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Joshua Cody | 2010/11/2 20:33:27 | 2 reads

Halloween is a hot topic for churches across America, and you’re sending a message with however (or whether) you choose to celebrate. All that said, Halloween is also pretty darn fun. So we wanted to know, which costume would you most like your pastor to show up in on Halloween Sunday?And the winning costume?A tie! A third of you want your pastor to dress up as a zombie in a twisted joke about how boring your services are. Then he’ll finally know how he makes the congregation feel as he ... (Rob Feature and Matt Farina) | 2010/11/1 21:55:32 | 4 reads

Welcome to the November 2010 edition of The Geeks and God Podcast. In this month’s episode, Techmate interviews Jacob Abshire about The Preacher’s Library, and NonProfit’s Drupal Spotlight discusses building online communities.

Kevin D. Hendricks | 2010/11/1 18:01:36 | 3 reads

Tomorrow is election day in the United States (go vote).Hallelujah! It’s nearly safe to turn on the TV again and not be browbeaten by political attack ads of every stripe.One thing you won’t see in all those ads is an attempt to honestly and respectfully discuss issues. There’s no attempt to reach out to voters, no attempt to change minds. It’s all appealing to the already convinced, using lingo that hits the right buttons and touches the right issues, instead of actually engaging in ...

2010/11/1 11:50:00 | 5 reads

I am very pleased to present you X3, the new Xoops Engine for the next generation of XOOPS powered web application development.This new Xoops Engine was long time in coming. During that time, we went through different phases of trials and errors, but I believe that finally we have the best combination of features and technologies to strategically position XOOPS as one of the top Web Application Platform solutions.The new Xoops Engine has been re-designed from the ground up to take advantages ...

2010/10/31 15:10:00 | 29 reads

xNews v1.71 (RC) UTF-8 SEO- Changed Frameworks/tcpdf/config/tcpdf_config.php with voltan's patch Instead of getting default tcpdf header image and info now you get xoopsroot/images/logo.png and $xoopsConfig['slogan']); and $xoopsConfig['sitename']);- Modified xnews/makepdf.php to reflect above changes- Changed old SEO samples with fixed working ones in xnews/docs/seo-samples- Fixed Missing tags variable in class.newsstory.php store function Fixes new news submit issue- Renamed and deleted...

Kevin D. Hendricks | 2010/10/28 19:06:52 | 5 reads

This year Halloween falls on a Sunday.It’s like a mash-up of good and evil, sure to stoke the anti-Halloween crowd into a pumpkin-smashing spree (unlike a few years ago when Christmas was on a Sunday, prompting an explosion of good cheer so intense churches had to cancel services).It prompts the age-old question: How should your pastor dress up for Halloween?Or that other age-old question: How should Christians respond to Halloween?We’re here to remind you that how your church deals with ...

Howard McCray | 2010/10/27 19:01:01 | 7 reads

After overcoming a lifelong drug addiction, I came to God and started a church with my wife. It’s called the River City Recovery Ministries in Cambridge, Minn., and includes a church called The Fish House and homes for recovering addicts. I currently serve as the senior pastor and executive director. We do a lot of ministry to addicts and their families and saw 400% growth during the first year.Over the years, I have learned how to preach, teach and lead people out of their issues, but I wa...

2010/10/27 17:00:00 | 7 reads

We are extremely pleased to announce that XOOPS has received the "Best Technology Award" from the North East Asia OSS Forum for the upcoming X3 version of XOOPS, that will be officially released as Alpha version this weekend. The judges were impressed with X3 architecture, its usage of state-of-the-art PHP libraries such as Zend Framework and Smarty 3, and the direction XOOPS is taking toward becoming a "Web Application-oriented development platform"As DJ mentioned in the August news, the fi...

Joshua Cody | 2010/10/26 21:32:41 | 6 reads

Lucky for us, there is still one thing that can stop the stubborn march of Christmas capitalism: a good, old-fashioned argument about the inherit sinfulness of Halloween. So naturally, we decided to see what your churches are up to this Halloween. Here’s what you had to say:In a landslide, the majority of you are hosting some sort of Halloween-alternative. 61% of folks that responded are a part of a church that offers a fall festival or some sort of other event for families. If that number ...

Jan Lynn | 2010/10/25 21:44:49 | 11 reads

There’s a booth in the back of most church auditoriums where rows of buttons, knobs, dials and cable magically translate into light arrays, crisp audio and instant video in our weekend services. Those elements represent the specialized knowledge and talent of a unique group of people. Now there’s a new online resource for church techies—from seasoned veterans to trained volunteers to those don’t know a fader from a potentiometer.*The Tech Arts Network, launched earlier this month by f...

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