Allow me to introduce myself...
I am Bill Miller
Almost every class in seminary has invited us to take the time to introduce ourselves; a valuable exercise to be sure. I have noticed, however, a tendency in myself (as well as among my peers) to emphasize the aspects of my identity that directly relate to my life in the church. Whether it be to describe my academic progress or my sense of call, these have held center stage in these introductions, with only a moderate nod to the family and community that supports and shares that journey with me.
I like to think that I am a follower of Jesus in all aspects of my life; not just in the moments when I am “on the clock for Christ”. In the preparation of this post, I discovered a host of cell phone pictures that I recall as spiritual experiences, but are not all church moments. They feature times with my wife, or with my kids or simply random moments of beauty that God drew my consciousness to. It reminded me that being a Christian is not simply one element of my life, but is rather the thread that weaves through all the aspects of my existence and holds me together.
While I sometimes worry that media influences are causing more harm than good, there is no denying the power technology has on just about everything we do. Like any tool, it can be misused. The challenge I hope to consider in this course is to realize its potential and discover ways to utilize it as an asset. If indeed my identity in Christ Jesus informs all that I am, then that same reality ought to be true as I consider how I use various media forms in my life.