4 BloggingTips

Believers are the same as anyone else when it comes to online practices. They are just as swamped, just as irritable and just as eager for well written content. That’s why your blog posts need to grab the reader quickly and concisely. Here are 4 tips to help your blog posts make a bigger impact.

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Are you a DUDD? Part 2: Facebook Addiction

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Are you a DUDD? is a series of articles dealing with internet usage and the Christian life. It stands for Dude Under Digital Distraction (Ok we made that up and it applies to girls too) 🙂

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Realistically, there are many differing views on whether Christians should use Facebook or not. I read of a pastor in the US who was telling his congregation that Facebook is a sin and should be avoided. Others are preaching the “Facebook is life” philosophy. As believers, we are commanded to keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). That simply means that we should strive to have a balance in all areas of life and not make any one thing become a god. It should cause us to evaluate the energy we spend on TV, sports, books, the internet, work, service, email and anything that might distract us from the Lord.

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Social Media: 3 Important Concepts

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Recently I attended a social media conference held online.  It was drilled into us over and over that social media was all about 3 key concepts. As I thought about these areas of social media as a Christian, they made perfect sense. Here is an overview of the three and how you can use them to reach out for the Lord….

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5 Tips For Sharing Your Faith On Facebook

According to Facebook’s own statistics there are more than 800,000,000 active Facebook users! 50% of whom log on at least once a day. Furthermore, Facebook’s reach is truly global with more than 75% of active users from outside of the United States! Officially Facebook supports more than 70 different languages! Amazing! The mission field has come to YOUR living room!

How we can we use this unprecedented opportunity to spread the message of the gospel? Here are five quick tips for sharing your faith on Facebook:

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Thinking Like A Digital Missionary

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Over the last 25 years the world we live in has radically changed. Back in 1987 most people had never heard of the Internet, sent an email, or even made a call from a mobile phone. People regularly used a phonebook, not Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, was only 2 years old on this date in 1987!). In fact, if you are old enough to vote, the world of today neither looks nor functions like the world you were born into. The world is radically different.

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Podcast Your Passion & Purpose

A new audience waiting to hear your voice

(as it pertains to ministry)

Listen to this post read by the author Glen Steinson…

We thank our Heavenly Father for the excellent sources of Christian content on the internet these days. Many of the Lord’s people have taken to blogging and social media as a means to communicate the subjects they are passionate about (ie. the writers contributing to Digital Sojourner). Whether for ministry, personal use or online business ventures, the steady flow of information is only a click away for those who want to read it. Printed text with lots and lots of words.

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Social Media in the Church?

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In a recent article by Christianity Today, several Christian leaders were asked to give their views on “How to Think about Social Networking in Churches”1.  The responses varied a little but one common theme emerged from the writers – Social Media is not going away.  When you consider that over 1 million cell phones are activated every single day the reality hits hard. Technology is firmly fixed at the center of our lives.

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Going into all the world includes cyberspace

By now, we all know that the internet is not just a fad, as some predicted several years ago. In fact, for many people in the world, the internet has become a way of life. People today are chatting, blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Youtubing, and a whole list of other “ings” on the internet. Recent studies have shown that, for web users, life means being “plugged in” to the global community. The internet has torn down boundaries of country, race, culture, and religion. Terms like the “global village” and “the internet family” are often used to describe how people from all over the world have connected with each other. With the integration of audio and video, the web is an endless adventure into places we could never have imagined before.

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Watch Your Words – Online

Words are very powerful. They can build up, encourage and glorify. They can also tear down, discourage and curse. The scriptures have a lot to say about watching how we speak. There are over 130 verses just on the tongue. Proverbs 12:18 says “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” So as believers paying attention to words is vital. I can still remember the times when my words have caused hurt. You can’t pull them back in and change what was said. It’s then we realize just how wicked our hearts can be, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Matthew 12:34b.

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Events: A Christian Internet Conference

mySonlight - online tools for your ministryDigital Sojourner is teaming up with our friends over at mySonlight to host a one day conference focused on the relationship between the Christian and the Internet. The Internet and other electronic technologies have infiltrated virtually every aspect of modern life. How are we as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to respond? How do we deal with the opportunities and dangers? I can not divulge any other details at this time… but mark your calendars NOW for Saturday June 2, 2012 and plan to join with us in South Central Pennsylvania.

Digital Sojourner We will post additional information about this exciting event as it becomes available… so keep reading Digital Sojourner! You can also visit the conference website or follow @WhyWeWeb on Twitter.

Most of all we would ask you to pray for this upcoming event…. there’s an endless list of details to take care of, so please pray for the Lord’s wisdom (James 1:5) and guidance (Psalm 32:8).

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