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140 – WELSTech Road Trip: Birmingham, AL

This week the WELSTech Podcast Road Trip heads south to talk with Pastor Ben Kratz in Birmingham, AL about distance Bible classes with Skype.

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The Draper boys check out a high tech vending machine in the Minneapolis airport.

The Draper boys check out a high tech vending machine in the Minneapolis airport.

Road trip:

roadtrip02c(5:02) Distance Bible Class – Martin chats with Pastor Ben Kratz from Our Savior in Birmingham, AL about his use of Skype for distance Bible class.

Pastor Ben Kratz

Birmingham AL
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Coming up on WELSTech:

(30:32) Episode 141 - Fond du Lac, WI is the destination of next week’s virtual road trip.  We’ll talk with teacher Ryan Rosenthal about Web 2.0 in the classroom. (Release date 07/21/10)

The featured artist:

(31:15) We close the podcast with the instrumental music of In His Service (www.adagioconcepts.com) - O God, Forsake Me Not from their CD titled “In His Time”

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114 – Read Your Bible

This week on the WELSTech podcast Martin and Sallie help you kick off 2010 with a Bible reading plan and talk with a missionary about using Skype to conduct a long distance mission festival.

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The discussion:

Digital Bible Reading PlansGet into the Word - The start of a new year is a great time to adopt a Bible reading plan. Martin and Sallie share ideas to help you get started, stay on track and even share readings on your web site.  And the selection of reading plans couldn’t be better!!

The interview:

(17:38) Long-Distance Mission Festivals - Imagine connecting your congregation real-time with a missionary on the other side of the world.  Using Skype and a simple web camera and projection set up, this has proven to be a very effective way for state side churches and schools to talk with those serving in the mission field.  Listen and learn about the possibilities.

Ministry resources:

(34:58) VolunteerSpot.com (Video Tour)

News in tech:

(36:45) Best of CES 2010 Awards

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Of interest:

  • (44:12) WELSTech listeners save $10 on Glo Bible software
  • Use coupon code: WELS
  • Use the WELSTech coupon code and buy online for just $49.99, a 45% savings!
  • Offer valid until January 20, 2010
  • Watch Martin’s Glo Bible demo

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Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:55) Episode 115 - We’ll talk through the concepts in Chapter 3 of Shane Hipps’ book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. (Release date 01/20/10)

The featured artist:

(54:40) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com – Follow stephenbautista on Twitter) – Grace Beyond My Need from his “Abandon” CD

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Episode 002 – Jan 16 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss mindmapping and some tools to help users apply this brainstorming concept through technology. They also interview Professor Jim Grunwald of Martin Lutheran College. Jim also serves as the synod’s Director of Distance Education.

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Dr. Jim Grunwald

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