Monday, January 24, 2011

Mission Quotes: John Piper

Mission quotes from John Piper, speaking at the Denver Winter Conference for CCC, December 2010. This brief video was prepared to reinforce the message of the conference:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

GenY and Technology

I often find helpful insights from Dan Coates (President of YPulse Insights) and Engage GenY. The latest is no exception - Upward Mobility. These are some summary research insights on GenY and technology:
  • 50% of collegians now have a smartphone
  • 9 out of 10 use their phone for talking and texting
  • Taking photos is the next most common usage (8 of 10)
  • Sharing photos is next (7 of 10)
  • About half use their phone to update status on social networks and browse the internet
All this points to the importance of those involved in innovation and ministry to think carefully about the impact and usage of this powerful technology.

Hmm... How are we doing?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cultural Shifts for Missions in Bhutan

For those who track missions in South Asia (as I do), there is a fascinating development in the country of Bhutan according to a recent Christianity Today article, entitled, "Bhutan Budges". Two things of note:
  1. The likelihood of Bhutan legalizing registered Christianity.
  2. Registration could serve as a means of regulation.
  3. The current estimate of 6000 believers in Bhutan.
Pray for the gospel to continue to spread with power throughout the country and region!

What is the Maze

Just read new reports from the Maze. God is doing amazing works through this unique outreach. Jim, whose life took a detour a couple of years ago as a result of a battle with leukemia, shares:
Last week, we had an unforgettable outreach at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Not only did 1100 students cram into a 600 seat venue to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, but ....students signed up to become bone marrow donors.

Wow, now there is impact!

If you are unfamiliar with the Maze, check this out:

Do you believe him?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

200 Countries, 200 Years, Four minute video

This is a fascinating video telling the story of 200 countries over 200 years. Educational, without a doubt. But entertaining in the process!

Thanks, Hans Rosling & the BBC. Thanks, Gary, for bringing it to my attention.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Twitter & Me II

An hour or so ago, I posted "Twitter & Me". Then a Facebook friend posted on my wall the suggestion I checkout, which I had never done. So, what did I find?

According to Klout, I am an "Explorer" with a score of 35 (on a scale of 100). That sounds fairly mediocre.

But it goes on to say,
You actively engage in the social web, constantly trying out new ways to interact and network. You're exploring the ecosystem and making it work for you. Your level of activity and engagement shows that you "get it", we predict you'll be moving up.
That seems like a fairly accurate description, and it makes me "feel good" with hope for more.

But lest I get to excited, here is the cautionary note from Ecoconsultancy. (I guess if I were a "bot", I'd have more klout.)

As for the prediction, I shouldn't think it would take much to "move (me) up". Just a little more intentionality with my tweets.

Hmm... Maybe I tweet to that.

Twitter & Me

According to a December 31, 2010 Research Brief from the Center for Media Research, there is this on Tweeters:
According to the first-ever survey reading from Pew Research that exclusively examines Twitter users, 8% of online adults said they do use Twitter, with 2% doing so on a typical day. This survey also showed that 74% of American adults are Internet users, meaning that the Twitter cohort amounts to 6% of the entire adult population.
Wonder what is true of our typical audience--individuals involved in campus ministry and/or evangelism ministries?

In 2010, I dabbled with Twitter, 427 tweets to my now 206 followers. Contemplating now how to upgrade my effectiveness... Or if I should.