All we need is love: discussion with Frank Viola about Social Media Principles and Practice for Christians

Frank Viola and I connected online to record this conversation via zoom.us, a tool I am finding very helpful. We spoke about how to approach the Internet, and especially how to approach the arguments that occur online.  We spoke about the risks and benefits of social media.  God's people do not stop being his people when they launch an Internet browser. Exploring together how God would want us to behave in this brave new world is vital.The conversation was at times humourous, and at times F … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, and others on TBN

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This was one of the things I missed during January when I scaled back my social media commitments dramatically. Matt Chandler, Jefferson Bethke, Priscilla Shirer, Josh Wilsonm and Christ August, who are all solid evangelicals, appeared on special TBN's Praise the Lord program hosted by Ed Stetzer. The whole program faithfully proclaims the gospel of grace, and is very nicely produced.This video thrilled me. Too many of us in the circles I move in have made a sport of mocking all Christian … [Read more...]

The Bible TV series: a brilliant retelling of the greatest story ever told

The human race excels at storytelling. It is how we transmit our values, it is how we make sense of who we are.  Westerners sometimes like to pretend we are too sophisticated for stories. We say, "just give us the facts!" But our constant diet of movies, and TV entertainment demonstrates this is far from the truth. It is concerns me how we passively allow ourselves to be shaped by the stories unbelievers tell us.Meanwhile the greatest library of stories the world has ever seen sits on a s … [Read more...]

How a generation of Evangelicals failed to colonise TV

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The Reformers commandeered  the printing press to great effect in the battle of ideas. In the past 20 years, Evangelicals have also invaded the Internet, publishing a multitude of gospel-centered blogs, sermons, and magazine sites. Unfortunately the generation that came before ours signally failed to colonise TV.I have now finished reading Strange Fire. I want to address the topic of what is on Christian TV before I get back to my series of posts aiming to counter each biblical argument (see … [Read more...]

MLJ On the Mind-Numbing Qualities of Television

On Friday I shared a quote about why Piper doesn't own a TV. I can't find any evidence to suggest that the Doctor also abstained from this modern form of entertainemnt. There are multiple references to the things "we watch on televion" in his sermons. However, Martyn Lloyd-Jones had serious reservations about TV, as this quote demonstrates. I wonder if the Internet is less mind-numbing? I suspect that if you read certain parts of the Net and engage with it, on the contrary, it could even be … [Read more...]

Why John Piper Doesn't Watch TV

I came across this old quote from Dr. Piper about TV. I wonder what could also be said about the things reading blogs does to people today? Certainly some of these observations apply equally. Perhaps we could add to this list becoming cynical and argumentative. Having said that, if God is gracious to us, I think those of us who are bloggers do realize at some point the folly of our ways and find that as we blog more and more, the blog wars attract us less and less. Anyway, here is John Piper on … [Read more...]


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