Blue Tent

Test 1 – Web Conference

by Marcus Goodyear on August 5, 2009

gerbilMarcus here. I read an interesting statistic a few months ago that has changed the way I think about my work online. A Pew report about Networked Families concluded that “Technology now permeates American households and has become a central feature of families’ day-to-day lives.”

Think about that for a minute.

Technology is something we take for granted. Cell phones and broadband internet access have become part of the daily lives of regular families in America.

At TheHighCalling.org and HighCallingBlogs.com, our mission is to help people encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and our world.

Personal transformation in the 21st century includes the way we interact with new media tools like online publications, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, search engines, podcasts, smart phones, even augmented reality.

Last year the Christian Web Conference (in its previous incarnation as GodblogCon) produced a book called The New Media Frontier. In that book, Roger Overton said, “We cannot stand aside to wait and see what happens. If Christians are not on the forefront of this new technology to advance God’s Kingdom, some other kingdom will be advanced through it. We must go forward thoughtfully…”

In fact, our culture is struggling to find healthy ways to use these new technologies. It is not uncommon to hear about people “addicted” to email, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, blogging, gaming, or online pornography. People need to experience renewal in the way they interact with new media.

And now for the commercial. I gave this pitch last week, but I’m going to give it again.

We want to help people glorify God and serve others through new technologies. That is why TheHighCalling.org is cosponsoring the Christian Web Conference this year at Biola in Los Angeles on September 11-12. Mark D. Roberts and I are both presenting. He’ll be leading several devotions. I’ll be talking about the challenges of editing ourselves (and others) online.

If you are in the LA area or going to be, we’d love to see you there. It’s only $50. For a conference that is cheap. This is not a money-making venture for us. It is a ministry. In fact, if you are a member of HighCallingBlogs.com, I personally promise to minister to you by purchasing you a nice meal. The only potential downside will be that you’ll have to talk with me while you eat.

Click over and take a look at the 2009 Christian Web Conference. And let me know if you can make it.

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