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It’s the Message, Not the Messenger
The kingdom of God is not the realm of grandiose talk; it is a realm of power. — 1 Corinthians 4:20 (The Voice) 1877: William Booth of the Salvation Army commissioned a young man with a colorful heritage to preach on this date: he was a gypsy, born in a tent a few miles north of […]
Using hobby websites for appropriate friendship evangelism
One of the key ways to engage with non-seeking outsiders is through a mutual interest or personal need. Hobby websites are therefore a great way of building redemptive relationships. Yet such sites are vanishingly rare.
Storytelling is at the heart of all effective communication.
When someone says, "Let me tell you a little story," it switches something on in our brains. Because we are hard-wired for story. If you preach, lecture, teach, or write without using stories, you are likely reducing the understandability of your message by a factor of 10, and its memorability by a factor of 20.
Readability for writers - how to test your writing
Communication only happens when the recipient understands the message clearly. Daily Writing Tips encourages all writers to put their copy through a readability tester. This provides a Flesch-Kincaid Grade level and a Reading Ease score. Readers Digest built its huge readership with a style that specifies an English level of the average 13-year-old. They also wisely communicate everything with storytelling. You may perhaps recall personalized non-fiction such as 'I am John's heart'. Wesley would run all his sermons past his maidservant, and simplify the stuff she did not understand.
The secret structure of great talks - how to communicate or preach better
Nancy Duarte's communication insights in this TED lecture seem vital. Follow her analysis of both Steve Jobs' iPhone launch and Dr King's I Have a Dream speech. These are surely principles that work for advocacy, preaching or evangelism?
Facepainting with a difference - the letter E on your forehead
Take your index finger, and draw an imaginary letter ‘E’ on your forehead. Or have fun with some friends and use washable finger paint or marker, to make the letter visible. Do it now, before you read any further. Recent research from Kellogg School of Management has suggested ...
Follow That Voice - #6448
"Jesus went to a solitary place at daybreak." And we know that there's where He got in touch with His Father. He got in touch with the tower to sort out His priorities for the day. That's where you have to go daily. You have to go there early, and you have to go there alone and let God lay on your heart His "musts."
Winning at Home - #6437
Maybe it's time to take a step back and commit yourself to first of all represent Christ, be His ambassador. Be like Jesus with your family. Whatever others get, well it's simply going to be the overflow of what you are living in front of your family. Jesus started at home. So should you.
How to share the Christian good news on Facebook with video clips
Christian media producer CVC is exploiting the exponential growth of social media and online video. Their new YesHEIs.com website offers Christians a categorised range of third-party evangelistic video clips. Here at last is a one-stop source of approved conversation-starting video clips we can easily share on Facebook (or other social media), embed in a blog, or download to a smartphone to share one-to-one.
Keywords for best Christian communication: VISUAL and STORY
There are two communication truths which trump everything else: 'story' and 'visual'. We learn and remember far more, when it is presented visually and includes elements of narrative story. Watch two video clips...