Saturday, September 13, 2014

All Around the Web - September 13, 2014

Russell Moore - The Church and Violence Against Women
Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address. Our responsibility here is not simply at the level of social justice but at the level of ecclesical justice as well.

We must teach from our pulpits, our Sunday school classes, and our Vacation Bible Schools that women are to be cherished, honored, and protected by men. This means we teach men to reject American playboy consumerism in light of a Judgment Seat at which they will give account for their care for their families. It means we explicitly tell the women in our congregations, “A man who hits you has surrendered his headship, and that is the business both of the civil state in enacting public justice and of this church in enacting church discipline.”

David Murray - How To Criticize A Preacher
So you’ve heard a sermon and you’re not happy. You feel the preacher got it badly wrong in either his interpretation, his words, his manner, his length, his whatever.

What now?

Well, I’m not going to tell you exactly what words to use. I’m simply going to give you ten questions to ask that I hope will produce the right words and the right way to say them should you ever have to offer criticism to a preacher.

Get ReligionDeath of the Chick-fil-A patriarch: A classic religion-news story with two sides
It's safe to say that Chick-fil-A patriarch S. Truett Cathy was famous, or infamous, for two very different reasons with two radically different flocks of people. After his death, mainstream news organizations faced an obvious news question: What's the lede? What's the angle on this remarkable entrepreneur's life that deserved the spotlight at the top of the story?
You can see that struggle in the summary paragraphs near the top of The New York Times obituary:

Church Tech - Does Your Church Think Mobile? 
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk strategies. There are three main areas that churches can focus on when looking to reach people via mobile:
  1. Mobile Website – The way your website looks on a mobile device is very important because numerous people will be checking it out on the go. More specifically, if someone is looking for your location or service times while on his/her way to your church, he/she will need the website to provide that information quickly and effectively. A good way to resolve this issue is to make sure your regular (desktop) website is responsive. Responsive design is a programming technique that makes websites adapt to the device they are being viewed on; whether it’s a desktop, laptop or mobile device, the viewer has a great online experience and the information is fast, easy and useful.
  1. Mobile Apps – Apps are one of the primary ways we spend time on our mobile devices, and, on average, we have at least 40 apps on our phones (Crowd Compass). From following along with Scriptures in the Bible app to sharing our pastor’s words of encouragement with social media apps, apps are the most interactive aspect of our mobile experience. Creating an app for a church has become something that any size ministry can accomplish with the help of great companies such as ROAR App and The Church App. They normally charge an upfront fee (around $500) and a nominal monthly fee (around $50) to help you create an app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. A good layout for an app is having the same information that is available on your mobile site. When given a choice, the average user will open an app rather than use a mobile website 70% of the time.
  1. SMS-Texting – When ministries are developing their mobile strategies, they initially think about mobile apps or websites. Unfortunately, they very seldom consider the impact of texting. Yes, mobile websites and apps get the most media attention and are the hot-button topics, but, when it comes down to getting results, texting is the best start to an effective mobile strategy. Text-to-give during natural disasters brought the use of texting as a communication tool to the forefront for nonprofits and large organizations, making it a revenue-generating opportunity churches should utilize as well. Texting has the highest read percentage as well as the highest response percentage of any mobile communication method. The main drawback of texting as a communication tool is the high opt-out rate it has because people don’t want to be spammed via texting. Take heed to not abuse your texting strategy.
The Guardian - Jack the Ripper was Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski, book claims
A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper.

Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.

Edwards said a blood-stained shawl he bought in 2007 after an auction in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, held vital DNA evidence which led him to the killer.

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