Saw this picture recently while walking on a pier. Not sure that it’s the best method.

It did make me laugh, though.

A few days ago I wrote this post on having an iPhone/Android for your church. Interestingly enough, within a day, each of those companies responded to my post by leaving a comment with a little more information. I was pretty impressed by that.

Obviously, each of those companies are hooked up with Google Alerts or some similar service, and because of that they can help to shape the conversation that’s taking place concerning their company. Smart organizations definitely do this.

The questions is….is your church doing this?

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One of the most special things I can be a part of in church is a baptism. There’s nothing that compares to seeing someone take that ancient step and declare that they are dead to their sin and old way of life, and resurrected into a new creation and disciple.

Because of the momentous occasion, I think it’s a near crime when churches barely say or introduce the person being baptized. It’s as if they’re some anonymous person on an assembly and production line. Ever since I began baptizing people, then, I wanted to make sure that the church could make a connection with the person being baptized by hearing a little more of their story.

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When I first started this blog I was quite motivated to get some readers subscribed, because I wanted to be able to interact and have some conversations on the topics of church, leadership, and technology. After a certain number joined the conversation, I actually stopped checking the numbers of how many subscribe, because there’s a great community here that chip in and interact.

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In the old days, being not very long ago, having an iPhone/Droid/Blackberry app for your church was out of the question. Unless you were a mega-church of some kind and could pay the money to get some special developers.

But thanks to the decrease in cost, having an app for your church is within reach for many. Here are a few of the players out there:

1. The Church App

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The Top Books of 2010

Rodlie Ortiz —  January 6, 2011 — 4 Comments

Every year Nelson Searcy releases a list of the top books he’s read in the year. Like I’ve said before, he’s a prolific reader, reading about 200 books per year, which is a lot.

Here they are:

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In the old days, you had to order expensive demographic reports to find out who lives around your church. Specifically, I’ve used Link 2 Lead. The report costs $150 and they send you a notebook with about 20 pages of graphs and data.

Well, I recently ran into a great online tool that gives you almost as much information for a really great price…free. It’s called Mapping America, and it’s a tool provided by the New York Times.

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Well, here  we are on the first day of 2011.

As I look back on how we’ve been able to grow this community, it really brings a smile to my face. Many of you have started your own blogs, which is very cool. In fact, I just got word a few days ago that another one of our readers (which is a good friend), will be launching his own blog in January. He’s a pastor and currently a seminary student pursuing his M.Div. I can’t wait to pass on the good news here so you can check him out when he’s ready.

And let me just add as an aside, that I think that everyone should start their own blog. Second to reading, I think that blogging and writing is one of the best intellectual disciplines that someone could engage in. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

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Over the last several days there’s been some good news articles outlining how people have been using Twitter for good.

CNN did a story on Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, explaining how he used Twitter to find out who needed help in the recent snow storms.

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A few days ago, while visiting family in Miami, we decided to visit Lincoln Rd by Miami Beach. I had never been there before. I was just told that it was a nice area to visit. It’s a closed off “walking street” with shops and restaurants spilling out over the side walks. As we walked along the road we were greeted with the expected sights of nice restaurants, shops, and well dressed people and dogs. One thing I did not expect to see was a church, though.

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