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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Follow @presbymergent Next Week

As Jan Edmiston mentioned in her post, Connecting Face to Face, the Presbymergent Coordinating Group is meeting in Louisville this upcoming week, February 17-19. We have almost the entire Coordinating Group coming out for the gathering, and we’re all very excited. We’re going to be having some really important conversations and I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more from the Coordinating Group members after our gathering. Be sure and check the blog during the next week or two. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the site’s RSS feed by clicking here or choosing the RSS Tab on the right sidebar.

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We are also going to be using the hashtag of #pmergent, so you can search Twitter for that to find out what’s going on. If you want to search on Twitter, click here.

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I’ll be getting out there Tuesday and if you want to follow my updates you can check my blog pomomusings.com but I’ll probably be Twittering more, and you can follow me at @adamwc. If you’re going to be at the Coordinating Group meeting, please leave your name and blog below, and if you Twitter, leave your Twitter username if you want, so people can track what’s going on.

We’re very excited about this gathering – more next week from Louisville!

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.