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What would Joseph and Mary tweet?

Someone has an idea, and we’ll start to see it unfold this Christmas season:

Throughout Advent, Twitter users will be able to follow “Natwivity” and witness different figures from the world’s most famous story bash out 140-character updates each day.

The characters will include Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the three wise and King Herod.

twitter.jpgThe goal of the project, organized by design company Share Creative and the U.K.-based Evangelical Alliance, is to bring the 2,000-year-old story to social media platforms.


Organizers hope Twitter users will get a fresh insight into the thoughts and feelings of Bible characters – from Mary’s experience of riding a donkey through the night to the awe of the shepherds when they met their angelic host.

Huw Tyler, of Share Creative, says: “We want to tell the Christmas story, an amazingly exciting story in a way that is not only accessible, but is fun and relevant to today’s internet generation.” 

Daily accounts from the Natwivity characters can be read by logging onto or by visiting the project’s Facebook page at

The play will be suitable for people of all ages and begins on Dec. 1. It will run up until Christmas Day.

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posted October 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

Mary would tweet to not hold her up to a level beyond, simply, the mother of Jesus. to be honored, certainly. to be prayed to–definitely not. Jesus’s death ripped the veil asunder. you go directly to Abba–your Father, in Jesus name, to be heard and helped.i know. it’s a Qonderful life, in Christ. no humans needed to reach Him or His Father.

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posted October 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

…sorry-meant “it’s a Wonderful life”…but bet you figured this out yourself!

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posted October 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

“simply, the mother of Jesus. to be honored, certainly. to be prayed to–definitely not.
There is nothing “simply” about being the mother of Jesus. The Word became flesh in her and because of her “yes” to God. Without her cooperation, the Incarnation would not have taken place as we know it.
That is why she is honored in a special way.
She is “prayed to” only as an intercessor, not as God. Don’t we all ask people to “pray for us” when we could go directly to God? Even the waiters at the wedding feast of Cana went to her first when they could have gone directly to Jesus who alone could perform the miracle.

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posted October 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Why do people always start arguments on these kind of articles? 😛
I think this is a fabulous idea! Jesus was so good at being the kind of person others could relate to – tax collectors (liars and thieves) and prostitutes FLOCKED to Him! Somewhere along the way, the church has lost this character trait of Jesus. People don’t flock to churches or Christian people. They feel condemned and threatened! I think this project will help to make the gospel something that people can actually relate to and be DRAWN to, the way people were drawn to Jesus.

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posted October 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

What would Joseph and Mary tweet?
“It’s a Boy!”

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posted October 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Still need a room in an inn. This stable is a bit drafty.

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