Monday, April 27, 2009

The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ, Book Review


The review I wrote of The New Media Frontier for Themelios is now online (34.1 April 2009, 152-53). If you are using or interested in the New Media (or don't know what that is), this book would be well worth your time.
Here's the beginning and end of the review:
To blog or not to blog. That is the question many pastors and laypeople are asking themselves as online media platforms continue to proliferate and rise in prominence. Along with blogging, there are many other ways to communicate across the web. Due to the nature of digital media and the rate of innovation, the online landscape is ever expanding and constantly in flux. As editors of The New Media Frontier, John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton aim to equip believers with “a process of critical assessment” so they might use new media “in a manner consistent with the character and quality of Christ” (p. 17).
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In sum, this volume makes a sustained argument throughout: The new media have revolutionized the way people communicate and are here to stay. Thus, believers must think critically about these changes and utilize the best of them for the glory of God and the furtherance of his kingdom. Through its timely analysis and stable framework, this book will help believers execute this task as they navigate through the “new media frontier” and beyond.
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