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Christian Minds: Social Media

July 25th, 2018 by Laura Wood

In 2004, a new website was launched by a group of students at Harvard College, USA.  The website was intended to become an online social network for students at the college. Fourteen years later, Facebook has 2.2 billion users worldwide. YouTube, launched a year after Facebook, has 1.3 billion users who upload 300 hours of video content per minute.  While on Twitter, 6000 messages are ‘tweeted’ every second.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that social media is changing the world, so it’s important for Christians to take it seriously.

Over the past few weeks, as part of our series, “Developing a Christian Mind,” we’ve explored a host of issues and thought carefully about how the truth about Jesus should shape the way we approach them.  On Sunday evening we finished off the series with a look at the complex and fast-moving topic of social media.  If you couldn’t join us, or you need a recap, you can catch up on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I51eqCy8VAI

We could only scratch the surface on Sunday evening, so we promised to point out some resources to help you think about this more.  Here are just a few:

Joe Gallant (one of our church members) runs a website called ChurchTrain, which is designed to equip UK churches and volunteers to communicate effectively, including using social media.  The website is packed with great stuff, but these articles are a good starting point:

One area we touched on was the role of social media in ‘fake news’.  In this article for the Lausanne Movement’s Media Network, Tony Watkins asks how Christians can stand for truth when fake news is on the rise:

Contending for the truth amidst the fake news epidemic

If you want a slightly longer read:

And finally, have a look at this story from the BBC about one way social media is being used to save lives:

‘Get out now or die’ – BBC Stories

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