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Robin Ham, who is studying at Oak Hill, writes about the social media phenomenon, Instagram, which has 300 million users worldwide.
If you haven't heard of Instagram, here's my whistle-stop tour: like a form of Twitter, but with images instead of tweets, Instagram is a social network and phone app. It revolves around taking, editing and sharing photos with your followers, and has become particularly known for the way in which it allows an image's appearance to be filtered with a range of pre-fixed and often nostalgic glosses.
'So, what?' you might well ask. Well, that's part of the surprise with Instagram. It may not sound particularly novel. And yet, since launching in 2011, Instagram has swelled to over 300 million regular users. Just think about it: that's more people than the populations of the UK, Germany, Australia, France and Canada combined, all of whom have made this little app a regular part of their lives. In particular it has captivated the younger generations; a third of all Americans aged 14-34s apparently now use the app.
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Dan Strange, Oak Hill's Academic Vice Principal, writes:
My book on other religions, Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock, published with Apollos last year, came out in a US version this week.
This edition has a slightly different title and cover, but exactly the same content. The bonus is a little promo video I did for it while I was in the States last November.
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Chris Stead, an Oak Hill student, responds to Stephen Fry's broadcast complaint against "a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God" for the sufferings of the world.
Not a week has passed, and already the buzz over Stephen Fry's hypothetical dialogue with God has started to abate. Nevertheless, in citing the example of suffering children as reason to consider a creator god as stupid, evil, mean-minded, and capricious, Fry has stirred up the venerable and important discussion about belief in God in a broken world.
My interest was piqued by the presenting example, and I wrote an article elsewhere about my reflections on suffering and God, in light of the severe disabilities that afflict my two-year-old daughter. This is a shorthand version.
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