Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘post-truth’ as its Word of the Year for 2016. Western media seems to be full of examples of how we live in a post-truth world, as well as frequent discussions about it. What is the state of the media in a post-truth society? Why does fake news circulate so fast in social media? How should we respond as Christians?
We’re living through a time of incredible change. The media landscape is radically different from what is was just a decade or two ago. It is vital that the church pays close attention to the trends, and makes good use of the new tools. Media ministry has become an essential part of the Church’s mission.
Introduction to the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG2016), which will bring together 1,000 younger leaders from over 160 countries to connect, pray, and discern together God’s leading of their generation for his global mission.
It is always tempting to avoid evaluating our ministry. Phill Butler insists that is is vital if we are to be effective. Here he gives some very helpful questions for evaluating media ministry.
I enjoyed following the conversation on the threefold media challenge from Cape Town, subsequently reiterated by the 2012 Lausanne Regional Consultation on the Gospel and Media in Kristiansand. It has brought back memories of my younger years in the world of media in Denmark, Ethiopia, Geneva and Norway – some of these years were actually in Kristiansand with the International Mass Media Institute where we were deeply engaged in the trinity of awareness, presence and ministries. Since then my life and focus have moved into leadership, missiology, theology of religion and other obscure matters, but when the smell of media reaches my nostrils, I can still smell the sawdust of the circus. My small contribution to the conversation will focus on two interconnected issues: the worldview of the media and a Christian worldview; and the absolute need for Christians to be involved as salt and light.
Thank you for raising us out of the gutter’ was how my editor put it, when I left my last newspaper. I wasn’t a born-again believer yet – but was on the way. God is at work in us even before we can speak the required religious formulae – and is at work in a hundred more ‘secular’ newsrooms up and down the country.