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Who Invented Social Media? God Did.

God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I'm primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis. Social media seems like a new term. Many people are just hearing it, and many others are already tired of it. It's a trend, a fad, something that people are jumping on quickly for reasons ranging from connecting to old friends to …

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Small Groups With Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

There are, in every industry, certain books that serve as cornerstones - manuals of the trade, if you will. If you want to fix a car, you buy a Chilton's Guide. If you're working in any psychology-related field, you need a DSM-IV manual. And if you're in small group ministry, ministry leadership, or you simply want your own small group to thrive, you need to have the new industry standard manual, Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities. Steve Gladen, …

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Jolt! by Phil Cooke. Make Change Work For You

Change is guaranteed to be consistent. Our personal growth is not. I first met Phil Cooke at a conference at Prestonwood Baptist Church a few years ago where he signed a copy of another of his books for me - Branding Faith. Listening to Phil speak to our breakout session about media and branding fed my hunger to know how to communicate more effectively. Phil has a knack for such tough subjects. In his latest work, Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That's Constantly …

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My Interview Question to Dennis Quaid

Yesterday was a cool day in Los Angeles for me. For my wife, it was cool, mixed with managing a very active almost-one-year-old at a small outdoor shopping mall in 90 degree weather for a few hours while I was off in Hollywood attending a press junket for the Soul Surfer movie. I was invited to represent Pastors.com since the press has brought a lot of attention to the faith-related elements of the film, and I'll be posting on the site shortly about that very thing. I …

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Phil Cooke On the Biggest Mistakes Christians Make in the Media

This is an article that Pastors and anyone in the field of Church Communications needs to read and bookmark for later research. It's the short version of a talk that Phil gave at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Phil was instrumental in sparking a huge interest in me in the realm of media and communications when I met him at a conference at Prestonwood Church in Plano a few years ago. Here are Phil's main points, but you need to click through and read his …

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7 Tips for Making Your Podcasts Shine

Know Your Competition Are there a large number of other people Podcasting about the same subject matter as you? You should be aware of your competition’s websites and their Podcasting topics. Try to offer something different. Offer your customers something that is relevant, interesting and unique or that puts a unique spin on a familiar topic. Use Podcasting directories to find out who your competitors are. Who Are Your Listeners? Research your target audience. Podcasting …

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An Illustrated History of Media Content

Nice plug for the Taptu mobile news aggregation app, but a pretty neat illustration nonetheless. I like how they move from imagery to distribution via print to broadcast via new technologies and finally back around to social news aggregation. Since the days of Adam and Eve, news has spread best through the crowd and through relationships. Now that the web is maturing, we're figuring this ancient principle out again. Hat tips to The Next Web and Philip Sheldrake. …

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I Agree With Phil Cooke – Design Is the Language of This Generation

[adsense_id="1"] Yes! Amen! Preach it, brother Phil!! Design is the language of this generation whether we're ready for it or not. There's a reason why I'm very passionate about the communication strategies adopted by the church and it is that we have the best content possible - the gospel, but often the worst framing for it! Listen to what Phil Cooke says... ...today, we live in a design culture, and form has become a critical key to connecting with the public. So …

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Kent Shaffer’s Top 100 Church Blogs

Alright... Kent Shaffer keeps a list of top church blogs (theology, ministry, Christianity, etc.) and updates it now and then. It's an extremely valuable resource. I personally click through every one of them to make sure I'm familiar with them. If you're a "church" blogger or ministry leader, this would be a good exercise for you too. Nope, I'm not in it. Now... I'm in the top 50 at PostRank (#19 today) I have a Google Pagerank of 5 I have 88,000+ Yahoo …

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You Need to Know D. J. Chuang (@djchuang)

I'm sitting at a Saddleback viewing party for The Nines conference, and directly across from me sits a guy with a Macbook Pro covered in a bright orange cover boasting a cool vinyl decal simply displaying "@djchuang." If for no other reason than his sweet Mac gear, you should know D. J. Additionally, with a single click (to D. J.'s page), it's obvious D. J. understands "social." He understands media, and listening to him will absolutely help you understand how to …

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