Thinking biblically about Facebook

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I love facebook, sometimes for not always the most helpful of reasons, as my wife says use it to be nosey. Justin Buzzard has listed 9 negatives and 6 positives of facebook in his article on Thinking biblically about Facebook. I'm sure I've used it for e a few of the negatives!

In summary:

9 Potentially Negative Uses/Dangers of Facebook

1. The trend of using status updates to complain

2. Measuring your worth/identity by number of Facebook friends/Facebook interactions

3. Greater concern over forming Facebook (virtual) friends rather than real friends

4. Diminishment of face-to-face time with people/enjoying and working on real relationships

5. Dual identities

6. Hurting and excluding others (intentionally or unintentionally)

7. Facebook and online life can make you more distracted, changes how you think/attention span

8. Can tempt you away from your calling/work

9. Thinking about yourself more than you already do

6 Facebook Opportunities: 6 Ways to Love God and Love Others Through Facebook

1. Can get back in touch with old, far-away friends in an easy way, showing them how you’ve been changed by Jesus

2. Can use Facebook as an extension of face-to-face relationships/can be used to enhance time with people

3. Can use Facebook to think about yourself less and others more

4. Can use Facebook to sharpen/discipline what you do with your time

5. Can use Facebook to quickly announce/make great things happen: events, face-to-face time

6. Can use Facebook to influence other people for Jesus. Create a new culture with your status updates

What is a successful Worship Leader?

Monday, November 17, 2008
What defines a successful worship leader or Christian Musician? Does Matt Redman define for us as worship leaders what we should aspire to? Record a CD, tour, travel, sell a few albums or even maybe appear on Christian TV. How does God measure success?

Bob Kaufman gives us 3 criteria for what a successful Christian Musician or Worship leader should look like from the Parable of the Talents passage, Matthew 25:14-29.

1. Successful Christian musicians don’t all look the same.
2. Successful Christian musicians are faithful to grow the gifts they’ve received.
3. Successful Christian musicians seek to please the audience of One.

How freeing are those! I can be successful in my small local church even if I never release a CD or even lead worship outside my church. I don't have to sing like Tim Hughes or even write songs like Matt Redman.

God isn't into the name and numbers game though skill in some cases does bring wider recognition of gifts

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Prov. 22:29

But in this culture success can be defined as fame where skill or talent isn't necessity. For worship leaders I think we can easily fall into the fame trap and focus on our gift over our God. A friend of mine once asked Paul Oakley how you stay humble as a famous worship leader and musician. His reply was that God has a way of dealing with that.