Logos, the great bible software that I personally use, appears to be making an iPhone app:
Oh, the suspense of it all…!
Apparently, that’s a yes:
This is a Guest Post by the 1’s and 0’s of ChurchCrunch and the WordPress backend system that does, in fact, speak…
On September 24, I turned 1 year old. Yippee for me!
I love the community forming on ChurchCrunch. If it wasn’t for you guys that come here, interact, and engage, then it would be a pretty boring thing, I mean, John is just a guy that writes stuff (not great stuff; just “stuff”) but it’s the community of people that make it all good.
We made it to one year but millions of people don’t get to, not to even talk about their 5th birthday. And why? Because they don’t have access to clean, safe water.
So, what I’m asking for is $1 from everyone I know and that comes to this blog. If all the subscribers to this blog will give at least $1, we could build half a well. If every visitor to ChurchCrunch would give $1 we could fund several wells! Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater wells in developing nations. Even better, every dollar is “proved” when the projects are complete, and photos and GPS coordinates are posted using Google Earth.
The goal is to raise $5,000 by my birthday party, October 6th, 2009.
Lets do this together!
It was recently reported to me that a number of “successful” twitter users within the evangelical church and ministry space are in fact using automated systems for their accounts with the intent of getting more followers.
Come on… really?
Typical automated systems perform a variation of this method:
The issue is not that this is necessarily a bad practice but whether it’s the right practice. What do you think?
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I love trying Twitter-mashups and creative ways of showing information and data through their pipes; I think it’s clever (although sometimes without much value).
Now, I’m not too thrilled about half-naked burly men showing up but my latest tweet had something to do about some female performer so I understand the results. What’s fascinating is that I realized many people, myself included, judge and critique someone (and someone’s character) on their latest update.
In other words, we see a snapshot of who they are and we lock it in as a definitive characterization of who they are. Obviously, this is wrong.
But, we do it all the time.
I find this disturbing, if at least for myself. I’d hope that no one ever feels like they “know” me after 1 tweet via Twitter. It takes time, just like any relationship, right?
Kent recently released a list of the Top 16 Largest Churches in America and one thing that was noted near the top was that “Internet Campuses were not counted.”
But I can imagine that in the very near future ministries are going to start taking into account their virtual members.
4 questions or thoughts that pop into my mind:
What do you think?
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It’s been an amazing year here at ChurchCrunch.
If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be a part of a growing community of believers who were passionate about leveraging web technology and exploring how we can use it for the Kingdom I would have looked at you funny.
But I was wrong. And that’s the best part.
For the longest time I thought I was one of only a few that really saw the potential of the web as a vehicle to communicate the Gospel; I had a limited perspective and an even smaller network available to me. But that all changed the moment God opened the right doors and enabled me to have the freedom to write about things that I had been storing for years.
It was the blogging medium that changed it all. And the last 365 days has been a true exploration into how community is generated in a context where the motivation for writing is greater than traffic numbers and financial goals. It’s been a fascinating ride.
And now that the 1st year is over, I have begun to seriously re-evaluate where I want this thing to head. What’s the next step? Being one of the larger technology-centric blogs in the evangelical space has put me in a unique place; the vantage is seen differently and bars of excellent are tuned a pitch higher.
To be completely transparent with you, I’ve even thought about shutting it all down. It’s not for lack of motivation and certainly not a lack of content; I’ve just become very comfortable with the idea that it’s a complete fallacy to believe that I’m that unique to the point where the world would stop turning if I were to disappear. Obviously not. When one blog dies a 100 more are birthed.
In all seriousness, one of the significant reasons that I want to and will continue is you. You, my fellow reader, are doing amazingly-creative things with what you read here. You are doing the real ministry where you take thoughts here and put them into practice. That’s where true value is generated. And in the few times where I’ve heard the stories of application I could have died a happy man. You are changing the face of ministry in today’s social-technology landscape and, as a result, changing lives.
That’s why I’m so stoked about the party that’s happening a week from today. Next week, Tuesday night, we’re having a party to celebrate a year of you. Sure, ChurchCrunch may be the catalyst that’s bringing you there (and that “other” Catalyst thing…) but I want it to be a celebration of your accomplishments and contributions.
Without the essential ingredient of you, honestly, its just a blog.
Because of you, I keep moving forward, exploring new opportunities to honor your time, effort, and work for an unbelievable King. It’s the best darn way I know how to serve servants.
So thank you for giving ChurchCrunch a valuable reason and purpose. I love my station. I love what God has challenged me to do this year. I love that this season isn’t even close to being over, and I’m glad that we’ve set aside a little time to celebrate it.
I hope to see you there. Remember, it’s YOUR party anyways, so you better be there, and I’ve got some gifts for you.