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15 Lessons From My Social Media Sabbatical


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  1. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram are not worthy of more than a little of my time.
  2. Always bless those who persecute & don’t curse (lash back at) them in response. (Romans 12:14).
  3. Sharing compulsively via social media is a huge enemy of prayer.
  4. Speaking/writing remains absolutely essential. (Jeremiah 20:9).
  5. Expect misunderstanding and judgment especially from nominal, lukewarm, denominationally-blinkered Christians. (John 15:18-19).
  6. Love will always seem harsh & unloving to some.
  7. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs or feel like you need to explain yourself to those unsettled by what God is doing in your life. Pigs sometimes wallow in the Church too.
  8. Fear of man is a snare as much in the Church as it is on the streets (Proverbs 29:25).
  9. Read more, especially complex texts first thing in the morning and devotional material last thing at night.
  10. Divine Pathos explains everything.
  11. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care about my popularity or CV.
  12. Persistent emphases of my heart over decades are the fingerprints of the One who made me.
  13. Relational peace isn’t always possible – Jesus didn’t come to make us all best friends or even friends at all.
  14. Some people see things radically different from me. That doesn’t make them bad people but it does limit relational proximity.
  15. At no point in eternity will I ever feel like I was too intense about the second coming of Christ.

For those of you who follow my material, you may be interested to know that I’ve been working on a new manuscript due for completion at the end of January 2019. Check in on the blog for updates into February 2019. 

 

 

Smart Phones, Social Media

Social Media Voyeurism – Why I Quit Instagram


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The Fear of Disconnect – FOMO

It would be a fair statement to make that we live in the ultimate era of connectedness, in a society where pretty much everyone makes use of at least one social media platform to ‘stay-in-touch’ or to ‘keep up-to-date’. There are countless platforms to choose from and you can even earn money from them if you can work out how to do it really well. The teenagers that I teach can barely exist without their phones and, if it’s not on Snapchat, did it even really happen? (more…)

Culture

FOCUS (helping you to be the boss of social media)


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How long is your attention span, d’ya reckon? Short, medium, long? Solid, average or shockingly poor? Have you noticed that your attention span has changed?

Let’s be honest.

The world of social media is one gigantic enemy of keeping a focused life. Versus all of its obvious advantages is the simple fact that it exists to insatiably tug on our coat tails like a bored child seeking attention so that we might make it the soul focus of our lives: (more…)

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Give Yourself Pause


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“To share, or not to share: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To like: to not like…”

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This featured image captures the story of a generation: an obsession with sharing information and, sadly, evaluating its worth based on the response of public opinion.

Millennails, Gen-Xers, Boomers – we all do it.

Of course, this is only one side of the coin because the 21st Century’s propensity towards sharing digital data is also a significant strength! (more…)