You don’t have to be my Facebook friend

I was asked a brilliant question the other day. The questioner explained that they have friends on social media who they really struggle with, they find their regular comments about immigration hard to stomach and often there is an undercurrent of racism.  For balance, they observed that they find some of the Black Lives MatterContinue reading “You don’t have to be my Facebook friend”

Blocked

If you are on social media then you are probably familiar with the idea of being able to “block” someone. The function is available on facebook and twitter. Blocking means that they can no longer see your messages or interact with you. On Twitter it means that you won’t initially see their tweets though youContinue reading “Blocked”

Why we will be cutting back on our online output

When the COVID-19 restrictions began to kick in, like many others we began to ramp up our online content.  My personal involvement included restarting Faithroots, uploading short videos to Youtube and opening a Facebook account so that I could broadcast regularly. At the height of the pandemic, I was running  twice daily prayer services andContinue reading “Why we will be cutting back on our online output”

Healthy online

Healthy online Being in lockdown has probably escalated the amount of time many of us spend on social media. In many respects the advent of Facebook, Twitter Instagram etc has made communication so much easier when people are apart. However, being online is not always safe and not always healthy.  In today’s Afternoon Tea discussionContinue reading “Healthy online”

It is okay to disagree

In the past, I’ve challenged a number of the assumptions that lie behind some of the (in my opinion) wilder accusations thrown at the Government’s handling of Coronavirus strategy. This could make it sound like I believe all is rosy in the garden  and that there are no problems. It might also suggest that I’mContinue reading “It is okay to disagree”

Pastoring in a pandemic

One of the most read, most quoted, most promoted books amongst Christian leaders is “The Reformed Pastor” by Richard Baxter.   Baxter was a minister who served in Kidderminster at the time of the English Civil War.  The book describes his methods in seeking to care spiritually for his parish. It is also one of theContinue reading “Pastoring in a pandemic”

Abuse and the church: Small talk and social media

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” (Matthew 15:11) I find Christian social media quite depressing and downright disturbing at times.  Over time I have witnessed significantly aggressive behaviour, people are belittled, dismissed, insulted.  I’ve also seen Christian leaders jumpContinue reading “Abuse and the church: Small talk and social media”