Gospel tweets: Do sentences change people?

Coral Ridge’s Tullian Tchividjian resisting Twitter because he thought it was superficial.  Persuading by his staff, he’s found it to be a mission tool. He writes:

I love words. I love turns of phrases. I think in sentences. I once heard John Piper say that books don’t change people, sentences do. I believe that. I’ve also heard that the Ancient Greeks believed the goal of oratory was to give a sea of matter in a drop of language. I like that–and tweeting helps me put that into practice. Twitter challenges me to communicate the gospel in concise ways–in short sentences. It’s also a great tool for me personally as I’ve come to use it as a way to catalog my gospel thoughts and quotes. It’s become a way for me to “journal” what God’s teaching me about the gospel.

Anyway, thanks to DeJuan Brown you can now find a small sampling of my gospel tweets in the collection below.

Here’s a sampling of his gospel tweets:

  • The gospel reminds us that we become more mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and more on all God has already done for us.
  • The gospel tells me my identity and security is in Christ–this frees me to give everything I have because in Christ I have everything I need
  • Christian growth doesn’t happen first by behaving better, but believing better–believing in deeper ways what Christ has already secured for you

I do believe that we will need to find ways to make sentences count, because we’re not getting attention of people in today’s culture with many longer form communications.  Glad to see one prominent pastor thinking that way.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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