When you intersect powerful images with culturally relevant topics, you are bound to be inspired or frustrated. Maybe even both. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do? The images below by Steffen Kraft via his design studio ICONEO are profound. I’ve shared some of my favorites that has some tech connection, but I’d encourage you to go look at the rest. Do note, they are not Christian based. Despite this these culturally meaningful illustrations still matter and are worth our attention.
If you’re not running regular backups and running an antivirus — than you are doing wrong.
This week we talk on the podcast about the importance of having these on your church and ministry computers. Not something that requires a lot of attention, but can run without the user really taking notice. An automated system is certainly the way to go.
Tell us some of your favorite backups and antivirus apps and services via Twitter @ChurchMag using #cmagcast or by email at [email protected] and we’ll share it on an upcoming episode.
The image for this week’s Snack Pack, is some sort of sandwich, I don’t know what it is but I was hungry when I chose it. Don’t worry I chose everything else in the Snack Pack carefully.
Yesterday you might have comes across “Your Life Matters” on social media. This is because it was international Suicide Awareness Day that promoted the hashtag #YourLifeMatters. One of the biggest Christians who advocated for ending mental health stigma and promoting suicide prevention was Jarrid Wilson. Sadly, we learned yesterday of this news:
It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @JarridWilson went to be with the Lord last night.
At a time like this, there are just no words.
The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time. Read more at https://t.co/EKJb7UJaki
— Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) September 10, 2019
I was asked to share some resources, so below I would ask that you, your church, and your congregation share some of these as well as implement others that you think would be good for your church.
As a clinical counselor, I have to reduce as many distractions as possible when I meet with my clients. My first month on the job, my phone was on vibrate sitting on my computer table and started vibrating due to a text message. My need for professionalism kicked in hard, I apologized profusely to the client, and put my phone on silent.
Months later, an accidental alarm was on my phone for something completely different that went off. In between sessions, I found Do Not Disturb and for the past six years have left my phone on this mode. Of course, if there is an emergency, my wife can contact support staff to get me, but I have yet to need that.
“Worship leaders” aren’t as ‘contemporary’ as some think they are. If you pay careful attention, particularly in the Old Testament, you’ll see that there are people who facilitated worship. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ doesn’t take away from that we all have different giftings. And one of those areas of gifting is music. Music is one of the ways of expressing worship. Many churches do this weekly. How we facilitate or lead in the time of worship can hinder or enable people from connecting with God.