New C S Lewis book by Alister McGrath is a 'wardrobe door' into Lewis
This book is a highly readable and well-researched study. I was constantly wishing it could be twice as long, to give us more detail and background! Happily, there is more material – in McGrath's academic Lewis study The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis. Unlike most earlier biographers of Lewis, McGrath is too young to have known Lewis as an adult, so he can develop a more dispassionate balance. He also avoids speculation – this is an evidence-based biography using detailed study of published or public sources, He has chronologically crosschecked the relatively recent Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis with the rest of Lewis’s timeline and all his published books, leading to an interesting new discovery.
Valuable website usability articles by Jakob Nielsen
Two very helpful pages from Jakob Nielsen about website usability. A confusing website is one that visitors will leave. Quickly and permanently. Jakob Nielsen is a recognized website usability expert. You can also sign up for his AlertBox newsletter.
Mobile phone apps for evangelism and discipleship
Mobile is the most incredible opportunity for evangelism and discipleship, not least in the Majority World, where a mobile phone is perhaps the one piece of digital equipment that many people will ever own. Here are two mobile apps, one for Africa, and one for sharing video shorts in multiple languages.
Annual strategic consultation on mobile ministry opportunities, this December
The Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF) Consultation at the Wycliffe Bible Translator Headquarters in December, in Orlando, FL, is the key gathering for people interested in learning how to use mobile technology for ministry outreach. This 3-day conference includes TED-style presentations, discussions, ministry field reports, workshop breakouts, and networking time. The call is to anyone using mobile technology in a ministry context, creating apps or content, or anyone interested in starting a mobile ministry.
New contextualized evangelistic cartoon for India
Videos and animations are a key to sharing the good news in the Majority World. Yet the range of materials in other languages, and especially in a culturally-appropriate format, is shockingly limited. The YWAM School of Animation and Cartooning for Missions has just released an evangelistic animation called Coconuts.
Serving disadvantaged communities - by making 'studio' photos in the street
Love the easy way these photographers can bless people in disadvantaged communities, and give them dignity, by taking family portraits: watch 1:20 video
The blink test: website visitors assess your website in a split second. Will yours pass?
Human brains are wired up a certain way. You cannot break human cognition rules and still communicate – this applies to a vast variety of situations. That the message is 'spiritual', or otherwise beneficial, makes no difference. Online, everything is subject to the brutal 'blink test' – the lightning fast algorithm our brains apply to a website, magazine article, video short, or anything else, as the infographic explains.
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Missiographics, from the mission researchers at Global Mapping International, is a new twice-a-month newsletter designed to bring together mission data and powerful visuals. Each issue will include an infographic with a link to download it, plus suggestions to help you think through the implications it may have for your life and ministry.
Paying it forward - moving YouTube story demonstrates biblical principle
You may have seen the Kevin Spacey movie Pay it Forward, which illustrates the biblical principle (in both OT and NT) of the far-reaching effects of random acts of kindness performed with no expectation of return. Indeed, it is acts of mercy that often pave the way for people to even hear the good news, as the Gray Matrix concept graphically demonstrates. This moving short Thai film portrays the same thing...
MAF Android app provides free library to isolated pastors
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has released a new digital tool that makes it easy for isolated believers to access — without connecting to the Web. Called Estante, Spanish for 'bookshelf', this free digital library smartphone app works offline and allows isolated pastors and church leaders to easily store, view, and share digital Christian resources anywhere in the world.