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Overview Experts survey the new media landscape and explore specific ways in which Christians can expand their ministry effectiveness and advance their worldview with discernment and grace.
A Pew Study reports that only 2% of America's twelve million bloggers claim "religion, spirituality or faith" as their main topic. This leaves a great mission field in cyberspace, say contributors to The New Media Frontier, because the latest forms of communication present so many opportunities to promote the cause of Christ in other topics and fields. Before blindly jumping in, however, Christians need to weigh the possibilities against the consequences, and then proceed with the practical discernment and grace this book provides.
With a foreword by national radio host Hugh Hewitt-who has been at the forefront of the new media movement among Christians-editors Roger Overton and John Mark Reynolds (along with an impressive list of other new media experts) survey the current landscape and explore specific areas in which God's people can creatively expand their reach to a lost world. By stressing the urgency for Christian involvement, unearthing the dangers, and advising readers on how to use this media with different audiences, this book equips believers to advance, demonstrate, and utilize the Christian worldview in this exciting realm.
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More About John Mark Reynolds, Roger Overton & Hugh Hewitt
John Mark Reynolds (PhD, University of Rochester) is the founder and former director of the Torrey Honors Institute and associate professor of philosophy at Biola University. He has also taught philosophy at Roberts Wesleyan College, Whitworth College, and Saint John Fisher College. He lectures frequently on ancient philosophy and cultural trends. Reynolds and his wife, Hope, have four children.
Roger Overton (MA, Talbot School of Theology) is a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary studying systematic theology. Roger and his wife, Jennifer, live in Long Beach, California.
Joe Carter (MBA, Marymount University) is an editor for the Gospel Coalition, a senior editor at the Acton Institute, a communications specialist for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Misty.
Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of theology at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. Sanders is the author of The Deep Things of God and blogs at ScriptoriumDaily.com.
Mark D. Roberts (PhD, Harvard University) is a pastor, author, retreat leader, speaker, and blogger. He is the senior director and scholar in residence for Laity Lodge, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas. He was previously the senior pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California. Mark also serves on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine, where he publishes articles and reviews, including his regular column Lyrical Poetry. Mark and his wife, Linda, have two children.
Reviews - What do customers think about The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ?
Christian ministry and new media Dec 5, 2009
In October 2005 the first annual GodBlogCon conference (now called the Christian Web Conference) was held at Biola University, a gathering for Christian bloggers and other participants various forms of new media ministry. Out of that conference came this book, which contains chapters contributed by a number of different bloggers.
The topics covered range from how to start a blog, audio podcast or video podcast, to blogging on particular topics such as theology, apologetics, academic subjects, politics, bioethics and social justice. Chapters I found of particular interest included David Wayne's chapter on theological blogging, Fred Sanders's chapter on academics and new media, Jason Baker's chapter on virtual classrooms, and Stephen Shields's chapter on social justice, social relief and new media.
I usually try to avoid books which contain chapters contributed by different authors because I tend to get bogged down by the variability of content and themes within the book. This book was no exception, and it took me a long time to get through it. Although I am very interested in blogging and vlogging, most of the content failed to capture my imagination. I found Brian Bailey's "The Blogging Church" much more helpful.
Five stars for what it is, but only two for what I expected it to be Aug 2, 2009
This is a very BASIC book. If you have experience at all with teh interwebz, you will not learn much new. Nonetheless, there are some insights, both good and poor, that are springboards for discussion. I will be using this book as part of a presentation on Christians and Social Networking and will will those insights of both categories as talking points. What I disliked was the constant assumption that "in person" is inherently better than the electronic medium. Have we ever met the Apostle Paul? Perhaps it is my sensitivity to the self-righteous attitude of some Christians to internet fellowship as second-class, but that tone left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe I am just used to be being on the bleeding edge, but I find it somewhat hard to believe that the Christian community is so Luddite that such a basic book is necessary. And the Amish don't care about new media.
The New Media Frontier - a good primer Nov 14, 2008
The New media Frontier serves both as a primer on the use of internet technology for churches and ministry, but also as a collection of thoughts looking to the present and future to discuss ways in which churches, ministries, and missions have been and will be shaped by the use of technology.
The first section of the book focuses on the `primer' element. The contributors offer overview and reflections on `new media' and the church, as well as beginner's guides to using blogs and other web technologies (video, podcasts, etc.) in a ministry setting. Much of this basic information was presented with few assumptions, and for those who aren't tech-savvy it could be a great resource to understand the "hows and whys" of new technology and media.
The discussions in the second half move beyond the basics into discussions of how new media has, can, and will affect churches, pastors, and ministries in the coming years. These chapters range from discussions of `cyber communities' centered around blogs, using new media in teaching situations, seeing Facebook as a tool for pastoral counseling, and how new media will shape the church's forays into issues like bioethics and social justice.
I appreciated the discussion that is represented in The New Media Frontier. It felt odd to read these thoughts on pages, because so many of them seemed like conversations that would be at home on blogs and websites - and many of them probably started out that way. In this sense, the book represents a particular moment in time - a moment when many churches have begun to consider how technology affects their ministry but have not yet fully embrace the opportunities provided by new media. This book can be a great resource for those who have yet to commit to the possibilities presented by new technologies and a launching point for conversations about how they will allow the new media frontier to shape the future of their ministries.
A Guide To The New Media For The Church Nov 2, 2008
Is it possible to communicate the fullness of the ever changing, ever expansive category of "New Media", using a book? That is just what John Mark Reynalds & Roger Overton attempt to do, as they bring together some of the best voices from the Christian movement in New Media. The results are a fascinating and informative book, that for now is a complete and relevant guide to the things Christian media creators should know and should care about.
The book is written by a team of well-researched writers, who speak from experience. It begins especially well, and explains the history and the relevancy of the New Media from a Judeo-Christian worldview. From there it continues to build the case for Christians to learn to use the new forums of communication now open to us.
The points it raises are fascinating, and to the point. Each question is handled well, and nothing is simply dismissed or glossed over. It explains why Christians should err on the side of liberty when it comes to the new media, and at the same time explores the pitfalls and weaknesses in the New Media movement. The communication style of each writer is easy to read, but very well researched and full of information. I found myself highlighting and marking sections of the book to come back to. There possibly couldn't be a better resource available for the Christian interested and/or involved in producing for a new generation highly attuned to the ever changing world of media. The author brings out this quote that; "as long as Liberty prevails, a chance for more entrepreneurial activity in information distribution will exist." The incredible tools that the New Media bring to the table will need to be defended, for freedoms sake. True Christianity has and will do well under the microscope of free information access.
If you are new to the realm of online media and blogging, this is a great start, but without mentioning up and coming and widely popular twitter and spending so much time on the awful Youtube, rather than the more relevant and high quality sites for video available [...]I wonder how long this book will last before needing to be republished? Of course that is the point... Technology changes, and the old media can only take the church so far before we are irrelevant.
I work in producing media that falls into both the old media and new media categories, and I found this book to be extremely relevant to the questions I had in trying to navigate the expansive waters of the internet revolutions aftermath. Great discussions will come from reading this book, and I imagine most of them will be communicated, like this review, via the New Media.
Shepherd Ahlers Intern, City on a Hill Productions
A what, why and how book of leveraging online media for the Gospel Oct 31, 2008
The New Media Frontier is an amazing book for anyone that realizes the millions of people that are far from God that won't be reached by "traditional" methods of sharing the Gospel. As well as those wanting to utilize social media/ blogging / podcasting / twitter to grow people outside the 4 walls of the church. This book not only shares the why we should use online media for reaching out, but also shares alot of the how to aspects as well. I would say that I am an above average techy kinda guy, and I was surprised at how much I gleaned from the writers. It was a great surprise when I was half way though the book and read a chapter by Rhett Smith, a great guy I met at the Echo conference in Dallas last month. All in all I would say this book is a must have for anyone that is wanting to extend their reach !