Becoming a Better Writer Series: Purpose Driven Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] There are many forms and sorts of writing: short stories, fiction books, newspaper stories, articles for magazines, blogs, you name it. And within those forms, the styles vary widely as well. It’s interesting to see for instance how much the Dutch newspaper style varies from the American approach. No matter the form or style however, the best writers have one thing in common: they are purpose ... Continue Reading

How the Church Can Do Better Than Dropbox [Video]

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Did you hear what Dropbox did after losing 27,000+ files? Unfortunately, they didn't do much. :-( Kenny Jahng joined the ChurchMag Podcast and told his story of losing more than 27,000 files and how Dropbox lost an opportunity to turn a #FAIL into a #WIN. During our conversation, I asked Kenny what the Church could learn from Dropbox's lackluster response: ... Continue Reading

30 Days of Instagram for Churches

30 Days of Instagram for Churches by Chris Wilson

In the old study (now more a storage slot) in my parents house are a collection of boxes filled with our memories. Some contain old childhood toys, others well read books, some even have once important documents, but the majority contain pictures. Hundreds and thousands of pictures in albums, or some still in the packets they came after they were processed. These photos are like hundreds of micro windows into our old lives and different moments in time. Our birthdays and celebration, our trips ... Continue Reading

Street Fighter Winter Sweater

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This is the most EPIC sweater I've ever seen. #WANT I love the mix of bit graphics on the canvas of a knitted sweater. Plus, the subtle KO's, power meters, and the snowflake Hadouken between them. Please: ... Continue Reading

Generation Z: Marketing’s Next Big Audience [Infographic]

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I have spent the better part of the past decade dedicating my life towards understanding how generations interact with each other. First I wanted to understand the differences between myself and teenagers as a youth ministry volunteer and then later how generations interact as a paid youth worker that would interact with parents and teens. Nowadays, I am a counselor that seens people struggle regularly with psychosocial development which has huge implications with people needing to grow. The ... Continue Reading

‘The Social Media Gospel’ by Meredith Gould [Book Review]

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Let's get frank for a moment, because that would be what Meredith Gould would do. I loved this book because it was "in your face" real about what it means to be in social media. It avoids all the silly "this is what a hashtag is" type of commentary that honestly does not belong in a printed text that will be out of date in a couple of months to couple of years. Here's what I think of Meredith Gould's book, The Social Media Gospel: ... Continue Reading

Should your Sermons Be More Like TED?

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TED talks have taken over the Internet. Their success isn’t limited to America, where they started, but there are now TEDx talks held all around the world as well as many of the most popular talks having been translated into a plethora of languages. Part of their success is in now short measure due to the subject matter and the experts who present their talks. Hearing a leading authority talking about the latests developments in a new area is exciting, but there is also a large role played by ... Continue Reading