Technology

The Instant Curriculum Revolution And What It Means For Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In the past, churches used expensive and complicated technology in all their classrooms to present Orange curriculum. Getting this ready every week took several team members countless hours. And if a kid didn’t show up to church that week there was no way for the family to view the full video experience and lessons they missed from their ministry leaders. The Church Technology Monster Countless leaders have shared with us the old way they were preparing curriculum and expressed pain…

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Orange Partners with Playlister to Make Curriculum Easier to Use – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Orange has always aimed to make technology easy for churches to use. The Orange curriculum was one of the first to offer digital downloads to ministry leaders. Products like Weekly and Orange Apps allow churches to leverage technology for digital communications. Orange is taking that ease of use to the next level by partnering with Playlister, a software company that provides the first and only instant curriculum solution. Together, Orange and Playlister will bring Orange’s curriculum and content to life…

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4 Ways to Develop Disciples via Technology – SundayMag – Christian Article

Now more than ever, as COVID-19 related restrictions continue to affect the country, church members need discipleship direction. As physical gatherings of church have been disrupted, many individuals who rely on church leadership to guide them in spiritual growth may risk feeling lost. Although people may be feeling disconnected from one another during this season of social distancing, it is most important they do not disconnect from God. Thankfully, through technology, there are multiple ways to facilitate discipleship growth remotely,…

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Orange Conference Live: Tech Tips to Make the Most of the Online Experience – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Shifting to an online Conference has been an interesting and educational experience for the Orange team. We’re sure you’re also adjusting to our new reality and appreciate the patience and encouragement from all of the Orange Leaders like you. Since The Orange Conference Live Experience will be so unique compared to our usual in-person conference, we thought we’d come up with a few suggestions on how to make the most of this (or really any) online conference. Orange Conference Live…

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Answering Tech Questions Pastors Are Asking – Christian Article

In light of the current COVID-19 virus, churches are facing disruption in their ability to fellowship and proclaim the Word. Many pastors feel the pressure of getting up to speed on the latest tech tools and are asking for help in various forums around the web. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. Which platforms should I use for a Sunday morning video? Although I answered this question at length in my previous article, I’ve had a…

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How To Successfully Lead A Remote Church Team – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

You’ve seen the headlines. And so have we. All of them. But if we know one thing it’s that this too shall pass. We’ve also seen a lot of headlines about how to weather this storm as a church leader. And more specifically about how many churches are dipping their toes into leading a remote church team. So while COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the global workforce, after 10 years of being a 100%-remote company, we know about leading…

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Rise of the Drones – Christian Evidence – Christian Article

All around the world, governments, companies, and universities are rushing to develop usable micro-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) platforms, commonly known as a drone. UAVs have been around for decades, but in recent times they have become more widespread made possible by advancements in artificial intelligence. Today, there is a push to reduce the size and weight of UAVs to that of insects. As technology advances, synchronized drones will get smaller and smaller, faster and faster, and ever more powerful. Not…

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The Coronavirus and the Pony – Christian Article

There’s something antiquated about our enforced #coronacation. Like peasants in the 14th century warding off the plague-ridden and the unclean, we have abandoned human contact. Handshakes are out; elbow bumps are in. Our cities are empty, our marketplaces abandoned, our festivals depopulated. My family has survived 9/11, the anthrax attacks, war in Afghanistan, the Beltway Sniper, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Snowmaggedon, and two earthquakes. Yet none of those events accomplished what the COVID-19 global pandemic has: civilization has ground to…

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The Unique Ministry Opportunity in the Coronavirus Tragedy – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Thousands of people are suffering, sick, and dying. Many people are facing financial straits and dire situations. In no way should we overlook what a catastrophe the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes for countless people around the world. I have been in youth ministry professionally for fifteen years and another five as a volunteer before that; in other words, for this whole, young century. I want to tell everyone who ministers to young people — youth pastor and parent alike — this…

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Have you ‘google tested’ your youth ministry? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A few months back I was invited to speak on pioneering youth work projects in a small city. Before I got there, I did what I call ‘the switched on parent test’. I googled a bunch of words and phrases a parent might do when moving to a new area to find stuff on for their kids. In this particular city, the best any church or faith based project did in response to my search terms was page six of…

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Transhumanism Is Yet Another Temptation to Play God – Christian Article

Often when we hear about advanced technology like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and genetic engineering, we think of some far-off future with flying cars and robot co-workers. Terms like “the singularity,” “superintelligence,” and “transhumanism” seem irrelevant to the mundane problems we deal with as Christians living in a fallen world. Aren’t there more pressing issues? In his book Transhumanism and the Image of God: Today’s Technology and the Future of Christian Discipleship, Jacob Shatzer—theology and ethics professor at Union University…

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Wacky Physics or God’s Design? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Science Reveals God’s Majesty Series. I do not believe that science is the enemy of faith, but that science and Christian doctrine can be accommodated together. So all through my life I studied science and feel what I’ve learned has given me a better and closer relationship with my heavenly Father. In a book titled Is God a Scientist? it states: “In the past scientists have said that God has two books, one of…

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The Ubiquitous Google, the Omnipresent God, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference – Christian Article

Over the last couple decades, smartphones have seeped into the bedrock of our culture, and now it’s hard to imagine life off the grid. This technology, once reserved for the savvy elite, rapidly became a pervasive tool in the hands of most Americans. Incessant chirps, faintly reminiscent of bells, stir us from sleep. Bleary-eyed, we check apps and mentally rearrange our days, considering the forecasts, scanning through reminders, bending to the electronic pressure for efficiency. We orient, mindful of the…

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A World of Social Credits

Yesterday Uber Technologies announced changes to its ride-share system insofar as it is affected by ratings that passengers give its drivers, and the drivers give the passengers. It prompted the announcer on the talk radio station that’s on when I drive home to be reminded of an episode of Black Mirror in which every single interaction is tied to a rating system, including such trivial things as paying for your fuel at the self-serve station or picking up milk at…

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Many Video Games Are Life and Death. One Is Death and Then Life. – Christian Article

“It felt like a video game where all the mechanics are broken.” These are the words of a heartbroken father, whose efforts to save his young son proved futile. Ryan Green is a game designer from Colorado, married to Amy. But when their 1-year-old son, Joel, was diagnosed with brain cancer, life seemed anything but a game. Usually video games put the player in the driver’s seat. Your decisions determine the outcome. With skill, cunning, and perseverance, you can overcome…

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The Brave New World of Bible Reading – Christian Article

“My Bible died.” I was teaching a class and asked for someone to read a Bible verse. As soon as the student had opened his Bible app and located the verse, his digital tablet—and Bible—died. This declaration made me realize we are living in a brave new world of Bible reading. The digital age is doing some curious things to the Bible. Not only can modern Bibles “die” because of low batteries, but they can also speak, search, share, notify,…

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Our Conservative Christian Home was the Epicenter of Corruption of Minors

Although Tim Challies and I are quite far apart doctrinally, as a fellow-Canadian blogger I feel obliged to periodically checking in to sample his recent writing. He often writes about the impact of pornography, so I was interested in an article titled Has Your Child Been Looking At Bad Stuff Online? Two paragraphs caught my attention: …I think this is behavior we have modeled to our children in that we’ve taught our children when you have questions, you ask the…

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How Logos Bible Software Can Transform Your Bible Study – Christian Article

I don’t normally review or promote products on this blog, but because I’ve really been blown away by Logos Bible Software I am willing to make an exception. The kind folks at Faithlife gave me a free upgrade to the new Logos 8 to review and after reviewing it for the last few weeks, I believe there are some features which could really transform your Bible study. Here are some of my thoughts on Logos Bible Software. Digital Bible Study…

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