New Media Faith

 I wrote previously about the Pope being on Youtube. Not surprising, many religious organisations have gone online and are using new media to reach out to the faithful!

I think it’s great that we can now listen to sermons online via podcasts, or even view services  online.  Many churches in Singapore have also started posting videos on Youtube, so that members of the congregation who missed the service or who want to watch or listen to it again can do so.

You can read or even view others’ testimonies online, or post your own at http://www.newcreation.org.sg/testimonies/testimonies.htm.  You can even watch Miracle TV on Lighthouse Evangelism and view a youtube video on the Book of Revelation . And if you want to donate to the church, you can also do that online at http://www.covenantvision.org/index.php?option=com_donation&Itemid=88.

There are online bookstores where you can purchase books, CDs and more.

Some may say that  such online faith is only a substitute. Listening to a podcast or watching a Youtube video is not the same as going to church. But such online resources can be of great help. Church services could be on only once or twice a week, but online, you can get your faith messages at all times of the week! Church Facebook groups also help to connect  members of a congregation.

New media is making it convenient to have faith and build up faith. I think that’s a good thing, as long as it doesn’t become a convenient faith.

What do you think?

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Facebook updating and anti-Facebook advocates

I just came across a new development in Facebook. It’s going the way of Twitter and allowing more Twitter-esque updates as it realises that many of its users prefer to do quick updates while on the move. This new feature will be out 11 March, so why don’t you guys try it out too and let us know what you think about it.

Strangely, just as Facebook is getting more popular with more Facebook fans across the globe, there’s an increasing number of anti-Facebook fanatics who have even gone so far as to sustain an anti-Facebook site known as Hatebook. Yes,  I know – not very original.

 It’s ironic that it touts itself as an anti-social networking site, for all anti-social networking people to network : Hatebook is an anti-social utility that disconnects you from the things YOU HATE. Everybody loves to HATE.

And what’s the purpose of the site, well it’s for users to Upload somebody’s lies or publish secrets  get the latest gossip from your enemies and friends  reveal photos and videos on your hate profile  tag your enemies  join ahate-clan to get rid off all annoying things around you  take over the world.

 And what’s priceless about it? We are told: The enemies of your enemies are your friends – find them here

Cute.

No, I have not signed up for a Hatebook account and I certainly hope I don’t have need to do so.