Category Archives: tech

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.

Browser change

I’m now trying Firefox as my internet browser, blogging this using the performancing addon. Fully customisable, quicker to load than IE and pretty impressive thus far. Will post further comments in weeks to come

powered by performancing firefox

Opera, not the musical kind!!

Have recently switched to a new web browser, a change does you good as they say. Now using Opera, some nice additional features, loads a fair bit quicker than IE and is hopefully more sucure and virus free. Still finding my feet with all it’s keyboard and mouse shortcuts, tabbed browsing and RSS integration are nice features. Will see how it goes for a while anyway

Gone wireless broadband

Well we’ve finaly gone broadband, and wireless at that. As cheap a package now for broadband than dial-up, so figured we might as well enjoy the surf where you want and talk option of Bt’s wireless broadband.

Hopefully it will mean more regular postings on the old blog, can’t really get less than recently as they have been rather scarce. Anyway work in the morning so i’m off to bed having got connected after abit of hair pulling!!

Windows Live writer

So this is my first blog using Windows Live Writer, seems to be a useful tool for managing updates to your weblog using a MSword-like interface. So there we go, hopefully this will assist more regular posting

SOcial Networking

Just setup a Myspace account and a bebo account, everyone seems to be doing it so I figured why not. Check them out sometime and if your a member invite me as a friend, seem like a good way of keeping in touch

Tracking blogs and newsfeeds

Following the recent surge in bloggers, you may be wondering what the best way of keeping track of them all is. Well one suggestion is bloglines, which is a browser-based RSS feedtracker. Basically it can keep track of news sites or blogs that you specify it to keep track of. You login to it through your browser wherever you are, and it will display an outline of updates made to the blogs or news sites you specify it to track. You can then click on the links and read the associated pages.
It supports feeds from bloger, which is handy since its what we all use for our blogs, and also tracks feeds from news sites. Some news sites you might want to try out are the BBC, The Guardian, Belfast Telegraph, Google News, and there are hundreds more.
Give it a try and see how you find it, I find it’s real handy for me, especially in a short lunch hour, saves trawling through lots of web pages and keeps you informed and up to date

Blogger for Word

This is my first post using this tool, which is an add-in for MSWord; it will hopefully make posting easier, and hopefully more regular. Check it out if you’re a blogger and see how you find it. Handy for me since I aint got broadband yet!!

Useful Software

Have been working on creating a website this week for our youthgroups in church, something i’ve been intending to do for a while. Ignite offer a great service for setting a site up for youth groups : quick and easy design, 10MB storage space and a free mailing list service meaning those who sign up can get regular mailshots and upddates to the site.
Another thing i’ve finally got up and running is the ability to upload photo’s to the blog here thanks to hello and picasa software. I’m also trying out Googles new desktop search software which i’m well impressed by, bloglines for reading RSS feeds of my favourite sites and ONSPEED to quicken up our dial-up connection (though broadband speeds would be more favourable)

Anyway it’s been quite a profitable week, alot on in the incoming weeks in preperation for REACHOUT. Heading up to New Horizon today also, which is a first for me and something i’m looking forward to alot.