How is social media and this digital world of ipads, iphones and ipods affecting our relationship with God, our marriages, our parenting, our homemaking, our friendships and our health?
I have been reading Tim Challies, the author of The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion, who writes:
“Our lives have become saturated with sounds and images flashing in front of our eyes, blaring into our ears…At work we spend forty hours staring at computer screens. at home we watch television or visit our favorite websites. Between work and home we check our route on the GPS and dash off a few text messages. Even at church we watch our pastors on screens before returning home to watch sermons on the Internet. Life is mediated by the screen.” p.89
Times have changed. Jesus lived in a different context than we do. Never before have women carried access to all the world’s knowledge on a tiny device in our purse! Screens are everywhere – at church, work, gyms, in my homeschool room, on airplanes, in the car, and in our pockets. Twitter, Facebook, Blogging and Youtube have become the new front porch affecting all of our friendships. In 60 years, we’ve gone from zero screen time to an omnipresent screen – they are everywhere and we don’t even notice them! There has been a massive pace change in the last 100 years and I want to explore how this is affecting us – both the positives and the negatives.
Here is the series schedule:
Monday, July 11 – Media and Our Walk with God
Monday, July 18 – Media and Our Marriages
Monday, July 25 – Media and Our Parenting
Monday, August 1 - Media and Our Homemaking
Monday, August 8 – Media and Our Friendships
Monday, August 15 – Media and Our Health
Monday, August 22 - Media Monday Wrap-Up and Conclusions We are never getting rid of screens, so how can we live in this bizarre world in a way that honors God?
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
So let’s get started.
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