On the eve of Thanksgiving watch this video by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. Try to view this on the largest screen possible because the photography is stunning. Schwartzberg captures gratitude, and the reasons for it, in this memorable TED talk and short film. Happy Thanksgiving!
For those of you who missed the webinar, The Strengths of a Small Church, with Brandon O’Brien and me, the video is online now. Tim Avery at BuildingChurchLeaders.com put it up yesterday at their site. The seminar was well-attended with lots of participation in the comments and chat portions of the webinar screen. The webinar ran about an hour, so grab some coffee, get comfy and tune in when it’s convenient.
Kids love VBS and this 45-second video clip proves it! Part of the VBS fun is learning the songs and motions, and getting into the spirit of the theme. You don’t need a lot of high tech stuff, but you do need some enthusiastic leaders, which we’ve got this week. The audio isn’t great, but you’ll get the idea that kids are having fun at Saddle Ridge Ranch this week.
In addition to this blog, I also edit/curate articles at two other sites, NewChurchReport.com and SmallChurchPROF.com. Both of these sites consist of links to videos, articles, blog posts, and information applicable to churches. Today I’m introducing you to NewChurchReport.com, with the following from the NCR About page:
NewChurchReport.com searches the internet for the best of church news, ideas, information, and inspiration. Four categories comprise the homepage of NewChurchReport.com:
- Spotlight: Videos, photographs, cartoons appear in the Spotlight box focusing on important issues and ideas each week.
- News: The left column of NCR compiles church-related news feeds from around the globe. Sources include Christianity Today, The Christian Post, Christian Today (UK), Ethics Daily, Religion News Service, and others.
- Featured: The center column articles feature well-known church thinkers from outstanding blogs and websites. I select each article for its value to church leaders. While I may or may not agree with each writer, I find the articles useful or thought-provoking.
- Blogs: The right column posts I select from blogs of pastors, ministry leaders, and others whose voices may or may not be well-known, but who have something worthwhile to say. Blogs range from opinion to practical help to issues of interest to church leaders.
Editorial philosophy: As the editor of NewChurchReport.com, I look for well-written pieces that have something new to say about churches or the issues churches face. I represent a variety of viewpoints, even those with which I disagree. I am looking for practical or provocative articles that make me think. I include articles from secular media if I think those have application for churches. I don’t post Bible studies, theological treatises, polemical pieces, or argumentative posts. There are enough of those articles elsewhere.
Goal: NewChurchReport.com will be the go-to-source for interesting, unusual, provocative, practical, and inspirational writing. Readers will find church-related articles here that they won’t find on other church-related sites. Let me know if we succeed in accomplishing that goal, and how we can improve NCR in the future.
Contributors: If you would like to contribute an article to NewChurchReport.com, please read the editorial philosophy above before submitting. If you would like for me to consider an article for inclusion, please email me the link, not the whole article. The editing system I use depends on links to the original post or article, so if an article is not on the web at a specific URL, I cannot link to it. All titles link to the original articles, and all original sites are credited. I write the “hook” that appears below each title, which may include a quote from the article, or my summary of the main point of the article.
Disclaimer: NewChurchReport.com is an independent Christian news and opinion publication. NewChurchReport.com does not endorse or promote any particular doctrine, denomination, or point of view. All articles appearing on NewChurchReport.com are chosen for their helpful application to some aspect of advancing the church of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
Scott Linklater started NewChurchReport.com and handed the job of editing the site over to me in January, 2009. All content is selected by the editor, and does not necessarily represent the views of the editor, or any person, denomination, church, or other organization represented here.
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