Over the past year I’ve been part of a closed Facebook group reading We Make the Road by Walking together – and we’ve just come to the last week’s reading. The book is described on Brian McLaren’s website as:
Brian’s 2014 release offers 52+ chapters that give an overview of the biblical story and a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith. Each chapter is written to be read aloud in ten to twelve minutes, and is accompanied by a set of Scripture readings, reflection/discussion questions, and liturgical resources – so the book can be useful in a variety of ways for classes, small groups, new faith communities, and churches. And of course, it’s an inspiring and formative read for individuals too.
Reading together with others is a great way to keep focused – each week we’ve been asked to read 3-4 Bible sections, and a short chapter – the first question has always been “what one thing struck you”, whilst the other two that we’ve focused on are different each week and ask for a little vulnerability within the group. The opportunity to bounce ideas around, especially outside of geographical/denominational boundaries, was always something that inspired me whilst running ‘The Big Read‘, and has been great to enjoy ‘gently’ without the pressure of being the person who ensures that the conversation is prompted!
Short of looking back through a year of Facebook posts, I can’t share many bits, but suffice to say it’s been a great mixture of encouragement and challenge. One bit I spotted tied into much of my thinking re whether people truly have technological addiction:
“When we indulge in pleasures without self-examination, or self-control, great pleasure can quickly lead to great pain – for the addicts themselves and for those whose lives are touched by their addiction”.
The bit I’ve just shared as my final “what one thing struck you” is reflecting on the Mystery of God – God is bigger than we are, and therefore not to be reduced to the ‘understandable’ – let’s embrace the mystery:
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.