Saturday, July 12, 2008

Christians and Blogging

I just found this brilliant quote from Mark Greene. You can read his article in full on the LICC site (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity).

"[Blogging] …raises important questions about how the Church chooses to communicate – and our need to combine personal conviction with openness to listen. This applies not only in the way we seek to talk to people who don’t know Jesus but also whether we genuinely seek to create space for open communication among those who already do. One of the common criticisms of church culture by Christians is that it is often extremely difficult to voice dissent, explore a contrary point of view, and, more significantly, find a context in which to be emotionally and intellectually honest. Can we create contexts for ‘good conversation’? Of course, at its worst, blogging, particularly pseudonymous blogging, can simply be a self-indulgent way to sound off. At its best, however, it can provide an authentic way to express our true humanity and begin a conversation with other like-hearted humans who are seeking truth, life and a way to live it in a distinctively personal, creative way. And it’s hard to be anything but enthusiastic about that."

Any thoughts?

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1 comment:

smudge77 said...

I think blogging and posting on Christian forums may happen because the time for chatting before and after programmed 'services' and housegroups is often very limited and rushed.
That was my experience over 20 years of faithful attendance and service in evangelical/charismatic churches.

I can say, though, the time I had real in-depth and meaningful conversations with fellow Christians is when I lived with a number in a house while we served on the same mission for 2 years.
that was so real, and I have missed it ever since - even though it's been over 22 years since I left.

the other times were a year or so later when I was involved in planting a church with others...those beginning days of meeting in homes on rota, in the same geographical area, [which meant most of us could walk to meet together], were we did not limit time and we did not programme but truly waited on the Lord to lead and teach us.

why has 'the charismatic movement' become so controlled and programmed.