Many of you know of my love for the church and for technology. So this is a forewarning, you’ll probably be reading more about each of these passions of mine in the next few years as I continue my studies at Duke Divinity School and make my way in a high speed internet world.
Some of you are on twitter. Most are not. Those that are not probably laugh when you hear about twitter in the media and often wonder who in the world would waste time with such an invention. Those that are on twitter think the previous sentence was absurd and are probably tired of fruitlessly explaining why they love twitter to their skeptical friends. If you would like a better explanation about it or some responses to common objections, head on over to Michael Hyatt’s blog where he addresses the top ten objections to twitter.
To the tweeters out there:
Will you join me in this idea to help proclaim God’s word through twitter?
A few weeks back I posted a scripture verse on twitter and one of my friends messaged me later that day telling me how meaningful the verse was for him. I immediately realized that if this verse reached all of my followers and was encouraging for even one of them, imagine if the twittersphere began to buzz with people sharing scriptures that had changed their lives that week.
After discussing this with some friends we were reminded of the #followfriday movement on twitter. It began with just one person and is now one of the best ways to connect with new people on twitter.
All of this is pretty simple:
1. Every Friday type your verse. You can type it normally, use http://ref.ly to create a cool tiny url of it, use youversion.com’s great interface, or anything else. Even add thoughts with the verse if there is room.
2. Be sure and use the hashtag #followthewordfriday so that these tweets will be easily searchable and so that it may eventually become a trending topic which will lead more people to join in.
I have no agenda. Most of us know first hand how the internet can become a stronghold for all types of sin. I would like to see social media and the internet used for the Kingdom in any encouraging way possible.
If you think this an idea you could get on board please email this to your socialmedia minded friends, tweet some scripture on Friday, and pray that the Lord would continue to use new methods to spread an unchanging word.