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The 2013 Technology That Changed My Life

Sometimes it is the little technologies that make a big difference. My great discovery from 2013 is voice-to-text technology.



I am a reasonable two-handed typist (I'm sure I'm over 25 words a minute), but find I make frequent mistakes and end up being quite inefficient. I had tried to use the…

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Added by Clyde Taber on July 10, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives

This is the third in a five-part 2014 …

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Added by Clyde Taber on June 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Why I Don't Use the Word "Christian"

In America, we live in a time when our stock as "Christians" is trading at an all-time low.  We just don't have a generally positive image in the eyes of most non-believers.  Gabe Lyons wrote an entire book about this.  Here are some of the reasons I don't use the word…

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Added by Clyde Taber on June 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

The 7 Things You Need to Succeed in Media

On April 25, 2014 I spoke at Oral Roberts University by Skype in Don Eland's very last class as a professor. What an honor to be with him and his students! Amazing questions! ("What is your greatest regret? How do you know if you…

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Added by Clyde Taber on May 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Role of Digital and Social Media in Evangelism

From November 19-21, 2013 I was a part of the …

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Added by Clyde Taber on May 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Celebrity Sightings

I am from Maryland on the East Coast of the United States.



I moved reluctantly to California (true) in 2000.  When we could no longer deny God's calling, we moved here to serve here with The Jesus Film Project in what turned out to be an extraordinary run.



Within six months of moving here, I was a convert.  Who needs seasons?  I love the 380 days of sunshine a year, access to the beach and the mountains (ok, we're not mountain people) and the moderate climate. …

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Added by Clyde Taber on April 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Do You Like 50% of Your Job?

I love 60% of what I do every day. The other 40% I tolerate out of necessity.  



I love strategy, developing new initiatives, expanding the scope of the Visual Story Network, meeting new people, working with teams, etc.



Every role has downsides. I have to manage a lot of detail.  I manage my own schedule, book my own flights, reconcile the books at the end of each month and write and edit most of the communications.…

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Added by Clyde Taber on April 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Story and a Prayer for the Next Generation

Six of us sat in the Asian-accented hotel room this past Saturday night from 9 PM till midnight. We had just participated in six days of strategic gatherings to partner, learn and develop new ways to share Christ to the ends of the earth.



Our hosts, Carol and Calvin Conkey, had created a warm setting for a quiet celebration over what God had done in the prior week.  Soft lighting, candles, drinks, popcorn and sugar cookies waited.  We were ready…

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Added by Clyde Taber on April 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Evan Grae Davis on Social Action Documentaries

Evan Grae Davis has traveled the world with camera in hand for nearly two decades, advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos mobilizing support for non-profits and NGO's championing the cause of the poor and exploited. Evan has consulted with and worked along side over 100 regional, nation and international organizations, helping them tell…

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Added by Clyde Taber on April 2, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Asian Doors Are Opening

God is opening big doors in Asia for VSN through the following opportunities in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In-Depth Mobile Ministry Training (March 26-29).  Leaders from the Mobile Ministry Forum will teach four days of training to 50 missionaries.

 

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Added by Clyde Taber on March 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Son of God Movie

Two thumbs up from me!  

Apparently several million others who purchased $26.5 million worth of tickets on opening weekend thought the same.



A good portion of the movie was from the television series that aired last year. I don't know how much of this material was new, but it seemed like there was fresh content.…



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Added by Clyde Taber on March 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

My 2014 Theme

Each year I ask the Lord for a theme to set a daily spiritual tone for me for the year.   The Lord usually gives it to me on my retreat at the beginning of the year (see last year's theme).



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Added by Clyde Taber on February 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation Executive Summary

Wycliffe Headquarters, Orlando, Florida

December 9-11, 2013

Opportunity

"In Uganda, there are more cell phones than light bulbs."

So said Tomi Ahonen, world's foremost expert on mobile technology trends in developing nation, at the 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation.  Mobile device…

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Added by Clyde Taber on January 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Story Seminar - Summary

Executive Summary

We had a great Story Seminar on January 21, 2014 at the ELAM Office in England with 26 participants. We learned a great deal about the art and structure of story as it applies to ministry and content creation.  Story is critical to the mission of the Church because...…

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Added by Clyde Taber on January 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

7 Ways to Be More Effective Today

Here are the daily best practices that I have found that have helped me the most.

1. Identify Your Big Three.  At the beginning of the day, identify the three most important things you need to accomplish if today is to be a success.  Make these the first (and if necessary) only things you accomplish today.

2. Big rocks first.  Whatever is most important,…

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Added by Clyde Taber on January 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Bobb Biehl Questions - 5 BIG Picture Questions - 9 Accelerators

When I was transitioning from the JESUS Film Project in 2006 while the Visual Story Network was being birthed, someone gave me these questions to help me figure out my next life.  I recently found my working notes and realized how pivotal these questions were for me.  A big thanks to whoever that 'someone' was!

Five Questions About the BIG Picture - Your Story Arc

1. What three changes will most please God?

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Added by Clyde Taber on December 7, 2013 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Invest in the Movement

In the last year, by God's grace, the Visual Story Network helped train 200 leaders in mobile ministry, equipped 25 leaders through the new Story Seminar, and served 300 ministries with leadership resources and networking.  Our growth goals for 2014 include…

  • Mobile…
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Added by Clyde Taber on November 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Four Things You Need to Lead Into the Future

On June 18, 2013 I was invited to give a leadership webinar to the alumni of Denver Seminary, my alma mater. 

Here is the PowerPoint presentation.…

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Added by Clyde Taber on September 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Six Ways My Mobile Enhances My Spiritual Life

Here are some of the ways my mobile helps me deepen my spiritual roots.   How do you use yours?



1. Listen to the Word of God.  In this order, I most often use the Biblica's "The Bible Experience" that I added to my iTunes list, Faith Comes By Hearing's "Bible.is" app, and YouVersion's audio (I'm just not a big fan of…

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Added by Clyde Taber on August 7, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Story Seminar - Paris World Premier Summary

 

Executive Summary

We had a great Story Seminar on July 30 at the American Church in Paris with 25 participants from five countries (UK, Spain, France, Switzerland, US).   We learned a great deal about the art and structure of story as it applies to ministry and content creation.  Here is a …

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Added by Clyde Taber on August 6, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

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