I have blogged about the use of QR Codes before — what they are and how they can be used to further the message of the Gospel. Since my last post on the subject I have heard of a couple of creative ways the codes are being employed in sharing the Gospel message…
But first, the basics….
The Basics of QR Codes
What is a QR Code? A Quick Response (QR) Code is a pattern of little squares that make a larger square (pictured top left). The pattern or matrix of little squares conform to a specific, computer readable standard. QR Codes typically embed the address of a specific page on the Internet however other information, such as a phone number or even plain text, can also be embedded. The QR Code below contains the Bible verse John 3:16.Read More
A few weeks ago I came across the video below. As I watched it my first thought was how creative it was. It also required some talent. It reminded me that God has given every single one of us talents and abilities. Now it may not be art abilities (mine sure isn’t, I was always picked last for Pictionary) but we all have something we can use for the Lord. It challenged me to think about what I can do to share the Gospel with others. Maybe you are an artist, musician, good with numbers, a history buff, a computer geek, a coin collector or even a bagpipe player, you have a talent you can use. If you have an idea and would like some help in putting it all together contact us and let us know. We would love to hear all about it.Read More
Editorial Note: The following was sent to Digital Sojourner well in advance of this past Saturday’s Why We Web Conference by the author. Unfortunately, I was unable to post it until now. I decided to go ahead and post it at this late date, because the questions that Keith asks in the post are both challenging and helpful for the Digital Sojourner. –Scott
For those who are attending the Why We Web Conference, I bid you welcome! In my keynote message we hope to address issues pertaining to the following questions (and more; note: they’re listed in no particular order.) For those who couldn’t attend WWW, keep your eye on Digital Sojourner in the near future for samples of the day’s ministry and events.
Questions to Consider
1. Time management: How much time do I spend online? How much of that time is work related? How much is entertainment? (e.g. social networking sites like Facebook; video games; blogs; newspapers, etc.) How much is overtly spiritual?
2. Do I spend more time using electronic gadgets than reading the Word of God? Do I avail myself of the electronic tools for Bible study? Do I have a Bible app on my smart phone (assuming you own one)? What about a Bible program on my personal computer?
3. How much time do I spend in prayer versus surfing the ‘net?
4. Do I ever listen to/watch sermons online? In downloaded mp3 format? Does my home assembly provide their teaching in this manner for re-listening to the messages at a later time?
5. Have I shared mp3 messages with friends? Links to video messages?
6. What do I listen to in my car? Do I have listen to the Bible in recorded form? Other messages? Christian music?
7. Do I read e-books (in epub or kindle, for example)? What do I read?
8. Have I ever posted a verse on someone else’s Facebook timeline for encouragement or as a witness? Have I done this via text-message?
9. Have I witnessed in a chat session before?
10. Do I ever read Christian blogs?
Do you use Logos Bible Software or one of their free apps such as Vyrso or Biblia? If so, Logos’ Free Book of the Month for June is H. A. Ironside’s The Four Hundred Silent Years. To obtain your free copy follow this link.
Harry Ironside was a well known Bible teacher during the first half of the 20th Century. He was a serious student of God’s word and a gifted preacher. During his lifetime he wrote numerous books, and many of his sermons were preserved and later published as books. Because of his simple and lucid writing style his writings are still widely read today. If you are not familiar with the writings of brother Ironside this is your perfect opportunity to obtain one of his books for free!
Also of interest: some of brother Ironside’s messages have been preserved and are available free of charge at the Voices For Christ website in mp3 format… those recordings are available here.Read More
This past Saturday was our annual neighborhood yard sale. When the weather is favorable (as it was this year) the event can attract several hundred people. This is, of course, a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel message with a world that so desperately needs the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s also a great opportunity to involve the entire family in the effort: my wife organized and set up several tables with the usual garage sale items, my children set up an ice cream stand, and I set up the Gospel table.
In the above picture of the Gospel table I numbered three specific ideas that you could incorporate into a similar effort:Read More
I’ve been highlighting tools that can be used to do an effective Bible Study and so far we’ve underscored reading the text. Repeatedly. And taking notes while reading. But now I want to highlight how a person might want to examine the meanings of words.
One of your better tools is the English dictionary. If you’re using the KJV, this winds up being more difficult but the point here is that words mean something and sometimes our misreading can be predicated on what we think a word means.
- Free: Dictionaries are readily available online at several sites (m-w, dictionary.com, the Free Dictionary).
- Not-Free: More expensive programs have dictionaries but I find it easier just to hop over to Websters online.
Sometimes, folk want to see the meaning of the original language by examining a word, like the word love or church (for example).
I don’t think that this is the best way for most of us to study the Bible.Read More
My most recent post is available over at the newly launched Why We Web Blog. In the post I explore five very helpful iPad apps for believers:
If you own an iPad, and you’re not using any of these apps then check out the full post here.Read More
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
It is our responsibility to become a student of the Word. Being a student of the Word does not mean the Bible is something that we casually read. We must be committed to studying the Word of God. So many have lost the desire to study the Word of God. When we watch our favorite sports team or the next big movie we get excited, and we can’t wait until the next Harry Potter book comes out. How come we don’t get excited about the Word of God?Read More
When it comes to online video YouTube (www.youtube.com) is king. Actually it’s not even close. YouTube boasts over 450 million unique visitors every single month (http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/video-websites) and the next closest competitor is NetFlix at just 55.8 million. Other sites such as MetaCafe (www.metacafe.com) and Vimeo (www.vimeo.com) are well under 30 million. One of the reasons for YouTube’s success is that in 2006 it was purchased by Google for a mere $1.65 Billion. This means that it is tightly integrated into Google’s search results. Since Google is the king of search it only makes sense that YouTube would be the largest video provider.Read More
One of the great aspects of the Internet is that it opens up new possibilities for ministry. One example of this is creating short, gospel oriented videos.
The new website skitplanet.com was started by a local assembly in Ontario, Canada to stimulate interest in creatively using video to proclaim the Gospel message. It’s a team effort by the local church… young, old, male, female… working together to script Bibically sound, and visually interesting skits. There is a double benefit, believers working & praying together and the potential to take the Gospel message to a worldwide audience. Just think of it: if one of the videos happens to go ‘viral’ literally millions could hear the Gospel for the very first time!
The website’s about page says:
SkitPlanet is made up of both adults and youth from grades 8 and up. The entire team contributes in different ways including: writing, acting, filming, editing and setup. Their dedication to this ministry is what makes it happen and we are thrilled to have such a super team working on the videos.
Check out Skitplanet.com… don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section of this post and be sure to share the videos with your online friends!Read More