There’s been a lotofdialoguearound the web regarding Josh McDowell’s comment in a keynote address that; The internet is the greatest threat to Christians.
I think he’s right.
Josh says that the main issue boils down to the abundance of information that has created more skepticism. This is not why Josh McDowell is right. Jesus can stand up to skepticism if we get out of the way.
The real reason that the internet is the greatest threat to Christians is Christians themselves!
Christians have yet to learn how to be effective in the age of content abundance. I’ve been saying this for two years; the vast majority of Christians and Christian leaders have no idea what they are doing when it comes to creating content on the internet.¬†
We can no longer create content that was intended to be consumed in a closed environment (church building) and spew it all over the internet to land in the laps of people with no context or relationship in which to make sense of it. It’s why I wrote Context and Voice.
I met Josh at Echo Conference and got to hand out with him some more in Chicago at Story Conference that was held at his church, Park Community, last year. Josh drops a review of the book and leaves you hanging on a few points. Go check it out.
DJ Chuang is going to have me on a live stream tomorrow, Wednesday July, 6 at 4:00 PM Eastern, 3 Central, 1 Pacific. We’re going to talk a bit about communicating, content and where the Church fits in with all that. We’re using the Vokle platform which will allow us to interact with you and allow you to be a part of the conversation.
Tour Stop #6 takes us to Michael Buckingham’s ever so awesome blog; Jesus Hates Papyrus. Michael runs Holy Cow Creative which does a whole heap of awesome things to help churches communicate creatively in just about every way possible. Michael is also a really cool cat to hang out with.
Tour stop #7 takes us to Seth Caddell’s blog; Life as Experienced. Seth is a pastor inVirginia and among other things is a disc golfer…which makes him rad in my book.
Thanks for checking out the context and voice book tour!
As our team has started to morph into something that is more¬†efficient¬†and more relevant to the content consumption realities in this day and age I have started to introduce this idea: Art comes first and then we should design out of the art surplus.
Stop #4 takes us to Dallas Texas with Scott McClellan at Collide Magazine. Scott is the creative mind behind the always awesome Echo Conference which you should check out if you are at all interested in communicating the Gospel in creative ways.
Scott and I went for a Skype interview on this one so you can sit back with a cup of coffee and listen to the mindless rambling of two 6’5″ + communication ‘experts’. Go check it out.
I met Jason at Echo Conference a while back and we had some great conversations about using the internet to reach people. I was just starting to form the vision that would force me to ask the questions that I pose in Context and Voice and as I shared my early ideas with Jason and he had great questions to add. Great questions inform great ideas and I was stoked to have sharp people like Jason to bounce ideas off of.