Kevin Purcell

posted on January 22, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Pastor USA - North Carolina

Location: Valdese, NC
Twitter: @kapurcell
Website: www.kevinpurcell.org

Who are you?
I am a pastor and technology writer for Christian Computing Magazine, Notebooks.com, Gottabemobile.com, and I have published articles on tech subjects in iPhone Life and a few other publications.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My goal regarding tech is to help enable people as they attempt to grow in Christ and help others do the same. I also enjoy using my interest and knowledge of tech to fulfill the Great Commission.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Lately, I have been very focused on iOS and Mac stuff. But I have been a Microsofty going way back.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
The use of the great Bible study materials on a computer and mobile platforms has done so much to help me learn and teach the Bible. The challenges are temptations like giving it too much time and money.

Dan King

posted on January 21, 2011 under  Blogger Daily Digital Disciple USA - Florida

Location: Sarasota, FL
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bibledude.net
Twitter: @bibledude
Website: www.bibledude.net

Who are you?
Christ-follower. Husband. Father. Corporate training development guru. Bible college instructor. Social media editor for thehighcalling.org. Blogger at bibledude.net. Co-founder and media director for activistfaith.org.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My two greatest passions in the church are outreach and technology. Being involved in outreach and missions is what what give me the opportunity to show my gratitude for the amazing gift that I’ve been given. Technology then allows me to both enhance those efforts in outreach/missions and to communicate the awesome works that God is doing with the world.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
www.TheHighCalling.org – The technology itself isn’t the most powerful thing, but the commitment to community is what’s made the biggest impact. It’s there that I’ve found a community of other believers who come together using the technology to create something real and beautiful.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
Technology has allowed me to experience other people’s suffering in ways that I never would have before. I’ve been able to connect with the stories of people all around the world. This has forced me to deal with the injustices that exist… It’s like now that I know, then I’m accountable with how I respond.

Paul Steinbrueck

posted on January 20, 2011 under  Blogger Daily Digital Disciple USA - Florida

Location: Safety Harbor, FL
Twitter: @PaulSteinbrueck
Website: www.OurChurch.Com

Who are you?
I’m a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of 3 great kids Ainsley (9), Aidyn (7), and Aryn (3).

In 1996, my brother Mark and I started OurChurch.com, which now provides web design, hosting, search marketing, and advertising services to more than 14,000 Christian churches, schools, ministries, and businesses.  I’m also the primary author of the Christian Web Trends blog where we discuss how to use the Internet to be more effective in ministry and business.

I also serve as an elder and small group leader at Cypress Meadows Community Church.  I love to challenge and encourage people to live to their full potential through my blog LiveIntentionally.org. I also love to explore the outdoors whenever I can, camping, hiking, and geocaching.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
Sharing the gospel and living in Christian community are at their core about relationships, and relationships are at their core about communication. The Internet has opened up huge new opportunities to connect and communicate with people.  So, personally I use websites, blogs, and social media to build relationships, encourage others, and share ideas.  And through OurChurch.com I help other Christian organization leverage the Internet to reach their goals and dreams.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
I’d say the combination of blogging and Twitter.  Twitter has enabled me to connect with thousands of people all over the world.  But it’s on blogs – both my own and others’ blogs I visit regularly – where those connections have grown into relationships and where dozens of people have shared and shaped ideas.  Facilitating group blog projects like 20 Ways to Share Your Faith Online, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, and our current discussion of Kem Meyer’s book Less Clutter, Less Noise are where I feel like I’ve had the most impact.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
I can’t even begin to describe how much hope and encouragement it’s given me to be able to connect with so many people all over world who are doing so many awesome, creative things being done in the name of Jesus.  I get such a sense of unity and a sense of God’s kingdom advancing, that I want to devote more and more of my time and energy to being a part of what God is doing here on earth.

Wes Molebash

posted on January 19, 2011 under  Artist Daily Digital Disciple USA - Ohio

Location: Chillicothe, OH
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wes.molebash
Twitter: @THEWesMolebash
Website: www.wesdraws.com

Who are you?
My name is Wes Molebash, and I’m a Christ-loving cartoonist living in Southern Ohio.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
I use my blog, WesDraws.com, as a way to share my love of God and cartoons with my readers.  We have a lot of fun, and there’s a ton of interesting and gracious discussion happening among people of different faith backgrounds.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
WordPress is the best blog software out there, in my humble opinion. I use the ComicPress theme which has a lot of custom options for cartoonists and bloggers.  I also use Photoshop a lot.

How has your faith grown or been tested through technology?
It’s definitely grown. I’ve found a lot of resources and websites from other believers who are sharing their faith. It’s nice to be able to have conversations with other creative Christians you would otherwise never meet, if not for the internet.

David Abling

posted on January 18, 2011 under  Daily Digital Disciple Designer USA - Tennessee

Location: Nashville, TN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ZionEyeMedia
Twitter: @zioneyemedia
Website: www.zioneyemedia.com

Who are you?
My name is David and I am “souled out” for Christ.  Hailing from the Pac NW, I now reside in Nashville, where I am a Life Group Pastor and am in the leadership team for New Song Hillsboro Village congregation.  I have served as the worship leader for previous life groups as well as serving as a sound tech coordinator and a special events program platform manager.

When I am not serving at church, I am a professional web design and online marketing strategist under the freelance name Zion Eye Media.  I currently work at Vanderbilt University full-time and have previously worked at cj Advertising and Microsoft.  When I’m not working 60+ hours, I hang with family, play music, breakdance, play with my iPhone, and drink lots of coffee.

What makes you a Digital Disciple?
My love for Jesus is first and foremost, and that has given ample opportunities to use my abilities, personality, and passions for technology to spread the Good News.  Jesus partnered with disciples who, in faith, helped start a revolution to spread His Kingdom.  I am partnering and want to partner with people who, in faith and through using technology, like StickyJesus.com, to revolutionize how we use technology to reach the lost, see lives change, and serve our Lord.

What website or technology has impacted you most?
Smartphones in general have had a great impact on culture and technology.  I am an avid fan of most technology, and have no preference on what is being used as long as the end goal is met.  I am an avid enthusiast of Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and other proprietary products.

However, as a designer, I love www.cssremix.com and www.screenalicious.com.

How do you express your faith through technology?
“Television isn’t evil if you’re telling it no” ~ Mars Ill

I like this statement because technology can be used for good, righteousness, and spiritual growth if we use it wisely and correctly.  I have tons of Bible and Christian apps on my iPhone so I can go everywhere and carry His message with me, enabling me to listen and read in a portable fashion, and simultaneously give me opportunities to grow spiritually.  Not only does it help me to grow spiritually, but it allows me to start conversations with strangers and friends regarding the content, giving me an opportunity to witness to someone about the grace and resurrection power of Christ in my life — all because of my iPhone.

I listen to Daily Audio Bible from Brian Hardin, who used to go to my church.  I get a big chunk of my spiritual audio feed from our head pastor’s podcasts from New-song.com, who is an AMAZING SPIRIT-FILLED pastor.  My faith has definitely grown because of precise prophetic words spoken over me and to me through these podcasts.

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