I harbour a secret love for the railway. Back in my seminary days, I travelled from B.C. to California via rail several times. It’s a journey that awakens all the…
Mark Wessner likes to try new things. About three years ago, the active social media user and pastor asked his congregation to live tweet feedback (as he was preaching) on a sermon series. Another Sunday, he asked the congregation to submit questions (using whatever media people liked) about faith, the Bible, anything to do with their Christian walk. He and his pastoral team at the Prince George church were so encouraged by responses to those experiments that they now pursue the two-way connection idea on a regular basis.
Last spring, pastor Mark Wessner had an idea for sermon time in Westwood MB Church, Prince George. People traditionally sit and listen, he mused. How could he encourage questions? How could he find out what people wonder but do not ask? The idea came to him: in this mobile electronic age – Twitter!
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As I was listening to a recent sermon, the speaker disparagingly remarked that social media are all about vanity. Though there are potential pitfalls with using Facebook, Twitter, and other…
Douglas Estes, in his book SimChurch, describes the experience of creating an avatar (virtual character) and visiting a “virtual church” at a website called Second Life. His online character is able to experience a church service with all the usual elements of a real-world church – congregational music, sermon, offering, and communion.
Last week a renegade shoulder bludgeoned my throat during a “touch” football game, leaving me gasping through damaged vocal chords. Utterly speechless for once in my life (pain plus doctor’s orders), I chose three technologies to share my pain with the people in my life: email, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m connected to roughly 350 people per group, with very little overlap.