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.

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.

  • Atonement in Plano, TX hosted a Skype-based mission festival

Ministry resources:

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

News in tech:

(36:45) Best of CES 2010 Awards

Picks of the week:

  • (40:03) Online Worship on the WELSTech Wiki – update & share
  • Bing

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

Community feedback:

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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113 – Celebrating Our Second Anniversary

This week on the WELSTech podcast Martin and Sallie celebrate two years of weekly podcasts and interview Nelson Saba from Bible Glo.

The discussion:

WELSTech Turns 2! – Martin and Sallie reflect on two-years of weekly podcasting and answer the questions …

  • Why WELSTech,
  • What we’ve learned,
  • How it’s changed in two years, and
  • What the future holds

The interview:

Nelson Saba(11:50) Glo Talk – Nelson Saba, co-founder and CEO of Immersion Digital and creator of the Glo Bible, talks with Martin and Sallie about his vision of an immersive Bible experience and about Glo’s future in terms of a multi-device architecture, social components and multi-language translations.

  • WELSTech listeners save $10 on Glo Bible software
  • Use coupon code: WELS
  • Retail price is $89.99
  • Current online sale price is $59.99
  • Use the WELSTech coupon code and buy online for just $49.99, a 45% savings!
  • Offer valid until January 20, 2010

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

  • (40:08) Readability – Remove clutter from reading on the web
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch – Replace your mouse

Community feedback:

  • (45:40) Sallie, the WELSTech “shock jock”, took some heat for one of her worst picks of 2009
  • Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI shared a link for early registration for this summer’s Milwaukee Digital Media Conference and left us a voice mail Animoto tip.
  • Listeners may be interested to join the HomeNet listserve discussion.
  • Pastor Dan Witte shared a link to an article from Christian Computing Magazine titled The Two Most Important Keyword Phrases that Drive Visitors to Your Church Website
  • The round up of Diigo, Twitter and Delicious links from Martin, Sallie and Jason Schmidt (a techie WELS teacher at Gethsemane in Omaha, NE) includes
    • 11 Tips For Improving Your Newsletter
    • FreshBrain – Student Tech Projects
    • Facebook Privacy, the Electronic Paper Trail
    • 20 Essential Tricks and Skills Every Skype User Should Know
    • There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch – 8 Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating
    • Concept to Classroom free, self-paced workshops for teacher professional development
    • Free Individual Membership from RFB&D – Learning through listening
    • 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School
  • Congrats to Pastor Dan Walters (pastorwalters on Twitter) from Our Savior in Springville, NY for having his tweet featured on the back cover of David Pogue’s new book, The World According to Twitter!

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:03:32) Episode 114 – We’ll look at a variety of Bible reading plans and talk with a missionary about his creative use of Skype. (Release date 01/13/10)

The featured artist:

(1:04:56) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch – Welcome to our World from his “O Holy Night” CD

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