digital minimalism

According to Common Sense Media, around half of American teenagers feel addicted to their mobile devices. About 28% of teens feel their parents are addicted to their mobile devices. According to Adam Alter's book Irresistible, there were 280 million smartphone addicts worldwide in 2015. That would amount to the fourth most populous country in the world. Alter … Continue reading digital minimalism

#holocaust

Before reading any further, I need you to do the following... Go to Instagram. Type "Berlin Holocaust Memorial" in the search bar. Find some cords and make yourself a whip. Most of us know the story of Jesus driving the money-changers out of the Temple. The money-changers were grifters. They were officially sanctioned scam-artists ripping … Continue reading #holocaust

silicon valley’s frankensteins

There is a critical scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that has Frankenstein's monster hiding in a hovel adjoining an out-of-the-way cottage. A hovel is an appropriately chosen abode for the monster. The image of a hovel brings to mind a solitary and wretched existence. "Wretch" is a favorite word of Shelley's. She uses it 38 … Continue reading silicon valley’s frankensteins

how did we get here?

On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?

raising igen

This week I did a webinar for Ozark Christian College titled "raising iGen." As the father of two, young iGen'ers and as a professor who teaches at a school now filled not with Millennials (ew...old people), but with iGen'ers, I've become very interested in understanding how to best communicate with and minister to this new … Continue reading raising igen

first church of the technopolis

I took a few days before writing this post because 1) whatever-I'm-busy-you-don't-know-my-life and 2) because I didn't want to be just another blogger-dude™ dunking on Judah Smith. I wanted to have something more interesting to say other than "Judah Smith is a more upbeat Rob Bell with weirder classes and cooler friends."** **Relax. It's a … Continue reading first church of the technopolis

there are no coincidences, only algorithms

One of the things that I'm fascinated by is how technology is changing the way that we think and the way that we process the circumstances of our lives. Even using a word like "process" - a term tied to computers - instead of a word like "interpret" demonstrates just how much we have come … Continue reading there are no coincidences, only algorithms