- Circle “cross the room if”
- Agree/Disagree on a scale (why)
- Tableau – still image of ‘football’ and ‘communication’
- Images of Christians on TV/in TV – what’s the most disturbing?
- Trying to be hip when not comfortable in that medium
- 1960s still there
- American televangelists (what most people see)
- Lack of passion
- Trying to manipulate people through emotion.
- Church leaders out of touch with the culture
- Lack of depth
- Are lots of important public faces e.g. Martin Luther-King
- What is a communicating God about?
Towards a Theology of Communication
- God is a communicating God “In the beginning was the word”. God is extravagant in communication – he’s not a silent God who has to be tempted into communicating with people.
- Nature of God as a communicating God = fundamental.
- God communicates in context – there’s a particularity. Quite often Christians get this wrong, and preach into the wrong context. [The Fast Show]
- The nature of Jesus comes alive as you’re hearing it in your own language – connecting appropriately in the right context.
- God speaks within the language – why so much Bible translation.
God Communicates in Word & Deed
- He doesn’t simply dictate verbal writings – God – the word becomes flesh. The ways he communicates is varied in so many ways.
- Incarnation is visible and vulnerable. Visible and not always in control. What is said in the pulpit has to be lived in our actions.
God communicates in self giving love
- God became flesh in the world – the world that is negative to him.
- There is a cost to authentic Christian communication. May have to suffer/mocked. God doesn’t come to condemn the world, but to live it. There is a view that we are about an ethical condemnation of the world… We’re safe here, isn’t that terrible over there..
- Many think God is like this.
- God comes into the world with all its limitations and works with it.
- This week – affirmations of what is good within the media. Christian church often hesitant and demonised.
Shannon & Weaver – how communication happens. Sender/receiver model Message, thought about – how does message go from sender to receiver? What channel, what noise is in the channel? Feedback is going on. Have to code the message & decode it. Communication as a power relationship from sender to receiver.
Quentin Schultze – “co-producers of culture”.
God gives us the gift of communication and we’re not just passive receivers.