Public Evangelism Resources
(Erratum: the original article, as it appeared in Best Practices, contained a dead link to a YouTube video, which was a short tutorial. That appears to no longer work - but there are enough SkyGrid users out there that searching "SkyGrid" in YouTube will produce a wealth of other demonstrations. My apologies. SB)
Own an iPad, iPhone, or Android-based smartphone? You might want to check out SkyGrid (www.skygrid.com), an app that provides a customized and well-organized news feed. It's particularly useful for evangelists and others who want - or need - to keep current in the pulpit. It not only provides useful broad news categories that will help you find a current story (something that happened today) to illustrate your point, it also allows you to create custom news categories that will follow your favorite topics daily.
Set Adventists as a news category, for example, and you will receive all of the stories - from around the world - that mention Adventists, every single day. It's remarkable just how much good information will land on your device.
Imagine the potential this has to enrich your evangelistic preaching. Presenting the health message this evening? Open a smoking or alcohol category and get the latest statistics and research delivered to you daily. Over the course of a couple of days, it's virtually guaranteed that you'll find something powerful to help you make your case. Preaching about prayer? Open a "prayer" category and become remarkably well-informed about what prayer is doing for people all over the world. Preaching on Matthew 24? Open the categories earthquake, war, cult, or famine, and you'll always have something new to talk about. The sermon you take into the pulpit this Sabbath - or to your evangelistic hall tonight - will be illustrated with something that actually happened in the last 24 hours.
As one user states on the SkyGrid website, "if you've ever wished there were a single site that pulled all your varied interests together in one place, SkyGrid could be your new best friend."
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