Yesterday I participated in a synchroblog on What is Emerging? referring to the emerging church movement and the changes we see happening in our churches and faith communities. It was obvious that many of us continue to grapple with these issues. For some they are never far from our thoughts.
This discussion raised other questions for me that I think most of us spend less time thinking about. They are questions that are central to who we are and what we do at MSA – How is our culture is changing and how we as God’s people will continue to need to change in the future to be more effective followers of Christ.
Some of the changes coming at us are scary – especially the rapid changes in social media that we talked about in the last MSA Seed Sampler on technology and social media and its implications for the future. And in light of that I wanted to share a recent MSA blog post by Matt Stone in Australia. He blogs at Glocal Christianity
…do we as Christians see a role for ourselves in the emerging ethical conversations prompted by these new technologies and cultural shifts? Do we seek to have a leading role or a lagging role? Can we imagine some constructive applications, particularly with respect to this social networking technology? Or do we just follow the ways of the world? If we are as into relational community as we say, can we envisage how social networking technologies could be used for good? And can we anticipate some of the pitfalls before we fall into them? 2020 isn’t that far off. Read the entire article
Matt is one of the most thoughtful and challenging bloggers I follow regularly. He has also just posted another thought provoking article entitled What Can Google Trends Tell Us About Ourselves
I was scanning Google trends this week and I was noticing a curious trend across many keywords associated with religion. Read the entire article