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The below selection of Proverbs will encourage and challenge you regarding how you communicate to your social networks  – – whether it is through the new media or sitting around at the grain elevator on a rainy day talking to other farmers.

Pastor Bruce McKanna serves the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris. It’s one of my family’s favorite churches and one we often attend when we have a Sunday off. Pastor McKanna is currently preaching through a survey of the entire Bible. He writes the following about last Sunday’s sermon:

As we are going through the whole Bible together as a congregation, we are in Proverbs this Sunday.  Since I’ve preached a few different mini-series from Proverbs over the past six years, I’m not trying to do an overview or even focus on the fundamental issue of the fear of the Lord.  Rather, I’ll be trying to show how practical the Proverbs are in relation to a particular issue:  how we engage in a world of social media.  I will be making very clear that this applies to the old school “social media” of the old men having coffee in our local diner as much as it does the moms and millennials hanging out on Facebook.

Below is Bruce’s sermon insert for this sermon in which he selects different verses from Proverbs to encourage us about social media. It’s a great resource for all of us. In a social media age, this ancient biblical wisdom is as relevant as ever.

Be careful in what you’re consuming and what you’re contributing.

15:14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Don’t say everything that pops into your head.

10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

15:28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.

This is especially important in an argument or heated debate.

15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

17:27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Listen, and you just might learn something.

12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.

18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.

18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.

Just make sure you are listening to those who are speaking truth.

13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

14:7 Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

Don’t get sucked into debates with fools.

9:7-8 7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

29:9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Don’t use your platform to belittle others or boost yourself.

11:12-13 12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

27:1-2 1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.

Use your powerful words positively to build up others.

15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

15:23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!

15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
but gracious words are pure.

How strategically are you thinking about social media? Be encouraged to let others know about your local church’s web site, sermons, and your pastor’s blog. Facebook offers an ideal place to get the word out.

I wasn’t around when our church decided to get a telephone. But I know churches, and I can promise you getting a phone required several long meetings, some discussion, and a little controversy. In the first place, a phone requires an ongoing expenditure. That would have raised some eyebrows. Further, our church had survived decades without a phone. Why did we suddenly need a phone? And some were no doubt concerned about what it meant from a ministry point of view. Would phone calls replace personal interaction?

Similar discussions were held many times in local churches, whether it involved the church getting indoor plumbing, installing parking places, getting electricity, using microphones, or getting an electric organ. But churches that survived (and not all did) have always been willing to think creatively and shrewdly about how to move forward for Christ.

Of course, never have there been more changes then we have seen in the last 10 years. When I began as the pastor of our church in 2005, our church did not have a web site. I remember one our flock suggesting that I watch something on Youtube, and I had never heard of Youtube. I had no idea what a “blog” was and none of us had heard anything about Twitter or Facebook. Yet all these things are here to stay, in one form or another, and churches that are going to survive must accommodate them and leverage them.

It is amazing really. Our church now has a web site (www.theredbrickchurch.org) on which you can listen to our sermons. Indeed, we have upgraded our account so that we can upload more sermons and retain them on the site. We have dozens of pictures which people can look at anywhere in the world. I have this blog and because of www.christianity.com there are online videos of me answering questions of interest which have been viewed thousands of times. The last time I looked, there had been around 250,000 page views on my web site, from people all over the world.  For the first time ever, we offered online registration for Vacation Bible School.

Yet, it is not enough for us to simply have an online presence. We need to leverage that presence and take full advantage of our opportunities to share and proclaim Christ. There are myriad ways you can help us do this together.

  • Visit our church web site (www.theredbrickchurch.org) and my blog (www.chrisbrauns.com). If there is something of interest, share it with someone else.
  • Like your church web site on Facebook or share links through social media. Many of you have dozens and even hundreds of contacts on Facebook.
  • Subscribe to my blog by email (see the upper right hand corner of my blog), or subscribe by RSS feeds if you know how to do that.
  • Suggest a sermon to someone via the Internet.

Google+

Chris —  July 23, 2011

Yes. I did sign up. Time will tell.

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HT: Z

I’ve never met Mark Zuckerberg.  I’m old enough to be his father.  But 1000+ friends later, and countless pictures of young people in our community tagged, there is no question that he has changed how I connect.  And, I’m not surpised that Time has named him person of the year.

Time:

For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year . . .

"On or about December 1910, human character changed."
— Virginia Woolf, 1924

She was exaggerating — but only a little. Woolf saw a fundamental shift in human relations taking place at the beginning of the 20th century "between masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children." Those changes, she predicted, would bring about transformations in every sphere of life, from religion to politics to human behavior. Few would say she got it wrong.

A century later, we are living through another transition. The way we connect with one another and with the institutions in our lives is evolving.

The rest here.

HT: Trevin Wax

700 billion minutes on Facebook

Chris —  November 29, 2010

Even though I am a pastor in a small town, I am changing how I connect with people as a result of the explosive growth of Facebook.

If you read Tim Challies’ reflections about how Facebook is changing culture you will understand why:

Seven hundred billion minutes. That’s how much time Facebook’s 500 million active users spend on the site every month. 700,000,000,000 minutes. Let that one sink in for a moment. Every month we spend the equivalent of 1.3 million years on Facebook; the equivalent of nearly 18,000 lifetimes. More than half of us login every single day; we average 130 friends. And we spend vast amounts of time on there.

Facebook now offers 900 million different objects or pages for us to interact with—groups, events, community pages, and so on. We upload over 3 billion photographs every month (which means we’re uploading millions every hour).

Do you know what really blows my mind about all of this? Facebook is only 7 years old. Most of us have joined in only the past 2 or 3 years. The growth charts are out of this world:

Facebook Growth

So think about this one.

The rest here.