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The gospel in Tech

So i’m just back from Tech Camp 2011, recovering from lack of sleep and reflecting on what was a great few days exploring all things Tech and how this integrates with our faith.  Video editing, animation, Audio Visual setup, voxpop interviews and a geek-hunt at Queens were all part of our few days together.  Lots to learn from my point of view, but refreshing to see young teenagers expressing their creativity and using their God given gifts in all things Tech, exploring how faith and technology can be expressed and explored in their lives.

It was a fresh challenge for me, something different from what i’m used to and perhaps feel more comfortable with, but enjoyable none the less.  It forced me to step out of what I’m more comfortable with, get my “geek” on and connect with kids who were more into Mac’s and YouTube than football and Match of the Day.  As I sought to lead some devotions on the theme of Identity, Being part of the Body, and Using the Gifts we have been given for God, I was faced with a challenge :

  • How can I attempt to connect these messages from Gods word to their world?
  • How can I translate the gospel, and express these themes from scripture in a way that connects to the world of a tech-savvy teen?

This is a challenge i’m used to  with my youth group on a regular basis, but this was a younger group of teens with different interests and different backgrounds than my youth group who I’ve gotten to know and journeyed with over the past 7 years.  While these groups of teens have different interests, and probably wouldn’t associate that much with one another in schools, they have similar needs, hopes and fears. And so do I, so do you, so does all of mankind. And this is where the gospel unites, and communicating it’s truth is what’s essential : we’re all sinners in need of rescuing, we all need to know and experience grace and forgiveness, we all long to belong and experience something more than this world has to offer, we all have something to offer when we get connected to the body and get involved with kingdom work. Diversity in the body should be celebrated and not lead to division.

So here was my attempt to incarnate the gospel for tech-savvy teen’s.

  • There’s a tension that exists in our lives: we have been programmed by the creator to live in relationship with Him, but this good programme has been infected by a virus (sin) that changes everything.  It destroys the function the good programme was designed to do and it affects everything it is connected to.  We experience broken-ness in relationship, pain, hurt, rejection, separation and ultimately death as a result of this virus called sin.  We can try to reverse the effects and un-do the damage the virus has done, but we are merely scratching the surface: it’s damaged the kernel and its effects are irreversible.
    The creator steps in to rescue and reverse the damage the virus called sin has done to his programme for life.  He sends a master-key from the original design to unlock the effects of the virus, and enable us to be re-programmed again with the creator’s good programme.  We need to run the anti-virus and remove the infection so that we can re-download the good programme and start living by it’s design.  The master key was Jesus, and at Calvary he took on the effects of the virus called sin, quarantining and destroying it’s effects forever, allowing himself to be destroyed and then re-programmed on our behalf, so that we can have the chance to re-download the good programme. It’s effect is instant, but it’s power comes from utilising the effects of the new programme in our lives. We need to remain plugged in to the source, and listen to the prompts of the anti-virus programme that alerts us of the attack of the bad programme called sin seeking to interrupt the download and break through and destroy the effects of the good programme as it re-formats and re-installs in our lives.

So there you have it: a blog post inspired by a bunch of tech-savvy teens and leaders @pcitechcamp, who have much to offer a church seeking to communicate afresh the unchanging biblical truths of the gospel to a constantly changing and increasingly technological world in need.

Back to blog

So this blog has been a barren place of late – no posts at all last year, a few thoughts shared of late, but largely it has been void of content.  A number of reasons really for this : other things going on in life, busy-ness, the rise of facebook/twitter/RSS feeds/emails to keep ontop of  (you easily become consumed by the volume of information out there you think you should consume), and I guess a case of the initial desire fading over time (i’ve been blogging since 2003).  Has been surprising though that some people still stumble across it daily, often stumbling into this post when searching for the lyrics to the Script song Break Even.

So this is me re-visiting the land of blog again, and attempting to re-engage with some more regular updates : will try and record some musings each month, for my own benefit if nothing else. In the past i always found it helpful to work through some thought’s /musings, or reflect on some cultural observations and how I flesh out my faith as I carry on in this journey of faith.

Have been challenged / refreshed / encouraged by some thoughts recorded by one of our youth on a blog he set up recently, you can check it out here.  I for one actually believe in this generation, i’m loving how God’s working in and through them in our context at Boardmills, and believe God will use them to redeem his church and bring revival in these days as they seek to live out loud against society’s flow.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Blogging Tools

Firefox 3 logoHaving abit of a play around with some addons for firefox, posting this from a tool called Scribefire, nifty wee tool for blogging directly from firefox, for any geeks out there check it out!! Heres the blurb

“ScribeFire, an extension of Firefox ®,
enables users to easily drag and drop formatted text from the Web into
their blog(s), post entries, take notes, and optimize their ad
inventory, directly through the Firefox browser.”

Anyway i’ll head on here, will post further in coming days, try and get back into the discipline. Watch this space……

Return to the barren land

Updates on this blog have been sparse in recent times, lots going on, but haven’t had the time to jot it down in recent days. Have been busy planning for Reachout 08, our forthcoming “Get a life” mission in October, and looking to re-structure and re-think our youthwork during the summer months. So lots on, lots to be done, will post further in coming days, but apologies for the lack of posting for anyone who still drops by this blog

Instant Faith

I’m off work today, another flexi day which will make this a nice long weekend, and find myself returning to this barren land of blog. Was making myself a cuppa coffee this morning, not the instant but the real stuff, and it dawned on me how often my faith can be like this. It’s so much easier to fire in a spoonful of instant coffee, add boling water and away you go : quick and easy. But it’s much nicer to go through the process of grinding the beans, filtering the water through the freshly ground beans, and enjoying the taste of freshly ground coffee. Takes longer, requires more effort, but its worth it.

Often I confess my faith can have a similar approach, i’d choose the quick and easy approach, the disciplines required to develop a living relationship with my Saviour fall by the wayside and I adopt the quick “pick and mix” approach, and wonder why I find myself stumbling along the way and lacking the intimacy and passion that I desire.

So here I am, in that place again, resolving to get back on track with God and desiring to be in that place of intimacy and oneness that my heart desires.

So help me God

I’ve been tagged

Ruth @ ruth E has just tagged me in an attempt to keep my blogging more regular, so here goes……

The Rules

1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

7 Weird Facts about me

  1. I hate these kinda things because I can never think of anything to write.
  2. I buy lots of books and never get round to reading them.
  3. In primary school I poured juice into a girls lunchbox and ruined her lunch.
  4. I also burned the hair of the girl in front of me at a Christingle service
  5. I’m told I used to have an imaginary friend when very young, but have no recollection of this now and think it’s just my mum making up childhood stories.
  6. I’ve partaken in a trifle eating contest to the verge of being sick, and haven’t eaten trifle since
  7. I’m amazed that I’ve come up with this list, I still hate these things

Tag 7 people

This part could be difficult as I don’t personally know 7 bloggers, so if your tagged and don’t know me, Hi, i’m a reader of your blog!!

Feel free to carry on the tag, or not.  Got me blogging again anyway, will strive to keep the posts coming.

New Year, New Passion, New Start

Well as always I find myself at the start of another year somewhat apologetic for the lack of posting, but with a fresh desire to become more regular (in the postings!!)…  2007 saw a change of host for the blog, moving to wordpress back in August , and a somewhat sporadic series of musings since then.  Every intention to attempt to improve upon this in 2008, watch this space I guess.

2007 has been a somewhat frustrating journey at times, some highs, some lows and much busy-ness.  Don’t really know how far I’ve moved on in my faith this year, have been some big hurdles and struggles, but much joy and peace also.  There have been frustrations, some failures, some successes and some achievements.  But I guess thats life and the high’s and low’s it brings, I thank God that his Grip of Grace never loosened on my life despite my wanderings and times of falling away from him.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. “

So my resolution for 2008 is to try and remain close to Him who saved me and has given me this New life in Christ, saving me from my sin-dead life and offering me life that lasts forever.  I’m gonna attempt to use Robert Murray McCheyne’s Bible Reading calendar for the year ahead which will hopefully keep my focus on Him through 2008, with the help of His Spirit.

So here goes, the journey continues …………………………

Running on Empty

Been a barren land again the blogfront, something that’s been a common theme so far in this journey.   Sometimes life, work, the church even can bleed you dry, and you find yourself being swept along, like a bottle in a raging current.

I need to regain my focus on Christ, re-connect to the living Saviour who came to give life in all its fullness, and re-ignite the flame of passion for Christ that the Spirit brought into my life those 6 years ago that I found my shore in Him.

So it’s my hearts cry as we come to the time of celebrating the birth of our Saviour, that I can use this time to pause, reflect and re-connect with the life giving Saviour who through his death has given me life.

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”                                                             Matthew 11:28

All quiet on the blogfront

Realise it’s become abit of a barren place again on the old blog, have been snowed under abit of late, but trying to get ontop of things again.  Have been working abit on setting up a blog for Reachout, the summer outreach programme i’ve been involved in.  Hope to use the site as a portal for keeping them informed of whats happening, have had 30+ teens interested in a bible study following this summer which is real excitring.  Call by and check it out, pretty basic yet, but will hopefully add to it in the coming weeks

Organised Chaos

So as another term of youthwork stuff begins again this weekend, seems in a way never to have stopped with taking football and doing a couple of outreach teams over the summer, but normal service resumes from Friday night.  The moderator is opening our refurbished hall this weekend as well which i’m guessing must be a big deal judging by all the fuss, a major bun and sandwich delegation is underway.  If we were more passionate about reaching the lost perhaps, but maybe thats just me being cynical again, have to watch what I say sometimes.

Anyway I think i’m more dis-organised than ever this year, or at least it feels that way, but have the assurance that God will be at work despite my failings, and have to trust in Him and try and be abit more organised to serve him better.  Anyway my beauty sleep is calling, and boy do i need that!!  Adios to all who drop by, till I blog again………..