Posts Tagged ‘technology’

24Jun

An open letter to the Church: will you lead the technology conversation?

Barna Group, David Kinnaman, technology and families, churches, Christians online, Toni Birdsong, sticky Jesus, digital age, online evangelismBy his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. ~2 Peter 1:3

by Toni Birdsong
This letter is to the Church; to pastors, bishops, elders, deacons, youth pastors, and anyone accountable for leading and discipling God’s people.

A recent Barna Group study reveals striking new data on how the digital age is shaping parent-child relationships. For us, the study begs the question: Why isn’t the church taking a stronger lead in teaching proper technology use in families?

We believe the study should compel church leaders everywhere to find the resources to equip their congregations in this area. In addition, this focus needs to take place immediately—not worked into a five-year plan.


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18Feb

10 things God taught me about social networking (first!)

share Jesus online, social media, Christians, technology, faithby Toni Birdsong
1. Influence is everything. Who you know matters in this world but as Christians we know “the” One connection that trumps them all, Jesus Christ. When you log on, you do so under the reputation and authority of The Most High God. Now that’s influence. [Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12].

2. Be yourself. There will be imitators around every corner but if you follow Christ online, you will know who you are and whose you are. That authenticity will come through in everything you do and say online. [Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Rom. 12:3].

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10Feb

the confession app: yay or nay?

confessional app, Catholic church, technology, confession, Christ

yes, the app really does say this.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

According to a recent article in the New York Times, a new application being sold on iTunes, “Confession: a Roman Catholic App,” cannot be used as a substitute for confession with a priest, according to the Vatican.

Glad we cleared that up.

This is not a post to examine the confession sacrament of our beloved Catholic brothers and sisters. It is a post, however, to begin a critical conversation about what degree we will allow technology to step into the sacredness of our spiritual life.


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