So Leslie, the kids and I are all headed to Nashville in a few hours to spend some time with some great friends, the Graves’ and Michael Peters. And Sunday I’ll get to preach at the Otter Creek Church of Christ. I’ve been to OC a few times. It’s one of my favorite Kingdom outpost’s, and Josh Graves is one of my favorite people/preachers. So I’m pretty excited about being there this weekend. And since life is so hectic at home (trying to sell a house is no picnic), it’s good to have a weekend to get away as a family.
There’s a book I’m reading right now called Tattoo’s on the Heart, it’s written by Gregory Boyle, a minister in downtown L.A. who’s spent his entire ministry working with the disenfranchised. It’s written out of decades of Gospel work, and it will rock your world. There are something about the stories that come out of Kingdom living that can inspire us like nothing else. I’ll blog about this book later, but a word of warning for now…1). It’s a rough book, he doesn’t pull any punches about the situations he finds himself in on a daily basis. He quotes the gang members he works with verbatim, and they don’t use G-language often. 2). It will shake you up if you are comfortable. Boyle is one of those people, who just by telling his story, makes you introspective about your own.
I read this blog by John Ortberg recently, and I wanted to pass it on to you. Ortberg is one of my favorite preachers, and I really like his take on Social Media and the church. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it: Do you agree/Disagree? What would you add?
“Is Facebook good for the soul, or bad? Is our capacity to be electronically tethered 24/7 a spiritual boon or bust? Is a cell-phone, I-Pad, web-world, text-obsessed existence faith-building or faith-toxic?
And the answer is yes.
Technology is always a doubled-edged sword, because it reflects the wonder of the imago dei and the wickedness of the fall. The printing press which brought the Bible to the masses did the same for pornography.
I know that the speed of e-communication can lend itself to shortened attention spans and superficial conversations. I am grateful the gospel of John didn’t start, “In the beginning was the tweet…and the tweet became flesh and twittered awhile among us.”
But spiritual growth is not nostalgia. People who long for an electronically-untethered life are apt to forget the illiteracy, isolation, and ignorance that often accompanied it.
Technology is a good servant, but a bad master. How do you make it serve you?
–Find those voices that feed your soul, and stay connected to them.
–Follow the sites and people that most help you learn. We have access today to knowledge about the world of the Bible that would have made Calvin and Luther drool.
–Use it to express love and encouragement to those you care for the most. We have whole new avenues for blessing now. ‘Holy texting’ can make someone’s day.
–Re-capture the art of fasting. Fasting means I abstain from certain forms of feeding, so that I can feast on the presence of God. E-fasts help me understand when I am getting an unhelpful dependence on outside stimulation.
–Invite Jesus to tweet, blog, post, and surf with you.
He’s already there anyhow.”