Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility (By Paul Tripp)

It hit me that If I were ever to be the tool of transforming grace in the lives of my children, I needed to be daily rescued, not from them, but from me! That’s why Jesus came, so that I would have every resource that I need to be what he has chosen me to be and do what he has called me to do. In his life, death, and resurrection I had already been given all that I needed to be his tool of rescuing, forgiving, and transforming grace.

Parenting: It’s Never an Interruption (by Paul Tripp)

But my problem is that there are moments when I tend to love my little kingdom of one more than I love his. So I’m impatient, discouraged, or irritated not because my children have broken the laws of God’s kingdom, but the laws of mine. In my kingdom there shall be no parenting on family vacation days, or when I am reading the paper on my iPad, or after ten o’clock at night, or during a good meal, or . . . I could go on.

The Tucson Tragedy and God’s Gift of Moral Language (by Kevin DeYoung)

The world, and to a large extent the church, has lost the ability to speak in moral categories. We have preferences instead of character. We have values instead of virtue. We have no God of holiness, and we have no Satan.  We have break-downs, crack-ups, psychoses, maladjustments, and inner turmoil.  But we do not have repugnant evil as the Bible has it. And this loss makes the world a more dangerous place. For the words may disappear, but the reality does not.

Living Life or Documenting Insignificance (by Randy Alcorn)

The problem isn’t just what we are doing with our time; it’s what we are NOT doing with it. Where does all the time spent on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and television and radio actually come from?

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Twitter! I have been actively engaged on it for almost 2 years now. It can definitely be a time sucker and can add to the information fire hose of today if you’re not careful but it’s been useful and helpful to me. Here are a few reasons why:

It’s Not Facebook

Facebook is a walled garden. Facebook is a home for moms. Facebook is 95% about me not information sharing or mutual encouragement. Facebook is almost purely status updates. This is what I’m doing. This is how my day was. Please click the “like” button. Please comment on my status so I feel good about myself. You hear plenty of “Are you my friend on Facebook?” but hardly ever “I de-friended that person on Facebook.” Why is that? It’s because the semantics of it make it like they’re real friends and you hate to say, “That person is not my friend anymore.”

Twitter gives you the freedom to share information or a link or something that helped you, engage in short dialog, pass on news, and encourage. Yes, there are status updates, but that’s not the power of Twitter or the direction it has gone. The power in Twitter is in its real time speed and dialog. Also, those on Twitter follow and unfollow each other all the time. I don’t get offended if an actual friend doesn’t follow me.

Yes, I do have a Facebook account but I frequent it only about once a month or so and usually post to it through Twitter and TweetDeck.

The Wisdom of Others

“God is many things, but “impressed” is never one of them.” – timconstant

You can face the reality of your sin with humble hope because Jesus faced the consequences of your sin with redeeming love.” – PaulTripp

“You can’t want what you don’t want while you don’t want it. But you can ask to want. And if God wills, the want will happen.” – JohnPiper

I love seeing the thoughts of others boiled down into 140 characters of gold. I love trying to boil a thought into 140 characters, often it lets me know if I understand it or not.

Professional Connections

The social media engagement by others in my career arena, civil engineering, is slowly growing on Twitter. It’s still minimal but it’s moving along. However, one key part of my job is trying to keep our office up to speed in GIS and Geospatial technologies and systems. The geospatial industry has, to say the least, embraced Twitter and has become a major network. These folks have been an excellent source of wisdom and news and technical help and I’ve tried to be a resource as well. The use of social media in the geospatial industry, including the use of video technology and technical blogging, has even spurred minor discussion of what the need for conferences is anymore.

Instant News

You see things happening in real time, it is simply amazing. From breaking news to software updates to new blog posts to even a friend’s mom passing away, there is no more delay. Tweeting local driving conditions and last minute meeting updates becomes useful in this environment. Collaboration is one of the major things we’ve seen happen through Twitter in the Iran political uprising, conferences, and especially local organizations. This doesn’t work quite the same without the real time capability. The downside is that this can be overwhelming and distracting but there are filters and things like TweetDeck to help.

My Church

Our church is built on small groups that are 95% demographically focused. You have college aged single teams, young married folks, young families, and so forth. There are benefits and weaknesses to this system but that’s how our church is. Being in the young family demographic, Twitter definitely has been a tool to connect with some of those younger folks and has lead to some being able to build some of those relationships further with face to face time. Much of that would not have happened apart from Twitter.

Other good reads about Twitter:

SuperNews!: Twouble with Twitters (funny cartoon video)

12 Reasons to Start Twittering (Michael Hyatt’s Blog)

The Beginner’s Guide Twitter (Michael Hyatt’s Blog)

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This is what I posted on Twitter on Thursday, July 8:

“The overexposure & ridiculous “decision” special (compare to @KDthunderup) about to make @kingjames a villain unless he chooses Cleveland”

I then posted this, a retweet of The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33):

“RT @sportsguy33 Totally fine with LBJ switching teams. But doing that to Cleveland via a one-hour TV show was absolutely brutal. An unprecedented Eff You.”

The whole circus of LeBron James, an NBA basketball player, and his impending free agency team decision had been a bit much to say the least. As a born and raised NBA fan, I followed it hoping that LeBron would stay in Cleveland and show some loyalty. When he chose Miami, to play with Wade and Bosh, I was disappointed. His decision coupled with the narcissistic display of the decision show on ESPN, as well as his entrance to Twitter and calling himself @kingjames, soiled my opinion of him a bit. Glory hound. Narcissist. Prima donna. Selfish. Another millionaire self-focused American athlete.

What a Pharisee I am. Yet another way you can tell if you’re being self-righteous: making a person into a personality.

That’s exactly what my first response was. At worst, my judgments are correct and LeBron is no worse than I would be in his shoes. At 25, with a tens of millions, in the spotlight, deified by millions of fans, what would I do? I can have my own tv show where I announce what team I’m joining? Sign me up! Shoot, I get puffed up looking at my blog stats when I see all of 10 hits! Could I even handle what LeBron deals with and not yield to the praise of men?

But think about his decision. What would have been the typical NBA free agent decision for LeBron, Wade, and Bosh? Money! Every year plays out that way unless you’re an older player at the tail end of your career, like what Pierce, Allen, and Garnett did in 2007. NBA teams overpay, players gladly take their money and go to the highest bidder for the most part. Never has anyone made a decision like that these 3 did. They chose friendship and titles over money! LeBron chose friendship over fans! Think about that for a minute. LeBron made a decision that would leave him vilified by fans and tarnish his public image. He chose friendship and the chance to win over reputation and fickle fans and a company whose love for him was conditional anyway (as evidenced by this)! Isn’t that wisdom? Isn’t that what we might do? We might have crushed him even if he stayed with Cleveland and made an extra $100 million. One more thing: he chose less glory. He chose to join Wade in Miami instead of being #1 banana in Cleveland, Chicago, or even New York! Isn’t that something to be praise? I think when I first pushed out those tweets, I was just thinking like the world and poking at someone who chose less glory, less money, and less respect.

I don’t know where LeBron stands with Jesus. I pray that he treasures Jesus above all fame, winning, friendships, money, and worldly pleasures. But I have no place to just hammer this 25yr old millionaire kid. All of us have fallen short and all of us have need of a Savior, most of all me.

A few other good reads:

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