WISE LIVING IN A SMART AGE // NEW SUNDAY SERIES // FEB 3 - MAR 3

WISE LIVING IN A SMART AGE
NEW SUNDAY SERIES
FEB 3 - MAR 3

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WEEK 4 RESOURCES

It’s hard enough to develop intimacy and constancy in our human relationships; why would we think otherwise with God?

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by Donald S. Whitney
A HUNGER FOR GOD by John Piper
THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION by Alan Jacobs
"Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain"
by Kevin Roose
"You Don’t Need a Big Home or Fancy Flatware to Practice Hospitality"
by All Things New Staff
"Putting a Finger on Our Phone Obsession"
by Michael Winnick

CHALLENGE: SEEK SOLITUDE

You don’t have to build a fortress of it like
Superman, but this week’s challenge is about
getting you in a Psalm 62:1 type of environment.
Here’s the challenge:

Schedule (and keep!) an extended time away
with God where you know silence will be a
given and solitude will not be hard to find.
This can take many forms. If you’ve never
done it before, take a small, first step, like
an hour on a weekday morning before work,
or a couple hours on a Saturday morning.
Whatever you plan, plan it prayerfully, give
yourself grace and lean into the awkwardness
of the stillness. You’ll be surprised by what
you hear.

WEEK 3 RESOURCES

“. . . just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (Jesus)

RECLAIMING CONVERSATION by Sherry Turkle
THE ART OF NEIGHBORING by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon
"Making New Friends Is Hard but Jesus Is Good"
by Tina Wilson
"The Covington Scissor"
by Ross Douthat
"The Wise Do Not Always Weigh In"
by Chris Nye
"Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?"
by Jean M. Twenge

CHALLENGE: BE FACE-TO-FACE

Deep, life-giving relationships don’t just happen. They require grace and intentionality.

This week’s challenge might be scarier than it reads on paper, but here it is:

Identify a couple of people with whom you’d like to develop a thicker friendship and set up a recurring time to meet.

Commit to it. Pray for God’s grace.

And lean into the uncomfortable yet wonderful proximity of being face-to-face with another Image Bearer.

WEEK 2 RESOURCES

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” (Mary Oliver)

12 WAYS YOUR PHONE IS CHANGING YOU by Tony Reinke

BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD (S3:E2)

On one level, it makes sense that we want to be distracted. We’ve zipped up the heavens and we’ve lost our desire to pursue real beauty and cultivate wonder. So why not Netflix your way to your grave?

"Delight in the Good"
by Karen Swallow Prior
"Reclaim Your Attention"
by Akshay Kapur
"Can Your Soul Really Survive Social Media?"
by Russell Moore
"In Praise of Boredom"
by James K.A. Smith
"How to Look at a Tree"
by Joshua P. Hochschild

CHALLENGE: WAIT WITH PURPOSE

“We carry in our pockets the possibility of unceasing jolts of novelty.” Waiting is a thing of the past. Which sounds nice, but as a people who are called to wait for the Lord now (Psalm 27:14, 33:20) and for his return later (Revelation 22:20), waiting is a crucial practice for Christians.

This challenge has two components:

1. Wait without your phone

Together with members of your family or small group, commit to waiting with purpose: No phones while you wait. For the light to change. For your number to be called at the DMV. To see the dentist. To check out at the grocery store.

Instead of giving your thumbs a workout, how can you wait with purpose? (Pro-tip: “Just sitting there with your thoughts and doing nothing” is an acceptable response.)

Waiting Ideas

  • Sit and be bored
  • Take a nap
  • Read a few pages of a book
  • Pray
  • Go for a walk
  • Ask the stranger sitting next to you about their day
  • Watch the clouds
  • Listen for birds
  • Think and pray about future plans or dreams
  • Read a poem
  • Call a parent, sibling or friend
  • Play a game with your kids

2. Monitor/restrict your phone usage

You can fight distraction with technology. (Ironic, we know.)

There are many useful apps that can help you track your usage and set limits on when you can access your phone or certain sites/apps. How could using one of these apps help you focus on the most important people and things in your life?

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WEEK 1 RESOURCES

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.” (Psalm 110:10)

EVERY GOOD ENDEAVOR by Tim Keller
CULTURE MAKING by Andy Crouch
THE TECH-WISE FAMILY by Andy Crouch
GOD'S WISDOM FOR NAVIGATING LIFE by Tim Keller

SEASON 1: Work Like Jesus

In Season 1 of the All Things New Podcast, we explore God’s intentions for our work—why our vocations matter and how they express love for God and neighbor. With this kind of love, our work takes on eternal significance.

SEASON 3: The True, The Good, The Beautiful

Season 3 of the ATN Podcast is about what it means to be made in the image of God, and how that image is refreshed through the true, the good, the beautiful.

"I, Phone: Love and Addiction in the Age of Distraction"
by Trevor Sides
"Technology Is the Best, Technology Is the Worst"
by Aaron Ritter
"Thoughts while Sailing the Dopamine Seas"
by Tim Constant

CREATION AUDIT

With members of your family or small group, commit to doing a creation audit.

Do you spend more time creating things (pies, art for the refrigerator, a patch of dirt underneath the swing) or consuming things (Netflix originals, Spotify playlists, images on Instagram)?

Track your time, share your results with others, and pray for wisdom and discernment about possible changes in your life.