Internet and mobile use in Africa: infographic and free ebook
These stats are already out of date, but you get the incredible picture! For more detail, download this free 43-page PDF ebook Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology from Pew Research. Digital is a major key to leverage all types of existing evangelism and discipleship, not least in the Majority World.
Ever been on a conference call like this? Humor video
You may well have experienced a phone conference call as chaotic and fruitless as the one in this humor sketch from Tripp and Tyler. It presents a face-to-face meeting as if it were telephone conference, with all the downsides present and correct.
French animation by Michel Ocelot is a storytelling masterclass
For Christmas, I received a little gem – the DVD Tales of the Night by celebrated French animator Michel Ocelot. It's based on the very simple device of story within story: a young man, woman and older technician meet in an abandoned cinema and collaborate together to create and act in (or perhaps animate – this is left open) a series of delightful short stories. See why storytelling communicates so well, and recognize the creative process for storytellers down the millenia.
Creation to Christ smartphone app is available on Android and iOS
GEM's simple 'flipbook' smartphone evangelistic app that summarizes the sweep of the biblical narrative is now available on Android and iOS, and in multiple languages.
City Vision's new distance Masters course in digital ministry
City Vision announces the launch of their Master's degree course in Science, Technology, Society and Ministry. This distance course will take a year to 18 months to complete.
Free study resources for 12 YEARS A SLAVE 2013 movie
This powerful and dramatic film by British director Steve McQueen is based on the amazing true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War USA, Solomon Northup (played by Londoner Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Damaris offers free downloadable video and text study resources for Christian groups.
Digital alters everything, everywhere, for everyone
"My two-year-old is teaching my one-year-old to use the iPad," a Christian writer tweeted recently. As these two young 'digital natives' grow up, they will barely distinguish between online and offline, face-to-face or virtual. They will be unaware of that strange world just 20 years ago, which was almost untouched by digital media. They may never see, except in a museum, such ancient artifacts as typewriters, rotary-dial phones, or film cameras. Their use of digital will be totally instinctual, a seamless extension of minds and fingers. As the years pass, they will effortlessly handle digital tools and platforms yet to be invented. Digital has transformed our societies faster than any previous media revolution. And it is transforming evangelism and discipleship too. Read more...
3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism: infographic for digital mission
Infographics are a great way to communicate a strategic visual overview of any topic. Global Mapping's new series of mission-related infographics are very helpful. This month they have summarized some vital trends and opportunities for digital evangelism, in this 'missiographic' entitled 3 Revolutions Impacting Internet Evangelism
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.