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How to Engage Your Church Community through Mobile

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If you take a look around your church auditorium on Sunday morning, you’ll notice that many people—not just teenagers—have traded in their leather-bound KJVs and highlighters for a Bible smartphone app. In 2013, 49 million people installed the YouVersion Bible app alone, and it was opened 1 billion times throughout the year. As people continue […]


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Not on the App Store

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It turns out there isn’t an app for everything. In an effort to remind us all of the importance of unglueing ourselves from our screens and into the real world, Caio Andrade, Rafael Ochoa, and Linn Livijn Wexell created this amazing sticker: Not Available on the App Store As you can see by these photos, the results are amazing: […]


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Endless — A Hand-Picked Wikipedia Content App

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I remember when my parents got a encyclopedia set. It was volumes and volumes of the most interesting things imaginable. If I needed to look something up for school, I would often end-up getting sidetracked reading about something else. Sometimes I would even randomly crack open a volume and just start browsing, looking for something that caught my […]


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Christian Dating Website Offers Free Mobile Purity App [Videos]

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These latest videos from Tripp and Tyler are hilarious. Weird. I know. Tripp and Tyler make a funny video? That’s like Google offering Internet search. Sheesh. Christian Tingle Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] And another… Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] Favorite […]


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Christian Couple Sentenced to Death for Text Messages

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This is a sobering headline, isn’t it? We write about technology and creativity on ChurchMag each and every day. How to communicate with greater impact and reach, how to use the latest tools that technology provides us, and do it with a kind of creativity that gets peoples attention. We are all about the church, […]


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iPads and Kids: More Mobile Than Ever [Infographic]

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Technology is a funny thing to the latest generations in that it has completely integrated into the lives of college students, teens, and children. For adults, tablets were not created till they were teenagers or later, so it is a whole new world (and probably a bit scary). Unlike some, I do not see mixing iPads and […]


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The Power of a Selfie [Video]

The #BeautyIs campaign by Dove certainly puts their product line front and center, but they have started a wonderful conversation about real beauty and the power of self portraiture, also know as: Selfies. In this video, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade follows the journey of several high school girls and their mothers as they explore […]


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The Power of a Selfie [Video]

The #BeautyIs campaign by Dove certainly puts their product line front and center, but they have started a wonderful conversation about real beauty and the power of self portraiture, also know as: Selfies. In this video, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade follows the journey of several high school girls and their mothers as they explore […]


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Are Digital Devices Destroying Relationships? [Infographic]

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Have you ever used your phone to text someone or update your Facebook status while having a conversation with someone? Maybe you were brave enough to do it during work and in a meeting with your boss? Have you had arguments due to phone use? The infographic below labels this disrespect for face-to-face conversations and […]


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I’m a Textpert [Rap Battle]

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Are you a textpert? I hope not. Rhett & Link pull-off their usual funny music video, but this time it’s a serious topic. Be sure to watch it to the end, the punchline is the most important reminder you could have all week: Rhett & Link — I’m a Textpert (Rap Battle) Can’t see the video […]


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iRecorder — iPhone Retro Portable Cassette Player Speaker

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Is it just me or is this totally awesome? Mixing retro tech with the new is always a winner as far as I am concerned. This is the ultimate 80′s iPhone speaker — for your iPhone 4/4S and 5/5S — complete with fully functional play/pause, fast forward, rewind, and volume buttons. So beautiful…   While you […]


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Get Buffer and Level Up Your Social Media [App Update]

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Engaging in the conversation on social media is a full-time job for some and a major distraction for others. The challenge of staying connected to your community without dividing your limited attention span is debilitating for some. Enter the buffest scheduling tool around, Buffer. It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Buffer here at […]


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Cell Phone Crashing [Video]

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Talking loudly on your cell phone in public: #DontBeThatGuy Apart from wearing socks with flip-flops or maybe referring to ‘flip-flops’ as ‘thongs,’ nobody wants to be that annoying person who is bellowing into their phone. While the public prank victims in the video below may not have been bellowing about, they were certainly good sports […]


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2 Secret iPhone Settings to Instantly Boost Productivity

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Despite the plethora of to-do apps available on the iPhone, its capacity to distract is immeasurable. Social media, games, email, and immediate access to the internet from anywhere at anytime is kryptonite to our superhero attempts to focus and get stuff done. Even Superman doesn’t stand a chance. Multitasking is a myth and yet we […]


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YouVersion No Longer Free, “Pay Up!” says April Nabal

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[Editor’s Note: This post was part of our April Fool’s 2014 lineup. Have fun, enjoy!] Today Life Church, the organization behind the incredibly popular YouVersion suit of Bible apps announced a dramatic shake up to their app. Up to now they have given away their app for free, including theKJV and built in social services. […]


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Accessory Allows iPhone to Be Used as Audio Ultrasound

CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Seth Rowoldt who was just blessed with Number Four! He claims it is their last, but I have just the tool to encourage him to break that promise. This cool tool is another iPhone accessory that allows expectant parents the ability to listen to their precious munchkins in the womb. It’s […]


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Teach Your Kids About Online & Mobile Advertising [Video]

It’s important to talk to your kids about how online and mobile advertising works. It will not only keep them safer online, but they will grow to become shrewd and intelligent consumers, not easily swayed by marketing spin and sometimes trickery. “This two-and-a-half minute animation, by illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel and commissioned […]


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Habit List: Not Another “To-Do” App

I’ve written quite often about the various apps and methods that I’ve tried to use to get things done. Currently, I’m still trying to find a flow, and I’m flirting with a paper to-do list. However, I did finally realize something quite important: Half of my to-do’s aren’t really to-do’s. They’re habits that I want to start. […]


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40 Years of Cellphone [Video]

I remember my first cell phone. It was the old gray flip phone that was too think to fit in your pocket — a classic vintage mobile phone. That was back before cell phones in church was something to talk about. Fast forward to today and we’ve got more computing power in our back pocket […]


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Would You Get a Connected Toothbrush?

Oral-B is heading to market with an interactive electronic toothbrush that interacts with smart devices via Bluetooth 4.0 and an app available for iOS and Android. The brush should be available in June 2014. Say what you want… you know you want one! Look at this thing: Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or […]



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Say “Hello” to Steller: A New Way to Tell a Story

I love telling stories, and I am obsessed with finding new ways to tell stories that make full use of the technology available to us, especially when that technology is mobile. I love a good app, and by the looks of it, I’m going to love Steller! Here’s why: Can’t see the video in your […]



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YapTap: A Simple and Affordable Texting Program for Church

Let me be upfront, I’m always looking for ways to make my job easier and one of those areas is church communication. I believe church communication is vital for any church. So, I have been doing rigorous research to find the best, and most economical solution. Enter YapTap I was first introduced to YapTap at […]



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The Tablet Race: The iPad vs. the Rest [Infographic]

The iPad dominates the tablet market. As tablets are rapidly becoming the home computing system of choice, surpassing desktop and soon laptop PC’s, Apple holds profound dominance. Did you know that 80% of web surfing in North America is done on an iPad? That’s incredible! Will the bulk of the world’s Internet be seen through […]



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Deep Fried Gadgets: Our Fast Food Tech Culture [Photos]

Deep Fried Gadgets is a cool and slightly shocking photo project by Henry Hargreaves. What exactly is this deep fried gadgets photo project? Exactly what it sounds like. Deep fried…gadgets. But as profound as the photos may be, it’s what is being said about our tech culture that is really profound. Technology, today, is quickly consumed […]



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10 Reasons to Choose Paper Books Over eBooks [Infographic]

Maybe it is the classic wrestling match between old technology versus new technology. Maybe it is the stereotypical old guy shouting from his front porch, “Get off my lawn!” But maybe, just maybe, choosing a paper book is better than an ebook? Let’s look closer: [Click for Larger] I like paper books. I get it, […]



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Retro Nintendo on iOS: The Morality of Video Game Piracy

In case your new to the Internet, Nintendo, iOS and all things cool, I’m going to share with you one of the greatest tragedies of iOS gaming: Nintendo continues to refuse to port old (read “classic”) NES and GB/GBA games over to iOS. This has been a personal frustration for years! My first video game […]



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A Look Back: My Apps Then and Now

While going through a container of old devices, I ran into my old love: my Palm Tungsten T5. This stylus-equipped slab PDA was a beast; it hearkened back to a time I haughtily believed that PDAs and cell phones could never be combined correctly. It was an upgrade to my beloved m500, and rocked a […]



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Firefox Launcher for Android Imminent

In early February, Mozilla gave a sneak peek at their new Firefox launcher for Android which is soon to be released, although a date has not been given. Back in November 2012, Mozilla teamed up with EverythingMe in order to develop open web apps. EverythinMe’s flagship is their “adaptive search” which learns a user’s behaviour and is an eerily accurate […]



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A Look Back at Digital Bible Software

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) recently explored the last 25 years of digital Bible initiatives and announced a groundbreaking partnership with Logos Bible Software. Seeing where Bible software started compared to where we are today is fascinating. Using a MS-DOS emulator, John Dyer records a demo of the Interactive Bible Library that was released by DTS in […]



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Church Tech Uses for Google Glass

“I love technology, but Glass is too much. I will never use it in church; Google has gone too far.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I was in a church tech group and yet someone wouldn’t acknowledge that this technology could possibly have some redeeming value for the church. I started to consider […]



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PrayerMate: An iOS App to Help Your Prayer Life

If you ever struggle to find time to pray for people or can never think about what to pray about when you are praying, then maybe prayer mate is the perfect app for you. Prayer mate is a mobile app created by Andy Geers with the aim of helping you improve your prayer life and […]



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Miles a Minute: Moving Beyond the Typical Church App

Former San Diego Chargers defensive back Miles McPherson is the senior pastor of the Rock Church San Diego has got a mobile app titled: Miles a Minute (see what they did there?). While I do not think all churches or ministries could support a dedicated devotional app like this, the philosophy behind the app can be used for churches and […]



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How To “Undo” with Your iPhone

The other day I was typing a note in iOS and made a mistake. I hate making mistakes with iOS. Normally I backspace my mistake or re-type what I messed up. This time? This time I got frustrated and gave my device a strong jerk of a shake…. That moment when you realize how to […]



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