In today's age of technology, smartphones have become a crucial part of our everyday lives. Sometimes we get so involved in our handsets because they allow us to do so much right from our fingertips. However, unfortunately, it can at times make us blind to all the beauty God has created around us.
We become so LOST in our smartphones and sometimes miss things that could be special. Instead of taking pictures and posting them up on social media, we should enjoy those special moments first hand. For example, when people attend a concert they all take out their cell phones instead of just watching and enjoying the show. This also happens when couples are out to dinner together. Instead of using the time to socialize with one another, pictures are being posted of them out to eat.
This video shows a lot of moments where people may have their cell phones out and it shows you how wrapped up they are during special times. So try and put your phone down and LIVE in the moment instead of recording it! more >>
God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I'm primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis.
Social media seems like a new term. Many people are just hearing it, and many others are already tired of it. It's a trend, a fad, something that people are jumping on quickly for reasons ranging from connecting to old friends to making millions of dollars. When I say it's a fad, I am referring to the term"social media" not to the actual concept of it.
Let's break it down this way. The word media really just refers to information. Facts. Things that are true, or at least things that are thought to be true. Social is a word we used to refer to interactions between human beings – otherwise known as relationships. Putting it together, social media simply refers to the sharing of information through relationships. more >>
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 >>