Five for Friday: Deconstructing the Twittersphere, Redeeming Gluten, Why American Christians Would Dislike Early Believers

CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2015) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.


How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
A great article on how Twitter and other social aspects of the Internet can bring out the worst in us—not just in what we post but in how we react to the posts we read. One of the leaders in the attack on the woman featured in this article came under fire himself for a misinterpreted/miscommunicated tweet of his own. He eventually apologized and wrote about his experience on the other side. Unfortunately, this piece doesn’t mention those who actually suffer from AIDS, misogyny, or bullying and how they feel about their struggles being publicly derided—or the privilege that underlies the tweets about such topics that are seen as inappropriate or offensive.

The Myth That There Are More Black Men in Prison Than in College, Debunked in One Chart
Vox offers a good analysis of how numbers and statistics can be misinterpreted, especially when incomplete data is used in the first place. The article also touches on how such perceptions can be harmful, especially when applied to non-dominant culture groups that are already viewed through narrow perceptions or held to a different standard.

The Prophetic Voice of Leslie Knope
This is a great example of engaging Christian principles through a secular cultural lens. I loved these thoughts on community engagement and working with people who see the world differently than you, especially when you both are passionate about the same things.

5 Reasons Why Many American Christians Wouldn’t Like the First Ones
I always find it helpful to look at how Christians from other cultures understand what it means to follow Jesus. It opens my eyes to how the culture in which I live influences some of my assumptions about God. This article raised some helpful questions to consider—even though it’s hard for me to imagine that first-century Christians were as harmonious in their thinking as this author depicts. (If they were, I doubt there would be so many stories of conflict in Acts, or that Paul would have needed to write so many letters.)

The Real Problem with Bread (It’s Probably Not Gluten)
I found this theory on the gluten-free craze to be particularly timely as I’ve been making my own bread and pizza dough the last few months. It’s nice to have an excuse to turn on the oven when it’s so cold! (Not to mention when the heater breaks down.)

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Megan is an M.Div. student at North Park Theological Seminary, a former pastoral intern at Dublin Vineyard Church in Ireland, and currently the editorial resident for Covenant Communications. She says she felt privileged to work on the 40 under 40 project, learning about amazing things Covenanters are doing. Her vices include Netflix and killersudokuonline.com.

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  1. (Re: Why Many American Christians Wouldn’t Like The First Ones.) Though I appreciate the author’s challenges, I appreciate and share your skepticism. He seems pretty selective and stereotyping.

    #1 We don’t denounce nuns and monasteries. #2 “Big, show-y” seems like an unfair caricature (and Acts declares large numbers of converts a few times). #3 Peter, in Acts 2, “warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.'” — that doesn’t sound bereft of punishment. #4 We’re citizens first of heaven, but Rome’s society was explicitly anti-Christian (e.g., the Imperial cult). There’s no comparison. #5 Roman soldiers practiced an explicitly anti-Christian religion; Jesus praised the Centurion’s faith (Luke 7), not demanding pacifism; Paul holds up soldiers as examples, symbols of virtue, and refers endearingly to other Christians as “fellow soldiers.”  Neither do I see the early church looking with horror at the wars of the Old Testament.

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