Words of Life set to launch ‘Discipled by Algorithms’ series

By: Chris Benjamin

As The Salvation Army’s Soundcast team was planning Words of Life series for 2022, a desire to do a new series about technology and the church emerged. We wanted to dive into how algorithms, specifically, are shaping many of our worldviews without our knowledge. Social media can be an incredible tool for good however, it can also reinforce biases and cause further divides, keeping us in our perspective bubbles.

During this planning, our media editor, Steven Nolan, came across an article written by Jason Thacker about this very topic. Jason is an author, podcaster, and professor, and he serves as the chair of research in technology ethics and director of the research institute at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

We reached out to Jason, and he was excited to join us on the show to have a conversation about technology and the church. How we shouldn’t be in fear of the technology that surrounds us, but we should be embracing some, challenging others and innovating the way in which we use these modern tools to spread the Gospel and love our neighbors.

This series will launch on May 8, titled “Discipled by Algorithms.” Words of Life, a 15-minute show, is airing on more than 200 radio stations around the world. Words of Life can also be found wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

For more information, visit https://salvationarmysoundcast.org/wordsoflife