Barna: Churches Behind in Technology

“Blogging is also invading the ministry world. One-eighth of Protestant churches (13%) now have blog sites or pages through which people can interact with the thoughts posted by church leaders.” New Barna Research Describes Use of Technology in Churches. I appreciate Barna’s thoughts and his interview results are helpful,. but I don’t see God’s people…

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Typepad Themes Added

I like the Typepad blogging platform and have used it since converting from Blogger back in 2003. However, it has lagged woefully behind WordPress in the aesthetics department. Until now. There’s a few new pretty-darn-good-looking typepad themes available as the result of a recent theme making contest. The theme I am using today is called…

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Ratatouille

We made ratatouille for lunch from an old French recipe. Elizabeth helped me cook it. Tasted great! Unfortunately, our 6 year old daughter Tamara felt it was not authentic and certainly not as good as what Remy the rat cooked on the Disney movie. So next time, we will probably use the movie recipe from…

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Graphing Social Patterns East 2008

I am thinking seriously about attending the Graphing Social Patterns event in Washington, DC. June 9 – 11. Looks fantastic and it will have a bearing on some of the web 2.0 projects we are doing this year, in particular the online platforms for spiritual pilgrimage and justice issues. Anyone else going? I was thinking…

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Next-Wave Cover

“Gonna see my name on the cover Gonna buy five copies for my mother Gonna see my shining name on the cover of the Next-Waaaaaavve”

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World Changers – 5 week course

Did you know I watched “Amazing Grace” at the East India Docks in London? Best place to watch it. Really. Bob Beltz of Walden Media tells me the World Changers Resource website is now up and a resource kit is offered. Well done! Some of us were hoping for an earlier launch – like –…

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World Malaria Day – Project Blackout

My profile is blacked out today on Facebook as part of Project Blackout: One Million Faces Against Malaria. “On April 25 – World Malaria Day – we will attempt the most audacious experiment in Facebook history. We will attempt to blackout all the profile pics on facebook. This will be done to draw attention to…

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Tangible Kingdom

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay Excellent book from two guys who understand grassroots, missional movements. I really enjoyed reading through it. Made my blood boil in a good way. My recommendation is on the back cover which is the ultimate sign of QUALITY ASSURANCE. ‚ÄúPlunging deeper and deeper…

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Five Senses BBQ

On Saturday we went out for a BBQ on the beach, hosted by Malcolm and Rachel. Malcolm runs the All Five Senses Tours in Orkney and does the whole fire-starting, connect with nature, survival in the wild, windy, wacky, wilderness thing. And his BBQ was PRETTY IMPRESSIVE! The menu was nettle soup, grilled limpets, sausages…

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Google Webmaster Tools: Search Results from each country

Google webmaster tools now has a feature that lets you see what google searches people did to find your site FROM EACH COUNTRY! I had no idea they were so different. Its really worth a look. Here are my number one search queries in which my site appeared: USA – “andrew jones” UK – “habbohotel…

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HTML Email Signature in Apple Mail

Thanks to Josh Brown and the excellent instructions by C. Wess Daniels, I now have an html email signature that works inside Apple Mail. Not as straight forward as it sounds but very rewarding to see my Web 2.0 addictions on display for the world to see. Next step is to add a dashboard with…

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A Gothic thought

There’s an old gospel song that goes . . “Oh, the land of cloudless days Oh, the land of an unclouded sky Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day” Thats probably not attractive to Goths. “Cloudless skies? Oh my Gawd! Can we…

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UGC Finder: Piping Hot News into your Wurld

My friend Robin Hamman (Cybersoc) has just released a tool for tracking down news based on key words. Its called UGC Finder. “I’ve dubbed it UGC Finder – for journalists that uses Yahoo Pipes to aggregate and filter the results of keyword searches for tagged content and conversations in social networks and media sharing sites.”…

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Doved Out

For those who found this week’s Dove Awards a little sickening, Steve Camp suggests the Episkopos Awards.

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Tom Sine interviewed

Rodney Olsen interviewed social entrepreneur Tom Sine yesterday. Jarrod McKenna was in the studio and makes the cut. Available here on Sonshine FM [MP3] I was with both the Sines and Jarrod last week in Australia. Good to hear their voices broadcast wider.

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Online Communities and Church 2.0

The sandbox for iGoogle opened yesterday. Should be exciting to see new apps for Google’s Open Social. I am really interested in the idea of spiritual communities launched natively through phone and web apps and I think this one could be a part of the scheme of things. Are you also thinking about online spiritual…

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