The Master’s Table will soon celebrate 10 years. How many websites from 25 years ago are still around today? That was 1993, there was barely in internet 25 years ago. Browsers like Netscape Navigator have come and gone since then and some early web successes, like Napster and MySpace, soared in popularity and faded away slowly. Whatever happened to AOL?
Bible Gateway is celebrating 25 years and inviting all of us to celebrate with them. Click here to read more at the Bible Gateway blog. The Master’s Table is pleased to partner with Bible Gateway as we share Good News. I personally use Bible Gateway to study and prepare sermons, not just for blog posts. You will find them listed in “Useful Resources” on the right-hand sidebar and a link for the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.
Paul Wilkinson is the author of Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201. You’ve met him here before and from time to time I pop in on either of his blogs. This is just a friendly reminder to check in at least weekly on the Wednesday Link List, even when I don’t mention or link to it.
I love the Internet; no surprise there right? I watch movies online, stream music, author multiple blogs and make excessive use of Facebook. My wife and I each have a laptop, and our own handheld web devices. I’m blogging in the kitchen while baking a lasagna, but that’s probably more intel than you need.
One of the privileges afforded by the internet is that anyone can have a global audience. This blog is read around the block and around the world. I in turn have made blog friends in places such as Canada, Australia and Israel. While brothers and sisters in the Kingdom, we have never met in person. Paul Wilkinson (he’s Canadian, eh) is the author of Christianity 201 and Thinking Out Loud, both of which are listed in the blogroll at right. He wrote me last week and asked about submitting a guest post, which I am always happy to do. Good blogs include links to other places, and one test of your own blog worthiness is being linked to by others. Featuring a guest author adds variety to your own blog and increases the web presence of your guest. If no one has coined the term Internetworking let me toss it out there now.
This article, from May 16, describes how email, blogging and social media are useful to the church. I suggested these are tools, resources, that we cannot afford to ignore in a world that increasing connects this way.
Grey Matter Research and Consulting released this information on May 30, providing many useful stats to support my conclusions, such as:
In the past 30 days:
21.5 million adults have visited the website of their own place of worship
10.4 million adults regularly attend worship, but visited the website of a place of worship other than their own
1.6 million adults do not attend worship services regularly, but visited the website of a place of worship
The numbers are more impressive when viewed over the past 6 months and then the past year. The bottom line: 17 million Americans who do not attend church regularly have visited a church website in the past year. Props to Paul Wilkinson (Thinking Out Loud) and his Link Lists for the insight.
Chances are that if you were in the “blogging is a waste of time” camp you wouldn’t be reading this one right now. While I may be preaching to the choir, what I plan to do is share my reasoning on how the Internet is a tool that can be used by churches to support their ministry, build community and share the Gospel.
I have personal friends in real life that have deleted their Facebook accounts because they are a waste of time. “There’s nothing but junk on there” was the reasoning. I know Christians that lament having wifi and DSL in their home because it distracts them from studying scripture. Unplugging your internet is much worse than evangelicals who tossed out their t.v. sets in the 80’s. Television only works one way; the Internet is a two way street. Continue reading →
From time to time the old blogroll just has to be updated. The blogs listed at right are ones that I read and would recommend to others. Sometimes a good blog I enjoy reading fades away. If you haven’t posted in the past 6 or 12 months, then you’re really not blogging. I had one blog friend that just quit; he claimed there were hundreds of goods blogs on the internet and writing another would be irrelevant. I sometimes reluctantly edit my listings.
On a brighter note, I sometimes make and then add new blog friends. Meeting in the Clouds has been on my blog roll for a while, but hasn’t been introduced yet. The author identifies herself only as Cloudwatcher. Originally from England, she now lives in Australia with her husband of 50+ years. The visual style of her blog is very different than mine, but I have found her to be very insightful. Well versed in scripture and eternally the optimist, her blog is certainly worth a look.
We live in what is called the Information Age. Just one generation ago, Americans found out about what happened in the world around them by tuning in to a 30 minute televised news broadcast at 6:30 each evening. Walter Cronkite, who only recently passed away, was the very first news anchor. Today, with broadband mobile devices and public access to high speed Internet, we are never more than a few seconds removed from breaking news that happens anywhere on the globe. There are of course those people that Tweet each individual item they put into their shopping cart, resulting in what the kids call TMI (too much information).
The point is that any data can be accessed instantaneously, and to overlook the potential to share the Gospel would be foolish. I wish to welcome Manchester Baptist Church in Manchester, KY to WordPress. Continue reading →