Jason Caston, an internet church developer at T.D. Jakes' The Potter's House of Dallas, spoke on the importance of ministries using social media platforms and the ability that it gives churches to reach the masses when used to its maximum potential, during day two of 'The Nines' virtual conference on Wednesday.
"What would your church look like if you could reach 10, 20, 40, 100,000 more people than you're currently reaching?" asked Caston during his five-minute message, the standard length of time leaders speaking during the conference. "That's the opportunity that social media has given us."
Caston is also the author behind iChurch, a book that explains how digital technology can advance a ministry online. Since coming onboard to The Potter's House, Caston has led a social media team that reaches more than 3 million connections through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest. more >>
The NINES, an annual online event featuring more than 100 speakers presenting on various topics for an allotted five minutes each, was briefly sidetracked Tuesday when author and popular blogger Rachel Held Evans pressed organizer Todd Rhoades about the lineup including only four women speakers this year.
Rhoades, who apologized to The NINES viewers for the "diversions" on the first day of the two-day online conference, told The Christian Post later that evening that there were a few reasons for the lack of gender diversity among the 112 listed speakers.
"First of all, the theme this year is 'what's working and what's not working' in churches. So... we asked primarily senior and lead pastors to be a part this year. That role in the church is still mostly male in 2013 whether we like it or not," Rhoades wrote via email. more >>
A U.K. man has recently completed his three-year mission of tweeting the entire bible, chapter by chapter. Since its beginning, the man has seen his small project blossom into an international viral phenomenon on social media.
Chris Juby, the 30-year-old worship director at Kings Church in Durham, U.K., decided in 2010 that he would summarize each chapter of the bible in a tweet. Since taking on this daunting task, Juby hasn't missed a single day of tweeting the 1,189 chapter summaries, and successfully completed his deadline of three and a half years with a final summary of Revelations 22 posted on Nov. 8: "Rev22: The river of life flows from the throne of God. 'Behold, I am coming soon. I am the beginning and the end.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"
Juby, who has reportedly read the bible three times in its entirety in his life, wrote on the website for his Twitter mission, Bible Summary, that he does not plan to tweet any more using the Bible Summary handle now that he has completed his task. Since he first started his Bible Summary project on Twitter three and a half years ago, the Twitter account has gained the attention of nearly 30,000 followers. more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort has had his official Twitter account taken over by an unknown atheist who has given Comfort an ultimatum: stop "denigrating" nonbelievers or you won't get your Twitter account back.
Comfort, founder of Living Waters ministries, said on Friday that an unknown atheist had seized his Twitter account after one of his staff members had accidentally changed his username. When his initial username, RayComfort, became temporarily available, it was immediately snatched up by the mystery atheist.
"The atheist who took my Twitter name, then gave me an ultimatum. He said that he would return it if I made a public statement," Comfort told TheBlaze on Friday following the incident. "He tweeted that I must say that I would 'no longer denigrate, blame and demonize skeptics and nonbelievers, including agnostics and atheists,'" Comfort said. more >>
Recently, and for no apparent reason, a man gunned down a random college student in the middle of a crowded rail car in San Francisco.
You know what's even more unsettling?
There were no Good Samaritans. According to surveillance video, no one responded when the gunman drew his weapon. In fact, no one noticed at all. All of the passengers were so distracted by their smartphones that it took a gunshot to rouse them from their digital torpor. more >>
Super Smash Bros 4 will see a lot of sword play in the upcoming game with characters such as Link, Toon Link, Marth, and Pit.
These sword wielding characters are known for their masterful swordsmanship in their individual games throughout the years, and their special moves involve powerful attacks that utilize their very skill.
Link is from the classic, Legend of Zelda series, while Toon Link is from The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker. Pit is known primarily from the Kid Icarus series which is popular in Japan and did not crossover to the U.S. until recent years. Marth is from the RPG Fire Emblem franchise. Again, that series was really popular in Japan, and did not come to the U.S. until about 10 years ago. more >>