Meditations (Web)Church

A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

Facing up to Facebook

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If you haven’t seen the blog post from Justin Buzzard of Central Peninsula Church about Thinking Biblically about Facebook and the challenges and opportunities it presents to the faithful and to the church, you should. (HT: JT at Between Two Worlds.

There’s a lot of great wisdom in there, and he ends with challenges that can apply to every one of us:

  • Some of you are all jacked up (Bear Hug) and internet addicted and you just need to take a fast, or permanent break from Facebook
  • Some of you are a medium-bit jacked up and need to take some time to reflect, get alone with God, and ask him how to engage this technology for his glory, your good, and the good of others. Make changes.
  • Some of you are only a little-bit jacked up (Side Hug) and just need to get creative and come up with ideas for using Facebook to greater glorify God and love others.
  • A few of you are “Cold Shoulder” technology people that need to engage the 21st century here in Silicon Valley

We’re hoping NewSpring’s Internet campus makes generous use of Facebook and other social media.

I am particularly interested in leveraging the Facebook platform for a church widget of some sort, so the risks and potential rewards have been on my mind a lot.

For me, it comes down to this: If what social networks really offer is the promise of living life more abundantly, we should be able to apply the most traditional filter there is in determining whether it’s trash or treasure: “Whom are you living for?”

If you use Facebook out of the overflow of your heart in living for Jesus — spontaneous praise, awed witnessing, intentional helping, intimate friendship —  then I say in classic John Piper mode, seek as much joy from Facebook as any Christian hedonist should.

What do you think are the best Christian opportunities in Facebook?

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Written by NickCharalambous

November 16, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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  1. thanks for the follow! would love to sit down and chat with you more! have a great sunday!

    human3rror

    November 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm


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