A Conversation with Jeremy Burton from Museum of the Bible about Bible Engagement and Innovative Technologies: Podcast 223

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The Bible is currently used by more than 30,000 church organizations and denominations in the world. It would seem like presenting the Bible in it’s barest form is impossible without raising theological debates.

Our friends from Museum of the Bible, however, believe they can engage the people with the Bible in a fun, innovative, and educational way. Museum of the Bible invites people to engage with the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible. In this week’s episode, we are joined by Jeremy Burton, Director of Communications for Museum of the Bible, to talk about Bible engagement for all faiths and all walks of life, while using innovative methods to boost social media efforts.

Museum of the Bible is located 3 blocks south of the US Capitol in Washington D.C. and is currently under construction. They will open in November 2017.


Show Notes:

Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible Facebook Page

Jeremy Burton Twitter

Museum of the Bible 360° Virtual Reality Tour

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A Conversation with Arthur Satterwhite from American Bible Society about Project Magellan and Rebranding the Bible: Podcast 222

When you hear the word “rebranding” it usually signifies that something needs to be changed. So if people want to rebrand the Bible, does it mean there is something wrong with the Word of God?

We know that there is nothing wrong with the Bible in itself, the real problem lies on how people perceive the Bible. Many people tend to see the Bible as an archaic text with rules and laws that are harsh, judgmental, and impossible to follow. Others view it as a book that has a lists of do’s and dont’s in life; and when you violate enough of them and you get a ticket to hell. There has been too much familiarity of the Bible in the Western world that it has lost its real meaning to them.

In this week’s episode, Arthur Satterwhite from the American Bible Society joins us in sharing all the reasons why the Bible has to be rebranded and how important it is for people to know the real message of God’s Word and enjoy the goodness it has to offer.

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Show Notes:

American Bible Society

Arthur Satterwhite - Twitter

Project Magellan

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A Conversation with Joel Southerland about Social Media and Evangelism: Podcast 221

If there is one thing that we keep on hearing from our church leaders who use social media, it’s that “Social media is a tool for evangelism!” - and it’s something that most of us agree with. The rest of the details, however, often do not follow. How exactly do we use social media for evangelism? Do we bombard Facebook with John 3:16’s? Do we create inspirational content and insert hints of the Gospel in them? Or do we just put selfies of our senior pastors on Instagram?

It seems easy to answer but laying out a blueprint for social media use in our ministries isn’t as simple as it appears to be. Joel Southerland joins us in this podcast to answer these questions about social media and evangelism.

How does your church utilize social media? Share your thoughts with us! Use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.

Show Notes:

Joel Southerland - Twitter

Peavine  Baptist Church - Facebook

Peavine Baptist Church - Twitter

North American Mission Board

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Catching up with Jay Kranda: Podcast 220

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Jay Kranda, a good friend and a great leader, has been our co-host since 2015. He’s been quite occupied with a couple of things, both in church responsibility and his personal resource "Healthy Online Church."

One of the updates Jay has for us is their new product offer in TVApp.church: Amazon Alexa Skill. They also have a Free Amazon Alexa Skill Giveaway through their TVapp.church Facebook Page.

Nils and Jay also share a conversation about trends and what they do with their social media profiles.

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Show Notes:

Jay Kranda

Healthy Online Church

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (Book) 

TVApp.church Facebook Contest

TVApp.church Alexa Skill

Amazon: Alexa Skill

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A Conversation with Jason Caston from iChurch Method about Social Media and New Technology Trends: Podcast 219

Back in the day, our early Christian ancestors only had a few manuscripts and pages of the Bible which they can only effectively use when they’re together. Thanks to advancements in technology, the few rare scrolls became mass-printed books that are now available to everyone who wanted to own and read the Bible. Technology has played an important part in spreading the Gospel of Christ. If it benefited us in the past, why do some people and churches still fear embracing technology? Are we over-digitizing the church? How far is too far? In this new podcast with Nils Smith and Jason Caston from iChurch Method, we’ll be talking about technology trends, social media, and how they have affected the church before and how they are essential today, more than ever.


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Show Notes:

Jason Caston

Jason Caston Twitter

Jason Caston Facebook

iChurch Method


YouTube TV

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A Conversation with Sean Cannell of Video Influencers about Vlogging: Podcast 218

Before the general public came to understand the concept of blogs, “vlogs” suddenly came out. This left a lot of people confused and uneasy. What is a vlog? What is it about? How is it different from a blog? In this new episode, we have Sean Cannell of Video Influencers join Nils Smith to tell us that vlogging is not merely converting your written blog to a video format, it opens up a lot more opportunities to connect with people on a personal level and touch lives– one key goal for every ministry. If you’re thinking about starting a vlog, this podcast will be extremely helpful.

Should your church or pastor start a vlog? Should you start one? We’d like to hear from you, use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

Sean Cannell Twitter

Video Influencers

Video Influencers Youtube Channel

Alejandro Reyes Twitter

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A Conversation with CV Outreach’s Chad Hugghins about Messenger Bots: Podcast 217

For some people, hearing the word “bots” scares them. Others, however, see this innovation as a relief and an opportunity to make life easier. In this new episode, Chad Hugghins from CV Outreach joins Nils Smith to discuss how Facebook Messenger Bots can add a whole new array of functions to Facebook's messaging app and how this change relationships between ministries and companies with their users.

Do you think your ministry would benefit from using Messenger Bots? We’d like to hear from you, use the hashtag #SMCPodcast on your posts.


Show Notes:

Facebook Messenger Bots

Christian Vision

CV Outreach

Chad Hugghins Twitter



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A conversation with Rob Peabody of Awaken My City about Technology and Millennial Engagement: Podcast 216

Has your church become culturally irrelevant in your community?

Many churches today have accepted the challenge of doing the Great Commission but many are stuck and don't know how to do it. In this episode, Rob Peabody of Awaken My City, discusses with Nils the importance of leveraging technology for discipleship instead of traditionally fighting against it. Rob emphasizes how it is important for us to identify the culture and strategize from there; in this case utilizing social media and technology to engage with millennials.

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Show Notes:

Rob Peabody Twitter

Awaken Movement

Awaken My City

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A Conversation about Innovation with Kent Woodyard: Podcast 215

This week’s podcast, Nils Smith and Kent Woodyard talk about innovation in the church and dig into the core opportunities for churches around technology. Kent shares his experience on how he got started serving churches in tech with Mogiv based in San Diego and then most recently to Pushpay. Nils and Kent also share their recent experience from PushPay's eChurch Summit focusing on technology, leadership and communication as key development needs within the church.

Share your thoughts around this conversation on social media using the hashtag #SMCPodcast

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Has Facebook Won the Social Media War?: Podcast 214

Facebook has won the social media war! Nils and Jay share their thoughts on how Facebook has topped the social media networks, and name some better things Facebook did and is doing to get way ahead of every platform we are enjoying today. Current Facebook development includes integration of powerful data analytics. Also, Jay shares why he is switching from DirecTV to YoutubeTV.

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Show Notes:




Facebook Adwords

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Analytics



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