I’m excited to let you know that I’m now a regular blogger at chrysolis.org. Chrysolis is an organisation which aims to help people relate the story of Jesus to all of life. It seems a little premature to call myself a ‘regular blogger’ after one post, but that’s the intention. You can read my first … Continue reading An Exciting Announcement!
I’m in love. With TED.
TED‘s been around for a while, but you may not have been introduced… I’ve got into it in a big way over the past couple of weeks thanks to a brilliant app on my newish iPhone. TED, stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design.” It grew out of an annual conference in California, which has now spawned similar events all over the world. These conferences bring together thinkers and innovators from all kinds of backgrounds, each getting 18 minutes to present their ideas in creative and engaging ways. The TED motto is “ideas worth spreading,” and the website does just that – all the talks are available to watch for free. So you should do just that…
A colleague of mine recently posted a quote from John Piper, highlighting the dangers of, amongst other things, watching TV:
The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20).
I agree with John Piper, and with Jim – this is a real danger. And (as someone else said, but I can’t remember who) when Jesus comes back, no-one will wish they’d watched more TV. But is this the whole story? I love TV. I don’t just enjoy lounging in front of it and switching my brain off – I love it as an artform, as a medium for communication, and as a tool for education. So here are some of my thoughts on why and how Christians should engage with TV…
“The world we inhabit is more than humans and a subhuman Nature; this world is the stunning theatre, workshop, playground of our Father in heaven, peopled by whatever his creative Word sustains. That means we must be humble enough to see the grass, dirt, snow, rivers and deserts, rain and sunshine, as the wall-to-wall carpeting … Continue reading Take Your Shoes Off