Blog Round-Up January 15-31

So, what have our wonderful #digidisciple(s) been writing about this past fortnight:

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So, we’re still encouraging a focus on/being inspired by Genesis, although it’s not compulsory. Bex spent a week teaching social media in a Bible college in Romania, and was asked to give her testimony – stringing it together from Bible passages. If you’ve never seen Tom Wright singing Genesis – here’s your chance!

Katie Harrison looks at the years of starvation in Joseph’s time, and how it has inspired the huge #IF campaign that Tear Fund and other organisations are involved in. Dot Gosling went back to the early chapters and a timely reminder to rest. Kate Bruce gave us an imaginative rendering of Jacob’s fight with God. James Prescott looks at the story of ‘the fall’ and demonstrates how it’s about grace rather than about punishment.

Andy Byers looks at Genesis 22, the story of Abraham and Isaac, a real challenge to think about your vocation and how far you would be willing to give it up if God asked, something that is also brought out by Pam Webster when she questions if we’re getting “too comfortable“. Dave Warnock questions whether the selective nature of our reading of Genesis (often based on Sunday School choices) is helpful. Darren Hill further encourages us to engage with ‘The Big Bible’ and also the ‘Messy Bible’.

We’re seeking to interview Biblical scholars for each book of the Bible – Andy Byers spoke to @OneAnglican on Genesis (part 2) (part 3). Coming up the next Saturday Session: Reading Genesis in a World Dominated by Science by David Wilkinson.

As we prepare for Exodus in February, Ali Gledhill and Jason Ramasami provide an overview/illustration to inspire digidisciple(s).

#BigRead13

We got Anna Blanch’s material ready for Week 2 of #BigRead13, and the videos by Rowan Williams started to appear (we had to wait until he’d stepped down as ABC before filming).

#DigiLit

Nick Morgan looked at how one of his posts had gone semi-viral – through a series of Venn diagrams – what combination of topics is catching people’s attention and encouraging sharing? Peter Bowyer gave us some insights into how to get your site to appear near the top of search engines (SEO). The Church Sofa crowdsourced some great thoughts on starting a blog, whilst Andrew Salt gave us advice on podcasting.

#Digidisciple

Paul Blakey got excited by ‘God going crazy with creativity‘, something Thomas Mathie picked up on – we should celebrate our creativity as it originates from God. Ailsa Wright also drew on this, particularly within the context of Second Life, where you can create your own world! Ned Lunn picked up on the story of Cain & Abel, encouraging us to pray to God to disrupt our thinking before we jump in with violence and bigotry.

Andy Byers looked at the Tower of Babel and whether there’s danger in ‘over-connectedness’, something that Ed McKenzie also demonstrated in his first #digidisciple post, which drew on the story of Abraham to highlight the lack of attentiveness that we may give to those because of ‘the siren call of our phones’. If you missed what the Pope had to say the other week on social media, check this out.

Nick Parish, another new #digidisciple, joined us with a new series on “Holy Habits“, which should include over the following year: Study, Prayer, Confession, Worship, Service, Meditation, Submission, Silence, Solitude, Purity, Fasting, Simplicity and Generosity. We interviewed James Prescott for our #FollowFriday.

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