetings in the conference room and start meeting at the place where the problem lives.  Meeting at the location of the problem allows everyone to see it, point to it, and discuss specifics.

How to Create Your Own Internet Radio Station

http://radio.about.com/od/createinternetradio/a/How-to-Create-Your-Own-Internet-Radio-Station.htm

  • There are several approaches to creating streaming Internet radio and which one you choose depends on your goals. If you are truly inspired to begin a Internet-based Radio station that operates for the purpose of profit and generating revenue, your path will be different than from the person who just wants to set up a broadcast to simply share his or her CD collection with friends.

    There are excellent options for the novice which require very little technical knowledge. If you can create or assemble MP3 files, upload them and choose a few options, you can reach a global audience!

How to Create Your Own Internet Radio Station

http://radio.about.com/od/createinternetradio/a/How-to-Create-Your-Own-Internet-Radio-Station_3.htm

  • If you wish to set up a broadcast and don’t want to pay the fees a other third-party to host your Internet radio stream – and you are a do-it-yourself kind of person – you might do well creating your own online radio station by using your own personal computer to create a dedicated server for doing the job.

The Top Internet Radio Stations of 2010

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/guidesfavorites/tp/The-Best-Internet-Radio-Stations-Of-2010.htm

  • This list is randomly ordered. Many items on this list are ‘hubs’ of radio stations with multiple channels. This changing list is compiled from reader suggestions. The evaluation criteria is a subjective blend of music selection size, ease of use, friendly navigation, availability, system requirements, and convenience of service.

SomaFM: About SomaFM

http://somafm.com/about

  • We started testing the station in 1999, and officially launched SomaFM.com in February 2000. Drone Zone was our first station, Groove Salad our second, Secret Agent our third. Over time we would add more channels, now with 18 unique channels available (plus 2 annual holiday channels, and more in the works and ready to go as our resources allow).

    The station is going strong. We get over 5.8 million “listener hours” a month, which makes us one of the larger internet-only broadcasters. But we’re not looking to increase our audience by playing more mainstream music. We look for music and formats that aren’t available on commercial radio, or formats that are “not being done right” as Rusty puts it.

Sonic Universe on SomaFM: NuJazz + avant-garde EuroJazz. Transcending the world of jazz with experimental takes on tradition. – Commercial-free Jazz Radio from San Francisco

http://somafm.com/play/sonicuniverse

Study: Imeem Unseats Yahoo as Top U.S. Music-Streaming Site (Updated) | Listening Post

http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/05/imeem-unseats-y

  • Imeem has taken over Yahoo’s throne by becoming the No. 1 streaming music site in the United States, according to a study by Complete.

    Yahoo, which had acquired large music sites like Broadcast, Launch Media and Musicmatch in order to become the top-ranked music-streaming site in the country, has slipped into second place behind imeem in Compete’s list of the top 20 U.S. streaming music sites for March.

    Imeem’s expensive label deals, which allow it to offer on-demand music from all four majors, plus indies — combined with emphases on social networking and reaching out to blogs — have paid off handsomely. The site’s unique U.S. visitor count rose 58 percent over the previous March to 10.3 million.

    Update (5/19): ComScore’s numbers contradict Compete’s, showing that AOL Music in the top slot with 21.9 million visitors, Yahoo Music in second with nearly 20.8 million visitors and imeem in 11th. A spokesman for Compete told Wired.com that its study did not initially include artist pages and other areas of MySpace, AOL, Yahoo and other more general sites from which music can be streamed. When Compete altered its analysis to include those numbers, Complete ended up with numbers similar to ComScore’s.

    Compete called the streaming sector “the largest category in online music in March, 2008,” and says its data shows “the most popular options for listening to music online are free.”

Photography « Provocations & Pantings

http://timmybrister.com/photography

Jesus Fires Up Leadership Summit Crowd | Christianpost.com

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100806/jesus-fires-up-leadership-summit-crowd/index.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Challenging attendees on a different level, Jim Collins, best-selling author of Good to Great, provided a more technical view of great leadership.

    The acclaimed business thinker has long studied successful corporations and most recently looked into how great enterprises fall.

    “Anyone can fall,” he said. “No company, no church, no nation, no society, no individual person is immune.”

    After researching organizations, Collins found that though many of them look strong and healthy on the outside, they could actually already be in stages of decline.

    Highlighting a critical point, he noted: “These stages are largely self-inflicted. Organizational decline is more what you do to yourselves than what happens to you.”

    He identified five stages of decline. In order, they are: Hubris born of success, undisciplined pursuit of more, denial of risk and peril, grasping for salvation, and capitulation to irrelevance or death.

FRONTLINE/World . Jesus in China Interview | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/china_705/interview/xiao.html

  • I went to America to observe and study what kind of differences there are between the market economies of the United States and China. The one fundamental difference I discovered is that, in America, there are churches everywhere. On the other hand, in China — and I’ll crack a joke — there are bathhouses everywhere. So I wrote an article entitled “Market Economies W ith Churches and Market Economies W ithout Churches.” This is the first time in the 20 years of China’s reform and opening up that anyone in the field of economics undertook a comparison of different market economies from the perspective of morality and a moral market.

    What did you learn in your research?

    I discovered that there is a foundation of morality behind the American market economy. In China, on the other hand, we have concentrated a lot on economic reforms but have not paid much attention to that moral foundation. We still need a transition in the area of morality. Only then can this kind of organic transformation be a thorough reform.

WordPress › Support » 2.7.1 –> 2.8 = You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/271-gt-28-you-do-not-have-sufficient-permissions-to-access-this-page

  • In EVERY WordPress Installation, in wp-config.php you have to add:

    define('CUSTOM_CAPABILITIES_PREFIX', 'wp_');

    just under the line: define('CUSTOM_CAPABILITIES_PREFIX', 'wp_');

    Then you have to find in wp-includes/capabilities.php the line:

    $this->cap_key = $wpdb->prefix . 'capabilities';

    and replace it with

    if (defined ('CUSTOM_CAPABILITIES_PREFIX')) {
    	$this->cap_key = CUSTOM_CAPABILITIES_PREFIX . 'capabilities';
    	}
    	else {	$this->cap_key = $wpdb->prefix . 'capabilities';
    	}

How to solve ‘You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.’ in WordPress | //beconfused

http://beconfused.com/2007/08/28/how-to-solve-you-do-not-have-sufficient-permissions-to-access-this-page-in-wordpress

  • In my old database, I used ‘wp_’ as my prefix. As I migrated, I decide to use ‘wp3_’ instead of ‘wp_’. Unfortunately, the meta_key values are tied down to:
    • wp_user_level
    • wp_capabilities
    • wp_autosave_draft_ids

    I need to update it to

    • wp3_user_level
    • wp3_capabilities
    • wp3_autosave_draft_ids

    I wrote an SQL statement to share, just replace ‘prefix_’ with your new WordPress prefix. The following statements go to ‘meta_key’ and does a string replace from ‘wp_’ to ‘prefix_’.

    UPDATE `prefix_usermeta` SET `meta_key` = REPLACE( `meta_key` , 'wp_', 'prefix_' );

    (Make sure you do backups first! Note that the quotes used for string and field name are different.)

    In the options table, there is ‘wp_user_roles’, make sure you get that changed into ‘prefix_user_roles’.

    UPDATE `prefix_options` SET `option_name` = 'prefix_user_roles' WHERE `option_name` ='wp_user_roles' AND `blog_id` =0;

    (Make sure you do backups first! Note that the quotes used for string and field name are different.)

    With everything set, I tried logging in again and it worked. A happy WordPress user once again.

50 Google Charts Tricks for Your Next Classroom Presentation | College@Home

http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/06/05/50-cool-things-you-can-do-with-google-charts-api

  • Here you’ll find even more useful ways to take advantage of the Google Charts API.
    1. Google Chart Creator: You can use the Google Chart API to create your own chart creator, much like this one.
    2. Generator for the Chart Server API: This is another good example of a generator created with the Chart API.
    3. Accessible Google Charts: You can make pie charts accessible using this technique through Google Charts.
    4. Federal Contracts by State: This tool takes advantage of the Google Charts API to stay on top of how much money in Federal Contracts each state gets.
    5. Weight loss: This user has set up a chart to track his weight loss.
    6. Food consumption: With Google Charts, you can mash up with Maps and track something like pizza deliveries.

Study shows 2/3 of Churches not using any Social Media | Open Source Catholic

http://www.opensourcecatholic.com/blog/oscatholic/study-shows-23-churches

  • Buzzplant (a social media firm) recently surveyed thousands of Churches (it was a general survey, so not just Catholics), asking what forms of social communications they were using to communicate with their parishioners. Here’s a summary of the results:
    • 62% of Churches post homilies to website as text or podcast
    • 28% of Churches have a Pastor’s Blog
    • 32% of Churches use social media in one way or another
    • 25% of Churches use social media to promote parish events [really? this should probably be the highest statistic, imo]

“Calling a white person a racist…” « signs of life

http://davidswanson.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/calling-a-white-person-a-racist

  • An Asian-American mentor recently told me that he imagined that, for a white man, the possibility of being called a racist must be absolutely terrifying.  And, to be honest, it is.  As a white pastor in a multi-ethnic church, this is certainly one of my greatest fears.  But is it the same as “calling a black person a nigger”?  Not a chance.

Ordained Servant Online

http://www.opc.org/os.html?article_id=119

  • For the authors of the WCF, the focus of God’s activity in the creation is anthropology (God in covenant with man, i.e., from the covenant of works to the covenant of grace in Christ). But during the nineteenth century a paradigm shift occurred, mainly in continental Reformed thought. This shift emphasized God’s activity in the creation. Herein, man is called as a servant and instrument in God’s teleological plan to restore and secure the creation. This post-Enlightenment paradigm shift from anthropology to creation reached its high point in the famous quip by Herman Bavinck, “grace restores nature.” For many, Bavinck’s phrase has come to define the canon of neo-Calvinist dogma for the twentieth century and beyond as the content of that quip has evolved.[10] Perhaps a simple way to state the difference between the two paradigms is this: the WCF understands that the believer’s end (Christ’s bride) is the inheritance of God himself, through Christ, in the glorious transcendence of heaven (WSC Q#1), whereas neo-Calvinism understands the end as a restored creation in which believers “labor” in “deeds of justice and service” with the “expectation of a perfect world” (225).

Why Belief in God Is Innate – WSJ.com

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304198004575172233981688208.html?mod=WSJ_article_related

  • So powerful is the belief that there must be something else out there that even 21% of those who identified themselves as atheists and 55% of those who identified themselves as agnostics expressed a belief in God or a universal spirit.

    Why do so many people believe in God? Although there is much cultural variation among different religious faiths, all have in common the belief in supernatural agents in the form of God, gods or spirits who have intention and interact with us in the world. Four lines of evidence point to the conclusion that such beliefs are hard-wired into our brains.

Summary and Review of Susan Scott’s Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time | Bookstove

http://bookstove.com/book-talk/summary-and-review-of-susan-scotts-fierce-conversations-achieving-success-at-work-in-life-one-conversation-at-a-time

  • A value is tightly held belief upon which a person or organization acts by choice.  It is an enduring belief that one way of behaving is personally, professionally, spiritually, or socially preferable to an opposing way of behaving. Ask yourself, “What values do I stand for, and are there gaps between these values and how I actually behave?” Integrity requires alignment of our values, the core beliefs and behaviors that we have claimed as important to us, and our actions.  Most of us don’t go around consciously violating our values, nor do we spend our days obsessively checking: “Okay, am I in or out of integrity?” If your behavior contradicts your values, your body knows, and you pay a price at a cellular level. Conduct an integrity scan.  In a personal integrity scan you must first clarify you core values. Then ask yourself, “Is my behavior out of alignment with my values in the workplace, in my personal relationship, and in my life? Is there integrity outages? If so, where and what are they?” In a corporate integrity scan you must first review your company’s vision or mission statement. Does the vision or mission statement include clearly stated values and is it compelling.  The best kind of vision statement is written during a four-hour fierce conversation with as many employees as possible.  It should answer four important questions: why are we here, what is our ideal relationship with one another, what is our ideal relationship with our customers, and what contributions do we wish to make to the global community.

Ed Batista: Sociology

http://www.edbatista.com/sociology

  • High vs. Low Context
    (Hunt & Weintraub) The influence of context involves the degree to which protocol and tradition dictate how communication should proceed.  In high-context cultures, greater emphasis is placed on protocol, and communication tends to move from the general to the specific.  In low-context cultures, communication tends to be more to the point, an approach that can come across to individuals from high-context cultures as rude.

    (Bacon & Spear) Some cultures, mostly Western, are low-context cultures that practice explicitness and directness in their communication style.  They depend on the people in the immediate communication situation to convey meaning and create a unique context.  The purpose and outcome of the communication–the transaction–take precedence over the interpersonal relationships involved… High-context cultures, on the other hand, prize subtlety and indirectness… They depend on a shared cultural context to carry meaning.  Instead of getting down to business, high-context cultures tend to rely first on existing relationships outside the business arena so that shared understandings make explicitness unnecessary.  Or they take time to build relationships of the participants are strangers–often maddening amounts of time to a transactionally minded, low-context person.  To a low-context culture, this style of communication can look undisciplined, evasive, untrustworthy, uninformed (dare we say “stupid”?), or just plain lazy and a waste of precious time.  To a high-context culture, the explicitness of low-context communication can look boorish, pushy, patronizing, indelicate, distrustful, unnecessarily detailed (“stupid”?), and insensitive.

Understanding Cultural Diversity: Asian American Family Roots

http://www.dbpeds.org/articles/detail.cfm?TextID=%20397

  • Values

    The predominant Asian values pertaining to family, harmony, education, and selected virtues offer fundamental guidelines for living.

    The family, for example, is the basic unit of society and the central focus of the individual’s life.

    Harmony is the keynote of existence.

    Successful academic achievement is the greatest tribute one can bestow on one’s parents and family.

    Virtues such as patience, perseverance, self-sacrifice, maintenance of inner strength, self-restraint, modesty, and humility are each considered necessary expressions of dignity that promote the group welfare.

stock.xchng – forum – Policy – PHOTO USAGE / RESTRICTIONS INFO

http://www.sxc.hu/forums/topic/12673

  • You MUST NOT sell or distribute the images in any way. You MUST NOT create printed reproductions, put them on Cafepress-like “print on demand items” or do any other similar activity that does not require any effort from your part.
  • User must be notified upon use
    You have to drop a few lines to the artist that you are planning to use the image for something. This does not mean that you have to wait for the artist to reply, and you are not required to ask for permission either.

    3. User must be notified and credited upon use
    This is the same as the above, but you must give credit to the artist as well.

    4. Written permission needed from the user
    If you try to download an image like this you get prompted with a permission request form that you need to fill out as accurately as possible. You can check the status of your permission requests at My account / Requests. You can also have a forum-like conversation with the artists there. Once you get the permission you can download the photo like any other on the site. Please note that we have no control over the artist’s images, e-mail accounts and response time so we cannot guarantee that all of them will get back to you in a timely manner or at all.

On Faith Panelists Blog: An Evangelical leader’s open letter to Anne Rice – Gabriel Salguero

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/gabriel_salguero/2010/08/an_evangelical_leaders_open_letter_to_anne_rice.html

  • Pastor and Executive Member, Latino Leadership Circle

    Gabriel Salguero

    Salguero is a pastor and executive member of the Latino Leadership Circle. He is also director of the Hispanic Leadership Program at Princeton Theological Seminary

‘The Shallows’ by Nicholas Carr: The Internet warps you – USATODAY.com

http://www.usatoday.com/money/books/reviews/2010-06-21-shallows21_ST_N.htm

  • Nicholas Carr, a veteran writer about technology, is not sanguine about what he learned about his own Internet-infused brain, much less my brain.

    “What can science tell us about the actual effects that Internet use is having on the way our minds work?” he asks. His answer, iterated throughout this often repetitive but otherwise excellent book: “The news is even more disturbing than I had suspected. Dozens of studies by psychologists, neurobiologists, educators and Web designers point to the same conclusion: When we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking and superficial learning. It’s possible to think deeply while surfing the Net, just like it’s possible to think shallowly while reading a book, but that’s not the type of thinking the technology encourages and rewards.”

    Carr cites numerous studies to delineate not only the impact on the brain, but also the alterations in brain biology that lead to the impact. It turns out the human brain is a shape shifter, the technical term being “neuroplasticity.” The phenomenon is not easy to explain, but Carr is adept at explaining with as little jargon as possible. “As particular circuits in our brain strengthen through the repetition of a physical or mental activity, they begin to transform that activity into a habit.”

The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance | The Global Conversation

http://www.christianitytoday.com/globalconversation/june2010/index.html?start=1

  • I think of information technology in five layers. The bottom layer is the basic technology—the microchip, for example. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, predicted what is now called Moore’s Law: The microchip will halve in size every 18 months. This translates into the chip’s performance getting both faster and cheaper at an astonishing rate—a factor of 10 in price and performance improvement every five years. That enables a fundamental, unending churn.

    The second layer is the products the basic technology makes possible. Here we are more directly influenced. In

Two “Must Read” Articles for Christians Interested in the Impact of Technology on Church and Faith – Mark D. Roberts

http://blog.beliefnet.com/markdroberts/2010/06/two-must-read-articles-for-christians-interested-in-the-impact-of-technology-on-church-and-faith.html

  • That brings us to the fifth layer, where we consider what technology has done to people. We all see that people have shorter attention spans, read less, and try to do two things at once and get distracted. Churches see both the positive and negative aspects of technology every week. It is great to deal with people who can instantly respond to needs since they are always connected. It is challenging to deal with a congregation that is text messaging in church or gets distracted when the sermon goes longer than 20 minutes.

    We need to think about the communications challenge similar to a cross-cultural challenge. A missionary would not go to the Philippines without trying to understand the language and culture of the people there. So is it important for both church leaders and missionaries to understand the culture of the digital generation.

China Christian » Do you believe many Asian American churches are filled with hypocrites?

http://www.chinachristian.com/index.php/china-christian/asian-american-churches-filled-hypocrites

  • As an Asian, I see that this is a huffy issue for me. I know that many Asian American churches are basically land clubs on Sundays. I also know that many Asian “Christians” (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans) in North America are pretenders: they want the benefits of the philosophy without taking on the demands of the gospel.
  • You can see this in the way they springy right of church.

Chinese Turn To Religion To Fill A Spiritual Vacuum : NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128544048

  • Alongside China’s astonishing economic boom, an almost unnoticed religious boom has quietly been taking place.

    In the country’s first major survey on religious beliefs, conducted in 2006, 31.4 percent of about 4,500 people questioned described themselves as religious. That amounts to more than 300 million religious believers, an astonishing number in an officially atheist country, and three times higher than the last official estimate, which had largely remained unchanged for years.

    The collapse of the communist ideology created a void that has left many Chinese staring into a spiritual vacuum, looking for a value system to counterbalance the rampant materialism that seems to govern life in China.

    “Chinese people don’t know what to believe in anymore,” says Liu Zhongyu, a professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, who conducted the survey. “And since the political atmosphere has relaxed, they turn to religion for comfort.”

    One young evangelical Christian missionary travels from rural village to village in the Protestant heartland in eastern China to proselytize. She attributed her own conversion to the overwhelming pressures of China’s education system.

    “In high school, I felt very depressed,” said the bright-eyed young woman, who gave her name as Nicole. “I felt people had no direction, and I felt life was dry and boring. I felt the pressure of school was very high. God helped me and liberated me.”

    Although proselytizing is still illegal in China today, she and a group of friends are openly preaching in villages, without official interference. China has come a long way from the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, which ended in 1976, when all religious practice was banned, and monks and clergy were sent to prison or to perform hard labor.

Contents « Pilgrims at the Crossroads

http://asianindianpilgrims.com/contents

  • Publisher’s Note
    Acknowledgments – Anand Veeraraj
    Contributors
    Introduction – Rachel Fell McDermott

    PART I. Church Organization

    1. Asian Indian Ministries in the United States – George Ninan
    2. Continuing Education for Pastors and Lay Leaders – Jacob David
    3. The Common Journey: Living by the Ecumenical Spirit – Nehemiah Thompson
    4. Why Multiply Asian Indian Ministries in North America? Lessons from the experiences of the New Jersey Indian Church – Anand Veeraraj
    5. Pneumatic-centric Ethics: A Pentecostal Indian American approach to Moral Decision Making – Geomon K. George

    PART II. Seeking an Indian Christian “Home” in the Church

    6. Indian Christian Interactions in the United States: A Few Observations – Daniel P. Jeyaraj
    7. Trading Churidhar for Jeans: Challenges facing Asian Indian Christian Women in the United States of America – Glory Thomas
    8. Issues of Social Justice, Mission and Evangelism in the context of developing Asian Indian Ministries: What constitutes Mission and Evangelism for Asian Indian Ministries/ Churches in the United States? – Prince Grenvelle Singh
    9. From Hinduism to Christianity, from India to New York: Bondage and Exodus Experiences in the Lives of Indian Dalit Christians in the Diaspora – Rachel Fell McDermott

    PART III. The Challenge of Intergenerational Conflict in the Church

    10. Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Asian Indian Christian Community: Observations and Reflections – David K. Ravinder
    11. Longing for Belonging: Struggles of Children of Immigrants – Sam George
    12. Christian by Birth or Rebirth? Generation and Difference in an Indian American Christian Church – Prema Ann Kurien
    13. Calling First Generation Missionaries to Second Generation Ministry – Jeremy Mathews and Nithin Thompson

Salem Web Network Acquires GodTube.com, Tangle.com | Christianpost.com

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100613/salem-web-network-acquires-godtubecom-tanglecom

  • Salem’s announcement comes less than two months after GodTube.com officially reopened, having been gone since turning over to a new name and URL, Tangle.com, about a year ago.

    With Tangle.com having developed into a social networking site over the past year, GodTube was able to be reborn – a move that makes sense considering the site’s fast growth in the first two years after its initial launch in 2007. GodTube.com reportedly reached 2.7 million users monthly before turning over to its new URL.

Redefining ‘Urban’ – UrbanFaith.com

http://www.urbanfaith.com/2010/05/redefining-urban.html

  • So urban is less about culture and more about a particular socioeconomic condition and its related problems?

    There’s an increasing influx of other ethnicities that muddies the idea that urban is African American. What I’m trying to articulate at Regent is that this is not a Black studies program or Hispanic studies program, but we cannot ignore the fact that the folks who primarily are the victims of urbanization are blacks and Latinos.

5 technology mistakes churches make and how you can fix them « Church Giving Matters

http://churchgivingmatters.com/2010/04/20/5-technology-mistakes-churches-make-and-how-you-can-fix-them

  • FIX:
    1. Perform a check-up. Identify strengths/challenges in order to close the gap between where you are and where you want to go.
    2. How much are we spending in IT infrastructure, Support, Training, and Software? Over 70% percent of your IT budget will have to do with support of running the network. Ask yourself who is supporting your network and how are they doing it.  There may be a better way to support your network
    3. Are we secure? Is the personal information of your staff, employees, members, and donors safe and secure? What would happen if that information got out? Have you blocked undesirable web traffic and web surfing?
    4. Where is our mission critical data? Every church and non profit collects invaluable information that is vital to the day to day operations, funding, and communication of the organization. Where is this information being stored? How are you backing it up? How would you restore it if it was lost or deleted or a server crashed?
    5. Who are we working with? Vendor relationships need to be evaluated and contracts may potentially need to be renegotiated. Internet service providers, print services, phones services hardware/software providers, and support services are critical relationships that need to be addressed. When is the last time you looked at how much you are spending on internet connectivity? You may be spending too much in these areas and can save money in the budget by doing a little research and having a few conversations.

Why You’ll Need a Digital Pastor | BeDeviant

http://www.bedeviant.com/need-a-digital-pastor

  • That last reason, religion, is why I believe your church’s next hire must be a digital pastor. A digital pastorate involves more than just opening a Twitter account and getting a Facebook fan page for your church. A digital pastor is someone who is forerunning the technological advances in communication and integrating them faithfully into the life of his or her local church. The digital pastor has a firm grasp on the abilities, possibilities and dangers of technology in communication. A digital pastor is someone who can establish, maintain and build relational lines in an online community setting.

    It is doubtful that humanity will stop one day and say, “Gee, that Internet thing was sure a great little fad. Look how silly we all were! Time to move on.” The Internet will not go the way of bell-bottoms and perms. As the Internet becomes more integrated into everything we do, the Church will necessarily need to understand how to best leverage it for the Kingdom of God. This is the job of the digital pastor.

Church Video Reviews

http://www.churchvideoreviews.com

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