Finding images to use in your presentation or blog

Thanks to my friends at Wayne State University, here are five great websites to find free images that are also free from copyright restrictions. This is copied from the IPed Blog, October 16th, 2012:

Here are my top five most frequently used image search sites:

  • WikiMedia Commons – A sister project of Wikipedia; this site has all the benefits of Wikipedia’s organizational skills. All of the images here have an “open content” license or are public domain. Instructions for use are clearly listed with each image.
  • Flickr – This link goes to their Creative Commons images only. They also give a brief overview of the different licenses used. The only disadvantage to these is that the images are not always well-labeled. You may have to search through some oddball, unrelated images in your search.
  • Google Images – From the Google Images page, you’ll have to first search for something…anything, really. Try searching for “chocolate chip cookies and milk”. (I know, I’m drooling over here.) Click on the gear button, which will open up a drop down menu. Select “Advanced Search”. Scroll down to “usage rights” and click the box. You can choose any of the “free to use” options depending on your specific needs.
  • FotoPedia – Gorgeous pictures on this site. Just make sure you go through this link to their search page. The search page from the home page link only shows one image at a time. (There are some awesome features there to learn more about the image.) From this link, just click on “advanced options” and then select the “any license” menu.
  • Pics4Learning – Want something even more user-friendly? All the images here are free to use without having to worry about granting attribution! But they must be used for educational purposes.

Have fun searching!

Presenters- Create Your Own Infographic!

Here’s a new tool that will help you create an infographic- it’s called and there’s a short You Tube video demonstrating this here.

Infographics can be a useful tool for your next presentation, provided it’s done well, as Joe Brockmeier cautions here. Now that we have online resources, there’s no excuse for poor preparation and misleading presentations. Take some time to do some fact-checking and think through the best ways to share useful information with your audience.

What tools have you found that help you present ideas to others? Share them below in the Comments!


80% of Churchgoers Don’t Read the Bible Daily

Reported by Jeremy Weber for one of Christianity Today’s blogs, LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers recently and found that while 90 percent “desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do,” only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day.

Does this surprise you? What are some of the implications? Does it matter?
How would you have answered this survey question?

Dallas Willard says our churches are filled with “undiscipled disciples”. “Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have not yet decided to follow Jesus.” How can we change this? How are you involved in mentoring new Christians?

(Dallas Willard quote from Devotional Classics, Revised Edition, 2005, p.14)

Digital Families

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According to a new report co-released by Barna Group and Orange, most Americans have welcomed digital technologies like computers and smart phones into their lives with open arms. In fact, most parents believe that, on balance, technology has been a positive influence in their lives by making communication more convenient.

Yet, there is no question that technology has also increased conflict within families. Parents complain that technology wastes time, creates diversions from homework, allows students to maintain a private, exclusive relational life, and distracts from family conversations.

Interestingly, the research pointed out that most parents are just as dependent on digital tools; they use the Internet and mobile phones nearly as much as their own children. Teenagers also complain about a double standard with regard to technology, noting that their parents bring home too much work and that it makes it hard to have conversations. Recent writing from Barna Group founder, George Barna, raises the possibility that technology has become America’s new addiction.

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Did Francis of Assisi really say that?

Let’s do our research before we quote somebody famous- here’s an example from Christianity Today:

“How often do we hear these days, with passion and approval, the famous dictum attributed to Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary”? In this saying, the word-versus-deed question rears its head, stressing in this instance how important it is for Christians to “preach the gospel” with their actions. Let the gospel be seen rather than spoken, it’s implied. Words may serve a useful backup role, but our actions must take center stage if we are to make a difference in the world.
At first blush, this sounds right. Except that it isn’t.
According to those who know the relevant history well—the Franciscans—Francis never uttered these words. But more important, on its face this dictum represents a significant error. It’s simply impossible to preach the gospel without words. The gospel is inherently verbal, and preaching the gospel is inherently verbal behavior.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a verbal thing, and communicating it requires putting it into words. This verbal witness is scarcely the whole of our calling, but neither is it dispensable. Nothing can replace it.”

Church & Technology

74% of church members read the Bible electronically (ie. iPad, smart phone) according to a Canadian study done at Tyndale University in Toronto in 2011. This study also found:

Top 4 Reasons For Using Technology:

1. To enrich relationships/ stay connected with members

2. To reach the online community

3. To evolve with the congregation

4. To bring in new members

Technology Goals for Church Ministries in the Next 5 Years

1. Building or maintaining a church website

2. Communicating with the congregation electronically

3. Doing research on the internet

4. Develop virtual small groups/ churches

To see more go to

What do you think?

Religious websites are more likely to give you a virus than pornographic pages?

“Internet surfers viewing websites with religious content are more likely to receive a virus from a religious page than they would from looking at a site with pornographic material, according to a recent study by U.S.-based anti-virus vendor Symantec.”

What do you think?