The Gospel According to Twitter: Everyone is right – Part 2

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Evangelism, Technology | Posted on September 16, 2013

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                      Above: Two tweets with #AdviceToLiveBy

Twitter assumes that the most relevant information is the most recent information.  Twitter amplifies this by publishing a list of current trending topics based on an analysis of the latest tweets.  A word or phrase can trend when a significant number of people start tweeting about that word or phrase.  For example, during the Urbana 2012 conference, “#u12” became the number one trend in the St Louis area for most of the conference in fact there were nearly 40,000 tweets on the hashtag or about seven tweets per minute around the clock for the duration of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: History – Part 3

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Technology | Posted on September 9, 2013

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Twitter’s prehistoric document, circa 2000.

Historically, twitter was born out of a brainstorming session by a group of employees at the podcasting company Odeo.  Jack Dorsey, a computer programmer, was fascinated by blogs, Instant Messaging (IM) and dispatcher systems.  Blogs allow you to host an online journal. IM gives the user the ability to chat live with friends, but it was limited because you were tethered to a computer.  Dispatcher systems required updates from ambulances, police officers, taxicabs and other city services, but according to Dorsey, it was missing one key piece, Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: #Hashtags – Part 2

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership, Technology | Posted on September 3, 2013

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Hashtags are an important part of Twitter and are confusing for a lot of people.  Let’s start with the basics.  Hashtags originated as a way to group tweets.  Chris Messina borrowed the idea of hashtags from the old Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels.  According to the Twitter Fan Wiki, “Hashtags were popularized during the San Diego forest fires in 2007 when Nate Ritter used the hashtag ‘#sandiegofire’ to identify his updates related to the disaster.”

Hashtags have evolved as a way of adding punch lines to a tweet.  For example, “I just dropped a McRib in my lap. I’m wearing white. #fail”.  Or another tweet by the writer Susan Orlean, “My 7 yo has taken to calling me ‘Lady,’ as in, ‘What’s for dinner, lady?’ #wheredidigowrong.” These tweets add irony and sarcasm.  Others have used hashtags to create large slumber party like conversations with hashtags like “#IWannaKnowWhy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Using Twitter for Ministry: Basics – Part 1

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Leadership, Technology | Posted on August 26, 2013

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Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging site where users share thoughts of up to 140 characters, known as a tweets. There are 200 million active users who tweet an average 400 million tweets per day. The site launched on March 21, 2006 . It is the fastest growing social media site today. Twitter is a snapshot at any moment in time of the collective diverse thoughts of our global society.

Lets go over some of the basics of twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gospel According to Twitter – Part 1

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Faith, Technology | Posted on August 19, 2013

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                      Boston Marathon – April 15, 2:49pm

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49pm EDT two bombs exploded within 13 seconds and 210 yards of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  The bombs killed 3 people and injured another 264.  Within seconds, Twitter was lighting up people’s cell phones and computer screens with first hand accounts of the event including images and videos of the scene.  It was a full 10 minutes before any other news source was able to report anything. Read the rest of this entry »

Dreaming – The gospel according to Monsters University

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in College, Evangelism | Posted on July 16, 2013

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Dreaming & Significance

Think back to when you were a kid. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember when I was in pre-school and the teacher asked us that question.  Horses amazed me and I thought it would be awesome if I could ride a horse when I grew up.  As I got a little bit older, I wanted to be a baseball player!  In Monsters University, Mike Wazowski wanted to be a Scarer.  I think these desires give us a clue about something deep within each one of us.  We all long for a life of significance. 

In the movie, Mike headed off to college to be in the scare program at Monsters University. When he gets there, he finds out about the scare games, a chance to prove you’re the best scarer in the whole school! Mike studies hard, but on the final exam, the dean kicks him out of the program because he’s not good enough.  Which raises another deeper issue.  What do we do when our plans fail?

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How do we know?

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Life | Posted on November 8, 2012

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Let me ask you how did you get here?

Think about it for a moment.

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World Domination

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Evangelism, Next Generation Church Leaders | Posted on August 29, 2012

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I host a once a month gaming night at my house.

I grew up playing games like Super Mario, Contra, Risk, Axis and Allies. I like baseball, football and the olympics. In high school, I programmed a game on my TI-85 that was passed around school until nearly everyone was playing my game.

I love playing games so much that I host a once a month game night at my house.  It’s normally a bunch of guys eating great snacks and playing Carcasonne, Settlers of Catan, or another strategy game until way too late.

In each game, the rules are different, but the goal is always the same:
World Domination!

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And this is my prayer

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Money, Prayer | Posted on April 18, 2011

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In March, I attended a fund raising symposium with 108 people from thirty eight ministries. The intent for me to go was to learn how to be a regional fund development coach for other staff raising their budgets. My biggest take home however, was a conviction about my own fund development. Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for death

Posted by Brian Asker | Posted in Family, Life | Posted on January 4, 2011

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ChristoncrossMonday afternoon we arrived at my parents house for a visit with my parents and grandmother after Christmas.  We were planning to travel home Wednesday afternoon to prepare to host a new year’s party at our house.  Tuesday, Grandma stopped eating and drinking and when she went to bed that evening my dad and I had our final conversation with her.  Wednesday she spoke her final words in the morning to my kids and she passed away Friday night.  While it was a surprise how quickly it went, she was on hospice and it was expected to happen sometime.  It just seemed to go quickly at the end.

Death has a way of helping us take time to reflect and give careful thought to our values.  As I sat at my grandmother’s bedside I thought about Read the rest of this entry »