Blog Round-Up January 1-14

Our #digidisciple(s) have continued to provide excellent content, and below, we’ll attempt to summarise by theme.

Big Bible Genesis#BigBible

So, this month we asked #Digidisciple(s) to draw upon Genesis for inspiration – whether that be straight Biblical interpretation, or how it applies to being a disciple in the 21st century digital age.

Ali Gledhill has offered to start us off each month with an overview of the main themes of each book of the Bible, so here he is with Genesis. Andy Byers, our theological consultant, encourages us to see in Genesis 1&2, the notion of ‘TheoMedia‘ – the media that we use is created by God.

On 5th January we undertook another in our series of ‘BigBible Saturday Sessions’, considering how the New Testament uses the Old Testament, and we’ll be having another on 2nd February with David Wilkinson – you can join us online! Ernie Feasey encouraged us to at times try the ‘random’ approach to Bible reading, to stretch the imagination.

Jenni Osborn discussed ‘creation’, especially the song by Phatfish “In the Beginning” – as we start a new year. Anita Mathias draws on the story of Joseph to identify what it’s like to live in ‘a story yet to be written’ – none of us know what the next chapter holds. Lucy Mills encourages us to identify those Bible stories that we’re over-familiar with, and consider from a new angle. Nancy Wallace encourages us to look at the story of James & John, and see the story through the lens of their mother.

We’re keen to identify pre-existing resources on the web, especially those worth sharing more widely, and there’s a simple illustrated Bible which will work well for children. A really exciting project has originated at URC, which Megan Gray encourages us to partake in – memorise a Bible verse and upload yourself saying it.

The Big Bible project has also started a series of ‘Wordles‘ on Tumblr – is is possible to see the ‘gist’ of each chapter of the Bible in the frequency of the words used?


Big Bible Leaflet insideThe leaflet for this year’s #BigRead13 is ready as a downloadable PDF – as we focus on Rowan Williams The Lion’s World. We are awaiting print copies, so let us know if some would be helpful.

Here we explain the “menu structure” we use in The Big Read – designed to be a ‘feast’ of the Bible, during a time when many give up.

Our reflector’s have been busy producing material:

  1. Week 1: Sheridan Voysey
  2. Week 3: Alan Wilson
  3. Week 4: Steve Holmes
  4. Week 5: Justin Brierley

We’re continuing to work on the remaining material, and you can follow links on the #BigRead13 page.


Holly Poulter encouraged us to consider the kind of images that we spread, to spread a picture of ‘What is Church?’ – especially if you search for ‘Genesis’ we simply get pictures of the band! Jackie Davie also engaged with the idea of image, but particularly the idea of being ‘made in the image of God‘ – and linked to a number of resources particularly valuable for those dealing with disability.

Pam Smith gave a strong challenge – in a digital world which seems to prioritise “firsts” she encourages us to see our creations as joint/collaborative endeavours. Rector Chick is keen to encourage people to join him on his journey to engage with the church year through blogging and Twitter. Tony Whittaker highlights how the church has become a minority voice, and that we need care in the tone that we use to engage with others. The Alethiophile echoed this in considering the ‘Tower of Babel’ – and the need in modern communications to have so much care in how we communicate. Bryony Taylor’s post on this encouraged us to share in stories – people love to hear stories, especially the stories of grace that we’ve experienced – if they are stories (rather than “preaching”)

We found out a bit more about a couple of our #digidisciple(s): Ailsa Wright and Anita Mathias.


We looked back on the Top 10 most shared #digidisciple posts – and we’d love to see more sharing, as a range of voices can be shared amongst our networks of networks. Jonathan Blundell looked at the ‘State of Social Media‘ at the end of 2012 – allowing us to think where we should be in this.

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