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Sermon Quotes

Social Media

Hannah Arendt

A life spent entirely in public, in the presence of others, becomes, as we would say, shallow. While it retains its visibility, it loses the quality of rising into sight from some darker ground which must remain hidden if it is not to lose its depth in a very real, non-subjective sense.

The Human Condition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988), 71.

Mike Cosper

Something deep within us is unsettled, and we want to appear to the world as better, more dignified, or more desirable—someone more beautiful or clever than the mope we see in the mirror.

Taken from Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World by Mike Cosper. Copyright (c) 2017, p.37. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jay Y. Kim

At their best, social media and other digital spaces can be wonderful initiating spaces that lead to true human connection, but they can never become home for those connections; they’ll always fall short and leave us wanting.

Taken from Analog Church by Jay Y. Kim Copyright (c) 2020 by Jay Y. Kim. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

John Koessler

In my life the noonday demon of sloth has a voice. It sounds like the chime that tells me I have a new email message or that a fresh post from one of my friends has just appeared on social media. 

Taken from The Radical Pursuit of Rest by John Koessler. ©2015 by John Koessler.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426. www.ivpress.com

@MISSOKISTIC

*wakes up and looks at phone* ah let’s see what fresh horrors await me on the fresh horrors device.

Tweet On November 10, 2016

Jenny Odell

When people long for some kind of escape, it’s worth asking: What would “back to the land” mean if we understood the land to be where we are right now? Could “augmented reality” simply mean putting your phone down? And what (or who) is that sitting in front of you when you finally do?

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Melville House, 2020.

Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Aaron Smith

A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that the percentage of adults 65 and older who believe that the internet has been mostly good for society has declined 14 points since 2014, from 78 percent to 64 percent. Keep in mind that older adults have been particularly rapid adopters of social media. Younger adults have been more consistent, but even their support has declined, from 79 percent in 2014 to 74 percent in 2018.

“Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society,” Pew Research Center, April 30, 2018.

Brian King, M.D.

I love social media, but it really does provide worry fuel for a lot of people.

 The Art of Taking It Easy: How to Cope with Bears, Traffic, and the Rest of Life’s Stressors, Apollo Publishers, 2019.

Jenny Odell

When people long for some kind of escape, it’s worth asking: What would “back to the land” mean if we understood the land to be where we are right now? Could “augmented reality” simply mean putting your phone down? And what (or who) is that sitting in front of you when you finally do?

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Melville House, 2020.

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