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New online course gives Christians social media roadmap

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Words and information can be spread around the world in an instant. The adage that a lie travels faster than truth has never been more apparent. For Christians, this fact presents both an incredible opportunity and an important quandary. With the click of a button, the Gospel can reach millions, but so can heresy, slander or even a mistaken, bumbling phrase.

FIRST-PERSON: How the social internet is making our teenagers anxious

Do you remember what it felt like to walk the hallways of high school between classes or sit at the lunch table?

ERLC’s Thacker: Christians need to respond to social media issues

NASHVILLE (BP) – The recent revelations of troubling policies and practices at Facebook demonstrate Christians should continue to seek to influence social media companies and to address related issues in a biblically sound manner, said a Southern Baptist technology ethicist.

Facebook shutdown leaves churches looking for other options

As the world reacted to a nearly six-hour shutdown of Facebook and Instagram last Monday, Southern Baptist churches who use the platforms are considering how they would respond to a potential future shutdown on a Sunday. 

EXPLAINER: What Christians should know about QAnon

The conspiracy theory “QAnon” has been in the headlines lately. A few years ago it was an internet phenomenon known only to those familiar with the web’s most unruly message boards. But today there are people openly flirting with the movement from the country’s highest political platforms.

FIRST-PERSON:Will social media kill your Gospel witness?

FRANLKIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The growth of a person’s character and Gospel witness is like that of an oak. You really don’t see a lot of movement from one year to the next, but over time you see a sapling mature into a majestic tree.

FIRST-PERSON: What’s fueling the divisions in your church?

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When asked their most significant struggle in this moment, pastors pointed to the disunity in their congregation.  Think about that for a moment.

EXPLAINER: What’s the problem with China and TikTok?

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Over the last few weeks, there has been a cultural firestorm over the viral video sharing app TikTok and a potential ban in the United States. TikTok’s usage surged during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns with millions of users finding reprieve during this difficult season of isolation and social distancing.

What do online viewership numbers really mean?

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Brentwood Baptist Church digital strategy director Darrel Girardier admits that he has a love-hate relationship with analytics, especially in relation to online worship and other events that are streamed on social media platforms.

73-year-old grandmother launches Facebook cooking show and spikes online viewership at rural Alabama church

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (BP) -- "Big Mama" Brenda Gantt is up mornings at 4:30 brewing coffee, slow-cooking grits until they're creamy, hand-kneading buttermilk biscuits she bakes on a cast-iron griddle, and preparing smoked sausage, blueberry fried pies and such for guests at her bed-and-breakfast in Andalusia, Ala.