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New Media Evangelism
Dr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, Durham University

This wor...
Let’s get to know each other…
https://twitter.com/drbexl
http://www.n
ytimes.com/2
009/07/05/m
agazine/05FO
B-consumedt.html?ref=ma
gazine
Image Credit: iStockphoto
http://www.wordnik.com/words/evangelism
Carl Medearis
 Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy their

company along with the company of
Jesus. Point him out, freely, wi...
Brennan Manning
 The greatest single cause of

atheism in the world today is
Christians who acknowledge Jesus
with their ...
Image Credit: Seed Resources
Image Credit: Facebook Meme

A sense of fun …
http://youtu.be/TXD-Uqx6_Wk
http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/anoverview-of-social-media-january-2013
Image Credit: iStockphoto

Communication & Relationships
Image Credit: Darren Hill

Darren Hill, Seed Resources
All these great Bible verses
arrive on my feed without any
context,...
How do you see this?
Image Credit: Durham University

Rev Prof David Wilkinson
God is a communicating God:
“In the beginning was the
word, and ...
http://www.wordnik.com/words/communicate
http://www.biblesummary.info
http://philmgreen.wordpress.com/2012/04/0
4/66-books-in-66-tweets/
http://bigbible.tumblr.com
http://pinterest.com/bigbible/bible-verses/
Image Credit: iStockPhoto

NOT Virtual/Real
Human Beings at Machines, not “are machines” …
Finding a Voice: http://bigbible.org.uk
Who might read it?
 God
 Parents
 ‘The kids’
 The newspaper
 Your worst enemy
Push/Pull


Care for others - genuinely



Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you



Be ‘remarkable’, be differ...
Image Credits: Seed Resources/ @digitalfprint

Authenticity
Image Credit: Seed Resources

Our identity…
 It is only out of

this redeemed
identity, out of
who we are in
Christ, that...
Image Credit: Gary Collins website

Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach)
 If you're a Christian, seeking

to walk in the f...
Image credit: http://j.mp/coffeelongtail

The Long Tail
http://www.sayinggoodbye.org
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/02/seeking-godonline-digidisciple-emmauk74/
A Sense of Community
 Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positive

way, I acknowledge that great use of all...
Who is my neighbour?
 What does it mean to ‘love your

neighbour’ in a world in which a ‘friend’
might as easily be the k...
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
 But in your hearts revere Christ as

Lord. Always be prepared to give an
answer to everyone who asks ...
Timing …
https://www.youversion.com/bible/294/mat.5.13.cevuk
Image Credit: iStockPhoto

What Biblical values do we want to see in
our (digital) world?
Image Credit: Kezi

What do the fruits of the spirit look like online?
Image Credit: Seed Resources

What does it mean to share with grace?
http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelismthrough-story/
Image Credit: iStockPhoto

@drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible

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DNA New Media Evangelism 2014

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Teaching session for DNA, focusing upon evangelism in a digital age - what does it look mean, look like, when our faith is authentically lived and shared.

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DNA New Media Evangelism 2014

  1. 1. New Media Evangelism Dr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, Durham University This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl /dna-new-media-evangelism2014 For: http://www.dna-uk.org 
  2. 2. Let’s get to know each other…
  3. 3. https://twitter.com/drbexl
  4. 4. http://www.n ytimes.com/2 009/07/05/m agazine/05FO B-consumedt.html?ref=ma gazine
  5. 5. Image Credit: iStockphoto
  6. 6. http://www.wordnik.com/words/evangelism
  7. 7. Carl Medearis  Relax, enjoy your friends. Enjoy their company along with the company of Jesus. Point him out, freely, without fear or intimidation. You’re not responsible to sell him to them. You’re simply saying what you’ve seen. You're not the judge. You’re the witness.
  8. 8. Brennan Manning  The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny him by their life style. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
  9. 9. Image Credit: Seed Resources
  10. 10. Image Credit: Facebook Meme A sense of fun …
  11. 11. http://youtu.be/TXD-Uqx6_Wk
  12. 12. http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/anoverview-of-social-media-january-2013
  13. 13. Image Credit: iStockphoto Communication & Relationships
  14. 14. Image Credit: Darren Hill Darren Hill, Seed Resources All these great Bible verses arrive on my feed without any context, background or explanation. As believers we are fine with this, we of course know the context to any text that appears online… don’t we? But what about everyone else? http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/11/postspromises-and-perennial-issues-darrenrhilldigidisciple/
  15. 15. How do you see this?
  16. 16. Image Credit: Durham University Rev Prof David Wilkinson God is a communicating God: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God…”. God is extravagant in communication – he is not a silent God who has to be tempted into communicating with people.
  17. 17. http://www.wordnik.com/words/communicate
  18. 18. http://www.biblesummary.info
  19. 19. http://philmgreen.wordpress.com/2012/04/0 4/66-books-in-66-tweets/
  20. 20. http://bigbible.tumblr.com
  21. 21. http://pinterest.com/bigbible/bible-verses/
  22. 22. Image Credit: iStockPhoto NOT Virtual/Real
  23. 23. Human Beings at Machines, not “are machines” …
  24. 24. Finding a Voice: http://bigbible.org.uk
  25. 25. Who might read it?  God  Parents  ‘The kids’  The newspaper  Your worst enemy
  26. 26. Push/Pull  Care for others - genuinely  Know that the world doesn’t revolve around you  Be ‘remarkable’, be different  Earn the right to have others take notice of you  Be grateful if ONE person cares what you’re doing  Have something to say that matters  Do stuff that matters – make an impact  Strive to bring value to everyone you connect with  Be fantastically generous with our time, money, and kindness  Be outrageously committed to making the world better  It’s all about relationships – build & nurture them  Thanks @ianaspin (http://bigbible.org.uk/2010/10/the-eleven-commandments/)
  27. 27. Image Credits: Seed Resources/ @digitalfprint Authenticity
  28. 28. Image Credit: Seed Resources Our identity…  It is only out of this redeemed identity, out of who we are in Christ, that we can hope to bear fruit in the world.
  29. 29. Image Credit: Gary Collins website Gary Collins (Christian Life Coach)  If you're a Christian, seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, you'll approach every aspect of your life from this perspective. Your commitment to Christ will impact your marriage, parenting, lifestyle, values, spending, time management, vocation ...
  30. 30. Image credit: http://j.mp/coffeelongtail The Long Tail
  31. 31. http://www.sayinggoodbye.org
  32. 32. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/02/seeking-godonline-digidisciple-emmauk74/
  33. 33. A Sense of Community  Whilst I cannot conclude my thinking in a wholly positive way, I acknowledge that great use of all of this to my own personal discipleship. I am a broader Christian, a better informed Christian, a more readily supported and sustained Christian and for that I love this digital life. If that makes me a better Christian, then perhaps its purpose is served if a purpose exists and indeed if a purpose is needed. However, I shall continue to pray that someone, somewhere, can say with absolute clarity that because of this digital community, they came to Christ. @FrDavidCloake
  34. 34. Who is my neighbour?  What does it mean to ‘love your neighbour’ in a world in which a ‘friend’ might as easily be the kid from down the street you grew up with as a woman in Botswana whom you’ve never seen in person and only know in the context of Facebook status updates, photos, and notes?  Tweet if You Heart Jesus, p.xiv
  35. 35. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se arch=1+Peter+3%3A15&version=NIV
  36. 36. Timing …
  37. 37. https://www.youversion.com/bible/294/mat.5.13.cevuk
  38. 38. Image Credit: iStockPhoto What Biblical values do we want to see in our (digital) world?
  39. 39. Image Credit: Kezi What do the fruits of the spirit look like online?
  40. 40. Image Credit: Seed Resources What does it mean to share with grace?
  41. 41. http://bigbible.org.uk/2012/10/evangelismthrough-story/
  42. 42. Image Credit: iStockPhoto @drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible http://www.slideshare.net/drbexl/dna-newmedia-evangelism-2014

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