Posts Tagged ‘culture’

15Sep

7 digital realities Christians can’t afford to ignore any longer

wake up call for Christians, Christians online, Christians and social networking, Christians on Facebook, Christians on Twitter, digital evangelism, digital outreach, Greg Laurieby Toni Birdsong
With images of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fresh in our minds, we must never forget that Satan is still the world’s #1 terrorist at large. Evil wasn’t killed by U.S. Navy Seals in a secret compound in Pakistan. He is feasting on our fear and planning his next strike against our souls and the souls of those we love. Now more than ever, the Church is called to a digital awareness, to get a plan, and to get in the game.

Here are 7 cultural realities of technology we can’t ignore:

  1. Satan is a terrorist. He understands the power of social networks as channels of unprecedented influence. So he logs on each day to destroy and divide with words, images, threats, perversions, and bizarre ideologies that get shared globally. He goes where hearts congregate. Will you stand up like David with a sling and a stone and tell Goliath you’ve come to take back the land in the name of the Lord? (1 Sam. 17:1-50)
  2. This generation is commanded to lead the next [online]. Christians who are Digital Immigrants (those over 30) are called to biblically “raise up” the next generation of Christians who are Christian Digital Natives (those born with iPods in their hands). Technology minus a firm commitment to godly discipleship is sure disaster for the future of the church and a forfeit of Kingdom influence and mission here on earth. (Deut. 6:1-2, 2 Thess. 2:14-15)
  3. Culture is winning. Look around. The voice of the Lord (His Church) has become a mere whisper on television, radio, publishing and the web. Values of family, relationship, life, marriage, purity, service, and community are being aggressively pursued—for extinction. Will you be part of God’s commandment to influence culture for His eternal Kingdom or will you throw up your hands and let culture influence (and silence) you? (Rom. 12:2, Rom. 1:26, Rom. 2:1)

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8Jun

37 ways to celebrate marriage & love your spouse online

marriage, affair-proof your marriage, Christians online, strong marriage, Facebook

By Toni Birdsong
Jesus said, “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it.” ~ Mark 12:1

We live on a broken planet; in a culture increasingly underwhelmed by vows, divorce and extramarital affairs. But infidelity is anything but casual. It’s real. It destroys lives on earth and fractures eternity.

As Christians living in a digital world we need to get intentional about honoring the covenant of marriage—for ourselves—and for a mislead world looking on. A Christ-centered marriage puts a “no trespassing” sign in the enemy’s face and tells everyone around you that values such as “marriage, fidelity, honor, respect, family, faith, and love” will never go out of fashion in your home.


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24Jan

Live Sticky: what it means and why it matters

At least once a week we get a direct message or a comment like this: “Sticky Jesus? I just don’t get it,” or we get the quick but stern “that’s disrespectful.” Thankfully, about 8 times out of 10 we get “brilliant, I love it!”

This week we’re all about how to #LiveSticky online; what it means, why you should care, and how your decision to #LiveSticky can impact the landscape of eternity.

We chose the title of our book, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online very carefully. No other title would do, because no other mission mattered as much. To Live Sticky (#LiveSticky) is a challenge issued to all Christ followers engaging online that they reflect the heart and character of Christ. It’s the biblical charge that our words, lives, and digital interactions transcend—and transform—the 24/7 chatter and turn people’s hearts to the things of God. It’s a call to stand for Christ in a culture that is falling for everything.


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17Jan

7 reasons Christians should ‘just say no’ to social networks (not!)

by Toni Birdsong

Okay, now that we’ve got your attention: Here are some eye-popping stats that affirm exactly WHY Christians NEED to be speaking into the online conversation . . . and a little humor (in red) to help you stay mission-focused.

Here we go!

1. More than 500 million people are on Facebook.* More than 175 million are on Twitter and YouTube attracts more than 2 billion people a day. This patch of virtual land is prime real estate where our collective psyche now lives. It’s where the enemy finds unlimited joy  multiplying lies, division, and confusion—at warp speed. So, just say no: We can’t stop this train and no one is listening anyway. Why not just let the enemy have that whole digital, cyberspace thingy? (Oh, and pass the remote, while you’re at it—The Bachelor is coming on!)


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10Jan

2011: for such a [wired] time as this

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

This week we’re talking about balance in a wired world—finding it, keeping it, and what God’s word says about it. We’ll dive into time management, the emotional side of social networks, and setting personal and family ground rules.
But before the how to, we wanted to stop and consider the divine time to which we’ve been born. We hope this brief photo tour will spark your perspective and challenge you to #LiveSticky as a Christ follower in a wired world.


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22Nov

will you stick to your post?

Recently there’s been a wave of negative press from church leaders about the use of social media among staff and congregation. Reactions range from harsh mandates to church-wide boycotts. The news of it saddens us. Really saddens us. It leaves us feeling all the more urgent and asking questions—a lot of questions.

• Are we willing to surrender to the enemy what could be used to share good news, give life, and bring God glory?


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