I’ll be posting more in-depth on this in the coming months, but here’s some initial thinking.
In this video, I’m up for the first few minutes. (The thumbnail isn’t me but Henryk Krol.) I’ve also pulled a few quotes for you below.
Last month, I spoke on this panel at the Global Consultation on the Gospel and Media, organized by the Lausanne Movement. Here are some of the high points:
Social media is bad for our souls. That’s why we need to us it. It distracts us, keeps us from doing important things, makes us restless, makes us smug, keeps us from enjoying life. But we should use it anyway, to care well for other people. Read more in this post.
In the digital age, we need to seek silence and solitude and thoughtful engagement. (Click to tweet this if you agree.)
The Church bravely goes into war zones, slums, and “closed” countries. But we get skittish about being fully engaged in social media? Where are the brave ambassadors for Christ in the digital spaces?
Ministry is fundamentally about relationships. So is social media. (Click to tweet this if I’m on the right track.)
If you don’t like social media, I don’t care. I care about your friends—the people you are serving—and what they prefer…even if it’s Google+.
At this gathering, we are too old, too white, and too male.
Craig Detweiler asked the key question, “How do we unleash God’s people to minister in the digital age?”
If we are not equipping believers to present Jesus in a winsome, intellectually respectable fashion, we are failing.
Twitter is not shallow. People are shallow. (Click to tweet this.)
Facebook is forcing us to decrease the jargon we use as the church. Social media opens up our conversations and allows people to see into the church.
The tempation to present a false self is the same in real life as it is on Facebook. The dangers people point to in social people are no different than what we face in real life.
What do you disagree with here? Or what had you nodding in agreement? Leave a comment below.
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