Advancing the Kingdom ‘140 Characters’ at a Time

Last week I met a young man who said that he did not have Facebook because of theological and philosophical reasons. He did not get fully into all of the reasons, but he did say something that I have been thinking about from time to time this week.

“You cannot say everything that needs to be said in 140 characters.”

Okay, I will give him that. But one thing that we need to remember is that technological advancements have been at the center of biblical reformation. The invention of papyrus, paper, printing press, movable type, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, internet, blogs, and even Facebook/Twitter/Google+ can and have been used to advance the Kingdom of Christ.

So how should we respond to someone who says that you cannot say everything that needs to be said in 140 characters? I would  focus on two very different points when talking to someone who thinks along these lines:

Y wud u evr say all that needs 2 B sed? A fool sez all his mind        Pr29 

Re4m8n wood not oKur if re4mers refusd 2 rite trax. Bks R importnt; but trax & treatisz were at the <3 of re4m. 

So that’s my two cents…. in 140 characters.

May God use technological advancements to proper the Kingdom of His Son.


  1. Nathan W. Bingham August 11, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Love it Nathan!

  2. Bruce Keeler August 11, 2011 at 10:27 am #


  3. hun August 11, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    “You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.” — C. F. Gauss

  4. Howard August 11, 2011 at 11:22 am #


  5. Dean Smith August 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Very, very clever!
    Enjoyed it greatly!
    Nice to see you at College Hill last week!

  6. freecovenanter August 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    “God is building His Kingdom and the gates of Hell will never prevail. Christ was given the Key because He overcame it all. He fulfilled the Covenant of Works for us who believe. He didn’t need to do it for Himself. Those where His words of Life.”

    I posted this a while back. These type of things make people ask questions and ponder. Even the heathen want to know what I meant.

  7. mrben August 12, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Facebook isn’t limited to 140 characters…… that’ll be Twitter. And they are, of course, very different mediums. And, of course, the early church managed to pack an awful lot of truth into just 5 characters – ichthus – which then reduced further into a single symbol.

  8. Victor Hugo June 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Pastor, you made a statement this past Saturday about the person God used to disciple you and how she met you at the “market place.”

    In a sense, online forums and social networks are “market places” whose existence is facilitated by technological advancements. This also gives an open forum to exchange ideas and dialogue that can lead to discipleship.

    My 2 pesos.

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