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  • Ashford: 'Be our better selves' in the public sphere

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Tuesday, January 08, 2019 (one month ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As an observer of Christianity and public life, Bruce Ashford sees the good, the bad and the ugly of American political engagement. In a new book, "Letters to an American Christian," he is seeking to change it for the better.

    In a whimsical yet informative series of letters between Ashford, provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a fictional character named Christian, the book seeks to address hot-button issues and ideologies in today's American culture and how believers can speak thoughtfully and persuasively into them.

    "I'm trying to show Christian conservatives how we can be our better selves, and I'm trying to appeal to progressives to show them why more conservative principles would be better for our nation," Ashford said.

    The recipient of the letters, Christian, is a university student among professors who are secular progressives and from a family of secular conservatives. In this context, Ashford seeks to help Christian consider how to address such topics as transgenderism, Black Lives Matter, nationalism and the relationship between church and state. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Social media strategy & the church

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP)-- By the time churches have fully embraced Facebook, many of their members and those they are trying to reach may have left it behind.

    Nearly three-quarters of Facebook users (74 percent) have adjusted their connection with the social media platform in some way over the past year, according to Pew Research.

    That reportedly includes the 54 percent who adjusted their privacy settings, 42 percent who took a break from checking it for several weeks or more, and 26 percent who deleted the app from their phone.

    Perhaps surprisingly, younger Facebook users are more likely to say they have done each of these. This is especially true for taking the app off their phone. Those aged 18 to 29 were nearly four times as likely as users 65 and older (44 percent to 12 percent). Read More

  • Social media & teens: a way 'to see what is happening'

    by Morgan Collier, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could be used to reach the lost, nurture spiritual maturity and expand congregations?

    A pivotal outreach to today's youth may start with an LED screen, with 95 percent of teenagers reportedly having a smartphone or access to one -- and 45 percent saying they are online on a near-constant basis -- according to a recent Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology survey. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Civility amid the commotion

    by John Yeats, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Amid the culture's social media commotion, John Yeats writes that Southern Baptists can demonstrate "a different, more biblical way to have conversations about the difficult issues we face." Read More

  • Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Social media platform Twitter may be trying to reshape the online narrative by editing out conservative voices, a new undercover video released by Project Veritas alleges.

    The video, released Thursday (Jan. 11), appears to show current and former Twitter engineers explaining how they "downrank" some users and make others totally invisible if they don't like what they are saying. Baptist leaders shared different views on the significance of the undercover video -- with one saying the report shouldn’t prompt concern, while another called the video "deeply troubling." Read More

  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee's hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free.

    Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors that LifeWay Research released today (Jan. 9).

    Most also have a website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent).

    But few have ventured on Twitter (16 percent). Read More

  • Social-media coaching now available from LifeWay

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources recently launched an online coaching service to help Christians manage social media and other digital platforms from a biblical perspective.

    This subscription-based service, known as LifeWay Social, is designed for churches, nonprofits and individuals who want to discover more effective ways of using social media to grow God's kingdom. Registration opens Oct. 23.

    Chris Martin, author development specialist for LifeWay, sees social media as ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When God writes your Instagram handle

    by Candi Finch, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    Candi Finch, whose Instagram handle includes "lover of bacon & used bookstores," ponders how someone's social media identity would read if drawn from God's regard for His children as recorded in Scripture. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your social media feed

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    Check what you're doing on social media, Brian Hobbs advises. Facebook, Twitter and other social media are "simply extensions of our own personality and character," he writes. "If we pray, listen and love more, the world will notice the difference." Read More

  • More churches expanding reach through social media

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    MONTICELLO, Ky. (BP)-- More than 5,000 people watched and listened to small-town pastor Mark Helton's sermons on smartphones, tablets and computer monitors over the past month.

    First Baptist Church in Monticello, Ky., has embraced the relatively inexpensive technology that has allowed congregations of all sizes to vastly increase their reaches. Read More