Someone. Please Press Pause? #Digidisciple

In the palm of my hand, I have access to what feels like the entire world and possibly more. Just by using this little phone I can not only keep in touch with people around the world, but I can also send them photos I have just taken and edited.

But there’s more:

As I take my walk into work, I have more then enough time to update websites, blog on tumblr, and update Twitter. If I remember to read the Bible, I have access to a number of translations, maps, and images of biblical events… Besides, who said I needed to read it? I can just put the headphones in, and get listening to a random voice reading it to me.

I’ve not even got started on my ability to update my online CV, play computer games, remotely access my computer at home, and measure the distance / speed of my walk… all by using my phone.

Have I even mentioned anything about calling or texting?

With the above in mind, its easy to believe that every 60 seconds*:

  • 79,364 Wall Posts are made on Facebook.
  • Over 6,600 new images are uploaded on Flickr.
  • 694,445 queries are typed into Google.
  • 168 million emails are sent.

Its getting noisy out there.

Think about where we were 10, 15, 20 years ago. Did you ever really imagine we would have such fantastic access to a world of information, almost every where we go. The thing is, its not just information we have access to. Not anymore. Ten years ago, could anyone have seriously imagined how much of our entire lives would be shared online?

With so much access to everything we think we need, do we sometimes forget to slow, turn of the computer, stop the music, and just be quiet? I know I do.

If we live our lives in a digital “always on” world, does it sometimes feel a little noisy?

Do you seek out quieter moments, away from online access? If so, how do you do it?

*Stats from go-gulf.com
This post was originally posted on the BigBible Website
 

Weekly Round Up: The Why Harvest Edition

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Between The Station and The Hospital

When I was younger, I came across a pastime known as “people watching”. Every now and then, a friend and I would find ourselves in the front of a coffee shop, and the two of us watched the outside world. We’d sit there, comment, and take it all in.

As I’ve grown up. I’ve realised that was stupid. Coffee shops are not where the action is found. For real people watching, go to a train station! Preferably a nice big train station. You get to see people who lost, confused, and sometimes saying good bye. But you also get to see people having laugh, relaxing, and being reunited with loved ones. Even if its just their luggage. This is where you really get to see people at their most emotional… People watching at its best…

A similar but more sobering sight greeted a few of us last night, as we approached the Exeter Casualty department. People on their mobiles, updating loved ones… People carrying children away… That person who comments “I’ve done something stupid…”

It occurred to me.

English folk aren’t great at showing emotion, but there seems to be a few places where we let our guard down, like Train Stations / Airports  or Hospitals. Between the comings, goings, arrivals, and sometimes painful goodbyes, it does sometimes look and feel a little raw.

As I sat there in the waiting room, watching our mate occasionally wince in pain, I wondered.

Where does the church fit into this?

Is “Church” a place where we can be in pain, or are we to busy being ok?

Church Sofa Guide To Church: The Harvest Service

So the research is in. And we have the definitions in for “The Harvest Service”:

  • A Sunday morning service where people bring in fresh fruit and veg to send over seas.
  • A Sunday morning service where people bring in non fresh food for local needy people… that may not have a tin opener.
  • The yearly service where we thank God for his goodness to us.
  • A service where people auction themselves to raise money for a new Church roof.
Serious question. In a world where we get our fresh food and meat from Tescos, is there still a place for the Harvest Service?

Introducing Bible-Opoly

From the ebay page:

Bible Opoly – One of the most popular Christian games of all time!

BIBLEOPOLY has very unique game play. The object of the game is to be the first player to build a church in one of the Bible cities. In BIBLEOPOLY, you can’t win by destroying your opponents. You will only win by assisting the fellow players. Cooperation is what allows you to gain the things necessary to build your church and be a winner.

Please Note: USA designed & manufactured – Game Currency $

Possibly a game for the rev. in you life???

Weekly Roundup: The Creative Edition

Did anyone comment about Facebook?