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Posted 9/29/14 at 5:34 PM | Barry Bowen
One of my favorite annual events occurred last week. On Wednesday Christian students from around the world gathered to pray at their school flagpoles. The See You at the Pole Facebook page has pictures of participants from ten countries on six continents.
Here are several See You at the Pole 2014 videos posted on YouTube.
Posted 9/15/14 at 5:45 PM | Barry Bowen
God is glorified in our imperfections ... and spelling mistakes.
In a recent blog post about church dress codes I accidentally wrote, "The Bible doesn't say much about how people dressed during Jesus' earthly ministry. Jesus wore scandals (Matthew 3:11) and a tunic (John 19:23)."
My spelling error was still truthful. Jesus not only wore sandals, He wore our scandals too.
1 Peter 2:24 NLT says, "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed."
More than 400 years before Peter wrote that verse, another Bible author foretold this amazing event.
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." - Isaiah 53:6 NIV FULL POST
Posted 9/11/14 at 5:20 PM | Barry Bowen
Curiosity question for the people that read my blog: Does your church have a dress code?
After describing her church background and encountering casual dress, a commenter on Yahoo Answers asks, "Your boss is more deserving of "professional attire" than God?"
Pastor Art responded, "I've been to some churches which are primariy attended by African Americans and they tend to dress up for church. Churches which are primarily attended by white folks or by a mixture of races tend to not dress up... There is nothing in the Bible about 'wearing your Sunday best'. In fact the Bible tells us not to show favoritism towards those who are well dressed. When I was a Pastor on staff of churches in Illinois or New York, I always wore a suit and tie on Sundays." FULL POST
Posted 9/9/14 at 6:31 PM | Barry Bowen
Today the Super Bowl of technology events took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Apple's CEO Tim Cook introduced the fascinating new iWatch and iPhone 6.
Before today's announcements, blogger Dan Rayburn reported, "Internet Traffic Records Could Be Broken This Week Thanks To Apple, NFL, Sony, Xbox, EA and Others."
But today's Apple event was chaotic. The New York Times headline truthfully reports, "Apple’s Live-Streaming Is Terrible." The video stream was restricted to the Safari web browser.
Interested technology enthusiasts overwhelmed Apple's live stream and the company has taken a lot of heat on social media. I've seen church conference video streams that looked more professional.
Live video streaming has been a long work in progress. I've participated in live streamed events since the 1990s and the video quality has improved dramatically since the pioneering days of webcasting. Once upon a time we had to watch videos that were a little bigger than a postage stamp. FULL POST
Posted 9/8/14 at 5:12 PM | Barry Bowen
Christian businessman Truett Cathy died this morning. Chick-fil-A's Facebook page reports, "Grieving the loss of our founder Truett Cathy, who passed away today. He was 93. Please keep the Cathy family in your prayers."
Thousands of the restaurant chain's fans have praised Cathy for developing a popular chicken sandwich and for sticking to his Christian principles.
Meanwhile a smaller number of critics revealed disgust on social media because Cathy was a supporter of traditional marriage and donated to Family Research Council. Here is a sample of criticism on Twitter:
As Christians we can pray for the people making these disparaging remarks. God can change their hearts. FULL POST
Posted 9/2/14 at 5:46 PM | Barry Bowen
In response to the leaking of numerous naked celebrity photos online, Apple Computer addressed the controversy:
We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved. FULL POST
Posted 8/27/14 at 3:50 PM | Barry Bowen
The Southern Baptist International Mission Board selected pastor David Platt to serve as the mission agency's new president. Platt will oversee global missions efforts of America's largest protestant denomination which includes more than 4,800 full time missionaries.
Who is David Platt?
While serving as pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, Platt authored the book Radical to challenge Christians to serve Christ outside their comfort zone of the American dream.
Platt also started the parachurch ministry Radical which hosts the popular event Secret Church. According to the Radical website, "Secret Church is our 'house church' where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study—lasting 6+ hours—including a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecution and for those who have still not heard the gospel." FULL POST
Posted 8/25/14 at 6:14 PM | Barry Bowen
Russell Wolfe, one of the producers of the movie God's Not Dead, revealed on Facebook that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Since I was recently diagnosed with ALS, I've decided to take the ice bucket challenge myself. Thank you to all my family & friends who have supported me through the past several months. Please continue to promote awareness of ALS and help find a cure! God's Not Dead and God Heals!
Since 2006 Wolfe has produced 22 movies, acted in 14 productions and worked on three film projects as a screenwriter, according to the Internet Movie Database. Wolfe plays the role of Dr. Stevens in God's Not Dead.
Wolfe's ice bucket challenge is viewable on YouTube.
Posted 8/15/14 at 3:14 PM | Barry Bowen
New cell phone apps are giving parents greater control over their children's cell phones. With apps like My Mobile Watchdog and Phone Sheriff, parents can set time limits on cell phones and restrict adult websites.
When her children failed to respond to her calls and texts, Sharon Standifird collaborated with a software developer to make the app Ignore No More. Standifird told KTRK, "It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911."
With a single tap a parent can restrict their child's contact list. Then the child calls mom or dad to obtain the cell phone password.
The app DinnerTime allows parents to lock cell phones for a specific amount of time. Parents can block calls during dinner or at night when they want they children to sleep.
Top Ten Reviews has selected its favorite parental phone control apps. Not all of the apps are available for iPhone or Android.
Posted 8/11/14 at 10:18 PM | Barry Bowen
My Facebook feed is filled with comments about and photos of Robin Williams. According to press accounts, the 63-year-old actor committed suicide. Some of my friends in the entertainment industry are sharing stories of sadness about the funny comedian that inspired them.
When suicide occurs, people close to the death often struggle with no sense of closure.
Four years ago one of my favorite actresses committed suicide. Shayne Kohout appeared in the movies Mandie and the Secret Tunnel and Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure. Shayne also performed on the stage where her talents could shine.
I was a production assistant on the TV Series 7th Street Theater when Shayne auditioned for a new role. Anyone that has viewed numerous audition reels would recognize her as a natural talent. Shayne acted in 23 episodes. FULL POST