Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Keith Anderson, isn’t afraid of smartphones, instant messages or Twitter. Indeed, he has experience using social media as a tool to teach youth essential practices of the faith. This article is an introduction to how Rev. Anderson has incorporated technology and social media to benefit faith formation of youth. You will read how consideration of social media led to an important conversation about the eighth commandment instruction to not bear false witness. You will also be invited to think about whether or not the use of smartphones reinforces or takes away from Sabbath keeping. These issues and more are part of what Anderson and others are considering when they engage digital disciples. Your youth team would find this article a good conversation piece. For maximum benefit, make sure you use the “questions to consider” at the end of the article.
Reviewed by Tim Shapiro