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I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.
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It's four years to the day since I posted my summary of Genesis 1!
That tweet kicked off a huge chain of opportunities which has ended up - among other things - with me writing a Bible Handbook for a major Christian publishing house. I can still hardly believe it!
Now that I've finished the intense work of writing my @BibleIntro book, I'm thinking a lot more about what to do with Bible Summary itself. I talked about some of my ideas here last month.
One thing that I didn't say was that I'm wondering about posting from the @BibleSummary Twitter account again. I'm interested in your thoughts about that.
In the first instance I would be re-posting the whole Bible Summary project from the beginning (which is actually already underway via @BibleGateway), but I'm also wondering about commenting on the project there as well.
When I was planning Bible Summary the first time I definitely didn't want to use the Twitter account for replies and comments. I wanted to keep the focus squarely on engaging with Scripture, I wanted to avoid the temptation of self-promotion, and I liked the idea of finishing with an account with exactly 1,189 tweets (the same number as chapters in the Bible). So that's what I did!
But I quickly realised that I had cut myself off from the social aspect of the medium that I was using. And when the medium is social media, that a pretty fundamental loss!
I've also come to realise that, although there's a pleasing purity in having this account with exactly 1,189 tweets, there's a risk that I'm communicating that I think I've written the definitive set of notes on each chapter of Scripture. And that's certainly not what I think at all!
I'm very conscious of the weaknesses and limitations of some of the summaries. One of the attractions of re-posting the project is that it would give me an opportunity to work through the summaries and revise and tweak them. I wouldn't be under pressure to write a new summary each day (and only one per day) so I could pay much more attention to ensuring consistency of flow and style.
I'm actually quite excited about the prospect of a revision. But I'm cautious because I don't want to undermine the distinctive vision of the project by reactivating the account.
I would very much appreciate any wisdom or opinions you might have. Should I start again? Or would that take away from what I've already done?
Please share your thoughts either by commenting on this post, or by commenting over on Facebook.
Having "missed the 1st round" of your Bible Summary postings, I'd love to see you re-engage. As you said, SOCIAL media missing the social part. Sure I could go back & just read your old posts, but...
"The Words of God are ALIVE & ACTIVE, sharper than any sword, cutting right down into our soul & spirit, like a sword divides a joint from marrow."
If it's a time-management thing too, maybe limit yourself to 1 or 2 interactions/comments per day. But in any case, please do re-activate and make it a living relationship.
Thanks so much for the comment, Jared! That's exactly my sense about it.
agree with Jared above!
Stumbled upon your blog...excited to learn from it. I will be starting with my congregation on a chapter a day journey beginning in September. Thanks for your efforts on this for the Kingdom!
Thanks so much for the comments here and on Facebook. It seems pretty unanimous that I should start again!
I like the idea of revisiting it.
One possible solution would be to set up a @BibleSummary2 account and tweet from there.
That way, the original is kept as you had initially intended and you'd feel no pressure about adding replies etc to the new one.
Just a thought. ;-)
You are very gifted, and I appreciate all that you have done and are doing. I'm new to this method of reading & studying the Bible (via smartphone). However, your blending social media - particularly Twitter - with your Biblical insights represents a wonderful way to distribute God's love, guidance and wisdom to a very large group of people. One of your tweets likely can be the catalyst to change someone's life forever. Thank you for what you have already done.
Thanks Phil, that's very encouraging! It's definitely my prayer that the summaries help people to understand the Bible and grow closer with God.