A point of clarity is in order. In this article I am referring to "the digital church" in a very specific way. I am not referring to the many uses of the Internet available to churches: church web sites; social media; and a plethora of training tools. Instead I use the phrase to refer to those churches that view a significant part of their constituencies to be online rather than in person.
The "digital church attendees" likely view the worship services online. They may be in some type of online small group. They have the ability to minister to others via the Internet. And they can support the church financially online as well.
Some churches now view these persons as integral participants in the life of the church. A small but growing number are willing to grant them membership. And many churches see the digital church attendees as an extension of the ministry of the church, even if they do not have full membership status. more >>
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke, who has been the host of several panel discussions at the four-day National Religious Broadcasters Convention, said that even though some of the recent movies coming out based on stories from the Bible are inaccurate, it's important for Christians to engage in the conversation about such films.
"Hollywood is putting millions and millions, and millions of dollars putting biblical stories out there, and my feeling is some will be accurate, some will not be so accurate. But the fact is that they are giving us an incredible opportunity to share those stories with friends and co-workers," Cooke told The Christian Post during a break in sessions at the NRB event. "I mean, 'Noah,' it's going to be water-cooler conversation. So let's get in there and start sharing our views on the story."
Cooke, whose expertise and accomplishments in the media marketplace are highly regarded, often talks about the need for better quality movies from the Christian community. more >>
Samsung confirmed the release date for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Neo for April 11, 2014. The company introduced these three new devices during its "Unpacked" event earlier today.
The Galaxy S5 will replace the S4 as Samsung's current flagship device and will feature what the company deems a "glam" design with a perforated back plate that shines in different lighting conditions. It will have full LTE coverage, Wi-Fi MIMO 802.11 to cut down buffering, and a download booster that will allow users to download 1GB worth of media in 30 seconds.
Samsung has also drastically improved the battery that now provides users with 10 hours of web surfing and 12 hours of video playback and offers a new Ultra Power Saving mode. This new mode can grant the user another 24 hours' worth of power if their phone is at 10 percent. It does this by only keeping necessary functions on and turning the screen to black and white. more >>
Samsung revealed the new Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches earlier this week and confirmed that both of them would run Tizen OS.
The company ditched Android OS in favor of Tizen and promises that the switch will offer many improvements to the user. Tizen is less power intensive which will help conserve battery life. It will also offer an "enriched application ecosystem," according to the company.
Both of these new Galaxy Gear models will feature a 1.63-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 300mAh battery and 512MB RAM. The main difference between the devices is that the Gear Neo will not come with a camera. more >>
LG recently spilled the beans on its brand new phablet device the G Pro 2. The device follows up last year's Optimus G Pro and is a competitor for the Galaxy Note 3.
One thing that makes this new model stand out is its ability to be unlocked more conveniently with Knock Code. The device can be accessed by tapping just a few times on the tablet.
This is an updated version of the KnockON function found on the G2. more >>
NASHVILE, Tenn. – By way of of social media, people look more to their friends and family for reliable information, including shared links to news stories, a Facebook manager for policy told Christian media professionals during the opening session of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention on Saturday.
"People no longer trust, I'm sorry to say, TV, radio, newspapers, campaigns, organizations – they don't trust them as much," said Katie Harbath, during the conferences first keynote session. Her work at Faceback focuses on political outreach. "But what they do trust is when that information comes from a friend or family member."
Harbath explained, "Facebook is increasingly becoming a place for people to find new information and new organizations because yes, it's true that they are going there to see my cat pictures or baby pictures or vacation pictures of their friends, but while they are doing that they are getting news and information, too. They are seeing the headlines, they are clicking on links." more >>