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And Who's Doing Your Thinking For You Today?
And Who's Doing Your Thinking For You Today?

By: James Gordon
News is told from one perspective or another, edited and presented and shaped by the assumptions and presuppositions of those who choose and tell the narratives. We need a dose of Philippians 4:8.

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Meme Streak: When Christians Spread Internet Hate
Meme Streak: When Christians Spread Internet Hate

By: Christina Embree
Many Christians share internet memes designed to shame, judge or correct others. It's easy to spread these capsules of hate, but we need to shake ourselves out of the stupor of the habit of hate.

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Websites, Facebook Pages Most Common Online Platforms for Protestant Churches
Websites, Facebook Pages Most Common Online Platforms for Protestant Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. Protestants are increasingly using technology in their ministries, with 84 percent of pastors surveyed saying their churches maintain a website, up 6 points from 2010, a LifeWay survey says.

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10 Personal, Professional Goals for 2018 - More or Less
10 Personal, Professional Goals for 2018 - More or Less

By: Barry Howard
It's a new year, a time for clean slates and new beginnings. What are your goals for 2018? Here are 10 personal and professional goals for you to target for the new year. Check out No. 6.

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5 Questions to Guide You to Civil Online Discussions
5 Questions to Guide You to Civil Online Discussions

By: Zach Dawes
How we use social media platforms is turning civil discourse into a lost art. Even our political leaders fail to set positive examples. Christians must model a different, more constructive approach rooted in civility.

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The Cure for Internet Venom: Let's Listen to Each Other
The Cure for Internet Venom: Let's Listen to Each Other

By: Michael Helms
Technology has done more to divide us than unite us. There is no substitute for knowing that someone really cares what you have to say and wants to listen to you say it, even if the person has an opposing view.

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3 Lessons to Help You Engage News, Social Media
3 Lessons to Help You Engage News, Social Media

By: Dawn Hood-Patterson
The animosity of 2016's political campaigns and election led to a point where I had to cut ties from social media for six months. Here are three tactics I learned to help me engage the news more effectively.

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How Christianity Lost Its Voice in a Media-Driven World
How Christianity Lost Its Voice in a Media-Driven World

By: Phil Cooke
The Christian faith has made an indelible mark on our society - at least until recently. Today that voice is in decline. But the church isn't losing its voice; it's giving it away.

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Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites
Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites

By: Dennis Bickers
With the viral popularity of fake news sites, people are inundated everyday with false, misleading and negative information. When they come to church, they need to hear a message filled with truth and hope.

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Healing Words Needed After Harsh Political Campaign
Healing Words Needed After Harsh Political Campaign

By: Ferrell Foster
How will the divisive and vitriolic language of this political campaign affect as a people after Nov. 8? After a season of harsh words, it's time for us to find new words to heal.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?
What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?

By: Christina Embree
One day, your children are going to Google you? What will they find? Will they find that you social media self, your written words, are consistent with the things you are teaching them as truth, as right, as good?"

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7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul
7 Actions That Will Nurture Your Distracted Soul

By: Matt Sapp
Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. This information overload hits all of us. Distractedness is killing our souls, but you can take steps to turn it around.

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A Dangerous Path for Politically Active Christians
A Dangerous Path for Politically Active Christians

By: Blake McKinney
Your political talk can have unintended consequences on the spiritual lives of the people who hear you. The more obnoxious you are in talking about politics, the more people will tune you out in matters of faith.

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Should Christians Wash Their Linen in Public?
Should Christians Wash Their Linen in Public?

By: Stuart Blythe
Social media reveals that Christians viscerally hold different views on ethical issues. However, we must find other places to express those differences than only social media. Maybe church is a good place to start.

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Defriending Gossip, Slander and Discourteous Talk
Defriending Gossip, Slander and Discourteous Talk

By: Alan Donaldson
Christians have a perspective to share on political life that is inspired by belonging to the Kingdom of God, but our social media comments fall short. They're filled with anger, defensiveness and vitriol.

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What Happens to Ethics in a Strong Political Wind?
What Happens to Ethics in a Strong Political Wind?

By: Colin Harris
The intensity of our current political climate allows truthful and more complete information to be replaced by propaganda. Misinformation becomes the wind that blows the weather vane of ethics in all directions.

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4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School
4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School

By: Tony Brooks
If you lead a Sunday school class, your role is to discuss issues based on Scripture. As the political season heats up, discussion will turn toward politics. Here are 4 rules to manage those conversations.

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4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos
4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos

By: Ryan Jespersen
With the political season approaching a fevered pitch, social media sites are a minefield of political arguments. Here are 4 ways you can exemplify a Christlike response amid the chaos.

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Facebook Page Published for
Facebook Page Published for "The Disturbances"

By: EthicsDaily Staff
'The Disturbances,' a feature-length film from EthicsDaily.com, is based on video interviews with 25 eyewitnesses sharing how missionaries saved lives in Nigeria in 1966. Learn more via its Facebook page.

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Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame
Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame

By: Christina Embree
Social media is too often used as an avenue to shame, dishonor and ridicule people - even by Christians. Our kids deserve better examples from us. Let's model humility and grace on social media.

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4 Ways You Can Wage Peace with Wisdom
4 Ways You Can Wage Peace with Wisdom

By: Rick Love
Hate speech, inflammatory rhetoric and uncivil discourse are all too common in politics and social media. Rather than fight fire with fire, we must master the art of civil discourse.

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Christians Must Return to Civility in U.S. Politics
Christians Must Return to Civility in U.S. Politics

By: Roger Olson
The harsh rhetoric and overall lack of civility in politics is seeping into Christian communities. It's fine to hold a strong political opinion, but we should never ridicule those who disagree with us.

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Fueled by Social Media, Society's Quick to Condemn
Fueled by Social Media, Society's Quick to Condemn

By: Zach Dawes
Our social-media savvy, quick-to-condemn society seems to relish calling for immediate resignations and firings. Such incidents reveal our lack of grace, compassion and mercy.

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Our Workaholic Busyness Keeps Us from Sabbath
Our Workaholic Busyness Keeps Us from Sabbath

By: Guy Sayles
Many of us acquiesce to the fearful lie that our worth is inseparably bound up with our work. It's an insidious form of bondage that keeps us from the command and invitation to observe the Sabbath.

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Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives
Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives

By: Preston Clegg
Perhaps the most insidious characteristic of fear is how quickly it draws us into vicious cycles. Fear causes us to see the worst in others, and therefore, it brings out the worst in us.

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Showing Solidarity Via Facebook: Does It Matter?
Showing Solidarity Via Facebook: Does It Matter?

By: Nick Lear
Changing your Facebook profile picture with an overlay of the French flag may not make much difference, but it is at least a statement of defiance that evil will not win. And God's love can stop the cycle of violence.

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Faith Leaders Turn to Twitter to Express Prayers, Solidarity with the People of Paris
Faith Leaders Turn to Twitter to Express Prayers, Solidarity with the People of Paris

By: Robert Parham
In the wake of the Paris attacks, the faith community has rightly been at the forefront of lament, condemning terrorism as evil and refusing to demonize Islam.

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4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media
4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media

By: Christina Embree
Social media has a huge impact on teens, with some checking their social media accounts 100 times per day. But parents can take some practical steps to help their kids navigate the digital world.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Church
4 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia
Every person in the church must think critically about how social media may harness the power of evangelism and testimony in a world that has entered the digital age.

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3 Questions to Ask on Your Quest for Truth
3 Questions to Ask on Your Quest for Truth

By: Julie Ball
We are constantly bombarded with messages purporting to be true - but often aren't. The next time you see something online or hear something too good to be true, here are three questions to ask.

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Building Your Church's Community Via Social Media
Building Your Church's Community Via Social Media

By: Joe Kendrick
Social media's influence is changing our understanding of community and redefining the church's neighborhood. It can help your church connect with people seeking specific ministries, events and resources.

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Respond to Injustice with Your Presence
Respond to Injustice with Your Presence

By: David Fitch
When many of us are made aware of an injustice, we rush to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to join the cause. But such rash choices can cause us to fan the flames of antagonism and violence.

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What Your Church Can Learn from Twitter
What Your Church Can Learn from Twitter

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Don't have time for Twitter? Don't need one more thing in your life already overstimulated by media? Well, Twitter can be a great way to meet new ministry colleagues and to recruit new church members.

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Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress
Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress

By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. Here's an overview.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon
Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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8 Awesome Tips to Use the Bible on Social Media
8 Awesome Tips to Use the Bible on Social Media

By: Larry Eubanks
Christians often quote the Bible when discussing important issues on social media, but many use it to bash folks over the head. Here are eight things to remember when you use Scripture online.

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4 Dangers to Avoid When Churches Use Social Media
4 Dangers to Avoid When Churches Use Social Media

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastors and churches should use social media to connect with their congregation and the communities they serve. However, they need to recognize and avoid the dangers with using social media.

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Where Can You Find Serious Theological Reflection?
Where Can You Find Serious Theological Reflection?

By: David Fitch
While pop theology authors have connected with readers, we need serious theological engagement and exposure to the broader history of the way Christians have engaged the issue of interpreting Scripture.

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Can You Still Be Social in This Social-Media Era?
Can You Still Be Social in This Social-Media Era?

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Living in a 24/7 communication world, we are able to connect with people on an unprecedented level. However, social media runs the risk of turning us inward and separating from community.

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How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
By: Terry Austin
As a nation, we've responded to violence with more violence. People, even followers of Jesus, still loudly proclaim that we need to commit even more violence. Where does it end?
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Where Will Your Church Be When 2030 Arrives?
Where Will Your Church Be When 2030 Arrives?

By: Jerrod Hugenot
How has your church changed during the last 15 years, and where will your church be 15 years from now in 2030? That 15-year span may seem like an eternity, but churches must look forward and prepare to adapt.

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Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Even in the Israel-Palestine conflict, political and religious affiliations often define responses. The partisanship shows the need for the faithful to pray for peace.
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Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
By: Robert Parham
Witnessing for peace through tweets and prayers might seem an anemic alternative to the hard power of missiles and military budgets, yet Jesus chose such "anemia" with his message of peace.
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3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology
3 Reasons You Need to Fast from Technology
By: Thomas Kidd
While fasting is an ancient practice, you can give it a modern application by taking a fast from technology. Here's how you can benefit by taking a break from the constant electronic distractions.
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How Your Church Can Effectively Use Social Media
How Your Church Can Effectively Use Social Media
By: Jess Ward
What role can social media play in the life of a church? While social media is not a silver bullet, it's a free and easy way to turn people's attention toward what you want them to see.
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Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
By: Robert Parham
Twitter can bring great harm and much good. Houses of faith can use it to fill the public square with transformative values.
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Skype Interview: Robin Sandbothe on Social Media
Skype Interview: Robin Sandbothe on Social Media
By: EthicsDaily Staff
If your ministry uses social media, you have to stay on top of the changes. Learn how Central Baptist Theological Seminary views social media in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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British Chaplain's Twitter Feed Focuses on Spiritual Care
British Chaplain's Twitter Feed Focuses on Spiritual Care
By: Paul Hobson
A Baptist chaplain in Great Britain creates a Twitter feed to provide a forum for those in healthcare to discuss spiritual care. It's taken off with nearly 1,200 followers.
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4 Suggestions for Parenting in the Digital Age
4 Suggestions for Parenting in the Digital Age
By: Brian Foreman
Families live in an increasingly digitally connected society because technology has become so accessible and convenient, but it can distract us from personal relationships. Here's what you can do.
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Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions.
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Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community
Church Trends: Using Social Media to Create, Sustain Community
By: Robin Sandbothe
Connecting with multiple layers of constituents and their networks through social media is an important trend that is essential to an organization's success. Here's how one seminary does it.
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Being Too Wired Fractures Us from God, Neighbors
Being Too Wired Fractures Us from God, Neighbors
By: James Ellis III
Many Christians see no problem with how saturated our privileged lives are by technology. Its overuse or misuse further fractures our relationship with God and our neighbors.
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Why You Should Consider a Fast from Social Media
Why You Should Consider a Fast from Social Media
Fasting from something you usually do can provide a positive opportunity to deepen and re-order your life in a healthier way. Why not plan a fast from using social media?
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Reforming Your Church Through Social Media
Reforming Your Church Through Social Media
Social media, like thriving relationships, takes work. If churches are serious about community building in their physical location, they must be serious about it in their virtual locations too.
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In Social Media Era, Are You Addicted to Self-Promotion?
In Social Media Era, Are You Addicted to Self-Promotion?
We can promote what we are doing and achieving more than ever thanks to social media, but Jesus gives a countercultural example when it comes to profile and promotion.
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The Dangers of Communicating Via Social Media
The Dangers of Communicating Via Social Media
In our fast-paced times, technology provides us with tremendous conveniences as we communicate. But those quick messages via text, Twitter and Facebook carry some drawbacks.
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6 Rules for Pastors Before Posting That Blog
6 Rules for Pastors Before Posting That Blog
Social media makes it easy to let everyone know what you're thinking at the moment, which is why pastors should exercise caution with social media. Here are six guidelines to keep in mind.
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Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
Zimmerman Case Reveals Deeper Malady
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin reaches beyond racism. It illustrates that anyone who is different is an "other" whom our society views with suspicion.
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Using Pinterest to Advance the Common Good
Using Pinterest to Advance the Common Good

Pinterest has been growing in popularity since going live in 2010. And now EthicsDaily.com has created a Pinterest page to offer another way for you to advance the common good.

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Using Our Website to Advance the Common Good
Using Our Website to Advance the Common Good
Social media is an increasingly important means of disseminating information. With a few clicks, you can share all the content on EthicsDaily.com's website – even from your smartphone.
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Using Twitter to Advance the Common Good
Using Twitter to Advance the Common Good
With more than 500 million members, Twitter was 2012’s fastest-growing social media platform. Learn how you can help EthicsDaily.com advance the common good through Twitter.
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Using Facebook to Advance the Common Good
Using Facebook to Advance the Common Good
Networking is just as crucial in the digital world as it is in the physical world. Here are some ways you can help EthicsDaily.com advance the common good through Facebook.
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Social Media
Learn the many ways that you can connect with EthicsDaily through social media.
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"Dad, You're a Nicer Person Without Your iPhone"
When we're absorbed in our virtual worlds – answering e-mails, checking Facebook, sending tweets – how do we respond to those in the same room with us?
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A Theology of Social Media
A Theology of Social Media

Whether we engage actively with social media or not at all, its possibilities present Christians with a range of theological issues to ponder. Steve Holmes concludes his series on social media.

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U.S., Global Evangelicals Differ on Obama's Win
U.S., Global Evangelicals Differ on Obama's Win

Social media revealed a stark contrast between the reaction of U.S. evangelicals to their counterparts in the rest of the world to Obama's re-election. What causes the divide?

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4 Things You Can Expect from Social Media's Future
4 Things You Can Expect from Social Media's Future

Social media is in its infancy. But one day you may dance with a partner hundreds of miles away, race against friends in different nations, and go to an online church.

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Why Your Church Needs Facebook, Twitter Presence
Why Your Church Needs Facebook, Twitter Presence

Facebook is a great way for churches to keep in touch with their own members. With Twitter, churches can interact with the wider community. Is your church connected?

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How Electronic Communication Can Scuttle Intimacy
How Electronic Communication Can Scuttle Intimacy
Relationships are challenging enough, but they can be even more complicated when electronic communication is thrown into the mix. Here are the dangers and the benefits.
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Survey: Few Connect to Faith Community by Social Media
Survey: Few Connect to Faith Community by Social Media
Most Americans still are not using social media technology to connect with their faith communities although white evangelical Protestants are ahead of other major groups.
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Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology shapes how we read the Bible and how we connect to community. Can people of faith continue to make use of the best of affordable technology while avoiding its temptations?
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Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Churches will have to learn to embrace modern technology and social media, according to panelists at a Baptist World Alliance forum during the group's annual gathering.
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Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
While technology and social media are not the means to solve the churches' problems, it can help ministers connect with members and enhance worship, pastors said.
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EthicsDaily.com Website Tweaked for 2012
EthicsDaily.com Website Tweaked for 2012
Several new features launched today on EthicsDaily.com, including Skype interviews with global experts and a second Twitter hub focusing on faith and politics.
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EthicsDaily.com Steps Up Use of Social Media
EthicsDaily.com Steps Up Use of Social Media
EthicsDaily.com is intensifying its use of social media networks. All new stories will be shared on our Facebook page, and the homepage features a Twitter news feed.
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New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
A new short video from EthicsDaily.com will be broadcast at this week's New Baptist Covenant 2, noting that some Baptists have watered down and spiritualized Jesus' agenda while others have been bolder.
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Episcopalians Turn to Social Media for Growth
(RNS) The Episcopal Church is urging congregations to embrace social media websites in a push to highlight the Internet as a tool for church growth.
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Three Warnings to Prevent Social-Media Suicide
Three Warnings to Prevent Social-Media Suicide
Pastors and other church leaders need to consider carefully their social media interaction, whether on blog posts, Twitter, Facebook or other sites. Here are three warnings to steer clear of social-media pitfalls.
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Ala. Church Bans Employees’ Social Networking with Minors
MOBILE, Alabama (RNS) Electronic communication with minors must be limited to “providing information related to a ministry or event."
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Does Facebook Succeed Where Churches Failed?
Does Facebook Succeed Where Churches Failed?
Facebook works because it fills a vacuum and counters the emptiness and loneliness people sometimes feel. Many religious communities, on the other hand, have lost the ability to connect people.
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How Social Media is Transforming Society
How Social Media is Transforming Society
As the widespread use of the new communication media transforms humanity into "multiple-choice identities," little critical and theological reflection is emerging from our churches and seminaries.
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Learning to Live in a World Without Privacy
Learning to Live in a World Without Privacy
With the advent of cable television, cell phones and all forms of social media, privacy no longer exists. Someone is always close by with a cell phone or video recorder to capture the moment for history.
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Face to Facebook with Jesus

To use a social networking tool, like Facebook or its competitors, there are rules to be followed, the most important of which is, to me, to be sure your time on Facebook does not replace "face time" with real human beings.

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