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back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000 — October 4, 2019

back when iBelieve.com closed in October 2000

One early Christian community on the internet was iBelieve.com, launched in June 2000. Their vision statement was:

About iBelieve.com
Our Vision: We seek to be the preferred internet gathering place for Christians worldwide to come, experience, and grow in their faith.

However, by October 20, 2000, iBelieve.com suspended operations due to lack of funding.

Dear iBelieve.com members and visitors,

Despite a tremendous launch and site traffic that ranks as the leading Christian community on the Internet, iBelieve.com has not been able to secure additional funding to continue to keep the site up, and we are forced to close our virtual doors effective immediately.
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As you know, iBelieve.com has worked hard to create the leading Christian site on the Internet – a place where believers of all denominations could come, experience and grow in their faith. With 550,000 members, more than 2 million unique visitors, and 60 ministry partners, we have consistently exceeded our business and ministry objectives…except one: raising additional funding. Like many Internet companies, we were unable to raise capital given the current market conditions, and we are left without options.

Our prayer is that God has used iBelieve.com, in some way, to touch your life. We hope you have been encouraged, challenged, informed, and entertained along the way. Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement you have provided to us over the past months.

We’d like to end our time on the Internet the same way we started… by giving glory and praise to our great and awesome God who holds all of history and the most intimate details of our lives in the palm of his hand….

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Here are two great features you will recognize from ePrayer.org: Daily Devotional and Prayer Request System. …

May God bless you!!
The iBelieve.com Family

After closing its virtual doors, they shortened their notice in January 2001 to —

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Frank the Podcast, in memory of — July 5, 2014

Frank the Podcast, in memory of

In March 2010, a group of people who didn’t take themselves too seriously and their Christian faith too, started a podcast, called Frank the Podcast.

From the Facebook page, “Frank the Podcast is was a humorous and irreverent look at life informed by faith. Featuring the style and panache of TJ Hill, Janelle Burris, Kyle Kerchner, Darin Mcwatters, Stephanie Momary, and Glen Smallman.” Also described as: Frank the Podcast featured the style and panache of TJ Hill, Kyle Kerchner, Darin Mcwatters, Stephanie Momary, and Glen Smallman each a virtuoso of fun and revelry in their own right.

Download Episodes of Frank the Podcast

On March 15, 2013 after 159 episodes, Frank the Podcast breathed its last. The entire archive of almost every Frank the Podcast episode ever created is available for download for a time, a short time, and no longer. I can’t find where I thought I had downloaded it. If you have a copy, please let me know. I’d love to reminisce. [update 1/26/15 the Archive of Frank the Podcast is online! ht: @tjhill]

A few relics of the past still floating out in cyberspace aka the internets:

+ https://facebook.com/frankthepodcast

+ https://vimeo.com/frankthepodcast

+ “Heaven is a BBQ” song by T.J. Hill

+ episode titles http://www.viaway.com/category/0-168759/frank-the-podcast

+ cache of episode 159 https://app.box.com/s/ppoqb1iuk04ln2fy1eq0dik52sfb6t0t/file/52200762105 (mp3 audio)

active Christian music podcasts — September 29, 2010

active Christian music podcasts

Podcasting trumps terrestrial radio for audio distribution worldwide. It’s happening in a few places in the podcast world. Here’s the few I could find, that are currently active:

http://boredagainchristian.com The Bored Again Christian podcast

http://www.jtindie.com JT’s Indie Christian Music Podcast

http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/wordpress/ New Christian Music Podcast from New Release Tuesday

http://buildthechurch.blogspot.com Build the Church podcast

By the way, what counts as a podcast? It could be audio and/or video episodes, and it should have a Podcast feed or RSS feed, so that iTunes or a “podcast catcher” would automatically download new podcast episodes when subscribed to. 

Posting an audio file on a web page for play on-demand is erroneously called a podcast by some people. Don’t be one of those people.
there are 5 kinds of Christians according to this 2007 study — September 3, 2010

there are 5 kinds of Christians according to this 2007 study

There are 5 kinds of Christians in America, according to a Leadership Journal study:

  1. Active
  2. Professing
  3. Liturgical
  4. Private
  5. Cultural

The sociological-speak about this study = “To understand the range and differences among American Christians, Christianity Today International (publisher of Leadership) recently partnered with Zondervan Publishers to commission Knowledge Networks to conduct attitudinal and behavioral research of U.S. Christians. In September 2006, more than 1,000 self-identified Christians 18 years of age and older were surveyed on their religious beliefs and practices. The results reveal a number of significant differences…”

Links: The article about the study and a commentary. A presentation about the study about Christian segmentation.

The thing is, the average joe and jane on the street can’t tell the difference between these Christians. The main impression that people have of Christians = “judgemental, hypocritical, and boring.”

Here’s some charts from that study:

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