Studying the Beatitudes in Real Time

A few days ago, I blogged about my ongoing quest to learn more about Jesus.  In that post I suggested that 2011 may be a year I devote considerable time to examining Jesus' preaching via the Sermon on the Mount.  Since that time, I learned of a unique opportunity to study the Beatitudes, which lead off Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12). Kimberly Knight, Circuit Rider and web admin for the Beatitudes Society, recently blogged about a new interactive live learning Read More …

74% Growth in Social Networking

Yesterday, I blogged about the generational differences in online activity according to the latest research by the Pew Research Center.  Today, I look more closely at the rapid growth in one specific category of online activity: social networking.  In just eighteen months, the percentage of adults who use social networking sites has risen 74%.  The graphic below shows the rates of increase by generation, which range from a high of 377% for older boomers to a low of 24% for millenials. So Read More …

The Story of So What Faith

Sowhatfaith.com launched in June 2009 as a means of sharing my thoughts with those beyond my parish.  From the beginning, the blog has focused on contemporary issues and reviews of recently published books by providing a blend of information and questions.  Written some time ago, the following words about the purpose of this website remain on the contact/about page: Individually and as faith communities, true growth is often the result of struggling with the so what questions of faith.  This Read More …

Churches Fail the Twitter Test

Mickey Mellen, a freelance web developer who works with small businesses, churches and individuals to help them further their reach on the Internet, recently wrote about a Twitter experiment he conducted.  The article, "Churches Aren't Paying Attention on Twitter", appears on churchmarketingsucks.com and should be considered a "must read" for any church already on Twitter and those considering expanding their social media strategy to include Twitter. The Experiment Reach out to 25 churches Read More …

Bringing Twitter into the Classroom

For generations, students have known that the classroom is the place to go for instruction.  This has been true for both university education as well as Christian/religious education.  In larger classrooms, the instructors are limited in their ability to interact with a large number of the learners.  Twitter offers a creative way to facilitate interaction during and beyond the class session.  Consider the example of Dr. Monica Rankin, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Read More …

The Limits of Social Media for Ministry

Maurilio Amorim is CEO of The A Group, a media, technology and branding firm in Brentwood, TN that consults with some of the country’s largest ministries, leading churches, and Christian publishers.  Founded in 2001, The A Group has transitioned from a traditional marketing agency into a marketing technology  and branding firm, leveraging social media and mobile technologies. To connect with Amorim, friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or read his blog. Amorim recently blogged about Read More …

Bible Reading – There is an App for That

LifeChurch.tv is one of the most technologically innovative churches in the United States.  With over 26,000 in average weekly worship attendance, they are also the second largest congregation in the country according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.  This multi-site congregation doesn't simply create leading edge hi-tech creative edge resources, they also share them for free via Open. In 2008, the church launched their own Bible app called YouVersion in response to growing Read More …

Managing the Social Network Map

Two maps offer a compelling visual case for the changing geography of social networking.   The first map was created for XKCD in 2007.  The second map  was created by Ethan Bloch, Co-Founder and CEO of Flowtown.        So What? Christian community has always been about helping people become and remain connected.  Most local churches tend toward the extremes of being incredibly savvy or only marginally interested in social networking.  On a continuum from incredibly savvy to Read More …