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A Review of 

Anti-social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Siva Vaidhyanathan

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeff Nelson
“The problem with Facebook is Facebook.” That is the title of the introduction to Siva Vaidhyanathan’s extensive writing on the effects that social media has had on the world, on individual cultures, and on individual people. And yet, positioning Facebook as a problem rather than an aid or benefit to social interaction, personal connection, gathering around mutual interests, and political activism might be a hard sell for the millions of people who use it around the world every day. As you might imagine, Vaidyanathan is up to that task, and presents his case in methodical fashion.

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The ERB: Latest News…

March 2, 2012


Shane Claiborne has written a lovely endorsement for ERB editor Chris Smith’s new ebook The Virtue of Dialogue. You can read this endorsement on the Slow Church blog.  If you have not done so already you can download the ebook (only $2.99!) for Kindle or Nook.

The ERB will again have an exhibit at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College April 19-21. If you are going to be there, do drop by and see us!  We also will be co-sponsoring (with Books and Culture) a lunch-time forum on Friday April 20 (12:45PM) on the craft of book-reviewing.  This forum will be facilitated by Chris Smith, John Wilson of B&C and poet/poetry critic Brett Foster.  We also hope to schedule an informal get-together for ERB readers/reviewers, so watch for forthcoming details on that.

We are going to be more active in using our Facebook page in the coming weeks: new activity will include polls, giveaways, reviews from elsewhere on the web and more! Be sure to LIKE our page either by going to the page or using the box on the right hand side of this page.  This week’s poll on The ERB page was Who is your favorite poet?(It’s not to late to have your say…)


We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included:


WILL SAMSON will be leading a seminar on his book JUSTICE IN THE BURBS, at Grace Community Church in Noblesville on Saturday July 24, from 9AM-12PM.

In the suburban world of nice homes, neat lawns, and new cars, it can be easy to forget the poor and disenfranchised of our world. But we can be a force for the least of these in our county, our city and our world. Join us on Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the North Auditorium for this discussion as we move from apathy and ignorance to concern and awareness.

This is a FREE event, but registration is requested…

Go here for more info and to register:

In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we are going to be collaborating more intentionally with Christian Book Distributors. Primarily, we will be offering you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

This week’s bargain books on the theme
Evangelicalism, etc. (Click to learn more/purchase):

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Evangelicalism has been one of the fastest-growing segments of Christianity in recent decades, so it’s hard to keep abreast of all the leaders, organizations, schools, and movements it has helped spawn. Thus, Balmer’s beautifully written reference is most welcome. This book is the most comprehensive resource about evangelicalism available. With nearly 3,000 separate entries, this book covers historical and contemporary theologians, preachers, laity, cultural figures, musicians, televangelists, movements, organizations, denominations, folkways, theological terms, events and more. Students, scholars, and libraries will all benefit from it.

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A Brief Review of

Thy Kingdom Connected:
What the Church Can Learn From Facebook,
The Internet and Other Networks.

Dwight Friesen.
Paperback: Baker, 2009.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

For the last several years, social networks have been all the rage.  The number of users on networks like Facebook and Twitter rises exponentially each year, and newer, more specific social networks emerge every day.  It comes as little surprise then, that someone would eventually explore the topic of what the church can learn from these social networks, as Dwight Friesen has done in his new book Thy Kingdom Connected.  Given the trendiness of social networking, however, what does come as a delightful surprise is the depth and acumen with which Friesen addresses this topic; despite the overwhelming relevance of social networks, this is not an opportunistic book.  No, indeed Thy Kingdom Connected is a rich exploration of post-modern ecclesiology that happens to illustrate key points with examples from contemporary science, network theory and familiar social networks.  The key theme for Friesen here is demonstrating the inter-connectedness of God and creation, and there is plenty that we can learn from network theory as a metaphor for our inter-connectedness with God, each other and all creation.

The highlight of the book, for me, was the section on leadership, and this came as a surprise because I typically think the deluge of writings on leadership in recent years is overrated.  It was refreshing to hear of Friesen’s own struggles with the terminology of “leadership,” followed by his depiction of a non-hierarchical, connected vision of leadership.  He says:

Leading connectively busts the myth of control and proactively dethrones hierarchies, daringly linking people and organizations with God’s vision of the connective kingdom and surrendering their personal vision for ministry.  In more hierarchical models of organizations, knowledge and connections were seen as power and the person with the most was in control.  Knowledge and connections were therefore often held tightly by the leader.  But leading connectively invites a redefinition of power. Power is very important in living networks, but it is not hoarded; it flows as a relational lubricant (100).

Thy Kingdom Connected is a superb reflection on the interconnectedness of creation and our call as followers of Christ to a mission of connection.  I look forward to re-reading and continuing to reflect on its wisdom!