Santa and Theology – by Braxton Hunter

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The Christmas skirmish is upon us. Whoops. The Christmas season is upon us. Actually, it has been a skirmish, if not a full-blown battle, for the past several years. Don’t look at my blog like that. You know exactly what I mean. About this time of the year we begin to hear inflamed opinions from university professors, rabbis, politicians, commentators and Christian pastors. Admittedly, I get irritated by modern attempts to pry “Christ” out of the “mass” of holiday trappings as much as anyone. Vigorously I resisted my compulsion to get on a soap-box at the Chicago intl Airport recently when my eyes fell on the words “holiday tree” and simply satisfied myself with a good eye-rolling. Nevertheless, I’m annoyed with the whole conflict. I miss entering this time of year with childlike delight, far removed from the wreckage of colliding worldviews. I know. I was as surprised as anyone. Enjoying spirited debates, I usually welcome an entire month being dedicated to declaring the preeminence of the Christian faith and the reality of the virgin birth in the face of secularism. Maybe this year I’m weary with it all because our daughters, Jolie and Jaclyn, should get to experience it the right way. Don’t get me wrong! I’m still in favor of the debate being had. I’m just going to trust all of you to pick up the slack for me this year. I like Santa Claus for what he is and I’m going to let Jolie do the same. However, I found him to be a helpful analogy in a recent discussion. Continue reading

How Many Atheists Does It Take To Put Up A Billboard? – By Braxton Hunter

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The latest atheist attention grab is taking place in the south. Billboards will be placed in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas with a picture of a girl writing her annual letter to Santa Claus pleading, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.” In an article about the stunt, David Silverman is quoted as saying:

“Today’s adults have no obligation to pretend to believe the lies their parents believed. It’s OK to admit that your parents were wrong about God, and it’s definitely OK to tell your children the truth.” Continue reading

PM 464/664/864 Starting and Growing Digital Ministry for Churches Monday, 8 December 2014 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

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Dr. Kaye

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Planning, Launching, Managing, and

Growing Your Digital Ministry

Prepared by Dr. E. M. Kaye

“The single most important thing you can do for your ministry’s use of the internet and social media is to design, document and implement a digital strategy. It is not enough to rely on one person in your ministry to put up an attractive website or to give a volunteer the task of managing your Facebook page. You must be intentional”

David T. Bourgeois, Ministry in the Digital Age

This new course, never before offered in any college or seminary, will provide students with a comprehensive digital ministry plan including the tools and technologies necessary to sustain and grow their church in the Christian digital age.

Part One – Morning Session

The first part of the course focuses on the development of a strong digital ministry plan and the role of digital ministry in the growth of their church and the fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission. Students will learn:

· About challenges and opportunities presented to Christian churches by the digital age.

· To evaluate the digital needs of their church and create a digital profile of members.

· To develop and conduct a digital needs assessment.

· The importance of a statement of purpose and a digital vision statement.

· To set and evaluate measurable goals.

· How to create a realistic digital ministry action plan and timeline.

· What budget items to include in a digital ministry.

· How to recruit and select a digital ministry team.

· About leadership trends and requirements for churches in the digital age.

· Best tools to promote and grow a digital ministry.

Part Two – Afternoon Session

The second part of the course focuses on the key digital tools and technologies pastors and Christian leaders need to start, manage, and grow their digital ministry. Students will learn how to:

· Set up an effective church website.

· Manage a church blog.

· Tape a podcast and upload it to iTunes for distribution.

· Give their church newsletter or bulletin a digital makeover.

· Create an ebook from repurposed content.

· Digitize giving and donation programs.

· Discover the fundraising power of crowdfunding.

· Select the best social media for their church.

· Optimize their digital tools for mobile ministry.

The textbooks for this course will be The Christian Church in the Digital Age by E. M. Kaye PhD. and Ministry in the Digital Age by David Bourgeois.