I have asked my friend and frequent commenter Katherine Conner to contribute to the series by giving her input on www.YouTube.com. Katherine and her husband Lee were some of the first people we met when we moved to Broken Arrow and have become some of our favorite people to be around. We wish we could spend more time with them. I went over to Katherine’s FaceBook profile to find the most obscure or weird picture I could find to introduce her with and there were several great options, but this one looked great for what we have going on here.
Hi, I’m Katherine Conner, and I get to be your guest blogger today. My favorite Jeremy Davidson friend asked me to write to you about the impact that www.youtube.com has on my life, and the ways that I see we could use YouTube to reach others for Christ.
I use the YouTube service on an almost daily basis. I have Flock set as my current web browser, and one of the features I like most about it is the ability to log into my YouTube account. The videos that I have previously favorited will then be displayed across the top of my screen. I can play those while continuing to browse the Internet. This is easier to me that Itunes most of the time, because all of my favorite songs are in one place.
I mainly use YouTube to access music. Lately, I have been on a big kick to discover new songs and artists, and YouTube makes it very easy to do this. Tulsa used to have a pretty cool “Christian alternative” radio station that I enjoyed listening to- unfortunately it was changed to another “contemporary Christian” station, meaning there is too much Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith for me to handle. Using YouTube, I can get online to hear new songs by the artists that I used to listen to on the Kross. I use the “Related Videos” tab on to often find new music. I recently unearthed a cover of one of my favorite Rush of Fools song that I am determined to learn to sing- which is a big deal since I can’t sing. At all.
I feel that YouTube is a valuable resource for those of use trying to further the Kingdom of Christ. Wikipedia states that “few statistics are publicly available regarding the number of videos on YouTube. However, in July 2006, the company revealed that more than 100 million videos were being watched every day, and 2.5 billion videos were watched in June 2006. 50,000 videos were being added per day in May 2006, and this increased to 65,000 by July. In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users had made over 3 billion video views.” These facts are old, and I’m sure that they’ve only increased since then. I feel that the dreams and desires of my generation to see the love of Christ could be shared through videos- how cool would it be to see tutorials such as “How to Love the Skaters” or “How to Witness to the Gay Guys Next Door”? It would be totally neat to get on and see other Christians sharing their walks and relationships with us. I would like to log on to YouTube and watch testimonies from around the globe of how God is moving. Sermons and music are helpful and needed, but I would love to see real world application of how I can fulfill the commandment to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 20:28 NIV).
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