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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.

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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3 Time-Saving Tools in Microsoft Outlook

By Peter Frank | May 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Microsoft Outlook is arguably one of the most popular email clients available, especially for Windows users. It sure helps that it is part of the Microsoft Office suite that is standard for most businesses.

Church offices are no exception, and while Gmail and other online email clients are becoming more commonplace, Outlook is still the standard.

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How Inspiration Boards Can Fuel Your Creativity

By Katy Munson | May 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In 2015, for the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A offered free coffee to introduce customers to their new brew made from specialty beans. This generous promotion caught my attention and I found my way to their restaurant several times in those 28 days.

So, what does this have to do with inspiration boards? 

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AlphaGo and the Future of Being Human

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Mar 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Had we talked three or four years ago, I’d have told you that there were some tasks computers were exceptionally good at completing, like calculations or repetitively crunching scenarios.

I’d have also told you, though, that there were some things they weren’t very good at doing, and probably never would be, simply because of the amount of variables involved, such as driving a car, reading emotions, or pretending to be human.

On some level, that changed this week.

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How Much Is Too Much? Giving up Technology

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Mar 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Did you know information overload has been documented as a phenomenon since the thirteenth century? What has changed in recent years is the pace—we are now receiving even more information each day than ever before. And, so, we are losing focus.

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Webinars 101: How to Attend a Training Webinar

By Buffy Alvarez | Feb 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Here at Concordia Technology Solutions, we’ve used webinars for several years to offer training opportunities on our products and about technology in general. But if it’s the first time you’re attending a webinar, it can be a little confusing!

To help get you started, here are the basics of attending a training webinar.

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How to Quickly Learn More about Church Communications

By Seth Hinz | Feb 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

“Ok, Google . . . How do I effectively engage volunteers in social media ministry?”

1.3 million results.

“Hmm. Ok, Google . . . Can I please talk to a real person that has already been down this road?”

If you’re diving into a new role in church communications, you’re already well-versed in the power of Google. But you may have also noticed that Google doesn’t always get context right. It also doesn’t provide validated concepts—you don’t know what information is coming from gurus or real-world practitioners.

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Apple & San Bernardino—What It Means for Christians

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Feb 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If you’ve watched the news in recent days you’ve probably heard something about the FBI’s attempts to access the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino shootings and Tim Cook’s response on behalf of Apple.

There are a lot of different angles to this story. At least some bear some theological reflection and could impact the Church around the world.

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How to Swap Sticky Notes for Online To-Do Lists

By Hannah Osborne | Feb 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If I don’t write down that I have to do something, I will immediately forget it. No joke. Whether it’s homework assignments, work duties, or personal chores, if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done.

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5 Excel Formulas Every Church Worker Will Love

By Peter Frank | Jan 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I have, as some people call it, an unhealthy obsession with Microsoft Excel. I get excited about anything that allows me to be more efficient. With Excel, I keep finding new and better ways to do just that.

While much of Excel revolves around numbers (all right, most of Excel revolves around numbers), there are some pretty fantastic formulas and functions that allow you to quickly manipulate text. So even if you are more focused on Bible studies and mail merges than income statements, Excel can help you.

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