Today’s “Sunday Share” comes from Steve Brown, founder of Key Life Network. In the article shared below Steve writes about how “since your sin is already paid for, why not own it and use it? The apostle Peter is our model here (and he’s a good one). We love Peter, not because he’s so good, but because he’s so human and sinful.”
Not everyone has the same relationship with social media, and not everyone loves or hates it the same amount and for the same reasons. For some, it may be fine just the way it is for how they use it. Below I’ve linked Tim Keller’s review of the book Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing by Chris Bail, which has some helpful observations on why social media is so polarizing for many, and some thoughts on how to make it a better place for discussion. Bail’s book is based on social science, not religion, but Keller connects it to Christian principles in interesting ways.
One of my favorite lines in the review is that “social media is not primarily a place of public discussion of ideas. The ideas are ways to define oneself and signal belonging to a group, as well as to assign identities to others by associating them with groups you oppose.” Near the end are listed “several principles that [Bail] believes move toward persuasion in social media rather than polarization.” It begins with listening and seeking to understand.
Full article linked below. (Estimated reading time 10 minutes)
A long but worthwhile read for the weekend. Carl Trueman argues the massive change to attitudes about gay marriage and LGBT+ recently are symptoms of changes in attitudes about what it means to be a person.
Regardless of what you believe about these issues, this is for Christians struggling to understand, and love, this world that Christ died for. Trueman’s 6 suggestions for Christians and the church largely fall under what C.S. Lewis might call Mere Christianity, and applicable to many situations.
This was shared by my former pastor on his personal page. It took me a few days to find the time to read it, but I didn’t give up…
(Estimated reading time 20 minutes, but worth it!)