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The Phone's For You

Much talk going on about phones. (Sorry for the insider joke - "The Phone's For You' was a Lutheran phone-blitzing evangelism strategy from the 80's)
Heres the skinny on phone talk.
* Mobile MUDding (whoever said images have replaced words has not been watching the MultiUserDungeon culture)
* DVD to Mobile
* Moblogging (blogging from your mobile phone),
* Nokia's Lifeblog system and collaboration with Six Apart.
* Website to Mobile and again on Wired.
* and the one that caught my attention this morning . . . Mobile to Screen technology.
Phone messages can now appear in your church meeting. Imagine a prayer meeting in a room with people around the world texting in short prayers from their phones, the prayers (or praise points, or bible verses, or requests) appear on the big screen, where the VJ adds them in real time
(with effects) to whatever video is happening at the time. I have actually envisioned this for some time, but didn't know how to do it. Until today. Until Arkaos VJ Remote.

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Uh huh . . oh yeah baby ... uh huh. Read it and weep!

At an event this week in London called Plasa, "Vidicom will demonstrate its TXT-2-Screen System which, combined with ArKaos VJ, allows participants from events, concerts, presentations etc.. to use their mobile phones to send text messages that will be instantly displayed on the screens. These text messages will be processed through the ArKaos Flash Text module and will appear on the screens mixed with the effects and visuals from ArKaos VJ or other sources". Fuller description here.

And if they offer MMS to screen, people can send photos directly into our presentations. Imagine allowing interactivity in your presentations or sermons. People in the pews can add their 2 cents to the message through their phones and it gets shown on the screen . .

Most common SMS's to make the big screen will probably be:
* "Amen, preacher" (Baptist SMS)
* "Help him, Jesus!" (Pentecostal SMS)
* "More, Lord" (Toronto Vineyard SMS)
* " The Hebrew text says otherwise" (Seminary Geek SMS)
* "Grey BMW - your lights are on" (Willow Creek SMS)
* "Little Jonny just crapped his pants" (Sunday School Teacher SMS)

The possibilities are endless. BTW - Did you ever read my post The WiFi Enabled Church?


Black Jeans and Mullets

Most interesting thing that happened to me this week is this:
I got converted to 80's Retro. I tapped into the 80's vibe and loved it! This is strange for me. i have always rebelled against the 80's and have utterly despised it. I also thought the 80's Retro scene came on too fast - i was still getting over it and did not want to enter back in. Maybe it was too soon for us old people.
But i listened to some great music yesterday (Tears for Fears, Crowded House, etc) and loved it so much, i nearly went out and bought some black jeans that are too short for me. I am even thinking of getting a mullet, or at least a modified version of mullet that is a bit more millenium3. So, 80's Retro. i am now a believer. I have been through a paradigm shift. Does anyone have some MP3's for me?

Its saturday night and i am about to quit working for the day. Today we all changed rooms - my office and Samuel's bedroom are in the large bedroom so we have a little more space. I have thrown up papers on the wall that represent my latest thoughts.
Yesterday i got up at 3am and got lots of work done. I had a good meeting with Daryl and Todd from Generous Giving. both guys have 5 kids (like me) and the oldest is a 13 year old boy or almost a 13 year old boy (like me).

Speaking of my 13 year old, he is currently inside the original habbohotel in Finland, where Habbo got its start in 2001. There are now virtual hotels in about 13 countries, including a beta version for the Americans who now get to join in the fun in their own hotel. Sam says the Finnish Habbo Hotel has the best stuff, but you cant understand anyone talking.
BTW - I turn up every Tuesday night (7pm London time ) at Suddenly Seminary, my own room. I wasnt there last week on my birthday, but should be back again to kick off a new season next Tuesday.

Have a good weekend everyone!!!!!!!!! Lets pray for the Australians and Jamaicans who lost loved ones this week.


A Gift Economy

I am thinking a lot about giving today. I have a meeting tomorrow with some folks from the Generous Giving website, and i hope to continue a conversation about generosity and giving that we started last year in London.

A lot has been written on the idea of a gift economy. Certainly the internet has opened the way for gift-giving to happen in a radically different manner than the market driven model we were brought up on. Kester Brewin started me thinking on this, when he shared with us some thoughts about "Gift" from his book "The complex Christ: Signs of emergence in the urban church. One of his thoughts is that, in the emergent church, we must "re-imagine worship as gift and re-emphasize our giving rather than receiving" One of the problems with traditional worship, according to Brewin, is that we dont get to offer our own gift (unless we preach, sing or give money) and so we must watch someone else give it. As well as that, the gift we end up giving is not the gift we necessarily want to give.

"The cycle of gift is broken if people are denied the opportunity to give, but beyond that, if people are required to give what is not truly part of them, then the gift lacks any integrity. My experience of church ended up being doubly frustrating: not only was I unable to offer my gifts, but I was forced to offer gifts of "worship" where were not of myself. . . .
In the Emergent Church, acts of worship will spring from the economy of gift." Kester Brewin

Another reason I am thinking through gift giving is because we are attempting to launch a web site that lets emerging churches share resources freely and generously with each other. Articles on the economy of gift are enlightening. Its amazing to see businesses looking into the Scriptures to find a foundation for a new way of giving gifts. I am thankful the emerging church is also thinking through these things.


Giving

I am thinking a lot about giving today. I have a meeting tomorrow with some folks from the Generous Giving website, and i hope to continue a conversation about generosity and giving that we started last year in London.

A lot has been written on the idea of a gift economy. Certainly the internet has opened the way for gift-giving to happen in a radically different manner than the market driven model we were brought up on. Kester Brewin started me thinking on this, when he shared with us some thoughts about "Gift" from his book "The complex Christ: Signs of emergence in the urban church. One of his thoughts is that, in the emergent church, we must "re-imagine worship as gift and re-emphasize our giving rather than receiving" One of the problems with traditional worship, according to Brewin, is that we dont get to offer our own gift (unless we preach, sing or give money) and so we must watch someone else give it. As well as that, the gift we end up giving is not the gift we necessarily want to give.

"The cycle of gift is broken if people are denied the opportunity to give, but beyond that, if people are required to give what is not truly part of them, then the gift lacks any integrity. My experience of church ended up being doubly frustrating: not only was I unable to offer my gifts, but I was forced to offer gifts of "worship" where were not of myself. . . .
In the Emergent Church, acts of worship will spring from the economy of gift.

Another reason I am thinking through gift giving is because we are attempting to launch a web site that lets emerging churches share resources freely and generously with each other. Articles on the economy of gift are enlightening. Its amazing to see businesses looking into the Scriptures to find a foundation for a new way of giving gifts. I am thankful the emerging church is also thinking through these things.


Mills Response to Carson

A lot of you (1100 today) are coming here to read my blog post (and links to other thoughts) regarding D.A. Carson's critique of the emerging church. The best response (much better and more rational thatn mine) is by David Mills, PhD, who was present at the lectures and wrote The Emergent Church - Another Perspective: A Critical Response to D.A. Carson's Staley Lectures (pdf). Have fun! Thanks to Mike Bishop {who is cleaning up his Florida home - watch his video) for the link.


Missing my friends (updated)

Shannon Hopkins and Jessica Stricker have gone back to USA. I miss them already. Its been great having Shannon around for the past few months. And great to have Jessica come over for her birthday. Crowded House just played on my internet station and i was thinking of her and her retro-80's tastes. (Makes me want to grow a mullet!) Hope the next chapter in your journey goes well!

And on top of that, Julie Blick leaves tomorrow for USA and her sister Cindy left a few days ago for Ireland. The blick girls were in my youth group 12 years ago, and have been living with us in London for about 6 months.

Getting lonely around here . . . . where is everyone going? Maybe my wife and I can move back into a bedroom after a year sleeping in the living room?

Anyway, I am cooking up another incredible curry and am about to serve it up. Great beef curry. Really great!