So, here we are, Tuesday night, and tomorrow I shall finally remember to pick up Maggi’s book from my desk – so meantime I’ve picked a couple of phrases I’ve seen from others in #adventbookclub:
Pam: “Luke is telling us a story, a true account, not so that we can be interested or entertained, but so that we can engage with Jesus, God Among Us, and do something about it. This is not a story to be heard dispassionately, but entered in to and responded to.”
Claire: Reading Luke’s Gospel… “that if he were around today, Luke would be a great user of social media. …we each read, we each bring our own experience, and we share a little of what we learn.”
Richard: “Maggi reminds of this – far more eloquently than I can – and that this intensely human story is exactly the sort of ‘human interest’ story that sells newspapers and magazines.”
… and this video that’s been echoing in my head all day!
And don’t forget the wonders of Dave Walker’s advent cartoons!
Meanwhile, Brian Draper calls for us to focus upon the mundane … that Jesus was not all about the ‘grand achievement’, but the way he got to it:
“Can you imagine Jesus the frustrated carpenter, planing a piece of wood clumsily, hurriedly, while muttering under his breath, “This – is – not – what – I – was – put – on – Earth – to – do …”?- ”
Nope – so neither should we!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.