Siri Doesn’t Meet Apple’s 1987 Predictions…

In fact, this 1987 video from Apple makes Siri look pretty lame. Actually, we can do most of the things shown on this video, just not quite this seamlessly yet; and the non-human implementation is not nearly this great. What are your thoughts? Todd
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The Pulse of What America Is Thinking

A couple days ago, I mentioned that 46% of Americans felt that Facebook is a fad. I love statistics, even if I think 37% of them are made up. But I thought that you might enjoy some other recent statistics.  See if you line up with the American public: 58% of Americans think the economy will be fine by this time next year?  (I doubt it… although I think it may be more stable after the election… it usually is). 22% of Americans are positive the end of the world will occur in their lifetime.  (My Baptist upbringing tells me that I should expect Jesus’ return at any moment… and...
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Facebook: Your Life is Better than Mine

According to a new study conducted by sociologists Hui-Tzu Grace Chou and Nicholas Edge at Utah Valley University, research showed a correlation between a Facebook user’s disposition about their life and the amount of time spent on the social network. Approximately 425 students were asked to identify how much they agreed or disagreed with statements like “Life is fair” and “Many of my friends have a better life than me.” In addition, the students were asked about how much time they spent on Facebook, their number of Facebook friends as well as how many of those friends they had actually...
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Church of England Weekly Attendance Down 2% Last Year

… to 923,700. Marriages were up 4%. Interesting supplemental information though, from this article from Christian Today: Despite the drop in attendance at Church services, there is positive news in the growth of fresh expressions of church. The figures show that there are at least 1,000 fresh expressions and new forms of church linked to the Church of England. There are an estimated 1,000 fresh expressions within the Methodist Church. It is the first time that fresh expressions have been included in the Church of England’s annual report on attendance. Bishop Graham Cray, Archbishops’...
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5 Scary Trends – Worship Worship

My friend Geoff Surratt is continuing his 5 Scary Trends series… Scary trend #3 is “Worship Worship”.  Geoff writes: I love corporate worship. One of my favorite aspects of working in multisite churches has been visiting multiple worship experiences every weekend. I have participated in as many as six different services in a single weekend, and I love seeing people connect with God through the leadership of a gifted team of singers, musicians and technicians. The scary trend, however, is the growing worship of the art of worship. The worship leader/pastor/director/producer has become...
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Barna: What people experience in churches

Barna has a new survey out.  Most Americans have first-hand experiences in churches or parishes. What happens, if anything, in the hearts and minds of those who attend? Here are some of the findings: (66%) feel they have had “a real and personal connection” with God while attending church. (26%) who had been to a church before said that their life had been changed or affected “greatly” by attending church. Nearly half said their life had not changed at all as a result of churchgoing (46%). (61%) said they could not remember a significant or important new insight or understanding related to...
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5 Scary Trends: The Reformed Revolution

My friend and fellow church world agitator Geoff Surratt has a really great series he’s doing at his blog this week called “Five Scary Trends that could Shipwreck the Church”. He started the series yesterday with his first scary trend:  Multisite.  Today’s scary trend:  The Reformed Revolution!  Geoff says: I never thought that theology could be trendy, but now if you are young and cool you are Reformed. Since I am neither young nor cool I may miss this wave. My problem with the Reformeds, however, is not theology (I’m too much of a light-weight to argue there), but...
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5 Scary Trends: Multisite Churches

My friend and fellow church world agitator Geoff Surratt has a really great series he’s doing at his blog this week called “Five Scary Trends that could Shipwreck the Church”. He started the series yesterday with his first scary trend:  Multisite.  Funny… from one of the guys that wrote The Multisite Church Revolution. Geoff writes:  “Multisite is a great tool for some churches to fulfill their God-given mission. It is not, however, the right direction for many or even most churches. Multisite can be a drain on leadership and budgets, it can feed an already overfed...
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Teens would rather talk than text

News flash:  Teens would rather talk face to face than text. That’s the news in this new report… interesting stuff!
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Top Tech Trends of 2011

Group buying, tablets, cloud based apps, geolocation… just some of the top tech trends of 2011.  Take a look: HT:  DailyInfographic.com What do you think the big tech trends for 2012 will be?  Any...
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