Is It Time to Rethink the Church Website? (Part 2)

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I recently re-posted a link to an article I wrote a couple of years back entitled, Is It Time to Rethink the Church Website?

What I have suggested is that church websites may be geared more toward the already initiated, meaning those who are a) already a part of the church or b) those who are looking for a new church (what we may call “church transfers” due to being displeased with a previous church, moving cities, etc). However, the unchurched and de-churched are not really looking for what we might usually find on church websites: statement of faith, sermon series, upcoming activities, leadership team, or donate button – if they are looking at all.

So, my question is: How can we consider being more “missional” with our church websites, engaging the non-Christian landscape.

The re-post has caused some good interaction through social media channels – both agreement and disagreement. But a bigger question has arisen as well (and the same question came up two years ago): What alternatives would I suggest to the current church website model? Continue reading

Amazon to Release New Kindles

This week, Amazon announced the release of their new Kindles, with the company moving mainly to touch screen (though non-touch screen will still be available) and even announcing the release of their high-octane Kindle Fire.

As you can see in the picture above (click on the pic to enlarge), the prices range from $79 for the most basic Kindle and $199 for the most advanced product, the Kindle Fire. Continue reading

Favourite iPad Apps

I’ve had an iPad now for coming close to a year. It’s becoming an all-purpose device for me with regards to Bible reading, journaling, reading books, preaching from and communication device.

Mark Stevens, over at Near Emmaus, just purchased one and was asking for some of the better apps we all liked. I am no app-junky who downloads hundreds of apps, but I did list my top 10.

So here are my top 10 apps on my iPad (though not in any particular order, rather than the Kindle app being first): Continue reading

Videos in Honour of Steve Jobs

I think the world now knows that Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple. But he will still be with the company as Chairman of the Board.

Whether an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac laptop or desktop, most of us have probably owned some kind of Apple device in our life. I just purchased the new MacBook Pro with OS X Lion. Quite a superb little computer.

For a little remembrance, and maybe some chuckles, I post below a pic showing the evolution of products in Apple/Mac, as well as the first commercial-adverts for the iPod and iPhone.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Google Translate App

Earlier this week, a friend of mine let me know about an application on iTunes called Google Translate.

Many of you will know I live in Belgium and am currently learning Dutch, as it is one of two main languages in Belgium (the other being French, though German is the official third language). On my iPhone, I had downloaded an app that translates Dutch to English, and vice versa. I think I probably paid $1.99 for it.

But this Google Translate app has to be the best translation app by far, mainly for 4 reasons:

  1. It’s free.
  2. You can translate text for 57 languages.
  3. For 15 of the languages, you can translate by speaking the text instead of typing it.
  4. For 23 of the languages, you can listen to your translation spoken aloud.

So, for me, this was great because English and Dutch (and French for later on) were included in the speaking and listening components of the translator. It’s not that I am going to be pulling this out to translate Dutch into English (or the other way around) every moment of the day. But I was simply fascinated that the voice recognition software clearly picked up my voice. I was doing test words, phrases and sentences that I already knew in Dutch, and they were spot on in translation! The only time it didn’t get it perfect was when I switched to a very southern, country American accent.

Anyways, if you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, do a search on iTunes for Google Translate and download the app. And you can read about it more here.