Sorry this is posted a bit late in the day, but I wanted to wrap up this month's discussion of Becky Garrison's Rising from the Ashes
. One question that was addressed in the final chapter "Moving Forward" was that of how those interviewed saw technology (blogs, podcasts) as tools to advance the gospel. Technology often plays a prominent role in emerging church and is the main point of connection for quite a few. Obviously we here use technology as a way to engage in conversation which otherwise wouldn't be possible, so I was interested in the responses given to this question. To quote a few - Nadia Bolz-Weber
- "Technology is neutral. The intentionality around its use is what makes it work for good or evil. ... I see me blog as a ministry, a little piece of the Internet for the lunatic fringe of the church." (p. 156)Cheryl Lawrie
- "Only have blogs or podcasts if you have something to say. Technology shouldn't be automatic tool. It isolates and divides communities as much as it brings us together." (p. 158)
- "Blogging will settle down. There's currently too much noise... too many people talking for it really to be called a conversation."
- "When the gospel was translated into German and people could read the Bible for themselves, it changed theology and it changed the church. Blogs and podcasts are doing similar things; they're leveling the playing field and allowing anyone to be published. Authority and influence aren't mediated commodities anymore."What is your take on the role of technology in spreading the gospel?
Are there dangers in using mediums like blogs and podcasts?
Do you see blogs as creating too much noise or as means of leveling the field and letting the marginalized have a voice?
Labels: Book Discussions, Rising from the Ashes