المؤلف: Lars Dahle
Category: الإعلام والتكنولوجيا
We all stand on other people’s shoulders. And we all have mentors. It is highly important to recognize and to honour such formative people in our lives, especially in Christian ministries.
One of my mentors in the areas of media and technology is Asbjørn Kvalbein. He has a master’s degree in communication studies from Wheaton College (US) and was the founding principal of Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication. He is currently in his late 60s and now serves as web-pastor of Norea Media Mission. He was also a participant in the first Lausanne congress (1974).
I would like to highlight three key areas where I am especially indebted to my dear mentor and friend:
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants, for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
These key verses are certainly also relevant for Christian media communicators in a digital media age. We need to reflect on our own media ministries in view of these fundamental apostolic principles for sharing the Gospel.