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  • Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Social media platform Twitter may be trying to reshape the online narrative by editing out conservative voices, a new undercover video released by Project Veritas alleges.

    The video, released Thursday (Jan. 11), appears to show current and former Twitter engineers explaining how they "downrank" some users and make others totally invisible if they don't like what they are saying. Baptist leaders shared different views on the significance of the undercover video -- with one saying the report shouldn’t prompt concern, while another called the video "deeply troubling." Read More

  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee's hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free.

    Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors that LifeWay Research released today (Jan. 9).

    Most also have a website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent).

    But few have ventured on Twitter (16 percent). Read More

  • Social-media coaching now available from LifeWay

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources recently launched an online coaching service to help Christians manage social media and other digital platforms from a biblical perspective.

    This subscription-based service, known as LifeWay Social, is designed for churches, nonprofits and individuals who want to discover more effective ways of using social media to grow God's kingdom. Registration opens Oct. 23.

    Chris Martin, author development specialist for LifeWay, sees social media as ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When God writes your Instagram handle

    by Candi Finch, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Candi Finch, whose Instagram handle includes "lover of bacon & used bookstores," ponders how someone's social media identity would read if drawn from God's regard for His children as recorded in Scripture. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your social media feed

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Check what you're doing on social media, Brian Hobbs advises. Facebook, Twitter and other social media are "simply extensions of our own personality and character," he writes. "If we pray, listen and love more, the world will notice the difference." Read More

  • More churches expanding reach through social media

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    MONTICELLO, Ky. (BP)-- More than 5,000 people watched and listened to small-town pastor Mark Helton's sermons on smartphones, tablets and computer monitors over the past month.

    First Baptist Church in Monticello, Ky., has embraced the relatively inexpensive technology that has allowed congregations of all sizes to vastly increase their reaches. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Wisdom for when to stay quiet

    by Michael Kelley, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    Michael Kelley notes that the Bible conveys wisdom "in keeping your mouth shut. Certainly not all the time, but certainly more than most of us do." A "quietness of speech," he notes, is "a part of growing as a disciple of Jesus." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your God-given influence

    by Jessica Pigg, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    Don't be consumed by measuring your influence, Jessica Pigg writes. "If your focus is always on the 'bigger and better' … chances are you will miss the blessings that occur in your normal everyday life. Serve, love and make much of God and the person standing right in front of you," she counsels. Read More

  • New EC media policy addresses social media

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Executive Committee has voted to update its media policy, prompted by the proliferation and ease of use of social media.

    In addition to news media, the policy now encompasses any individuals in attendance at EC meetings, including Executive Committee members themselves. Read More

  • Facebook's alleged anti-conservative bias debated

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist social media observers have expressed diverse reactions to allegations that Facebook "routinely suppressed" news of interest to conservative readers from the site's "trending" news section.

    National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson said Facebook "must change if they want our trust and participation in their platform." Meanwhile, social media expert Marty Duren of LifeWay Christian Resources and digital strategist Darrel Girardier of the Nashville-area Brentwood Baptist Church said Christians desiring to stay informed should not rely on Facebook as their sole news source. Read More