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Restoring confidence in the
truths we believe
Dr Bex Lewis
Research Fellow in Social Media and Online
Learning, CODEC, St John’s College, Durham
University; Director, Digital Fingerprint
@drbexl
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
https://www.wordnik.com/words/confidence
We all have faith in something. The question isn't
whether people have faith, but what they put their faith
in. The argument that some people have faith and
others don't is a complete lie. An atheist is someone of
tremendous faith. To believe in no supernatural divine
being whatsoever takes a lot of faith.
James Prescott, @JamesPrescott77
“No life of faith can be lived privately.
There must be overflow into the lives of
others.” C.S. Lewis
H/T @jaybutcher
A good man brings good things out of the good
stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil
things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the
mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45 (New International Version)
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I
tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a
mustard seed, you could say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there,' and it would move.
Nothing would be impossible.”
Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation)
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
If an alien visited…
… and all they had to see was your Facebook page
… or other ‘public’ profile …
What would their perception of your life be?
Image Credit: RGB Stock
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.
Rev Prof David Wilkinson
Image Credits: The Worship Cloud/Durham University
God never told the world to go
to church; but God did tell the
church to go to the world.
Sharon Watkins quoted in Elizabeth Drescher Tweet If You Heart Jesus:
Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (2011, 108)
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively
ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us
to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that
world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and
Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces
presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like
they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the ‘front door’ to
your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril.
http://www.churchgrowthrd.org.uk/blog/churchgrowth/growing_churches_in_the_digital_age
Image Credit: Sxc.hu
I’m a passionate believer that we need to be
‘incarnational’ in the digital spaces, whether
those are specifically ‘Christian’ spaces or not,
but that we need to understand how to be
‘resident’ in those spaces, rather than merely
‘visiting’ to do a ‘bit of reaching out’.
Bex Lewis, http://www.threadsuk.com/redeeming-culture-in-a-digital-age, May 2015
Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
I think that faith naturally overflows into public life, if it is deep,
mature and confident. (Not over confident which can be
harmful). And if faith is held at that level, it will pervade all our
life, both public and private. Faith can't be kept in a box and
trotted out to suit an occasion. It's something intrinsically
linked to our 'being' that makes us who we are.
Ernie Feasey @minidvr
If you have faith, then you live that
faith 24/7. Not something that can
be switched off in differing
contexts.
@MurielSowden
How can you separate faith from your public life? Is
private faith true faith? @loulou_uberkirk
If being a Christian is loving God and loving others, even
if I don't announce why I'm doing something, my faith
is unavoidably in *public.* @hstanley_
Life’s a Peach and Not an Orange
I think we need to look for and experience faith in every walk of
life, whether it be personal, or public. If we don't show it, we
may be denying it to someone else. For some people sadly we
may be the only contact they have with someone of faith. So we
need to share our experiences wherever and whenever we can
without going over the top and coming off as some religious
nutter. (In the nicest possible sense)
Pennie Ley
Luke 12, The Voice #Luke2Acts
Peter, always the first to speak and act in support of
Jesus, and fearless of making public statements about
his faith, now speaks just as impulsively in denial,
simply to save his own skin. In this moment of danger
he attempts what is ultimately impossible – to stay
faithful only in private.
Maggi Dawn Giving It Up, p193
Image Source: Premier Christian Media
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.
Carl Medearis, Spring Harvest 2013
Image Source: Stockfresh
Restoring Confidence in the Gospel: Restoring confidence in the truths we believe
Principles of Good Engagement
• Be interesting
• Be encouraging
• Be active
• Be helpful
• Be authentic
• Just BE…
Partial HT @vahva
Restoring Confidence in the Gospel: Restoring confidence in the truths we believe
Luke 9, The Voice
With digital technology we need
to cultivate an attitude of respect,
rather than of risk-avoidance. The
digital is a part of our everyday
lives, and it’s not going to go away.
There are huge opportunities
available for those who have
learnt how to be critical,
constructive, and confident
inhabitants of the digital
environment.
Restoring Confidence in the Gospel: Restoring confidence in the truths we believe
https://audioboo.fm/boos/1577833-what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-digital-disciple-with-changingworship
@drbexl @digitalfprint @bigbible
Image Source: Stockfresh

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Restoring Confidence in the Gospel: Restoring confidence in the truths we believe

  • 1. Restoring confidence in the truths we believe Dr Bex Lewis Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC, St John’s College, Durham University; Director, Digital Fingerprint @drbexl
  • 2. 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. We all have faith in something. The question isn't whether people have faith, but what they put their faith in. The argument that some people have faith and others don't is a complete lie. An atheist is someone of tremendous faith. To believe in no supernatural divine being whatsoever takes a lot of faith. James Prescott, @JamesPrescott77
  • 5. “No life of faith can be lived privately. There must be overflow into the lives of others.” C.S. Lewis H/T @jaybutcher
  • 6. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 (New International Version) Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  • 7. "You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation) Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  • 8. If an alien visited… … and all they had to see was your Facebook page … or other ‘public’ profile … What would their perception of your life be? Image Credit: RGB Stock
  • 9. 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. Rev Prof David Wilkinson Image Credits: The Worship Cloud/Durham University
  • 10. God never told the world to go to church; but God did tell the church to go to the world. Sharon Watkins quoted in Elizabeth Drescher Tweet If You Heart Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (2011, 108) Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  • 11. For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the ‘front door’ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril. http://www.churchgrowthrd.org.uk/blog/churchgrowth/growing_churches_in_the_digital_age Image Credit: Sxc.hu
  • 12. I’m a passionate believer that we need to be ‘incarnational’ in the digital spaces, whether those are specifically ‘Christian’ spaces or not, but that we need to understand how to be ‘resident’ in those spaces, rather than merely ‘visiting’ to do a ‘bit of reaching out’. Bex Lewis, http://www.threadsuk.com/redeeming-culture-in-a-digital-age, May 2015 Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  • 13. I think that faith naturally overflows into public life, if it is deep, mature and confident. (Not over confident which can be harmful). And if faith is held at that level, it will pervade all our life, both public and private. Faith can't be kept in a box and trotted out to suit an occasion. It's something intrinsically linked to our 'being' that makes us who we are. Ernie Feasey @minidvr
  • 14. If you have faith, then you live that faith 24/7. Not something that can be switched off in differing contexts. @MurielSowden
  • 15. How can you separate faith from your public life? Is private faith true faith? @loulou_uberkirk If being a Christian is loving God and loving others, even if I don't announce why I'm doing something, my faith is unavoidably in *public.* @hstanley_
  • 16. Life’s a Peach and Not an Orange
  • 17. I think we need to look for and experience faith in every walk of life, whether it be personal, or public. If we don't show it, we may be denying it to someone else. For some people sadly we may be the only contact they have with someone of faith. So we need to share our experiences wherever and whenever we can without going over the top and coming off as some religious nutter. (In the nicest possible sense) Pennie Ley
  • 18. Luke 12, The Voice #Luke2Acts
  • 19. Peter, always the first to speak and act in support of Jesus, and fearless of making public statements about his faith, now speaks just as impulsively in denial, simply to save his own skin. In this moment of danger he attempts what is ultimately impossible – to stay faithful only in private. Maggi Dawn Giving It Up, p193 Image Source: Premier Christian Media
  • 20. 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. Carl Medearis, Spring Harvest 2013
  • 23. Principles of Good Engagement • Be interesting • Be encouraging • Be active • Be helpful • Be authentic • Just BE… Partial HT @vahva
  • 25. Luke 9, The Voice
  • 26. With digital technology we need to cultivate an attitude of respect, rather than of risk-avoidance. The digital is a part of our everyday lives, and it’s not going to go away. There are huge opportunities available for those who have learnt how to be critical, constructive, and confident inhabitants of the digital environment.