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Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Ecclesiology of Twitter

When I'm asked why I read the New York Times all the way west in California, when there is a great newspaper in the Los Angeles Times to read, my first response is: it does a better job with theology than any other newspaper I've read. It's clearly not a Christian or even religious institution, but it does catch the pulse of the culture. In the July 5th Sunday edition there is a great article on twittering in church and whether it is a good or bad thing. The article examines Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim approaches to electronic media (especially social networks) as a part of (or substitute for) community.
Because I have 400 facebook friends, do I have 400 friends? A rabbi comments that community means being in the same room, face-to-face with each other. A minyan cannot be virtual, it must be in the same place. Hmmm. Sounds like a good seminar for a pastors' conference.

4 Comments:

At 6:43 AM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

The real question is when do sermon notes go digital? If they have to play with their phones, have them txt or email you the notes :)

 
At 8:10 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

How would that work?

 
At 9:19 AM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

we could make a web page. Or just have them email you with the notes.. they could tap it out on their phones. again - not sure if this is a good idea

 
At 8:00 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Hmmm...let's talk more

 

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