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Internet Roundup 1

The internet is a confusing place. The amount of new content that is published every day is overwhelming. Every minute of every day over 204,000,000 emails are sent, 48 hours of footage is uploaded onto YouTube, 100,000 tweets are sent and 500 new websites created. And there are no signs that this trend will slow down. That’s not including the new vocabulary that comes with this growth – where ‘blog’ and ‘Google’ are verbs and ‘Blogosphere’ and ‘TweetUp’ are accepted by my long suffering spell-check without question.

To help you keep up to date with some of the more interesting and important posts flying around in all this chaos, we’re going to be starting a new series of posts, once a fortnight, which will function as a round up of some of the content we have been looking at in the past week.

  • The Gospel Coalition and Austin Stone Church have teamed up to create the Storyframes collective.  The idea is simple and powerful: films and photo essays which celebrate the extraordinary work of God in the lives of ordinary people. ‘Every Christian is a storyteller. To share the gospel is to tell someone a story about what God has done for the world through Jesus Christ. To be entrusted with the gospel is to own the responsibility to tell this story to others. Sharing the gospel with someone means you tell them story of redemption—sin, sacrifice, forgiveness, renewal, and redemption’. Here is one particularly powerful story of Jen McManus' fight against cancer.
  • Also from The Gospel Coalition, for those of you who have seen or heard about the History Channel’s new series on the Bible here is a helpful review.
  • The State of the Bible in 2013: How is Christianity fairing in America? It is tempting to buy into one of two myths about America – either the Myth of Aggressive Secularization or the Myth of Bible Belt Fundamentalism. This graphic (which has the added bonus of taking you to the Christ Church Mayfair Pinterest page, reveals both myths have elements of the truth.
  • Snap Judgementsa helpful reminder of what we are saying and what values we are upholding when we take and publish photos.
  • Children and Technology: Are Children better off playing with Tablets or with colouring pencils? Here are two insightful and interestingarticles with some food for thought.

And finally, a short video (with audio from Don Carson) to provoke us all to think more deeply about what it means to live the Christian life each day

Have I missed something you think we should absolutely know about?  Leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your thoughts!