Redemption.

10/19/2011

This is the seventh chapter of my chapter-by-chapter review of John Dyer’s “From the Garden to the City.” You can read my other posts here.

God is into technology.

Remember the story from Sunday School when your teacher put Moses on the flannel graph with the stone tablets?  This story was never as exciting as the one where he breaks up the golden calf and makes the people drink it, but I’m sure you can recall the basic story.  Moses goes up the mountain and God writes the Ten Commandments on stone tablets.  Pretty standard, I mean, stone tablets are far from cutting edge.

Yet, most scholars believe this happened sometime 1500 BC.  What’s crazy about that date is that it puts those stone tablets in the early years of alphabetical writing.  When God carved His law into those tablets, many cultures were just beginning to use written language.

God was employing the latest and greatest technology of the day to teach His people.

Today we have the opportunity to use technology to raise money for clean water. We can communicate with missionaries on the field or setup a monthly tithe without having to remember your checkbook on Sunday morning.  People are using technology to make the Bible available on smart phones, broadcasting solid Biblical preaching, or shedding light on issues like sex trafficking.  The possibilities are endless, and God is waiting for His people to step up and do something for His kingdom with the latest forms of technology.

What amazing uses of technology have you seen employed for the kingdom?

 

11 responses to Redemption.

  1. Huh, I didn’t know that written language was just developing around then. It makes sense but I had never considered it before.

    All knowledge comes from God as a result of common grace, so it makes sense that God has no problem with us using amoral technology for moral purposes.

    • I know I was really surprised myself. But Dyer mentions it in Location 1583 in the Kindle version of his book. Sorry I didn\’t include a footnote in the post itself.

  2. The organization with which I work uses Flip cameras to help show the work being done in the DRC.

  3. Hey Seth!

    Technology is a great way to spread the gospel…but not only that…it can make us aware of where are the widowed, the orphans, the hunger and the poor….and then…gives us an opportunity to GO…across an ocean…to help…

    That is awesome!

    • Oh…and thanks for commenting on my blog last week!

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    • Too true. Or it can help us support those who are on the field, without them having to come home to fundraise. Perfect examples.

  4. I appreciate the longer summaries of my chapters that other bloggers are doing, but I really like how you incorporate a good question that generates some discussion. Great work!

    • Thanks, John. I prefer to talk about one of the points. I figure if people want to read your book I don\’t want to spoil it for them 🙂

  5. I think the ability to look at a set of verses in multiple translations at once (via Biblegateway or desktop software) is amazing. Some other interesting developments are virtual prayer walls and the widespread availability of sermons online…both in video and audio form. For shut-ins, that last one can be significant.

    • Even live services streaming online. I\’ve been told by several shutins (once they learned how to get to their church\’s streaming service) that the ability to participate in worship from their home really let them feel like part of the church again. Great thoughts, thanks for commenting.