The Gods of Social Media

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 1.03.20 PMThis morning I tumbled down a rabbit hole of divinely inspired social media. I always knew that I could connect with friends and acquaintances through Facebook and Twitter, but I hadn’t considered using those platforms to strengthen my connection to God. As it turns out the Internet offers ample opportunities to reach the divine.

For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, Facebook and Twitter are different genres. They’re both social media, but each has its own emphasis. Facebook helps you keep up with friends, while Twitter is the place for pithy commentary on the world. God obviously knows the difference between the two.

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Even More from Rob Bell (le sigh part deux)

A couple of weeks ago, I mocked the trailer for Rob Bell’s latest book. It was a self-indulgent farce that begged for ridicule. Yesterday he released another trailer. This three-minute video actually hints at what the book’s about. Too bad it’s not orthodoxy.

 

Here’s a summary: personal story, criticize traditional Christians, personal story, personal story, personal story, criticize traditional Christians. Continue reading

More from Rob Bell (le sigh)

Well, Rob Bell’s at it again. You might recall that a couple of years ago Rob Bell caused quite a stir when he published Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. At that time Bell moved away from the historic Christian doctrines concerning the afterlife, and embraced a sort of universalism that he claimed wasn’t really universalism.

Love Wins made him a truckload of money, but it cost him his pastorate. Not even his own “emergent” congregation could countenance this departure from the faith. If you’re interested in the last days of Rob Bell at Mars Hill, then check out this article from the New Yorker.

Now, he’s releasing a new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, which I’m sure will make him another truckload of money. His publisher posted the trailer for the new book (I still don’t understand why books need trailers) on YouTube earlier this week. Continue reading

What Makes a Christian Hero?

English: The Olympic Flag flying in Victoria, ...

In my last post, I wrote about how Christians should engage with the Olympic games. Since then, I’ve been pleased to see a number of Olympians give glory to God for their achievements. Perhaps the most notable of these athletes is Gabby Douglas who won gold in the women’s gymnastics all-round competition. Gabby’s winning smile and outspoken Christian witness have catapulted her to Tim-Tebow-like status among Christian sports fans. Continue reading