Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Think and Act 7.31.14 – Three Things Social Media Shouldn’t Do

There are lots of things social media shouldn’t do for us. Here is a quick focus on three.

1. Social media shouldn’t be used to resolve or address conflict.

It’s too impersonal. It’s no one else’s business anyway. Conflict is not something that should be brought into an arena where everyone can view it. It increases your respect for someone to say: “Let’s take this offline and deal with it in a way that increases our respect for each other and leaves everyone else out of it.”

2. Social media shouldn’t be our primary source for meeting emotional needs.

It’s fun to have people “like” our statuses, our photos, our thoughts, etc. But where is the line between having a bit of fun and being disappointed you didn’t get a certain number of likes?

Think about what’s going on inside if we post something expecting a certain number of likes, then find disappointment when that doesn’t happen. Hmmm…

How about we get our emotional needs met from trusted, growing, real relationships and conversations?

3. Social media shouldn’t be an intimate family journal and commentary.

I’ll admit this might be a personal preference, but I really wonder if we should think about our kids looking back at our pages in 10 years. Do we need to post every detail, every funny story? Do we need to post every photo of every outing? I love to share a funny photo or a good story as much as anyone, but is there a line where it becomes too much?

Maybe even more dangerous, do we need to post stuff that might embarrass our kids in the short run or the long run? Is there a level of thinking we should go through before posting about our kids?

I don’t have this one all figured out, but I struggle with it. At the very least we should take care in what we post and share about our families.

Think. What is social media doing for you? How do you use it? Are there areas of your usage that are unhealthy?

Act. The good news here is that making adjustments is as simple as changing the way you post.

Tuesday Rambling 7.29.14 – Thoughts On Recent Travel, Internet Christianity

It’s Tuesday – time for a collection of a few thoughts I call rambling. Tuesday rambling. Here we go . . .

Recent Travel

  • Between a four day trip to Philadelphia and back and spending 5 days with my mom, it felt like we were gone for two-three weeks. Do you ever get the feeling that you have been gone longer than you have?
  • Driving. Wow. Driving is simply not what it was even a couple of years ago. Here’s my approach: I assume that EVERYONE is distracted by something while driving. Couldn’t tell you how many people we saw trying to operate a phone while they were driving.
  • It is breathtaking how lightly so many people take operating a large piece of machinery at a high speed. Is life (yours and perhaps someone else’s) really worth that text?
  • Julie and I and our two oldest kids did get the chance to serve alongside three others from our church in Philadelphia. It was a rewarding experience seeing how the children served and interacted in a place totally foreign to them.
  • We really enjoyed the time with Frank and Elizabeth Varaso and the others we met as we served in Philly.

Internet Christianity

  • The internet brings a lot of implications for those living out their faith online.
  • A positive: great amounts of information and content are readily available.
  • Another positive: great opportunity for network comes about because of the internet’s global reach.
  • Another positive: economic opportunities are available for believers committed to healthy online activity.
  • A negative: disagreements often turn really ugly due to poor communication skills.
  • Another negative: judging people is exacerbated because the interaction is limited to words on a screen. People feel a greater freedom to attack because it’s not personal.
  • A thought: if we live out our faith more on the internet than in other places, something is out of place.
  • How much time do you spend pursuing spirituality through blogs and social media? And, how does that compare to time you invest in person to person interaction, say, through a local church?
  • Another thought: do you what can to be a person of peace, including your interactions on the internet.

 

Monday Challenge 7.28.14 – God Exists, How Our Phones Change Us, Pastors and Their Kids

It’s the last Monday of July. And unlike last week, I’m actually posting Monday’s challenge on . . . Monday! What a novel idea, I know.

For today find below four articles. I love to read. I love to share what I read. I hope it challenges you. Friday I’ll be by with a deeper look at the article that gets the most interest. Happy reading. Be challenged.

Link of the Week

Is your phone changing you? This article answers the question in a very helpful way.

Question: What in this article strikes you most? Practical? Theological? Both?

God’s Existence

This article from AIG does a great job of helping us think about how to argue for God’s existence.

Question: How does the passage from Romans 1 help you?

About Pastors

Why the internet is hurting church leaders’ credibility. This article is about pastors, but the principles apply to everyone.

Question: Can YOU engage in healthy dialogue?

…and one about pastors’ kids. A son of my favorite pastor wrote a book about PK’s. I confess I haven’t read it, but interviews such as this one are very helpful for ANYONE who goes to church. I hope to read the book this year.

Question: How did reading this interview help you grow in your understanding of the unique challenges of PK’s?

 

Weekend Feature 7.26.14 – Addressing The Thought: I Think I May Be Gay

This week’s readers hit up this article more than any other from Wednesday’s post.

What if someone you know thinks they’re gay? What if you’ve struggled with it yourself?

Don’t look to one article to answer all your questions, but this article definitely says good things. Check it out here:

I Think I May Be Gay

After you’ve read the article, here are a few of my thoughts:

1. I agree with the author – people are asking this question.

Of course with so much emphasis on gay marriage and homosexual equality in general going on in our culture, it’s natural that people with any such feeling of same sex attraction would be asking this question.

2. How are you willing to think?

This is a question you can ask anyone struggling with this question. It’s also a question for someone who’s completely opposed to God. Sometimes there is a willingness. Sometimes there’s not.

Think. How are you willing to think?

Act. Know that the Bible contains great truth about sexuality. It also provides hope for people struggling with sinful sexual lusts and attractions. That hope is Jesus Christ, who died to forgive and promise the hope of eternal life.

You are free to respond to this post privately using the contact information on my site if you have further questions about this article in particular or about how to become a believer in Jesus.

Thursday Rambling 7.24.14 – If We Don’t Pray…

I’ve been challenged over the past several months about the power of prayer. Some more reflections here for a brief rambling post. If we don’t pray….

  • We are prone to self-reliance.
  • We think there is another way God will work.
  • We ignore Jesus’ example and His teaching.
  • We will have a hard time learning humility.
  • We have no idea what church leadership is about (Acts 6:1-4)
  • We blindfold ourselves to the chasm between God’s will and our will.