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Just thinking today about programming - any of these useful to you?

posted by Joshua Griffin @ 8:56 AM |

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At 11/20/2007, Blogger Matthew McNutt said...

I actually have been saving my favorite postcards, or pretty much any of them that I thought I would use as an illustration, for the last year or so from Postsecret. They can be POWERFUL illustration tools, and every few months to half a year I grab some for a message.

I have used them when talking about people struggling with addictions, with feelings of self worth, family stuff, and even in "big church." Last year I did the sanctity of life Sunday sermon and I spoke about having compassion and a heart for those who have had an abortion. I had a bunch of postcards from people on the blog who had talked about that secret and what it has done to them in keeping it, whether it's been hard or they were okay with it or whatever. Basically, I was trying to paint a picture of the fears, and the thoughts so that we could understand a bit better - we can definitely reach out to someone more effectively if we empathize and that site is a powerful tool in doing that. : )

At 11/20/2007, Blogger Matthew McNutt said...

lol ... I forgot to mention, so far I've saved about 245 postcards off Postsecret. Some of them just really hit me. I've also used the music video, "Dirty Little Secret," in talks. Very powerful use of the postsecret cards in that song; well worth the two bucks on iTunes!

At 11/20/2007, Blogger Eric said...

thanks for the tips, Josh (and Matthew) - I just ran across this "dirty little secrets" music video this weekend at the YS Conference in ATL, and like the ideas of using these postcards for illustrations and visuals. Just checked out the website, but is there any way to see previous postcards - looks like they just post on Sunday and Wednesday, but no history to view? (btw - go to postsecretcommunity.com and you can hear audio secret posts)

At 11/20/2007, Blogger Matthew McNutt said...

Yeah, they only show the current week's postcards; I've been saving a few a week for the last couple years. There are two or three books out that are collections of the most popular/powerful ones - there are links to that on the bottom of the Postsecret blog.


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