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  1. Greg Boyd: Apologies & Explanations: A Cross Vision Reading of David & Goliath

    Dan takes a shot at interpreting the David & Goliath story through a cruciform lens.   

    Send Questions To: Dan: @thatdankentTwitter: @reKnewOrg Email: askgregboyd@gmail.com Links: Greg’s book:"Crucifixion of the Warrior God" Website: ReKnew.org  

    http://askgregboyd.libsyn.com/a-cross-vision-reading-of-david-goliath

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  2. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 193, Live From WWDC 2017

    The Talk Show

    ‘Crack Marketing Team’ — Live From WWDC 2017 With Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017

    Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: new Mac hardware, the new iPad Pro, Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”, iOS 11, the upcoming HomePod, and more.

    Audio:

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    Links:

    The WWDC 2017 keynote.

    The new iOS App Store.

    New iMacs.

    The upcoming iMac Pro.

    MacOS 10.13 High Sierra.

    New iPad Pro models.

    iOS 11

    HomePod.

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.

    https://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/2017/06/08/ep-193

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  3. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 139, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa

    The Talk Show

    ‘How Many Fingers Should This Baby Have?’, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa

    Monday, 14 December 2015

    Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi joins the show for a wide-ranging half-hour discussion about Swift — Apple’s new programming language that just went open source.

    Next, John Siracusa returns to the show to follow up on Federighi’s segment on Swift. Other topics include Apple’s new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6S, and our mutual (and perhaps futile) desire to head into this week’s premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens knowing as few spoilers as possible.

    Transcript of Craig Federighi’s interview.

    Download MP3.

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    Links:

    Craig Federighi talking about Swift going open source with Ars Technica, TheNextWeb, and Mashable.

    Siracusa’s explanation of Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in his Mac OS X 10.7 review in 2011.

    Siracusa’s excellent introduction to Swift from his Mac OS X 10.10 review last year.

    Glyn Williams post on Quora regarding how iOS devices need less RAM than equivalent Android devices, because Android’s virtual machine uses garbage collection and iOS doesn’t.

    “The Curious Case of the Curious Case” — my review of Apple’s new Smart Battery Case.

    Michael Tsai’s link roundup on Sketch leaving the Mac App Store.

    Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie’s The C Programming Language, first published in 1978.

    Android’s Dalvik (old) and ART (new) runtimes, both of which use garbage collection.

    “Don’t Drink the Bacta Tea” — spoiler-free episode of The Incomparable last week, with Siracusa, Jason Snell, Serenity Caldwell, and Dan Moren talking about The Force Awakens.

    Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki

    Sci-Fi Corridor Archive. Start here, of course.

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.

    http://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/2015/12/07/ep-139

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  4. First Time Guest Gifts: 26 Lessons from 33 Churches | unSeminary

    Podcast (audioblog): Play in new window | DownloadRecently I connected with church leaders from 33 churches from across North America and asked them to share with me what they are doing for gifts for their first time guests. This continues in a series where I’ve asked other church leaders to help us learn what is happening at their church … earlier I’ve done posts on church bulletins, adding new services and the “other holy days“. I’m thankful for the leaders who took time out to help us all learn!6 Reasons Your Church Should Give Guests GiftsShow’s Guests That You Expected Them! // Think about the last time you were invited over to a friend’s house … did they get their place ready for you to arrive? Good friends do! We set out a few snacks, have the drinks cooled, light some candles … all signs to our guests that we expected them. You are inviting guests to come to your church and a great way to indicate to them that you expected them is to have a gift ready just for them. As a thank you for taking the risk to come and visit you!First Impressions Count // When people are new at your church they notice everything … the grass growing up in the parking lot, the unclear signage, that funky smell in your kids space … a well thought out gift creatives a great initial experience for your guests. It creates a “moment” that has potential to say a lot about your church. Think through what first impression you want to give to your guests and build your gift around that.Extend the Experience Beyond the Weekend // Why do you people buy t-shirts at a concert when they could probably get the same t-shirt for much less online? Why does every major ride at your favorite theme park exit out through the gift shop? People are looking for souvenirs from experiences that matter to them. It’s a way for them to take a piece of the experience with them back into their “normal life”. When you give people a gift to take home it has the potential to help them recall the positive time they had at your church and implicitly invites them to return.Clearer Explanation of Who You Are // Although when people come to your weekend service they will get a good idea of what it’s important to you … chances are every weekend doesn’t represent the entire picture. A gift for your guests gives you the opportunity to explain what makes your church tick … you can give them an inside look at what it means to be a part of you community. It’s a perfect opportunity to define the “next step” for them as they are just entering community.Invite them to come back! // One the realities of growing churches that they are just better at getting their guests to come back. In fact, the difference between a stagnant church and a growing church is often that stagnant churches only have 1 in 10 guests return while exploding churches are getting 3 in 10 guests to come back. The gift for your guests is a part of asking your guests to come back. In fact, some of the churches studied actually have two tiers of gifts … one for “first time guests” and then a second for “returning guests”. Make sure your gift asks people to come back for whatever it coming up next at your church!Slows Down the Weekend Experience // If you give the gift to your new guests as a part of the weekend service experience then it slows that experience down and ensures they need to interact with someone. They shouldn’t just pick up the gift up off a table somewhere … but they should to interact with some amazing members of your volunteer team who are particularly skilled in working with new guests. This “speed bump” ensures that new people are interacting with even just a few people at your church before they escape out the door and into the parking lot.Quotable Quotes from Church Leaders on First Time Guest Gifts“egifts are often not opened. Not sure if they are going into spam or why. We are looking into a tangible gift card and are open to other ideas.” – Chris McCombs“The first time guests enjoy receiving a gift. We find that the gift needs to have our information on it. We have seen more repeat visitors since we give them all our contact information and not just a random gift.” – Nichole Brown“Our rate of returning guests definitely increased when we got serious about recognizing them with a gift. But truth is, while people seem to appreciate the gifts, I get more comments on my handwritten note.” – Scott Gamel“People are blown away that they have been “mugged” before they get home.” – Doug Bedgood (This church has their guest services team take coffee mugs to the guests’ home during the service.)“What we discovered is that people don’t usually return because they got some cool swag. They come back because of the quality of the service (preaching, music, kids, etc.) and the warmth of the welcome they received. Best thing for us has been the establishment of a VIP reception area for guests. They connect with staff and volunteers there and receive personal follow-up from the volunteers they meet. Our returns on this have been very good.” – Dave BowmanWhen is the best time to give the gift?As I researched the churches that give gifts to their new guests I found that there seems to be three times that churches give gifts to first time guests. Here is a run down of the three times to think about:During the Sunday Experience // Some churches use first time guest gifts as a thank you during the actual Sunday they attend. These churches generally have guest go to a welcome desk or dedicated first time guest area. The advantage of this approach is that the guest leaves with the gift in tow after their experience and they’ve met some members of the church’s team.As a Follow Up After the Experience // Other churches send the gift in the week following the guest’s visit. Sometimes these are mailed or in some cases hand delivered by a follow up team. The first church I served at did this … we had a team of people that delivered home baked cookies the week after the visit! This approach implicitly asks people to come and visit your church the following weekend.A Promised Gift for a Second Visit // Another time that churches will give gifts to guests will be as an incentive to return that second time. Sometimes these gifts are given in combination with the “first time gift” and sometimes they are just offered to the second time guest. By rewarding these guests for coming to your church another time you are rewarding the behavior you want … people to return!From my perspective, the best time to give a gift to a someone new at your church is as a part of their experience. We give our gifts for everyone who is new and hands in a “new here” card. We have a specially trained group of volunteers that help these guests feel extra welcome to the church. We go out of our way to ensure they know what they need to know about our church … and take some first steps to seeing get connected. We want that first experience with us to be a super positive one … first impressions matter!8 Examples of First Time Guest GiftsRather than just talking about what churches give to their guests I asked some friends to send me what they give away. Here are samples from 8 churches … be inspired! You can download high res versions of these images in the unSeminary Members Only section … if you aren’t a member you can join now for free.Christ Community Church // Chicagoland  A pen. Welcome brochure. Free coffee at their coffee bar. Explanation of the gospel.    Cornerstone Church // Moulton, AL  Water bottle full of candy! T-shirt. Book written by Pastor. Note pad. Highlighter. Welcome pack with all kinds of information about the church.  LifeChurch.tv // 18 Campuses … mostly in Oklahoma  A Worship CD. A Welcome CD about the Church. Clear directions on how to get plugged into the church. A New Testament. Flyers on various ministries of the church.   New Covenant Church // Brantford, Ontario  A church branded travel coffee mug. Welcome CD about the church. Welcome brochure.    Shelter Rock Church // Long Island, NY Andy Stanley’s “How Good is Good Enough?” Book. Chocolates! Letter from the pastor. Flyers about the ministries of the church.    Triad Baptist Church // Kernersville, NC   A church branded travel coffee mug. A pen. Welcome flyers.   Victory Church // Austin, TX   $5 gift card for their store. Various brochures about their ministry. CD from Pastor.   Tuscaloosa Vineyard // Tuscaloosa, AL   $5 Starbucks card. Hand written note. CD from Pastor.   Conclusions //Start with What Your Guests Would Like! // Remember when you were a kid and your dear Aunt Lucy gave you that out of date sweater that was two sizes too small … you started calling her Aunt Lousy. Don’t do that to your guests! Make your gift something that other people will really want to get! Be creative. Create a WOW! moment for them.This Will Cost Money. // The average spent across all these churches for their gifts was $4.88 … the lowest was $0.75 and the highest was $15.00. First impressions are important as a church and this is strategic resources for you to invest. Figure out what you would be comfortable spending on these items … then budget 20% more. Your guests deserve it … they risked a lot to come to your church and you should reward them.Leverage it to gather contact information. // How can you follow up with your guests if you don’t have their contact information? Use your gift in an exchange to collect their contact information. The fact that they are giving you their contact information means they are giving you permission to follow up with them. Make sure your best people do the follow up with these guests. {Bonus: Check out how one church uses the contact information from first time guest gifts to follow up guests with an email sequence.}Give Guests a “Next Step” // Across the board the churches that seem to leveraging first time guest gifts the best are giving them a clear next step to take. They have a new comers class … or a reception with their pastor … or even just a group of people dedicated to helping first time guests get connected to the church. It isn’t random … their is a clear communication on what guests are suppose to “do” next.What are you learning about first time guest gifts? I’d love you to join the conversation leave a comment! 

    http://www.unseminary.com/first-time-guest-gifts-26-lessons-from-33-churches/

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  5. The Leadership Momentum Podcast - Stewardship Central

    Episode Notes

    Craig Groeschel has a lot on his plate: Pastor of LifeChurch.tv (22 locations and more than 100 weekly worship services), New York Times best-selling author, innovator of YouVersion, devoted husband, and father of six children. With all this responsibility, how does he manage his time, steward resources, and protect the culture of his church? Craig shares some insights every leader needs to hear.

    http://www.stewardshipcentral.org/podcast

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  6. Tough Room | This American Life

    This week we bring you backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper. Plus other people speaking their minds in very tough rooms.

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/348/tough-room?utm_content=bufferb92ea&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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