Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "twitter"

Jesus and the Digital Pharisees

It's kind of ridiculous to ask, "What if Jesus were on Twitter?" But indulge me for a second, anyways. I've noticed something about our generation's engagement online and with those we consider "Christian celebrities" - famous pastors or church leaders who have big platforms. There's a tendency among those of us who blog, tweet, write, post, instagram, etc toward a subtle kind of Phariseeism. Our generation prides itself on not being legalistic, of casting off the sort of religious, rule-making paradigm we didn't quite like about our parent's version of church. But in our zeal to not be like those we think are bad representations of Christianity, we've adopted a legalism of a different sort. In Luke 18, Jesus shares a haunting parable about who is justified in the eyes of God. I'm struck by a few things in this passage. First, Luke gives us a vague description of the audience.  The...

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Guess What? If it’s Online, It’s Live

I have over 1,000 friends on Facebook now and a growing number of Twitter followers. The world is much different now than it was even five years ago. We’re all social; we’re all sharing stuff with our little tribes. I don’t think this is a bad thing and these tools are incredibly useful in getting a message out to a wide group of people. Personally I’ve seen God use Facebook and Twitter to use my ministry to minister to people. That’s a good thing. But there’s a trend I’m noticing on social networks that’s a bit disturbing. It’s disturbing because it’s happening among Christians. It seems that we’re becoming a bit too personal, a bit too expressive in our posts and tweets and blog posts. We seem to have forgotten that if we post it online, its, well, online. And online means, typewritten somewhere, forever recorded, and well . . . public. Imagine...

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