Preaching Facebook

Gonna preach Facebook on March 6th and could use some help.  Since I’m a bit of a neophyte in social media, I’d love it if you could post a response to any or all of these questions;

1.  What is it about Facebook that you love, that feels ‘just right’?

2.  What do you think God who speaks through history is saying to humanity through Facebook’s explosive growth?

3.  What does the presence of Facebook say about who we are?  About who God is?

9 thoughts on “Preaching Facebook

  1. Glasgow Doug

    John, just wanted to say well done on your message regarding fb. There was a nice balance of encouragement and challenge. Loved the part about interacting more deeply with three people over a period of a month. I think that is what I’ll take from it and invest some time and energy into building deeper relations.

    Thanks again. Always a joy to be able to be seated here in Scotland sharing in the ministry with you and the folks at New Hope in Calgary. God bless you all. :o)

  2. Rob B

    If God was on Facebook, and He asked to be your friend would you Confirm or Delete Request?

  3. Barb

    Here are just a few quick thoughts on why I think Facebook is a good thing. I’m sure that there is bad stuff too, in fact I could probably tell you some. A lot depends on the person and how they handle it.

    Here are some reasons why I like it

    One of my favourite things is seeing other people’s pictures, I can do that a lot on here, and sharing my own
    I have a separate Facebook ‘persona’ for my photography groups, that way they stay out of my personal life and I don’t annoy my friends with all the comments from my photos.
    People having community that otherwise wouldn’t because they’re shy, reclusive or unable to leave home – I’ve talked to a few people where this is their main form of being “with” people. Some who don’t feel welcome anywhere else, can become “friends” with all sorts of people.
    I found out I was being scammed from info on a commercial Facebook Forum page – good thing to find out!
    Got an apology from an old boyfriend that I hadn’t heard from since high school – that’s an interesting opportunity to connect briefly.
    Can see pics from all my nieces and nephews who don’t live here and keep up with what they’re doing – and feel more part of their lives.
    Found some family that I never would have contacted otherwise.
    Found some old friends that I can keep up with but doesn’t require a lot of time on my part.
    I can ignore Facebook for days and come back and start in again easily – I am not the type to spend tons of time on there.
    I think it speaks of our need to connect with others, to feel a part of the larger “neighbourhood”.

  4. Heather

    What I find so amazing about FB (and Twitter) is exactly what people who don’t embrace it find annoying or love to mock… the mundane, trivial things that people “post’ for the world to see… and yet, isn’t that what our NA culture is missing? Time to be caught up in each other’s small details? It doesn’t always have to be a big thing to be worth knowing about someone. The smaller things are where the real relationship happens.
    And I think of all the mundane time Jesus spent travelling with his apostles..the walking, the sore feet, blisters… even though most of those moments didn’t make The Bible, that is where they learned to love Him as He shared their lives…
    Just my hurried thoughts.

  5. Doris Fleck

    I’m giving a big shout out to Lucretia who said almost everything about Facebook that I love. Just a few more comments.
    1.You can “chat” with friends in a safe environment. I have some wonderful conversations with extended family members in Australia and even close family in Canada that wouldn’t happen otherwise. When you have hundreds of friends and family, connecting face to face is hard and usually happens on special occasions. Plus there are the great videos of my new great-nephews and great nieces that I’d never get to see otherwise. Facebook makes every day a special occasion.

    2.I have numerous “friends” that I don’t know well. When my husband traveled to Israel, I connected with all 19 journalists on the trip (since Peter doesn’t “do” Facebook). So there is the opportunity for true friendships to develop with complete strangers. Who you are and what you believe are a big part of the information on your wall and the posts you write.

    3. I need to echo the other comments. God really is showing us, even the most introverted person, that we want to have friends and be connected in a meaningful way to others. The Triune God is all about relationship and we are created in his image. If we don’t have relationships we will wither and die – at least on the inside. Facebook opens us that opportunity in a unique way.

    The computer screen is a priest of sorts, hearing our confession of sins, the guilt we carry. It is easier to reveal more of ourselves to others when we’re NOT looking them in the face.

  6. Layne

    John, A friend wrote a book called “The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected are Redefining Community.” It was a good read with great insights (and all for 200 pages). Let me know if you’d like to borrow it, Layne

  7. Lucretia Apperloo

    1. I love the fact that I can keep in touch with a larger community – family members who may live far away or friends that I’ve made overseas. I get to see pictures of their kids and their life and share in their joys and sorrows. If I see they’re struggling, I can pray for them right then and there. I also love the fact that I’m able to share my faith so openly on Facebook – to let others know of Christ’s love and also to debate and discuss hard questions sometimes. I’m connected to a very diverse group of people and Facebook allows us the opportunity to discuss all the issues of life.

    2. I think God is saying what he’s always said, “GO and make disciples of all nations.” He has given us the opportunity through Facebook to expand our mission field. For those of us who work a desk job and don’t have opportunity to travel on missions trips, we can very easily use social media to connect with people of all nations and share the gospel with them.

    3. I think the presence of Facebook really shows how badly we want to be connected with others. We desire for a community of people who know who we are, and we want to know about them as well. But I also believe that part of the attraction is the barrier that the computer screen provides. A sense of protection. Opening up face to face is sometimes really hard and scary, but for some reason (myself included) we are willing to share a whole lot on Facebook. I find that interesting.

  8. Joan DeVries

    1. I love the fact that I can connect with family and friends all over the country, but also throughout the world. Even though the information might be brief, it lets me feel more connected and knowledgeable than without the facebook connection. For example, I have cousins who post in Dutch from Holland, and nieces who post in French from Paris. I can see photos of people and events that matter to them; whereas otherwise there would just be silence. I wouldn’t write them letters or send real photos.
    I also get many laughs out of comments or links posted on facebook. That brightens my days.
    3. God is showing us that we desire to be connected. He made us that way. We also desire to know and be known.
    It makes me think of the Hebrew language about God turning his face towards you and shining on you, as in the Aaronic blessing. Maybe the Bible is God’s facebook pages?

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