Our #digidisciple(s) have continued to provide excellent content, and below, we’ll attempt to summarise by the four areas that we ask them them to write on, with the optional theme of ‘what is a #digiparadise?’ offered for September.
SGM Lifewords are giving away Manga-style Bibles to children/youth for Christmas 2012. James Robinson gave us some initial thoughts and questions to consider before we meet him face-to-face at #CNMAC12. Dot Gosling encouraged us to think of a #digiparadise in which we seek to give the glory to God, ensuring that we are thankful for the many good things we do have. Steve Blundell echoed this in his call to ensure that we seek (and are sought) by God in every space we exist – including digital spaces. Darren Hill emphasised this again in his post, seeking God’s will for our life choices through our Bible reading.
For #BigRead12 Advent, we’ll be looking for 25 daily entries (preferably a mix of text, image, video, poetry) on the theme of ‘Waiting’. Advent is a time of waiting for God’s arrival, for his promise to us on earth. What does ‘waiting’ look like for us, as we wait with hunger, for a job, in line, and for the special time of Christmas. What do you associate with ‘waiting’ and might you be keen to contribute?
We will be using Rowan Williams book The Lion’s World for our Lent #BigRead13. Weekly housegroup materials will be provided free-of-charge, Rowan Williams will provide video content, and we will encourage conversation online.
Andy Byers provided more of his series on ‘The Culture of Screens’, this time considering screens as portals, and as stages. Many of us are on Twitter, where ‘micro’ rules – Paul Blakey encourages us to remember that God is the God of the small, as well as the big. As a schoolteacher, Toby Carson thought about a number of small actions/connections that can be made on social networks to engage with children who’ve had little continuity in their lives. Thomas Mathie encouraged us to be ‘people of the narrow way’, seeking to ‘build up’ rather than ‘tear down’, in all spaces of our lives. Ned Lunn encouraged us to think what our “spaces” already say, before we add another layer. Robb Sutherland emphasised that “social media is a morally neutral space”, and indicated how it had been used by a “troll” in the past.
Sally Coleman encouraged us to think about the place of touch (haptics) in life, and whether technology can provide this. James Prescott asked whether our whole lives should be online. Pam Webster demonstrated how powerful the digital spaces can be for those who have limited interaction with the physical world. Ali Gledhill is ahead of the curve with Christmas, and provided a number of thoughts as to how Christmas could be done differently in the digital spaces. Thinking ahead to #CNMAC12, The Church Sofa thought about the place of story in church, particularly in relation to testimonies. Kate Bruce reminded that in all this business to ‘do things’ we need reminding that God does not want ‘burned out husks’, but that we are to live life in all its fullness. Ailsa Wright pulled together a number of comments from previous blog posts to remind us that we need a ‘life-giving blend‘ of online/offline relationships.