The Big Bible Project Round-Up: 1-14 February 2012

Read your Bible#BigBible

Darren Hill gave us five things to look for when reading the Bible. Nancy Wallace has continued her series looking at women of the gospels – this time Simon Peter’s mother in law, who had a ministry of hospitality,  opening up bigger questions about women’s role in the church.

News stories identified that Bible reading leads to increased social justice. James Prescott looked at creativity and the divine spark in that, whilst Ernie Feasey looked at the role of the sponsor in the ordination process.

If you fancy something other for Lent, Brian Draper, one of our reflectors, runs an email series.


The Big Read 2012 starts next Wednesday: 22 February 2012, and runs until after Easter. We will be launching with a live Q&A online with Tom Wright 1-2pm on Tuesday 21st February – read more here.

Videos that Tom Wright has recorded are available on YouTube and Vimeo, and are available for download from 12Baskets, where you can also sign up for daily materials throughout Lent. Laura Sykes is running an online housegroup/forum, and Bex’s housegroup are already blogging. Downloadable PDFs of an advert, and a leaflet, for #bigread12 are available online.

All the materials are available for #BigRead12. 

MediaLit Montage#DigiLit

In an audio interview with Fresh Expressions Bex Lewis reminded us not to be scared of going online, and she also highlighted an image doing the rounds on Facebook, which gives a good overview of which social media tool is good for what.

As usual, Tony Whittaker gave us a lot of useful advice on how to avoid distractions online, and stop the brain wasting effects of social media. Paul Windo popped up at the right time to talk about Safer internet day – encouraging and engaging youth to use online tools appropriately. Steve Blundell highlighted the need to create an elevator pitch for your blog, allowing you to streamline your focus.


Pinterest is the hot topic of the social media world at the moment. Bex Lewis joined it, and found it useful for quiet/reflective time, whilst also thinking that, as with all social media, we can show that we are human beings with a range of interests. This echoed Bryony Taylor’s post, as she asked us to consider how we come across things (online) that speak of God.

Dave Roberts considered what is fellowship and what does it look like online, whilst David Cloake encouraged us to join the online world, breaking down misconceptions from others. Emma Major, in her first post, looks at how for many, online spaces offer a safe space to seek God. Megan Grey (also a new #digidisciple) explained how she is learning to reach people where they are by using the appropriate technology, and noticed that as she builds those casual relationships, people then feel more comfortable opening up with the deeper stuff.

Father Kevin wants us to remember that we are engaging in a disembodied space. Think carefully about where the digital has reduced us to soundbites and whether that’s appropriate for those we want to reach. Simon Sutcliffe wrestled with being invited to a church to speak, but then asked to go with their form of worship, rather than the digital he’s used to. Jonathan Blundell looked at a viral video between father/daughter and considered the nature of relationships, and encouraged us to think about how that translates into the online world – it’s not about points scoring. Joanne Cox compared evangelism with an Ann Summers party –the power remains with the enquirer. A new video from Tear Fund offers a conversation starter for discipleship.

Muriel Sowden emphasised that we need time for silence and time out. Pete Phillips looks at what Church could look like, and particularly need for, but the difficulty in, finding silent spaces. The Pope has also called for us to find time for silence.

Katie Harrison, who describes herself as a late starter on Twitter, looks at the possibilities it has offered her, and the sense of being a new creation its engendered in her. Anita Mathias looks at excellent examples of how a lot can be said in 140 characters, and has been so throughout history. George Morley explained how she felt juggling an online written/oral culture, and learning to live with new online ways of engaging. Pam Smith asked us to consider whether we need to be connected via Twitter all the time, and why some feel deprived if denied the permission to Tweet.

And of course, we had Valentine’s Day, which took inspiration from Pinterest, and Share Creative again promoted @treatsomeone.

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