Bobby Conway, the one-minute apologist, discusses how the Church can use apologetics to understand the current culture (:10). Then, gain a deeper understanding of the book of Psalms using Psalms Explorer (3:35). (more…)
An interview with Justin Wise on establishing your church’s social media presence (:10), and Dr. Steve Runge discusses how to find joy in your work (5:40).
Establish your church’s social media presence
Did you know that you can see reviews of a church on Google Maps or Yelp? Have you considered what new people might find your church through a friend’s social media? How often have you talked about “reaching people where they are” and realized that, much of the time, they are on the internet?
The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication is for Christians who are advocates of social media and who want to learn about how to use these technologies to further the kingdom of God. Justin Wise speaks about social media as this generation’s printing press—a revolutionary technology that can spread the gospel further and faster than we can imagine.
Get Derek Kidner’s book on Ecclesiastes
“Vanity of Vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Is that what life is all about? A wisp of vapor, a puff of wind, a mere breath—nothing you can get your hands on—the nearest thing to zero? So says the Preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. But is this the whole message of Ecclesiastes?
Derek Kidner introduces the book of Ecclesiastes—which speaks so powerfully—to our generation. His love of Hebrew poetry and his understanding of biblical mind shine through in this book.
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The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms is tailored to the distinctness of poetry and Wisdom literature. It provides students and pastors with a careful reading of the text and its theological implications. These volumes include:
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The commentaries in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series are both scholarly and readable, presenting a theological, historical, and applicable survey of the riches of Wisdom literature. In the Logos edition, each Scripture passage links to your favorite translation and is easy to study side-by-side with your other commentaries. You can search by topic or Scripture with split-second results!
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Church services aren’t meant to be one-way conversations. They are dynamic conversations between God, the people leading the service, and the rest of the congregation.
That’s why Proclaim built a feature to increase whole-church participation: visual amens.
Visual Amens are like live ‘likes’ during a church service that appear on screen as “Amen!” “Hallelujah!” “Praise the Lord!” or a floating heart.
This feature is a fun way to help the congregation be more involved in the service and to encourage one another:
- Hit “Amen!” when the pastor delivers a powerful truth from God’s Word.
- Hit “Hallelujah!” when a worship song really moves you.
- Hit “Praise the Lord!” when a great promise from Scripture is proclaimed.
- And if the children’s choir sings on stage, let the floating hearts fly.
Your church’s creativity is the limit. (Though, the person running Proclaim can turn the feature on and off.)
How to get your church to interact
1. Enable the feature
Go to Settings > Quick Screens and select “Allow congregation to initiate,” like in the example below, to allow people in your service to send up affirmations on the screen.
2. Invite people to your church’s Faithlife group
This feature is available to anyone in your church’s Faithlife group, which is a convenient platform for church communication. Invite people to the group so they can use this feature, as well as stay up to date with the goings-on of your church. (In your invite, you should encourage people to download the Faithlife app—learn why below.)
3. Encourage people to use it
The feature is found in your church’s digital bulletins, which are best accessed through the free Faithlife app. With the app, congregants can send up affirmations on their mobile device during the service. They can also use the app to follow along with Scripture and your presentation, so the integration is seamless.
There you go! Have fun exploring a livelier worship service with On-Screen Affirmations.
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