Spring Break is almost here. Most of you will be out of town that week, and we will miss you at church. While you play at the lake, beach, mountains, or Disney, I will be locked in my study in prayer and fasting. (Is a tongue-in-cheek lie as valid as a regular one? )There are many things that hurt church attendance these days including football, Disney, picking apples in North Georgia, and bad preaching.
We ministers don’t really ever get a Sunday of rest. Sunday is a work day — a hard, stressful day — but a day full of joy and satisfaction as well. But if ministers are going to get a day of rest then it must come on some other day of the week. (And to all of you who think that ministers just work on Sunday, may you spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement watching reruns of “C-Span.”)Anyway, a few years ago, I had a Sunday on a Monday (and Tuesday), thanks to 3-4 inches of snow.
Sometimes you end up traveling miles to get to know someone who’s been working and living just a few blocks away. Such was the case over the recent winter break for me when I traveled with a team of students from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to Grahamstown, South Africa, for a two-week visit.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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