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PostPosted: 07-30-2008 1:26 am
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Needless to say, RTI is shiny and new, so we need the help of our dedicated members to keep RTI growing. How can you help?

If you like what you see, spread the word to friends and family. If you participate in other venues, blogs, etc., on the internet, posting a pointer to our web site is appreciated as long as you don't violate any rules. Please do not spam other venues; use private messaging or email.

Perhaps you are discussing a difficult topic in church classes. RTI can serve as a good resource for these settings and you might consider referring others to our site. RTI is going to be a safe place for the young, too. Our doctrines are Biblical and no inappropriate content will be found in our forums. Please consider RTI to be a your venue for training, education, and spiritual growth in the Reformed tradition.

If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can make RTI a worthwhile endeavor, don't be shy about telling us. And when we blow it, we want to know about it. Register your complaints here. No one will hold it against you. Help us to be better.

If you participate in web ranking programs, such as StumbleUpon, Digg, etc., please enter your ranks of our web content you deem worthy. See also the "Share" button at the bottom of our pages where links to the most popular web ranking sites are provided. Using these tools will help to drive new users to RTI.

The success of RTI will be measured by its content. No one wants to spend their limited discretionary time on a site that is boring or intellectually dull. Persons should expect to find themselves challenged as they learn new things, or be exposed to new perspectives. No one is expected to be a literary genius, but if you take extra care when posting content, such as paying attention to grammar or the flow of your arguments, everyone benefits.

Lastly, when you post new topics, use the "Subject" field in the "Post a new topic" window wisely. Choose a subject that makes sense to search engine spiders that crawl our web sites and index content that others may search. For example, a Subject line entitled "I was wondering about this" conveys little information, versus one entitled "Assurance of the Believer". Good Subject titles also makes the RTI member's experience more productive, especially when we start having thousands of posts (I am thinking ahead).
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PostPosted: 08-16-2008 2:37 pm
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StumbleUpon is one of those web site referral services that I find useful on two counts. The first is that after I install the SU toolbar I can give various web sites I visit a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Over time these votes are used to drive visitors to these sites (or away from) and are also used when I select the "Stumble!" button in the toolbar in my browser. What happens next is always a surprise. Stumble selects some web site based upon my votes. In most of these cases the web site is something I had not seen before. I find that I have added many an interesting web site to my collection of favorites using the "Stumble" button.

The Stumble service has all sorts of other features that I don't need or use, such as letting other Stumblers link to my profile and see what I like or don't like. That is too invasive for my taste so I don't enable the feature.

StumbleUpon is a way RTI members could help drive visitors to RTI. If you install the StumbleUpon toolbar in your browser, you can give posts at RTI a thumbs up. A small window will open. In that window you can enter some comments about the post you are voting for. Then you select the 'Religion' category in a small pull-down item, select a radio button stating that no adult content is contained in the post you are voting for, and then you submit your review. The whole process takes about 15 seconds.

You can sign up and download the toolbar here.

Think of it as a way to spread a witness about RTI and its teachings.
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PostPosted: 10-11-2008 2:01 pm
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When referring others to our location, you need only remember 5 simple words:

Reformed Theology Institute dot com


That is all it takes to get folks pointed in our direction.
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PostPosted: 10-20-2008 8:30 pm
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Today I picked up my magnetic signs for all my autos that have the http://www.reformedtheologyinstitute.com/ url prominently displayed on them. Now I am a mobile billboard for RTI.  Laughing

I also have my portable table and chair that I plan to take over to the local university and set up with some RTI signage. Plan to just sit there quietly, bible at the ready for the curious who want to stop by and chat me up.

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PostPosted: 10-21-2008 8:36 am
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Those are great ideas. Is the univeristy you are visiting ASU in Tempe? Let us know how that goes.

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PostPosted: 10-21-2008 10:14 pm
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Those are great ideas. Is the univeristy you are visiting ASU in Tempe? Let us know how that goes.

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Yes, ASU in Tempe.
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PostPosted: 12-27-2008 11:41 pm
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Just want to thank everyone who has referred others to RTI. Seeing the new and very interesting threads from new faces has been a blessing.

If you are new, please post a pix of yourself when you have the time. To upload a pix, see the "Attach File" link at the lower left of an opened posting text box.

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PostPosted: 01-03-2009 12:34 pm
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We are growing thanks to the help of so many new and enthusiastic members! But we can grow faster if everyone will review the suggestions in this thread.

One of the best ways to increase our membership is by letting your fellow church members know we are here and that this is a moderated forum where civil discourse is strictly enforced.

Also adding the RTI website, http://www.reformedtheologyinstitute.com/, to your sig (where allowed) when you are visiting other discussion sites, replying to blogs, etc. is another effective means of spreading the news about RTI.

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PostPosted: 01-04-2009 1:28 pm
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I need information about mailing lists that you may be aware of to send personal invites to visit RTI and possibly become members. For example, today I emailed all North American PCA member churches with a personal invite.

If you have information about mailing lists that would be interested in our discussion forum, please let me know the particulars and I will get the word out to them.

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PostPosted: 01-17-2009 10:49 pm
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We are close to having 100 members. Who will be the 100th RTI member? Only 12 more to go, folks! Thanks again for spreading the word about RTI to your colleagues, friends, and family.

If you have a Sunday School class that might be interested in wading into the deep end of the theological pool, tell them about RTI! We can even set up special discussion threads dedicated to your class lessons if warranted.

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PostPosted: 01-18-2009 3:44 am
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ooo - that is a GREAT idea! I will take you up on that :)

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StumbleUpon is one of those web site referral services that I find useful on two counts. The first is that after I install the SU toolbar I can give various web sites I visit a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Over time these votes are used to drive visitors to these sites (or away from) and are also used when I select the "Stumble!" button in the toolbar in my browser. What happens next is always a surprise. Stumble selects some web site based upon my votes. In most of these cases the web site is something I had not seen before. I find that I have added many an interesting web site to my collection of favorites using the "Stumble" button.

The Stumble service has all sorts of other features that I don't need or use, such as letting other Stumblers link to my profile and see what I like or don't like. That is too invasive for my taste so I don't enable the feature.

StumbleUpon is a way RTI members could help drive visitors to RTI. If you install the StumbleUpon toolbar in your browser, you can give posts at RTI a thumbs up. A small window will open. In that window you can enter some comments about the post you are voting for. Then you select the 'Religion' category in a small pull-down item, select a radio button stating that no adult content is contained in the post you are voting for, and then you submit your review. The whole process takes about 15 seconds.

You can sign up and download the toolbar here.

Think of it as a way to spread a witness about RTI and its teachings.

I also added a button at the bottom of our pages that includes many other types of url sharing services. Run your mouse over the "Share" button at the bottom of our pages to see a popup of other services you can use to spread the word about RTI.

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PostPosted: 05-12-2009 11:13 pm
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If you are enjoying the RTI experience, I would like to ask you to consider inviting at least one friend, relative, or acquaintance to look over our forums and consider joining.

Below is the standard invitation letter I email to others that you can feel free to modify for your own use:

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You and your church or organization ámay be interested in an internet resource for all things Reformed.

For anyone seeking Reformed resources, education, or discussion with an unashamedly Reformed doctrinal perspective, Reformed Theology Institute, http://www.ReformedTheologyInstitute.com/ is worth a look. RTI, founded July'08, is a venue for Reformed theology, worship, education, training, and discussion. At the main web site there is a link to the RTI discussion forums: http://rti.myfineforum.org/index.php

The discussion forum at RTI is a moderated environment, where civilized discourse is encouraged and any vitriolic rhetoric is quickly dealt with by the moderators. The theology discussions often tend towards advanced discussions and our moderators ensure the environment is safe for anyone, even young persons.

Members of RTI can learn from others and, if qualified, teach others, too, if they are so inclined.

I hope you will stop by RTI sometime and look over http://www.ReformedTheologyInstitute.com/. Most content is viewable by guests visiting the site. If you like what you see, perhaps you will consider sharing this information with your fellow congregants and others who are interested in the Reformed faith.

Your servant of the Lord,
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If you could just invite only one person per week, we would see significant growth in our membership and its active participants over time.

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Just want to Bump, but only once! this thread for review by our new members in recent months. This thread contains useful tips for increasing our membership and participation.

Bump, but only once!

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PostPosted: 10-07-2009 11:07 pm
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Folks,

The cool weather is upon us and while we are snuggled in our pajamas and sipping hot chocolate browing RTI, I want to remind everyone that our forum is only as good as its members who actively participate. Please help us spread the word about our site to others.

Also, I would like to ask anyone who has not posted in some time to think about the issues and questions you wrestle with often and share them with your fellow RTI members. We are a community of like-minded individuals, passionate about the word of God, and should draw upon the wisdom of our members. Don't be hesitant to make your thoughts known. There are no "high priests" at RTI. As the Ethiopian asked in Acts 8:30-31,

30 And Philip ran thither, and heard him read the Prophet Isaiah, and said, But understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except I had a guide? And he desired Philip, that he would come up and sit with him. á(1599 Geneva Bible Translation)

Let's draw upon one another.

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