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With Easter right around the corner, I had a lot of thoughts running through my head at this morning's "Social Media Shepherds" gathering. That group, which is “an ecumenical group that hosts monthly events focused on empowering churches, ministries and individuals in their use of social media,” always reminds me that “church” is an awkwardly complicated thing to describe.
Why? Well… Do I really want to invite friends and neighbors to an unfamiliar Easter services in an intimidating building with awkwardly formal songs and performances that serve to introduce a 30+ minute speech that may or may not successfully convey to them that the God of the Universe wants to reconcile Himself to them, personally?
Maybe that’s exactly what they need.
But, as I said this morning, what I’d really like to do is invite them into the conversations that we have around our tables in our Sunday morning “Adult Bible Fellowship,” or show them the way I and my friends email and text each other for support during the joys and challenges of our professional and personal lives.
That, I think, is where the Gospel is lived out.
In the meantime, I know (and try not to get frustrated by the fact) that our church databases are out of date and the world’s “CRM” is a foreign (or, at least, unexecuted) concept in the ministries I dedicate my time to. We don’t even “perform” as well as the world does when it’s trying to sell the latest widget.
We can do this better. Yes, from a theological standpoint it’s not “we” who “do the doing,” but Jesus did tell us to be engaged in the world for His sake… and in my circles at this particular point in time I’m not steeped in “an environment of engagement” like I wish I were.
As my video production professor used to say, “If your shot isn’t working, move the subject, the camera, or both.”
So… What needs to move?
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington DcCustomers Service Hours / Monday To SaturdayOffice Hours Monday to Saturday:Dear BeneficiaryThis is to officially notify you that investigation has successfully carried out regarding the payment of your over due contract/ inheritance fund worth 8.5 million USD . It is obvious that you have not receive it yet, we have send letter of notification to your home address through mailbox to notify you about the fund but the letter was returned undelivered so we decide to let you know about it through your email address because it is the only option left to us.After proper investigations that was carried out few days ago, we recovered your imminent payment worth 8.5million USD and 25.5 million USD for another 3 beneficiaries in our list who have been found not to have receive their Contract/ Inheritance Sum, winning Gambling & Lottery sum? Investigation confirmed that your imminent payment worth 8.5 Million USD including the other 3 beneficiaries totaled 25.5 million USD was withheld by the past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held it to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle on you and the other 3 beneficiaries in our list.Investigation also revealed that you have spent a lot on your personal earned money just to conclude the successful delivery/transfer of your fund to your destination by obtaining delivery/transfer documents but all to no avail. We have bring a solution to your problem and we advised that you stop any further communication you are having with any one or any office claiming to be in right position of releasing your fund to you if there is any please be warned now? we want you to have in mind that your fund is now in our custody ready to be paid to you as approved but before then you have to respond to this email as soon as possible so that your fund will be delivered to you without any delays or obstacles is that clear.Meanwhile we also want to let you know that after the recovery of your imminent payment $8.5 Million USD, a meeting was held as regards the best way to carry out with the payment exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid re-occurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and we came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented. It was approved to be issued to you as a valid international ATM card cash-able at any ATM machine in the world. The ATM account has already being credited with the eight million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($8.5,000, 000.00USD) and it will be coming with a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account, because the ATM card is registered with inters witch.In order to redeem your ATM Card You are advised to contact the Department's Officer in west Africa who is responsible for the shipping of your ATM card, contact him with the information below.NAME: MR.STEPHEN OJ.EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgCELL PHONE NUMBER: +234-7066464062When contacting Mr Stephen Oj You are advised to reconfirm your delivery information to him and your security giving code which is (FBI13), submit it alongside with your delivery information as stated below so that there will be no mistake during delivery.DELIVERY INFORMATION:FULL NAME AND AGE:..........................
...DELIVERY ADDRESS:...................... ........CELL PHONE NUMBER:....................... ......CURRENT OCCUPATION:................... .........SECURITY CODE (FBI13)NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are supposed to come down to Africa to Claim your ATM CARD in person but the IMF , the federal Ministry of Finance and we the FBI insisted that it will be better for you to receive your ATM Card through courier delivery so as to Cut-short Traveling expenses and stress of traveling over to Africa, so all you will ever need to pay to get your ATM Card is only the delivery charges which will only cost you $200usd nothing more, also note that the delivery will only take 48 hours to reach your destination after when you must have paid for the delivery fee to Mr Stephen Oj. We hope that every thing is clear to your understanding. A receipt to this effect will be sent to you upon the confirmation of the $200.00 USD for the delivery fee of your ATM Card to you ok.PRIOR TO THIS. A RELIABLE AND A TRUSTED COURIER COMPANY HAVE BEEN CONTRACTED TO MAKE THE DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE TO YOU AND AS SOON AS YOU CONTACT MR. STEPHEN OJ WITH THE REQUESTED DELIVERY INFORMATION AND THE DELIVERY FEE, HE WILL REGISTER YOUR PACKAGE (ATM CARD) TO THE COURIER COMPANY AND UPDATE YOU WITH THE TRACKING DETAILS OF YOUR PACKAGE FROM THE COURIER COMPANY SO THAT YOU CAN TRACK YOUR PACKAGE ONLINE TO KNOW WHEN IT WILL ARRIVE TO YOU DESTINATION.Best Regards.Agent Frederick W. Humphries IIFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEWASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Then, Posterous came along, so I used that for my short, fractured thoughts and slice-of-life captures, and left this as longer writing... which meant that not much got posted here.
But now, Posterous is going away. Which raised the question... what should I do with all my old Posterous content?
Long story short, I dropped it here. If you follow the "posterous" label here you'll find all of it. But, if you scroll through the archives, it'll be mixed in with what's here already.
What's lost are the comments, but there haven't been too many over the years. Maybe I'll bring all those at once, in a single "update post"? That's an idea...
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