With more than 1.26 billion users, Facebook has become a staple in today's modern culture, a revolutionary social and marketing tool, massive industry with its own vernacular. Let me add a new phrase, the "Facebook Fumble." This is one with devastating repercussions.
By nature, Facebook was designed to connect with old and new "Friends." It's like having a high school reunion online, anytime. You can "Like" people, photos, comments and corporate brands and receive regular "Posts" on your "Wall." You can create "Groups" of individuals with similar interests. You can also "stalk" others from a virtual distance by viewing photographs, comments of others.
Facebook is so ingrained into our society it's even one of the fastest ways to spread news, outrunning the television and media outlets to breaking events. These days, people wake up to the morning cup of jo and read their Facebook before other news sources. more >>
Media consultant Phil Cooke recently listed five principles for leaders to effectively communicate the Gospel in today's high-tech social world, including the premise that expression of "Christian lingo" should be dropped.
"Forget Christian 'lingo,'" writes Cooke in his recent blog, Five Commandments for Becoming a Media Savvy Pastor. "Christian media is so filled with it's own 'lingo,' that most of the people we're trying to reach can't even understand us. But when I read the New Testament, Jesus spoke in a language and style people understood. Why have we lost that ability? Why have we created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only church members can understand?"
Cooke, who has produced and directed film and television programming in more than 50 countries and authored the book, Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media, says he has helped some of the largest churches and ministries in the country create effective, high quality media outreaches. more >>
A New York public official was sworn in on Thursday with his left hand on an iPad Bible app after a hard copy of the holy book could not be located.
Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano ushered in his second term with the bible loaded up on the Apple tablet, as he promised to keep property taxes low and lure more businesses to the area.
The popular official received bipartisan endorsements leading up to his Nov. 18 defeat of Democratic challenger Thomas Suozzi. more >>
Most Americans prefer to attend a church where a pastor appears in person to preach rather than watching an Internet livestream or video of the sermon, despite the large number of multisite congregations that make practical use of the technological approach, according to a recent study by LifeWay Research.
The report revealed that 65 percent of Americans said they would choose a live, in-person sermon rather than a video teaching. Less than one percent said they would prefer video. The additional 30 percent surveyed reported that they had no preference and the remaining 5 percent said they didn't know.
"I don't think anyone gets up on a Sunday morning saying, 'Boy, I'd really like to watch a video sermon,'" said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, in an article at BaptistStandard.com. "But the fact that many churches utilize video sermons means other factors such as relationships, preaching approach, music, relevance and location can be more important." more >>
The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date will land around this year's Mobile World Congress 2014, according to recent reports. The device is expected to be unveiled around the time of the technology conference, according to a statement made by Samsung's Vice President and Head of Design Strategy Doog-hoon Chang.
MWC normally takes place in Feb. which means the Galaxy S5 unveiling could be just around the corner. Those expecting the smartphone to debut at CES will be a bit disappointed with the news.
Doog-hoon also revealed that a new material is being considered for the Galaxy S5 and did not confirm what it was. more >>
Massachusetts and Vermont have suspended payments to CGI Group, the same contractor behind Healthcare.gov. A policy expert argues that CGI's failures are due to the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"The problem is the complexity of the laws," Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday. Haislmaier argued that Obamacare required excessive regulation for the subsidies, causing the famous Healthcare.gov backup and the state backups as well.
The scholar turned to Massachusetts as a prime example. "Massachusetts has been running a similar program for subsidizing people to buy coverage since 2007," and this program was "politically in sync with the administration." Nevertheless, the state's exchange allegedly experiences so many problems that it has decided to publicly reprimand CGI, withdrawing money from the company. more >>