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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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How Should Pastors Use Social Media?

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Should Pastors Use Social Media?

There are several ways pastors may be tempted to misuse social media. They may treat it as a highlight reel, showing off their ministry successes and building up an online identity disconnected from real life. Or they may become active participants in the outrage culture of Facebook and Twitter rather than diffusers of online conflict. Given the many ways using social media can go wrong, would it be better for pastors to stay away entirely?

Not necessarily, say Russell Moore, Trevin Wax, and Scott Sauls in this discussion. No pastor should find his identity in his online persona. But given how pervasive social media is in our society, there can be tangible benefits for pastors who engage with people online. Sauls sums up the pastor’s complicated relationship with social media this way: “It can be an opportunity to be a good example. It can also be an opportunity to ruin your witness.”

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