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Burk Parsons and 7 Filters to Guide Our New Media Use

June 23, 2010

On Thursday June 17, the Ligonier Ministries National Conference began with their pre-conference on the use of new media.  Speakers included Ed Stetzer, Tim Challies, Burk Parsons, and Albert Mohler.  They had a live-feed of the event, so when I had the opportunity, I took a moment to listen to some of it.  Throughout there were golden nuggets of wisdom by all the speakers on the use of new media.  Yet, it was Burk Parsons’ talk that  provoked me to stop my work and give my full attention to his 20 minute message.  Parsons’ talk was entitled Taking Captive New Media for the Church. In it he gave 7 filters to guide our new media use:

1. We need to be disciplined, deliberate, and discerning in the use of our time.

2. We should strive to use new media to set our minds on heavenly things.

3. We should strive to use new media to edify the body of Christ.

4. We should strive to use new media to maintain unity and purity in the church.

5. We should strive to use new media as part of our subduing the earth.

6. We should strive to use new media for the glory of God.

7. We should strive to use new media for the kingdom of God and not our own personal kingdoms.

These are excellent points to print out and place above your computer.  I’d also encourage you to listen to the archived audio/video of, not only Parsons’ talk, but all the messages as they become available.  Thanks to Alex Chediak for the detailed blog summaries of each talk.

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