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Twenty Thousand Tweets

February 10, 2012

June 9, 2008 I created an account with Twitter.
Today, I posted my 20,000th tweet.

4.5 years of my life is chronicled in 140-character tidbits which, if I did the math correctly, comes to approximately 2,800,000 characters. I’ve been thinking this morning about the the ways God has used twitter in my life and ministry.  We hear a lot of the dangers and abuse of social media and the Internet, but on occasion we will hear a report on how it has positively impact someone’s life.  I for one can say that it has been a great experience thus far, for at least the following five reasons.

1.  People I’ve Met with Twitter

Between blogging and Twitter, the overwhelming majority of people I know in evangelical life came through these digital avenues.  My life has been enriched by friendships, several that developed to a greater degree offline and in “real life”.  Twitter opened the door and created accessibility to people who I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to meet.  Often times late at night, I end up having an extended conversation via direct message with people I’ve rarely (if ever) talked to on the phone or email. So Twitter has essentially flattened the world for guys like myself who don’t pastor a large church, published a book, or have influential people in my corner to have opportunity to connect, network, and build relationships online.

2.  The Twitter Help Desk

If ever have a question or practical need, I ask my Twitter followers first. Seriously. I cannot recount to you how many times I have been helped by people, many I don’t know, who care enough to reply when, for instance, my son decides to practice drawing with a massive permanent marker all over our furniture, television, and flooring. On more serious matters, I was leading our church to transition to small groups, and for 3 hours one day, I had over 15 people dialoguing with me via Twitter which tons of experience and practical counsel, logging in over a hundred tweets tailored specifically to helping me lead my church. It was like a customized, decentralized conference with a panel of folks from across the country address the specific challenges with incredible relevance. I was blown away that day. And still am.

3.  Tim Keller Reading Group

Two years ago, I started a Twitter experiment based on similar tweets from friends.  We all apparently were reading similar Tim Keller articles and tweeting them the same day. I decided to create a Tim Keller Reading Group using Twitter exclusively with no other online or offline promotion. The result was a six-month journey with 75 people from 24 states and 11 denominations and 12 video conference calls.  Twitter provided this platform, and many of the guys I got to know during that process have become good friends.

4.  Social Media/Networking Training

I find this really crazy, but over the past couple of years, I have been asked to speak at three conferences on the role of social networking and media to the local church and ministry.  They have ranged from church planting bootcamps and seminars to collegiate conferences.  If I ever thought I’d speak at conference, social networking would have never been on the radar. Yet, God has allowed me to encourage hundreds of church leaders and students on using social networking for the glory of God, for that I’m grateful.

5.  Resource and Renewal Aggregation

Before Twitter, I relied almost exclusively to Google Reader for aggregating information and resources. With increasingly limited time, I use Twitter for my main stop for helpful links and encouraging devotional thoughts.  I even took the time to compile a 36-part series from Scotty Smith with 720 tweets of “signs you are growing in grace.”  To a smaller degree, I have done this also with tweets from Paul Tripp and Tullian Tchividjian. God has used Twitter to bring me encouragement, exhortation, and rebuke from people I know and have great respect.

I could give you several other ways Twitter has been worth the (little) time each day. I hope that the 20,000 tweets logged over the past 4.5 years have been some profit and encouragement to you as well.

For other articles on Twitter by me, check out:

* Twitter Is Not Real
* Twitter – The New Traffic Generator
* Twitter for the Local Church
* Don’t Waste Your Tweets
* Why I Use Twitter

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 36

December 26, 2011

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Part 32 || Part 33 || Part 34 || Part 35

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: It takes more to bug you, longer to rattle you and less to humble you.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You find yourself saying, “How did I ever miss THAT?”, about old familiar Bible verses.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t speed up just to keep from being passed on the inside lane.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The ability to pay for something is no longer an indication of its affordability to you.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not arrogant, you just get bored quicker in churches without a heart for evangelism.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You use less confetti at your pity parties.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 35

December 19, 2011

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Part 32 || Part 33 || Part 34

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You realize anger is not the only emotion you can chose for responding to provocation.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When you overhear gossip but miss 1/2 of what was said, you don’s ask for the other 1/2.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not as obsessive about getting credit, even when credit is very due. You chill more.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t use your brokenness and weaknesses as excuses, but as fuel to drive you to Jesus.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not arrogant when you bring your “A game” and not despondent when it’s your “B game”.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 34

December 12, 2011

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Part 32 | Part 33

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: The more you love theology (the study of God), the more you love people (those made in the image of God).

A sign you’re growing in grace: You can recognize sooner when your anger at some people has very little to do with them.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t dump or stuff your anger as much. “Be angry & do not sin” makes sense. Eph. 4:26

A sign you’re growing in grace: The gospel of grace has freed you to tremble at God’s Word more than the law ever could.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When your heart affections for Jesus grow cool, you take that condition very seriously.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 33

December 6, 2011

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Part 32

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: When critiquing a theological position, you don’t use unnecessary negative adjectives.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You let people finish their sentences and you don’t put your meaning on their words.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re just as passionate about pleasing God as you are in resisting legalism.

A sign you’re growing in grace: People suffering from depression don’t duck when they see you coming. You’re more merciful.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You love your Christian friends, but you’re making more time to be with non-believers.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 32

November 28, 2011

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Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28 || Part 29 | Part 30 | Part 31

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You realize, more than ever, you simply cannot & MUST NOT do the Christian life alone.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Your friends hooked into pornography know they can come to you for care, grace and strength.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t fall into gifts, smarts or looks envy as much as you used to.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The collective stories and wisdom of older friends has become a most sweet gospel nectar.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You not only treasure the riches of the gospel you obey the implications of the gospel.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 31

November 21, 2011

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Part 17 || Part 18 || Part 19 || Part 20 || Part 21 || Part 22 || Part 23
Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28 || Part 29 | Part 30

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You no longer promise or insinuate you’ll do stuff you don’t have time or intent to do.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When someone asks you how you’re doing, you don’t automatically say, “Fine”. You lie less.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You get convicted about your sin MORE because you feel condemned for your sin LESS.

A sign you’re growing in grace: The gospel has given you better tools for dealing with your shame and contempt.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re careful not to live vicariously through your kids. Their story is THEIR story.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 30

November 7, 2011

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Part 17 || Part 18 || Part 19 || Part 20 || Part 21 || Part 22 || Part 23
Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28 || Part 29

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: When people don’t “show up”, you don’t cop an Elijah attitude (1 Kings 19:9f).

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t confuse high self-esteem with beloved-ness in Christ.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You take “The ONLY thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love” very seriously.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You can even find Jesus in the Book of Obadiah.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When you’re well planned & prayed over schedule gets derailed, you fume & pout less.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 29

October 31, 2011

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Part 17 || Part 18 || Part 19 || Part 20 || Part 21 || Part 22 || Part 23
Part 24 || Part 25 || Part 26 | Part 27 || Part 28

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: In the past 6 months, someone’s commented on your being more childlike or fun 2 be with.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re talking less but saying more.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re not one of those people in Starbucks who sits in the best chair for hours.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When at the grocery store, you don’t eat more free samples than the food you buy.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When in a grumpy, mumbling-under-your breath, touchy mood, you don’t blame others for it.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When you start gossiping, it tastes more like rotting carp than chocolate pie.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Prayer is more about fellowshipping with your Father than convincing him to do stuff.

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50¢ Word(s) of the Week, Part 20

October 29, 2011

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Mondaylapsus » fall, lapse (specifically, the fall of Adam and Eve from original righteousness)

Tuesdaygratia particularis sive specialis » particular or special grace (grace of God given savingly only to the elect)

Wednesdayrations aeternae » eternal or divine ideas (archetypal ideas or universals which exist in the mind of God and are foundation for human certainty)

Thursdayconsilium Dei » counsel of God (the decision of God, the active & eternal willing of all things)

Friday: rectitude » rectitude, uprightness (the condition of man as created in the image and likeness of God)

Saturdayprothesis » purpose or plan; the divine purposes (e.g. Rom. 8:28)

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 28

October 24, 2011

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Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You no longer morph into a legalist or a libertine depending upon who you’re with.

A sign you’re growing in grace: In light of the needs of the world, you just don’t waste as much food as you used to.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t expend the same energy you used to just to be noticed or included.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re finding your place in God’s story, rather than giving him bit parts in yours.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You go to the harbor of God’s heart more than you harbor resentment, grudges and spite.

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Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 27

October 10, 2011

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Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: Though you don’t let anyone put you under the law, your love for God’s law is increasing.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Because of Jesus’ commitment to perfect his Bride, you stay engaged with your broken church.

A sign you’re growing in grace: As much as you’d like to have a church of you & your 20 best friends, you know that’s anti-gospel.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You no longer have to have either the first or the last word in a conversation.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t second guess your decisions, exaggerate your “wins” or obsess about your failures as much.

A sign you’re growing in grace: When sharing a meal with friend(s) in a busy restaurant, they have your full attention.

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50¢ Word(s) of the Week, Part 19

October 8, 2011

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Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18

MondayTrinitas » Trinity, the existence of God as one in essence (essential) and three in person (persona) #Trinity

Tuesdaysubsistentia » individual instance of a given essence (Latin equivalent of Greek hypostatis) #Trinity

Wednesdaypersona » person (Latin equivalent of Greek prosopon); used by Tertullian to refute Sabellian heresy #Trinity

Thursdaytres personae in una essentia divina » three *persons* in one divine essence #Trinity

Friday: homoousius » of the same substance (consubstantial); term central to Augustine’s argument against Arius #Trinity

Saturdaypaternitas, filiatio, and processio » hypostatic character of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, respectively #Trinity

50¢ Word(s) of the Week, Part 18

October 1, 2011

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Mondayopera Dei ad extra » the outward or external works of God (God creating, sustaining, & relating to finite things)

TuesdayTheologia a Deo docetur, Deum docet, et ad Deum ducit » Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God

Wednesdaymisericordia dei » the mercy or compassion of God (one of the affections of the divine will) #sothankfulforthis

Thursdayfoedus monopleuron » one-sided or one-way covenant (bestowed by God & exhibiting His will toward man)

Friday: praedicatio evangelii » the preaching of the gospel

Saturdaypactum salutis » covenant of redemption (intratrinitarian agreement of Father & Son regarding covenant of grace)

Signs You Are Growing in Grace, Part 26

September 30, 2011

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Part 24 | Part 25

Your weekly installment of 20 grace tweets from Scotty Smith:

A sign you’re growing in grace: You know “for better or worse & in sickness & in health” pertains to your church vows too.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t just deal with your default sins of choice, but also with the idols of your heart.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You can tell when you’ve turned a legitimate desire into an idolatrous need.

A sign you’re growing in grace: You spend 90% of the day aware of your eye-logs & 10% of other’s eye-specks.

A sign you’re growing in grace: Marriage is becoming more about glorifying Jesus than fulfilling you.

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