Digital Disciple

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This time in our society is unlike any other. People communicate daily without ever having to speak face to face, news breaks around the world in a matter of seconds, and favorite TV shows can be viewed at our convenience. We are, simultaneously, a people of connection and isolation. As Christians, how do we view our faith and personal ministry in this culture?

Adam Thomas invites you to explore this question using his unique, personal, and often humorous insight. Thomas notes, ...

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Digital Disciple: Real Christianity in a Virtual World

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Overview

This time in our society is unlike any other. People communicate daily without ever having to speak face to face, news breaks around the world in a matter of seconds, and favorite TV shows can be viewed at our convenience. We are, simultaneously, a people of connection and isolation. As Christians, how do we view our faith and personal ministry in this culture?

Adam Thomas invites you to explore this question using his unique, personal, and often humorous insight. Thomas notes, "[The Internet] has added a new dimension to our lives; we are physical, emotional, spiritual, and now virtual people. But I believe that God continues to move through every facet of our existence, and that makes us new kinds of followers. We are digital disciples."

"I gain renewed hope for the future by looking at a new generation of emerging Christian leaders like Adam Thomas."

Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

"Digital Disciple is a new kind of pastor’s sermon to a new kind of flock. Go ahead and tweet your friends: GOT 2 READ THIS." Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author, speaker and new monastic

"Bright, innovative, perceptive, eloquent, and imaginative — Adam Thomas is all that and more, as you will see in the pages of his dynamic book." James W. Moore, author of How God Takes Our Little & Makes it Much

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
How do we maintain the Body of Christ when the physical bodies we see and touch in church expand to include the virtual bodies we inhabit online? What place does prayer have in our instantaneous, technology-driven world? In this rambling, bloglike exploration of the relationship between technology—especially social networking tools like Facebook­—and spirituality, Thomas, a millennial-generation Episcopal priest, attempts to answer these and other questions, concluding with the familiar observation that the tech world fosters both connection and isolation. Positively, meeting on blogs, forums, and feeds across virtual space connects the faithful, creating a new kind of house church where the followers of Jesus gather in the name of Christ to celebrate their communion as Christians. Yet Thomas also suggests a daily "Tech Sabbath,"­ a few hours of respite from the demands of always being connected, so that individuals can reflect quietly on their Christian faith through Scripture readings or journal writing. While Thomas's message isn't new or revealing, it does encourage Christians to view technological worlds as means of encountering the presence of God in the nonvirtual world. (May)
Library Journal
Thomas (wherethewind.com and devo180.com), ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, discusses the relationship of authentic spirituality to our increasingly online world. A self-professed former Internet addict, Thomas concedes the importance of the web for reaching other Christians but warns that Internet "connection" is no substitute for personal interaction. VERDICT Written in a personal and direct manner, this will speak to many Christians; whether it will reach other millennials or influence next-generation priests and parishioners remains to be seen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426712203
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Reverend Adam Thomas was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2008 at the age of 25, making him one of the first priests from the millennial generation. His unique voice in the faith community emanates from a combination of his youth, honesty, humor, and tech-savvy nature. A self-described nerd, Adam is the author of Digital Disciple. He also writes the blog WhereTheWind.com, belongs to the Christian Century Blogging Community and Day1.org, and knows everything about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adam lives in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

1 Virtual People 1

2 From Connection to Communion 23

3 Remote Intimacy 43

4 Empty Minds and Disposable Bodies 61

5 Googling Prayer 83

6 Tech Sabbath 95

Guide for Reflection and Discussion 113

Acknowledgments 131

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

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    I found this book to be really interesting coming from the persp

    I found this book to be really interesting coming from the perspective of someone of the younger generation who has grown up plugged in 24/7. A good read for those trying to figure out how to stay connected spiritually while living in the 21st century.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

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    This book is really dumb. I don't believe people relate to the lord thru cyberspace. I also feel people are not that disconnected to the world even if they spend alot of time online. Thank goodness I didn't spend money on this book.

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