At the Coeur d’Alene high school graduation of the class of 2018 the vice principal had a final comment for the graduates sitting in front of him. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a flip phone and remarked about how at the beginning of middle school in 2011 a flip phone was the common phone style. It was a benchmark reference to how much has changed in the last seven years. If you think about it you and I have been affected by rapid technological and cultural change during this same period of time. What impact has all of this change had on your faith journey?
I grew up in the paper age and still use a lot of paper books and newspapers, magazines, and other things written on paper. One of my observations is that many of us have one foot planted in the paper age and one foot planted in the digital age. Unfortunately the feet seem to be moving farther and farther apart! In my lifetime the digital resources available have expanded exponentially. In case you are wondering, here is a short list of organizations shaping our lives.
- Netflix – the 10th largest internet company and user of a majority of the internet capacity in the evenings with the on demand streaming of movies.
- Redbox – founded in 2002
- Facebook – Social media giant founded in 2004
- YouTube – founded in 2005
- Instagram – founded in 2010
- Snapchat – founded in 2011
What is available to help with our journey of faith? I’m glad to say that the digital resources are growing! Many people are familiar with Biblegateway.com which allows access and searching of Bible passages and Bible translations. Daily devotions are available from Crosswalk.com, Upperroom.org, Odb.org, and many others. I am a big proponent of two other resources: one is Right Now Media – a collection of over 17,000 video holdings available through a local church subscription and then accessible by all of the members and friends of the church. The content ranges from Veggie Tales to the best of Bible studies and conference archives. The other one is the Bible Project – a solid collection of information and resources to make the Bible relevant and accessible today.
We are living in a time when the information available to us can seem overwhelming. Let’s take time to connect a robust collection of digital resources with our mission to Love 1st!
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.