Category Archives: Social Media

Being a Disciple in How We Talk Online

Our Christianity doesn’t have boundaries on where or when we act as followers of Jesus. If Paul had known of social media he would have said to be like Jesus there too.

This can be quite difficult. It is difficult because we are humans and make mistakes on a platform with other humans who make mistakes. Strip out all the typical “helps” we get in face to face interaction in a conversation full of mostly strangers and see if anything useful for the kingdom happens.

It can and it does but it take effort.

What kind of effort? How can we carry ourselves online, on social media, in a way that honors Jesus rather than is just trying to win arguments?

I outline my approach in these two videos. It involves understanding our physiological warning signs and then entering into a conversation with love and as a non-anxious presence. Here is how…




See part 1 (barriers) here.

How to have a Christian Conversation on Social Media – Barriers

When we get into conflict our body has visceral fight or flight reactions that keep us from having a productive conversation. This video helps us identify the physiological signals that warn you it is time to discipline your thoughts and words if you are to move forward in a productive and disciplined way. Online conversationContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Practical Guide to a Healthier Conversation

The last few posts on social media as a spiritual discipline all lead up to this post. What can you actually do to have a healthier online conversation? 1 – The Pause Instead of jumping in quickly to respond to comment after comment you stop. Take a moment to gather your thoughts. It may beContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Physiology

There is one more thing I want to discuss before I get into what one can do to have a more productive and loving online conversation. One of the biggest things that is working against our success in our innate physiology. Have you ever been insulted online? If so how did you feel when itContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Entropy

I have never seen a political or religious argument ascend into pics of the grandkids or even what someone had for dinner last night but I have seen pics of the grands or your latest, greatest dinner devolve into a verbal assault. Entropy – the idea that things fall apart, that organization more easily turnsContinue Reading

Social Media as a Spiritual Discipline – Resistance

Spiritual disciplines require training. Training requires resistance. I believe spiritual disciplines take discipline because they don’t come naturally to us. If they did it wouldn’t take discipline to do them. This is why I believe using social media as a Christian can be a spiritual discipline. It comes with natural barriers to productive and effectiveContinue Reading

Our Religio-Socio-Political Climate Where Everything Is a Test

In today’s world everything is a test. The radars are spinning. The antennae are up and their sensitivity levels have been cranked up 100X the normal levels. What you say or don’t say matters more than ever. What you think about issues most people would have been ignorant of 10 years ago mean everything. YouContinue Reading

Social Me-dia and the Death of Self-differentiation

Simply put, self-differentiation is the ability to tell where I stop and another person starts. This isn’t about the physical space one occupies. It is about so much more than that…emotions, psychological well being, etc. What we call boundaries are the attempt to establish and maintain individuation or differentiation from others.   Social me-dia isContinue Reading

Christian Voyeurism

Christianity has a real problem with voyeurism. No, I am not talking about peeping through people’s windows at night. I am talking about watching other Christians fight in public. When one prominent Christian says something, another responds with sharp criticism. Then the vultures begin circling via social media looking down to see who is vulnerable.Continue Reading

Social Media and the Entitlement to Being Heard

Social media has given a voice to anyone who wants one. When I first started blogging I blogged 5 days a week pretty religiously. If something came out in the news that connected with faith I tried to give my opinion on it. If there was some new big archeology discovery…I made sure to writeContinue Reading

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