The Simplified Gospel – Concept in 60

~The Simplified Gospel~
     So often, Christians over-complicate the gospel, making it hard to understand for someone who has never been exposed to it before. It is apparent all around us that people are searching, so it is up to us, as Christ-followers, to be able to put the gospel in a way that people can understand.

     Social media can be a great tool to do this if we make use of it. I have included in this video a few tweets that myself and my classmates were asked to make. Each tweet sums up the gospel in 140 characters or less.

The gospel is simple, easy, and available.        

May we never lose sight of this.

Putting Perspective Into Perspective

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A few days ago, I sat in the kitchen at my boyfriend’s parents’ house complaining that I had recently found out that a place I frequent is somewhat *infested* with roaches…

You can only imagine how grossed out and appalled I was at this. So there I sat, going on and on about how disgusting and how I was never going back and blah, blah, blah.

I didn’t think anything about my complaining, and I probably complained to a few more people about the same issue between then and when what happened next happened.

{Also, before I go on, I should inform you that I live in a school dorm. Not the place with roaches I’m referring to, but also not exactly the cleanest, nicest, place either.}

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Concept in 60 Draft

Here is the draft video of my Concept in 60.

When you click the link to view the video, my meta-narrative is in the description of the video.

A couple things to note:

I got all of my videos from a website that offers free, downloadable videos. The website specifically says that credit does not have to be given to use these videos. I downloaded the song via YouTube to Mp3 which I cited and credited in the credits. (Let me know if there’s something else I need to do to give credit for the song because I definitely don’t want YouTube to strip my audio.)

You will notice that I used the tweets of some of you in here. That all goes along with my theme which is basically Dr. Queen’s quote that: “If you know enough of the gospel to have been saved by it, then you know enough of the gospel to share it.” In addition to that, my video and meta-narrative address the fact that the gospel is often over-complicated, and social media can be a way to rectify this.

I am aware that the tweets aren’t really timed long enough for you to be able to read each of them completely. However, the actual CONTENT of the tweets isn’t necessarilly my point. My point is more that those watching the video just recognize it as, oh okay this is the gospel and oh okay, twitter/social media, gotcha. The point is that Twitter is being used to share the gospel message in a simplified manner. If y’all think that not being able to read the tweets is a huge problem, I can see what I can do about it, but I really want them to be just kind of boom, boom, boom to the beat of the music.

So with that all being said, here’s the link to my video:

More to Media

There’s so much more to it than meets the eye.

Media can be used for so many more things than we give it credit for, and it opens up doors for us that would be locked tight without it. 

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Taking, Making, and Faking: A Bioethics Issue

It’s the things you never think about.

You think they affect people far removed from you in a hospital five states away, but a day might come when they are closer to home than you would have ever thought.

What are these things I’m talking about, you might ask?

Anything that falls under the umbrella of bioethical issues.

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I Used to Want to do Big Things for God

Okay hear me out before you freak out.

There was a time in my life (namely, a few months ago) when I wanted to do BIG things for God.

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I wanted to be a speaker at BIG conferences.

I wanted to impact a BIG number of people.

I wanted to make a BIG difference.

Big, big, big. 

But that’s not what I want to do anymore.

Before you think I’m crazy, keep reading.

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The Academia of Yesterday and Today

Fred Sanders begins his chapter in The New Media Frontier with a very bold claim.

“Academics need new media.” (161)

To me, that is a very broad, generalized statement.

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Evaluation Heuristic

A heursitic for the evaluation of the Concept in 60 assignment:

  • The video should be narrow enough to communicate a clear thesis of the chosen topic.
  • The video should be visually appealing, as technologically seamless as possible.
  • The video should be the appropriate length (60 seconds, duh)
  • The video should focus on some aspect of new media.
  • The metanarrative of the video should further explain the thesis of the video.
  • The metanarrative should be around 300 words or about a paragraph.
  • The student’s metanarrative should be either in the form of a blog post or in the video description on YouTube.

These criteria (and others that other students may suggest) should function as the heuristic for evaluation of our final project, Concept in 60.

Day Seven, Experiencing Heaven

We expected 15-20 people. God sent almost 80. 

Our last day here in Seattle could not have been any better.

We got up and as usual, headed to meet Brock at the coffee shop for our morning devotion time.

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Day Six Pickin’ Up Sticks

Sunny day and yard work? Feels like a summer Saturday back home in Louisiana!

When we woke up this morning the SUN WAS OUT for the first time this whole week.

It was so refreshing to see it.

You don’t realize how much you rely on the sun for your mood and telling time until it’s gone.

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