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Book review: Serve Him With Mirth, by Leslie Flynn
Even in these more relaxed days, many Christians do not understand just how much humor is embedded in the Bible. Humor is valuable for communicating the Gospel and we have a biblical mandate to use it. This classic book by Flynn remains one of few that cover the subject in depth. We offer it as a free download in PDF, HTML, DOC and MS E-book formats.
Book review: The Shaping of Things to Come, by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
The message of Frost and Hirsch is vital for the 21st century church. In essence it is this: we in the West no longer live in Christendom – societies that have a broadly Christian worldview. Instead, we are in the same situation that most missionaries encounter in a non-Christian culture.
Book review: How to Communicate with Those Outside the Christian Community While We Still Can, by Tim Downs
The biblical concept of ‘sowing’ as compared with ‘reaping’ is explained. The book demonstrates how to: * bring up spiritual subjects with busy and distracted people. * use secular movies and books to talk about biblical ideas. * overcome prejudice and stereotypes in our listeners. * keep open doors of communication with even hostile opponents. * move everyone we meet a step closer to the Gospel.
Book review: The New Community Rules - Marketing on the Social Web, by Tamar Weiberg
It’s a little over 300 pages, but reads easily and is a great reference tool for navigating social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr, understanding blogs and why YouTube is so popular. If you are in ministry and are not using social media, or just getting your feet wet, this book will really flesh out the why’s behind everything and how to leverage social media towards your organization’s goals.
Book review: The Church of Facebook, by Jesse Rice
Our new ‘digital communication culture’ is changing everything. And the social media, especially Facebook, have become a major driver of this change, creating new approaches to community and relationship. With great clarity, Rice explores the human need to belong, social networking and how it impacts our culture and the church. He covers a wide range of issues that any of us who use, or wish to, Facebook for evangelism, ministry or networking with friends and church members. Despite the title, this book does not address the vexed question of whether or how there should be ‘online churches’.
Social Marketing Playbook - free download about using Facebook and Twitter to communicate
There are probably two errors we can fall into – believing that there is 100% commonality between secular marketing strategies and sharing the good news, and assuming that there is nothing we can learn or adapt from secular wisdom. Of course, every strategy we use to reach our community or the wider world, is, of necessity, ‘marketing’ – in the sense that it is communicating a message. Claiming that it is not marketing is rather like calling an animal ‘No Name’. Of course, some church ‘marketing’ is scary. Check Chris Seay's 24-minute video The Irony of Church Marketing. Look out for the extraordinary water trick seven minutes in. 360i Media offer the free Social Marketing Playbook on using social media – especially Facebook and Twitter – to communicate your message.
Book review: Understanding Evangelical Media - The Changing Face of Christian Communication, ed. Quentin Schultze, Robert Woods
This is a valuable introduction to a whole range of communication media: radio, tv, movies, print and web, music, theater, gaming, advertising and ethics. Contributors are all experts in their fields, mainly college lecturers (though not one from outside USA, even Canada!). You may know Dr Q’s writing about the Web, including his 1996 Internet for Christians which gave many their introduction to what was then a strange new medium.
Book review: Lausanne Occasional Papers - Media and Technology. Free downloads
The 2004 Lausanne Conference in Thailand brought together many of the top mission and communication visionaries from around the world. The papers from the different working groups are now published here.
Free Christian book download and review: Internet Evangelism in the 21st Century
The entire program for a recent web evangelism conference is available in free streamed video (or on DVD, for a very modest sum) and book form. This is a remarkable resource with sessions from some of the most experienced workers in this field.
Book review: Persuasive Technology - Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do by B J Fogg
This secular book gives an excellent and readable understanding of how computers communicate. Professor Fogg’s research offers many insights that also relate to Christian use of the Internet. His concept of ‘website credibility’ is very important for Christian web ministry.