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Discover how to leverage technology in your church

Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Rev. Bill Johnson

Rev. Bill Johnson serves as the Director of Educational Technology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He’s passionate about finding effective ways to share the Gospel with emerging generations and new ways to use technology to form the next generation of servants for the Church. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife and three teenage daughters. Please pray for him.
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What the Church Can Take Away from the Equation Group Hack

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There was some big news last month, and it had nothing to do with the US presidential election or the Olympics. Because of this, it largely went unnoticed by major media channels, but it’s something we should all be aware of.

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What the Church Can Learn from No Man’s Sky

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Sep 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Perhaps no game has been more anticipated (and more divisive) in the gaming community than the recent release of No Man’s Sky. Hyped as a nearly infinite universe, it enabled players to explore the breadth of its over 18 quintillion stars, each with its own planets, moons, plants, animals, and ecosystems. The player is cast in the role of a survivor of a starship crash and must repair his or her ship and make a way boldly forth into the unknown. 

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Pokémon GO Opens New Doors for Ministry

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Aug 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

You might have recently noticed a new phenomenon happening in your city, and particularly around your church. Groups of youth and young adults (and a few older adults) roaming in packs throughout the city, staring intently at their cell phones. They’re searching for something, and they won’t rest until they’ve collected them all.  Pokémon GO has arrived.

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Hands-on with the HTC Vive

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A few months ago, I detailed the different virtual reality headsets coming to the market in 2016.  Thanks to a timely birthday/Father’s Day combo (thanks, kids!), I was able to get my hands on an HTC Vive kit to do my own hands-on testing. What I’ve found makes me more certain than ever that VR is a game changer going forward in a number of different areas.

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Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media (Part 2)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is part 2 of a series called “Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media” by Seth Hinz and Bill Johnson.

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Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media (Part 1)

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jul 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is part 1 of a series called “Promoting and Covering Your Event through Social Media” by Seth Hinz and Bill Johnson.

One often-overlooked piece of event planning and promotion is a solid social media plan. Whether it’s for your district, circuit, or home congregation, solid social media awareness can increase attendance and allow those who are unable to be present to have a taste of what the experience is like (and hopefully attend the next time!). There are a lot of angles to consider, though, and while this probably won’t be an exhaustive list, hopefully youll find some food for thought here.

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Social Media and the Death of Reason

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Jun 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As we find ourselves in the middle of an election season, you don’t have to go very far to find people expressing their opinions on a variety of topics.  This has always been true, of course, but in the last several decades a new forum has arisen, allowing people to have unprecedented reach as they express themselves about things they’re passionate about, and they don’t always agree.

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jQuery for Interactive Websites

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

For many web developers who are moving beyond the basic link and page behavior, the next step is to learn JavaScript, a powerful programming language that runs in your user’s browser to enable your website to change its behavior in response to the user. (While some newer frameworks are making use of server side JavaScript, today’s focus will be on the more traditional client side usage.) 

While JavaScript in its original form is pretty powerful, there are some common frameworks that you can add to get yourself up and running with very minimal programming experience. One of the most common of these is jQuery.

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Cybernetics and the Body

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the staples of science fiction literature has long been the cyborg.  Part man, part machine, the cyborg often serves as man’s triumph over the limitations of the physical body.  From Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand to the more malevolent “upgrades” of Dr. Who’s Cybermen, the fascination and fear of cybernetics has inspired authors to wonder what it means to replace our bodies. 

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Using Bootstrap Framework to Make Mobile Web Design Easier

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Apr 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the hardest things for a web designer to do, especially one who’s just getting started, is to design a website that looks and functions well on a variety of screen sizes. 

Sites today not only have to deal with the old standard 1024x768, but they also need to adapt to resolutions as low as your smaller smartphones (320x480) and as high as your 4k monitors (3840x2160).  Not only do you need to be resolution aware, but you also need to ensure your site functions across a variety of operating systems, browsers and versions. 

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