Spiritual Formation in the Age of Social Media

So much of my life is connected with social media. Between the blog and twitter, much of my spiritual formation occurs through the words and wisdom of people whom I’ve never met.

Blogs have been a great way for me to carve out specific time each day for devotionals. My google reader is usually full up by 8 in the morning, so I spend 45 minutes every day reading through all the posts. Now of course, sometimes the posts are in reaction to some latest dust-up in the Blogosphere, but more often than not, the posts are the hearts cries of Christians who are trying to figure out how to live like Jesus. Whether it’s academic-related topics or sermons, or crazy random thoughts, there is some amazing spiritual formation that is happening within the blogging community that I am proud to be a part of. It’s amazing to see how God is working in the lives of bloggers and how the ebb and flow of life influences their walk with God.

Some encouraging blog suggestions to add to your reading list:

Where the Wind. Adam Thomas posts his sermons online, and more often than not they have some sort of sci-fi geek theme in them.

Sarah Bessey. Sarah writes about falling back in love with the church, as well as about rejoicing in the little things in life.

The Parsons Patch. Mark Stevens writes about life as a pastor.

Storied Theology. Daniel Kirk is a professor at Fuller and his emphasis is on narrative theology.

Internet Monk. A group of awesome folks have picked up and continued Michael Spencer’s mantle and they write about life in the post-evangelical wilderness.

And of course, there are also several websites devoted to spiritual formation. Here are my recommendations:

Sacred Space — This site is run by Jesuits and it’s a great introduction to Ignatian spirituality.

The Daily Office Tutorial — A great introduction to the Daily Office by St. George’s Episcopal Church at their blog Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.

BCP350 — a website devoted to the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Upper Room — A ministry of the United Methodists, it has an abundance of resources.

What online resources do you find helpful and edifying for your Christian walk?

  • http://politicaljesus.com/ RodTRDH

    You turning Methodist now? :-)

    • http://www.briercrest.ca/faculty/profile.aspx?id=49 Charles

      I think something is broken in my brain. Your question is making me answer at the tune of that song by The Vapors:

      I’m turning Methodist,
      I think I’m turning Methodist,
      I really think so.

      I’m turning Methodist,
      I think I’m turning Methodist,
      I really think so.