From the Garden to the City – Introduction

I’m joining a group of bloggers over on in a book discussion about From the Garden to the City by John Dyer. Unfortunately for some reason I totally forgot about the schedule until today when I saw a tweet that we’re on week 2 chapter 1. Gotta get moving.

Adam Shields starts us off with discussion on the Introduction. You can read the post and the comments here:

My thoughts from Chapter 1:

I love reading John Dyer’s blog. Donteatthefruit is a blog about the how technology shapes our relational and theological worlds by John Dyer. John is very insightful in his posts. Often, I read them in my RSS reader and check the mark as unread box just so that I can come back to it and think some more on it.

From Amazon: Believers and unbelievers alike are saturated with technology, yet most give it little if any thought. Consumers buy and upgrade as fast as they can, largely unaware of technology’s subtle yet powerful influence. In a world where technology changes almost daily, many are left to wonder: Should Christians embrace all that is happening? Are there some technologies that we need to avoid? Does the Bible give us any guidance on how to use digital tools and social media?

I love the topic. This is also something that I started really pondering during the Flickering Pixels Group Blog that we did 2 years ago. At the time, I was a volunteer in charge of media at our church. Eventually I became a burned out media guy and haven’t gotten back into that area of service yet.

I was pushing technology but I wanted it to be transparent. I wanted to remove obstacles to hearing the message. I heard a podcast once that resonated with me. It was all about transparent amplification.

I feel that technology can be more neutral than not if you approach it this way. I feel that we can become numb to it and it becomes just another part of the experience. The Message needs to be strong and sure. However, when you are introducing technology just for the wow factor, it can quickly overshadow the message and drown it out.

Looking forward to reading through the book with you guys. See you guys on week 6 which is about rebellion. A topic I know nothing about :)

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