A fortnight of #digidisciple posts: Round-Up December (part 1)

The intention has been for a while that there’s so much material, that monthly is a little infrequent, so we’re aiming for fortnightly, and the following will also form the basis of the first newsletter (which many of you signed up to at Greenbelt):

The #BigRead12

SPCK is offering a deal on Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone: Mark to all churches and organisations ordering 100 copies at a time, and information on how to access the offer is available on the site.

Downloadable PDFs of an advert, and a leaflet, for #bigread12 are available online.

Advent and Christmas


Undoubtedly the biggest hitter in the past couple of weeks has been the Rev Joanne Cox’s overview of possible Advent and Christmas resources, and it’s been encouraging to see others link to it, and add other resources that we may not be aware of into the mix.  Father Kevin also looked at Advent, and called for more to be involved in social media, as modern day John the Baptists, with messages of warning, announcement, and hope.

Tony Whittaker offered some ideas for Christmas, tied in with a reflection upon a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, considering, as we all should, how the secular world does it, and what we can learn from that. James Robinson gave us an insight into ‘The Littlest Star’, a collaborative project (notably with Richard Littledale), which produced a book from concept to publication in a matter of day. Jonathan Blundell asked us to consider, at this Yule time, to find common ground in shared traditions, rather than insisting that “our way” is correct. Premier Radio continue to offer us a daily Advent video.

Bryony Taylor is currently preparing a crowd-sourced @onlinecarols Christmas Eve service (inspired by the Remembrance Day @poppy_tweet service), and gives us an insight into how this will work. Nancy Wallace completed the first half of December with an insight into the character of Mary, and her role as a hope bearer.

Social Media

Social Media Surgeries, Greenbelt image...Graham Richards, an enthusiastic advocate for Social Media Surgeries, gave us an overview of how he sees social media, and most particularly, how it is a media for relationships, complementary to many other tools that you may already use.  A reminder of the power of social media was given in this infographic. Rev Pam Smith considered how social media has become an integrated part of many of our lives, a facet of our total reality. Anders Orsander considered whether social media is Biblical, and if so, whether it’s the Tower of Babel, or whether it’s Pentecost?

Holly Poulter gave us an insight into Pininterest, a new social media site, and demonstrates how the Christian message can appear amongst a range of other images.  Muriel Sowden gave us a powerful overview of a Facebook project, which has led to both practical and spiritual help to many in the Philippines.

Responding to last month’s story by Vicky Beeching as to the need to do theology and ‘difficult issues’ online, George Morley considered this in the light of recent conversations observed on Twitter, and what might make those discussions unhelpful. Laura Sykes also observed that Twitter conversations (and our life journies) are like rivers, constantly moving, and constantly changing.


Dave Roberts considered the question of prayer online, and whether we should concentrate on the spiritual or the physical aspects in praying, concluding that both are important to God.

Simon Sutcliffe engaged with the question of ‘movement’, whether physical movement is required, or whether the web simply allows ‘movement of the soul’ (particularly when there are circumstances which disable the user from physical movement).

Ernie Feasey wrote his first post, illustrating how he’d been encouraged and inspired by previous #digidisciple posts, and particularly thought about his ‘call to serve’ in ordained ministry having spent many years in the armed forces.


Bex gave a talk on ‘The Fast Bible’ in Winchester, and the recording is available, and has more dates available for training via the Church of England.

In reaction to advice given at #digimanc, Pete Phillips commented upon the ‘marketing truism’ “if you can’t do it well don’t do it”, as, as the church seeks to balance putting the message across in the most effective way, but also seeks to encourage risk, experimentation, and encouragement on the journey.

A number of new events have been added to the ‘events’ page – let us know if there’s more we should be aware of!

About drbexl

Life Explorer, academia/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach. Twitter: @drbexl @digitalfprint, @ww2poster @bigbible