I’ve been an avid reader of Image Journal for years. To describe the journal, I’ll defer to the website: “Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community. We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is
I had the opportunity recently to watch Joe Champion, pastor of Celebration Church in Austin, Texas rehearse his weekly sermon from the sanctuary stage – something I’d never seen before. It’s a fascinating concept, and here’s how it works:
I get a lot of phone calls and emails from people looking for jobs. They’ve been fired, laid off, whatever, and are desperate to find a new position. As a result, I’ve learned something important about the perfect timing to find your dream job:
One of the areas where the online world continues to grow is pornography. But as younger viewers are seeing more and more explicit and violent images, new research may finally make young men re-think their habits. Today, men under the age of 40 account for 25% of all erectile dysfunction patients – and the number is rising. It’s becoming more and more clear that
I’m not sure we’re fully comprehending the need some people feel to perform well on social media. I was upgraded on a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles the other day and sat next to a twenty-something woman who literally spent the entire flight taking selfies. She must have snapped off 150 or more shots of herself. She was next to the window, so she experimented with the shade for lighting, fussed with her hair, checked different heights for the camera. Three and half hours of this. For many people of all ages,
In a world that’s gone Internet crazy it’s easy to convince churches and ministries about the importance of only using web strategies or social media as evangelism tools. After all, with more than 1.79 billon active users, by population, Facebook is now the largest country in the world, which means it’s time to start sending online missionaries and planting churches in that country. Online evangelism is an easy sell to a new generation of pastors and leaders who have been posting their lives online since childhood. But lost in the Internet frenzy is the power of traditional media – particularly radio.
My friend Jim Knaggs is retiring from a long leadership career in The Salvation Army. He finishes his work as the Commissioner for the Western Territory of the United States, and certainly as one of the most respected leaders in this remarkable global organization. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Jim for the last few years as we created The Salvation Army Vision Network – the first “digital street corner” for an organization that was founded by
There’s a persistent myth about church live streaming that needs to be put to rest: the idea that once you go live online, your members will stop coming to the services. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t have statistics, I can only give you my experience with the hundreds of churches we’ve worked with around