A Twitter Theology

This post is cross-posted today from Adam Copeland‘s blog, A Wee Blether. You can comment here on this post or follow the conversation happening on this site.

A Twitter skeptic and a Twitter user (who we’ll call a “Tweep”) sit drinking delicious locally-brewed adult beverages. The Skeptic asks the Tweep, “I think Twitter is a bunch of hooey. You’re on Twitter all the time, explain to me why I shouldn’t write it off as completely tangential to the Church.”

The Tweep responds, “No problem. In fact, I’ll take you one step further and explain how Twitter helps me understand the Church and live more faithfully, but first, you have to help me out. Can you explain to me what you understand “the Church” to be in the first place?”

Skeptic: No problem, the Church, as you surely know is the “body of Christ” as we find described often in the New Testament. Some form of this phrase is in Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, and Hebrews. By using the “body of Christ” phrase, I don’t think Paul means the Church is Christ’s body in a literal sense. Rather, he was using the metaphor of a body to explain the connections in the Church. Of course, that’s not all, scripture also refers to the Church as the people of God, as the new creation, and lots of other images, actually.

Tweep: Ok, sounds good so far. But, what does that mean? Or to put it another way: how do you tend to think about the Church? I mean, do you think “body” when you think “Church” or what?

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Twitter of Faith

Legend has it that one afternoon on November 22nd, Presbymergent founder and about-to-be-ordained-minister Adam Walker Cleaveland was trying to come up with a statement of faith for his Ordination service.  So he did the usual thing any 20-something uber geek would do…he asked his twitter friends how long a statement of faith should be?

After many responses of the usual sort (one page, two page, red page, blue page) fellow presby-geek (and World of Warcraft guru) Shawn Coons tweeted back : “instead of a statement of faith, how about a twitter of faith? Anyone else up to the challenge?”  And so it began…

Here’s the challenge:

  1. If you’re not on twitter yet, click here to see what it’s all about and why you should be.
  2. If you’re on twitter (or just joined), log in and tweet your personal statement of faith…in 140 characters or less.
  3. Add the hashtag #TOF somewhere in your tweet. That will actually make it 136 characters, but it also makes it easy for us to find and compile all of these statements.
  4. Encourage your friends to take the “Twitter of Faith” challenge, too – imagine how cool it would be if this meme spreads, proclaiming the gospel across the internets (well, at least across twitter).

UPDATE:  Adam, Mark, Chad, Wendy, Cobus, Matthew, Makeesha, Geoff, Adele, Drew, Cameron, Dan, Greg, John, Ryan, Angela, John, Greg, Molly, MattDave Zimmerman from InterVarsity Press, and our distinguished moderator, Bruce Reyes-Chow, have all posted this to their blogs.  If you blog it, let us know in the comments so we can link to it here, and feel free to use the above image (designed by Adam) for your post.

UPDATE: There’s now a facebook page and corresponding event, too.  Even if you’re not on Twitter, you can click here to scroll through the many TOFs that have been filling up the web in the past few hours.