SH2014 #SHCulture Day 2 The Unfathomable Father with @sheridanvoysey and @drbexl

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Spring Harvest, Week 3 Minehead, a look through the lens of culture at 'Father God', with Sheridan Voysey and Bex Lewis.

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SH2014 #SHCulture Day 2 The Unfathomable Father with @sheridanvoysey and @drbexl

  1. 1. Culture Space #SHCulture The Unfathomable Father #SHCulture moma.org/collection_ge/object.php?object_id=35752
  2. 2. Culture Space The Unfathomable Father Social Media & Online Learning, CODEC Director, Digital Fingerprint T: @drbexl W: drbexl.co.uk Dr Bex Lewis Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster T: @sheridanvoysey W: sheridanvoysey.com Sheridan Voysey
  3. 3. Introducing Dr Bex Lewis Research Fellow in Social Media & Online Learning CODEC, St John’s College, Durham Director, Digital Fingerprint T: @drbexl F: /drbexl W: drbexl.co.uk
  4. 4. Introducing Sheridan Voysey Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster T: @sheridanvoysey F: /sheridanvoysey W: sheridanvoysey.com
  5. 5. I believe in God the Father...
  6. 6. I believe in God the Father... ... but which God does our culture believe in?
  7. 7. commons.wikimedia.org
  8. 8. commons.wikimedia.org
  9. 9. commons.wikimedia.org
  10. 10. commons.wikimedia.org
  11. 11. commons.wikimedia.org
  12. 12. blawgletter.typepad.com/bbarnett/2007/01/living_the_drea.html
  13. 13. tsaoshin.deviantart.com/#/d2s4gfl
  14. 14. reducethepanic.com/2011/11/30/cult-of-michelangelo-sistine-chapel-fan-art/
  15. 15. http://pieceofcape.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/pop-culture-true-source-of-morality.html
  16. 16. news.rapgenius.com/David-t-lamb-a-bad-reputation-annotated#note-1543908
  17. 17. The God of Old Testament is a ‘megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully’ Our Richard...
  18. 18. There is a force, energy, consciousness, divine thread... that connects spiritually to all of us, to something greater than ourselves Oprah
  19. 19. I believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and that whole kind of thing is one particular energy. If you want a put a picture of a body on it, then fine... That energy is the same no matter where you are in the world or whose side you're on Sinead O’Connor
  20. 20. God is ‘not a being, supernatural in power, sitting beyond the sky and ready to do a miracle,’ but the impersonal force behind life, love and existence John Shelby Spong
  21. 21. You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You. You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection. You are magnificence. You are the creator… Rhonda Byrne
  22. 22. I believe in God the Father... ... and which God does our culture believe in?
  23. 23. Two popular cultural deities
  24. 24. Two popular cultural deities Malevolent Fictional God
  25. 25. Two popular cultural deities Malevolent Fictional God Benevolent Life Force God
  26. 26. Discuss... 1. A popular portrayal of God not mentioned 2. What contribution did The Bible Series or Noah film make to a more biblical image of God?
  27. 27. I believe in God the Father... Now, how can we communicate Him?
  28. 28. Communicating God: Our values “I believe…”
  29. 29. The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and deny him by their life style. This is what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable. #SH2013 Brennan Manning
  30. 30. 1 John 4:12 (NLT) No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
  31. 31. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
  32. 32. Image Source: iStockfresh
  33. 33. If we want to live the values of truth and justice and peace and love, we need to stand by them, whatever others may say. If it matters to us to believe in God, we need to be able to say so, even when everyone else disagrees. Giving It Up, p144 Maggi Dawn Image Source: Premier Christian Media
  34. 34. "If you want to build a presence in the social media platform, then you need to be present." - @unmarketing
  35. 35. Ephesians 5: 3-4 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  36. 36. Are you listening?
  37. 37. Self-Help ‘Creeds’
  38. 38. ‘Less is More’ Manifesto I will stop buying things for the sake of it, and look instead where the best things in life are free at the point of need. In the meantime I will examine the things that I call “my” own, and will start to give things away, at a pace I can sustain. I will improve my quality of life without trying to buy it.
  39. 39. What is Your Creed? Can you define it in (less than)140 characters?
  40. 40. Grace It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man - "generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved" Grace', Komonchak et al (eds), Joseph A (1990). The New Dictionary of Theology. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. p. 437.
  41. 41. Certainly there are gospel imperatives that none of us can ignore: we must live in love and generosity and we must care for the poor; choosing to follow Christ will, at some level or other, cost us something. Despite that cost, though, God still doesn’t call us to centre our lives in places where we are fundamentally ill at ease. We’re called to find out where we fit best and then follow that way, knowing that it will bring deep-seated challenge as well as joys.Giving It Up, p143 Maggi Dawn Image Source: Premier Christian Media
  42. 42. Communicating God through stories moma.org/collection_ge/object.php?object_id=35752
  43. 43. The subtle art of simple storytelling
  44. 44. The subtle art of simple storytelling 1. Details ‘I want to smell the smoke’
  45. 45. The subtle art of simple storytelling 1. Details ‘I want to smell the smoke’ 2. Dialogue ‘People never skip conversation’
  46. 46. The subtle art of simple storytelling 1. Details ‘I want to smell the smoke’ 2. Dialogue ‘People never skip conversation’ 3. Delayed Resolution ‘The butler did it’
  47. 47. The Story of God
  48. 48. The Visual God Challenge • “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth…” • Where is God reflected in the everyday? • Share photos & Instagram/Twitter • Hashtag #SHCulture #SHCulture

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