Three Reasons Why Instagram is my Happy Place

  Originally posted on BRC+. One of my favorite social media services is Instagram. If you are a visual person and like just keeping up with people’s lives, this may be a great site for you. Instagram is a smart-phone based service that is a little like Twitter – you follow and are followed– except, [Read More…]

Why You Should Be Using Group.Me

Originally posted on BRC+. One of my favorite services for both professional and personal use is Group.me, a group texting service. If you have not tried it, it is a game-changer. The nitty-gritty Sign up for an account. Create a group and you’ll be assigned a group phone number. Add people’s mobile numbers to the [Read More…]

New G+ Community on Social Media and the Church

Yes, smarty-pants, I said Google+. While I know that many church folks (at least in my circle) have not rushed over to google+, too many people whom I trust are saying G+ the place that will still be standing at the end of the day. I have been using G+ a little more over the [Read More…]

Who Should Lead Your Church’s Social Media Ministry

I hear it all the time when church folks offer social media advice to one another, Get one of the youth to run the church’s social media ministry. I get it. Those of us who trend a little older have it emblazoned across our foreheads – no thanks to many of the cultural narratives – [Read More…]

When we talk about people on Twitter, should we let them know?

A few years back a friend and I had one of those, “Yes, we’re a$$hats!” moment. We were hanging out at an event and – as we tend to too easily do – we started talking about a common acquaintance. We were not being nasty, but our words were certainly not flattering. We were gossiping. [Read More…]

Top 25 Social Media Platforms for Use in Church and Ministry

Holy moley there are a ton of social media sites out there! Seriously, how the heck can anyone keep up with them all? After all, some of you church types have to do things like visit people in the hospital, prepare sermons, fix toilets and maybe, just maybe have a social/family life. Slackers This is [Read More…]

A Pastor, a Blogger and a San Franciscan Walk Into the LA Auto Show

A few weeks ago, my wife may have given the biggest eye-roll of this blogger’s life. I had just told her that General Motors had invited me to be part of a group of bloggers and social media hacks to be part of what they are calling the “Influencers Program.” Basically, we are a gathered [Read More…]

I am a heretic and I talk to my cat, Gustavo — It’s on the internet, so it must be true

Usually, I do not respond to folks who engage name-calling. When folks attach words like “apostate,” “heresy”  or “theological celebrity” to me, especially when left by people named “guest” or “anonymous,” my guess is that they are NOT interested in having meaningful conversations. Also, I know that there is no way I can respond with, [Read More…]

If You Can Find Me, You Can Read Me

First, I want to thank folks for keeping up with my wandering self as I have  lived so many variations of my social media and blogging life. I am still amazed and humbled that folks read my drivel, so I hope to make the navigation as painless as possible. Now that I have been blogging [Read More…]

A Review of the Neighborhood Social Media Site Nextdoor.com

I may have mentioned www.nextdoor.com in the past, but I wanted to hold off on my recommendation until I actually used it for a bit. If you have not heard of Nextdoor, it is essentially a private social media site that is made up of your ACTUAL neighbors. Weird right? Yes, a way to interact with [Read More…]