Episode 46: Being Online Wrong

How can a Christian talk about important issues online without losing patience or hope?
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  • Nathan Leamer is a member of the Christian Civics Executive Board and serves as a policy advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. He previously worked at a think tank and, before then, on the Hill. While Nathan is a graduate of Calvin College and caught his political bug in Michigan, he has never lost his fanaticism for the sports of his hometown, the City of Brotherly Love.

  • Rick Barry is Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, where he helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.

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When we talk about important, urgent or divisive topics online, it’s tempting to start by telling other people why they’re wrong. This week, if you are going to post about an important issue or wade into a conversation someone else started, focus on explaining your own point of view, instead of starting out by trying to summarize and discredit ideas you disagree with. Read through James 3, and pray for the Holy Spirit to help you tame your tongue and become a source of blessing, rather than curses, in the moments that are most frustrating to you online,

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