Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Checking back in with Jason Byassee (pt. 1): Theology, Writing, Social Media & the Local Church

For our series on “Loving the Church” in all its grit, grime and glory, we had some exchanges with Jason Byassee.  Before accepting an appointment as Senior Minister at Boone United Methodist Church (North Carolina), Jason worked at Duke Divinity School, heading up their Center for Theology, Writing and Media.  Since a lot of our…

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Theological Thinking on Social Media…

In what may well be an unlikely turn of events in my fledgling writing career, I have been directing considerable energy toward media issues.  “Unlikely,” because I am not very tech-savvy.  “Unlikely,” because I have often been a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to social media.  And I should admit that I don’t…

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Twitter, Catalyst, and Taking our Cues (or, When our Social Media Talks to Us)

Twitter emailed me today.  There was apparently some concern in their home office that I was missing out since my tweet-sending and tweet-reading had registered low of late.  They gently nudged me in the email to get back into the game: “Don’t miss out. Stay up to date on what’s happening.” Graciously, they sent some…

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Initial Thoughts Re: Twitter

“Follow.”  That’s the word you click with the trackpad to connect with someone. “Follow” is a loaded word for Christians, but yeah—I am probably reading too much into it.  Not many people are following me anyway, so I don’t have to feel that presumptuous.  But then I have the problem of not knowing what in…

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