Posts Tagged "Technology"

On the Importance of Kids Actually Reading the Bible

BibleTVI was reading an interesting article from Mike Johnson on the Future of Kidmin yesterday as part of the wonderful series in which a variety of leaders in the field are answering the question, “What is the future of kidmin?”  In the article, Mike explores the idea that, more and more, kids will use video as their means of accessing and understanding the stories of the Bible.  I don’t disagree, and I think those of us who are parents and/or in children’s ministry should find ways to leverage this technology, and kids’ affinity for it, for the Kingdom of God.  That said, the article also got me thinking.  It got me thinking about the importance of kids actually reading the Bible for themselves rather than just viewing prepackaged videos of Bible stories.  Before I start though, I should say that I don’t believe Mike was advocating in his article that video should replace reading, just that we should capitalize on the power of video.  I agree with that contention.  That said, his article was just the jumping off point for my own thinking on the subject which I will explore further in this article.

So, why is it important that kids actually read their Bibles?  Don’t videos accomplish the same thing in terms of transfer of information?  Are videos bad? How, in an age when more and more kids are leaning on electronic transmission of information, do we encourage them to crack open the pages of the Bible?  These are all important questions that we need to address.

So, why is it important that kids actually read their Bibles?

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Listen to the Silence

image When I was growing up, I liked to listen to Simon and Garfunkel.  And, no I’m not that old.  They were already past their prime years of musical production by the time I started to listen, but I did enjoy their musical stylings.  At one point, I counted the song, “Sounds of Silence” as one of my favorite songs.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because, this week, I am smack dabbed in the middle of my second annual Go Dark week.  If it has a CRT or speakers, its off this week, and even though I am actually writing this post about 50 hours before the week officially begins, I am comfortable enough with predicting the future to say that I am having a great time.

I plan on writing more about my observations next week when I turn the computer back on.  Last year I posted a single post the Friday before Go Dark week and left up all week.  This year, I had some article I wanted to share, so I went ahead and wrote them ahead of time and scheduled them for this week.  Plus, Friday marks my 500th blog post here on Dad in the Middle, and that just seemed like something I should acknowledge.  That means that, even though you’re seeing new content each day, I actually haven’t visited this site in several days by the time you read this.  And, check back Friday for a very special episode of Blossom…errr Dad in the Middle.

So, in the words of Simon and Garfunkel:

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It’s Time Again – Announcing The 2nd Annual “Go Dark” Challenge

image I am happy to announce the dates for the second annual Go Dark Challenge.  This year, the challenge will begin at:

12:00 A.M. Saturday, August 14, 2010 through 11:59 P.M. the following Friday, August 20, 2010.

I hope you will join me in what has now become an annual event.  So, what is the Go Dark challenge you ask?  I’m glad you asked. 🙂  I started the Go Dark challenge last year as a kind of fast/break from the electronics which pervade our daily lives.  As I wrote last year,

I started to reflect on all the electronic gadgets that we fill our time up with every day.  We have TVs in every room, DVD players, IPods, Computers, the Internet, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Newsreaders, Radios.  The list goes on and on.

Now, I am not opposed to technology.  I rather enjoy it!  Sometime though, I wonder if I am letting it consume me to the detriment of other more important things in my life.  To me, those things that may be suffering are my relationship and quiet time with God including time in his word, my relationship with my wife, my relationship with my kids, and my other reading.

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CM TeleSummit – Technology Tidbits – Jeremy Collins

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment, and the first for day 2, of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Using technology in children’s ministry – Hi-Tech for the Low-Tech
  • Why are you doing that?
    • A lot of us come up with cool new ways of doing things but end up watering down the message
    • Technology should have a purpose
    • Want to target technology to message of Jesus Christ
  • Using technology that works for you
    • Technology is a tool, but you have to learn it first before you use it
    • Don’t use if it you’re not comfortable
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CMTeleSummit – Digital Children’s Ministry – Amy Dolan

cmtelesummit I was hoping to publish this earlier, but I missed the first 15-20 minutes of Amy’s presentation due to technical difficulties.  That turns out to be a good thing because I was work out from typing all the good ideas for the portion I did hear, and having to wait for the replay allowed me to rest my fingers. 🙂  Anyhow, here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

Introduction to Digital Perspective – Current Reality

  • Talk today about a new perspective and approach for creating a digital children’s ministry
  • Current reality
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