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From the Summer 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Engaging Conversation in an Age of Distraction

by Randy Newman, PH.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute

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  I would add some suggestions for enhancing our spiritual lives and our evangelistic efforts.

  • Put your phone in another room while reading your Bible (the paper one!) and praying.
  • Leave your phone in the car while worshiping in church.
  • Decide to make some meetings or conversations device-free, especially ones that focus on close Christian fellowship or potential outreach.
  • Make it a goal to grow in comfort with eye-to-eye conversation. (This may take some practice.)
  • Develop fluency in biblical meditation and comfort with solitude.

  While Turkle has no discipleship goals for the application of her research, it is easy for us to see how her insights can help us as we seek first the kingdom of God. She almost sounds like a preacher with her comment, “This is our moment to acknowledge the unintended consequences of the technologies to which we are vulnerable, but also to respect the resilience that has always been ours.”7
  God made us relational and social creatures. As we seek to introduce people to that God, we can pave the way toward rich gospel conversations by keeping our eyes on them, keeping our ears attuned to their words, and keeping our phones in our pockets.


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