Apr 152014

Not every version of the Amazon Kindle has the text-to-speech function. These are the current Kindles listed at amazon.com that can read text aloud, so you can consume content with your eyes closed! (I just wanted to find a short list like this, is that too much to ask? This list is up-to-date as of 04/15/14)

These 4 Amazon Kindle Fires have Screen Reader, featuring “IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice” ::

And, this Amazon Kindle DX has “Read-to-Me: Kindle DX reads select books out loud with this text-to-speech feature” ::

Apr 132014

We the Chuang family have a tradition of multi-churching during the 2 biggest Christian holidays of the year, Easter and Christmas. Here’s a schedule of church worship services around Orange County, California, that I charted out with 18 churches that had multiple service times for Easter weekend::

This is our proposed agenda for the Chuang Family 2014 OC Easter Tour (with 8 stops):

  • 4/17 Thurs 7pm @ An Easter Together
  • 4/18 Fri 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Irvine + 2pm @ ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa + 6pm @ Ev Free Fullerton
  • 4/19 Sat 4pm @ Saddleback Lake Forest + 6pm @ Mariners Irvine
  • 4/20 Sun 7am @ Saddleback Rancho Capistrano + 11am @ Saddleback Church UCI Venue

Please join us on this special tour if you’re in the area, we’d love to meet you! (I’ll provide color commentary, for free, upon request.) Or build your own schedule using the spreadsheet.

An overview map of the 2014 OC Easter Tour
Aside: wondering what percentage of Southern Baptist Churches have Good Friday services. Can anyone help me find the answer?

Apr 122014

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon and an on-going ecosystem where global issues are tackled with a Christian perspective. If you are passionate about impacting the world, join this super-charged event May 30-June 1 in Redwood City, CA, and experience the creativity of an entrepreneurial community to address the challenges confronting our society, churches, and spiritual lives.

Apr 042014
The Present Future of Digital Technologies

At a Leadership Network collaborative event for churches strategizing about “What’s Next”, I made a presentation titled “The Present Future of Digital Technologies.” I did the 15-minute talk twice. Listen to either 1 of 2 audios and follow along with the slide deck for a useful framework to thinking strategically about how to use current & emerging technologies for current & future opportunities. Version 1 Version 2 Honored to be [read more...]

Apr 012014

Excerpt from “Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame? Rick Warren confronts one more “last taboo.”” – cover story in Christianity Today by Christine A. Scheller (3/31/14):: “In some Asian populations, we know there are not even words for therapy or suicide…”

Mar 292014
Hard to Find Christian Support for Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illnesses

Yes there is hope and help for people that struggle with mental illness, but it is not easy to get help when there is so much social stigma about someone needing psychiatric help. Plus, even if stigma weren’t in the way, there isn’t enough professionals and resources to meet the overwhelming need–approximately 61.5 million (1 in 4 US adults) experience mental illness in a given year and only a third [read more...]

Mar 272014
Watch/Listen the Gathering on Mental Health and Church 3/28 Event

Watch the free webcast for The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church held on 3/28/14, noted as the nation’s first religiously backed conference to address mental health issues.  / [update] Watch/listen to the recordings from The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church All of the plenary session videos and workshop audios are online for free. / Traditional media mentions, most recently: Rick Warren: Churches Must Do More to Address Mental [read more...]

Mar 152014
Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in Churches

March 28th, 2014 is the day when the world could have more safe communities for people with mental illness. The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church is convening on 3/28 from 8:30am to 9:00pm (Pacific Time, UTC-7) Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and word is that there will be a FREE livestream webcast. See website mentalhealthandthechurch.com for more event info and if you’re local to Southern California, please come – and [read more...]