Poll Everywhere. You know on American Idol when Seacrest says something to the effect of ‘Text your vote to 5555 to vote for Ginny Wannabe as the new Idol."? Now you can use that technology in your ministry, sermon, youth camp, whatever. Your group can send anonymous texts to ask questions, vote, or answer polls. The possibilities for interactive creativity are limitless. Results can be displayed for your group in real time. Set up an account and try it for free.
How Much Caffeine Would It Take To Kill You? I’ve been told I’m an addict. But I don’t agree (denial?). Either way, it’s good to know just how much Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Monster, or other caffeinated energy drinks it would take to put you six feet under. Energy Fiend is a neat little site (and Facebook app) where you plug in your weight and your caffeinated drink of choice and calculate how far you have to go…
Live Web. Insert live websites into your PowerPoint presentations (for those of you who still use ppt). Rather than using a stale screenshot (which usually don’t fit and have to be rescaled), Live Web provides a plug-in that does the job seamlessly. (Mac and PC available)
Bibliomania. After I bought a copy of The Brothers Karamazov, I realized I could read it in it’s entirety for free online. Along with a truckload of other literary classics.
Abort73. With the recent anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the team at Loxofamosity has redesigned the Abort73 site. It’s not your typical ‘we hate abortion’ site (it’s never been), but they’ve raised the bar with some great resources, articles, etc. that cover everything from scientific and biological embryonic research to scriptural perspectives for the preservation and respect of ALL life. Good stuff.
XXXChurch. If you’re not familiar with Craig Gross and the guys at XXXChurch, shame on you. The porn business has a greater gross revenue than the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, MLS, and the X Games combined. Each spring, our student ministry hosts a month-long purity/dating study called Sex Camp, and I spotlight their resources when covering sexual addiction, pornography, browser software and the infamous No Ho Pledge.