I wasnt able to make today’s #cnmac12 due to conference capacity, diary priorities and budget….
So here are my best, watch-and-learn moments from the twitter offerings around from today’s Christian New Media conference…….. random-threads…you’ve been warned!
Abstract principles give us something to think about. Story gives us something to live!……..too many tools vs. stories
“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” C.S. Lewis
“I hope you’re not just tweeting endless CS Lewis quotes… people want to hear your story” (!!)
Write a theological treatise only a few people will read it, write a story you’ll attract all sorts of people
Meaning, guidance, liberation and love are four longings of the heart
Where are Christians crossing boundaries online? Why are most of the stories we tell about our own tribe? Go to Samaria, and beyond!
‘God’s image is media-tised. He becomes a ghost in the machine.’
How many sermons are packed with abstract theology and lack the ‘cut through’ of telling meaningful stories?
…..you & me, are the primary image of God – how we interact online = important way of mediating God to other people
Is Social Media an unhelpful term? Most media is now social…
‘Story is the essential human language’ – we simply have to be committed, imaginative story-tellers
“You are either social [with media] or you won’t exist”
Online relationships must lead to off line engagement
“Jesus was not a theologian. He was God who told stories.” – Madeleine L’Engle
Facebook – more intimate, more dangerous. Twitter – friends with everyone: discuss?!
William Gibson’s quote here “The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed”
you don’t need a church background to put God in the foreground
A website should never be ‘look at me’ but ‘look at this’- same with our lives?
“The way we process things is that we normalise – we take the best and worst and pull them towards a centre average” Spectacular has a very short half life. Human conditioning drives performance & expectation. Today’s wonder, tomorrow’s bin liner.
140 character tweets are edited highlights of people’s lives. ‘What we present is the edited me’ Benjamin Ellis, social technologist
Theology online or offline is sacred work – do it with fear and trembling
Social media platforms are all pretty much the same. They’re all geared towards an audience of one. You. (!!)
Platforms reward long term relationships
Text your Bishop, Vicar, Church Leader now, tell them to hook in and see how their story can fly beyond the church they love.
Tweet-test. Am I able to tweet past the daily limit?
Updating stuff online has become ingrained in how we interact.
“Don’t just post Christian/religious stuff… That’s like standing on the street with a megaphone…”
and, in this all………Never forget the image of God within you.