Viral Jesus and the Christian Platform

“I like to encourage people to lean into the opportunities that do come your way. Your gifts will make your way for you. The angst comes from what you are called to do versus what the world is asking you to do.”

@karenswallowprior and @heatherthompsonday on the Viral Jesus Podcast

I feel like I find new podcasts *daily.* There are so many good ones out there! I really appreciated this episode with Karen Swallow Prior and Heather Thompson Day about building a platform on social media. Be forewarned, there are no tips, no hashtag advice or discussion of whether reels or IGTV is more effective; this is a talk about the motivations behind wanting to be on social media and how we can best reflect and honor Jesus without losing our souls. In short; do good work and don’t worry about the follower count.

This part of their discussion really struck me because I’ve tried to “do something” with my art in the past and it always fell short. I could never stick with it, I could never find the motivation to do anything long-term, and I never felt any passion behind the messaging. It wasn’t until I used what Jesus gave me in the form of my art skills *in reflecting what I’m learning about him* that I really found excitement in what my art could become. Social media plays a huge part in it and I’m really interested in what Karen describes as “stewarding it well” instead of the immense growth that can sometimes cloud the goal.

Great episode and now I have yet another podcast in this unmanageable pile of podcasts that I’m subscribed to. 😬😅

Frankenstein!

Ok, give me a second here. I know this is a Christian account with sermon notes and bible quotes and all that – what in the world is the creature from Frankenstein doing here? I read “Frankenstein: A Guide to Reading & Reflecting” by Dr. @karenswallowprior and it changed the way I think about literature.

This book is a complete reprint of Frankenstein with added details about the version and the author but more importantly it contains reflections on the greater themes of the book and how we should view them as Christians and through a Christian world-view. It’s refreshing and challenging. Although the guide is about Frankenstein, in a larger sense, it’s almost a toolkit in how to read fiction? I found myself actually reading to comprehend because I knew at the end of the section I was going to get a question that I needed to be ready for. It’s amazing to me that authors that are 100% not Christian still explore the themes and messages that point directly to Jesus. Themes that I’ve never considered before were brought to mind and I’m so thankful for that!

So – the book was great! So great that I’d love to let someone else enjoy it! Comment below and I’ll pick someone to receive my copy and a print of this image and I’ll send it to you free of charge (U.S. only.)

Quick note about the art – when it comes to Frankenstein, the illustrated version by Bernie Wright is the gold standard. This is my feeble attempt at re-drawing his excellent take on the creature. 

The Notorious KSP

“We Christians are going to have so many new kinds of opportunities to model Christ to the world in coming days.

I don’t know what form this should take in each situation, but God has called us to this task in this time.

Brothers and sisters, let’s do this.”

@karenswallowprior aka the Notorious KSP

Yes 100% 🙌🏼 The conversation happening on Christian Twitter is pretty exciting.