Friday, December 16, 2011

Behold, I tweet glad tidings

From The Church Times-

CHRISTIANS are using the social-media site Twitter to re-tell the Christmas story in novel ways this year.

In Germany, a Twitter-user called Joseph von Nazareth is journalling the nativity story from the perspec­tive of Joseph. Describing himself as a “35-year-old third-generation car­penter from Nazareth”, he regularly updates the site with short descrip­tions from the Christmas story.

This week he started recounting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. In one of his 140-character tweets, he wrote: “Please note: my carpenter’s workshop is closed till January 1 because of census, we’re on company outing. Thanks for your understanding.”

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, this week an­nounced the winners of his Christ­mas Twitter competition, in which he asked people to describe the mean­ing of Christmas in one tweet.

Bishop Baines said that he was impressed with the standard of entries, and that the winners had “all managed to articulate some­thing of the enduring significance of Christmas”.
His own tweet read: “Christmas is about God opting into the world in all its messiness and not exemp­ting himself from it — showing he is on our side, one of us.”

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