November 18, 2017

Damaris Zehner: Outsourcing our Brains

Outsourcing our Brains By Damaris Zehner Recently I gave a test in one of my English classes.  Part of the test involved reading selections from five short pieces of literature and writing down the author and title to each.  All five pieces were ones we had spent time on in class, and I chose very […]

Memes won’t do

See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. • Matthew 10:16 • • • Christians are naive, maybe hopelessly naive. Failing to heed Jesus’ counsel to be wise as they traverse the minefields of the world, we end up playing and […]

The New, “Simpler” Way of Christmas Shopping

I can count on one hand the number of times I go “shopping” over the course of a year. Perhaps the following story will explain why. I’m apparently bad at it. Our latest shopping adventure — it started with talk about getting a new coffeemaker. The last few years, Gail and I have taken advantage […]

Gordon MacDonald on Lessons We Can Learn from Steve Jobs

The Soul of Steve Jobs What would it have taken to reach the Apple founder’s core? by Gordon MacDonald Leadership Journal, Winter 2012 * * * This week I am reading Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography, Steve Jobs. It’s like a car wreck on the interstate — I can’t turn my eyes away. The life of […]

More Connected and Never Lonelier?

“We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible. Over the past three decades, technology has delivered to us a world in which we need not be out of contact for a fraction of a moment. In 2010, at a cost of […]

The Staggering Demand for Pornography

UPDATE: Added paragraph at end of post to make my point stronger. • • • Though many people want to argue that technology is neutral and what matters is how people choose to use it, I have always thought this viewpoint naive. A simple overview of the history of pornography in my lifetime shows that […]

Kindle Counsel?

By Chaplain Mike Last week I received a thoughtful, unexpected gift — a Kindle reader! I haven’t done too much yet — read the quick-start guide, downloaded a couple of books, browsed through them a little bit, transferred previous purchases that I had read on my iPod Touch. The Kindle won’t replace my books, but […]

Major Megachurch Maniacal Missional Madness!

By Chaplain Mike Headline from Christianity Today: “Multi-Site Churches Go Interstate.” Subject: Megachurches are now expanding beyond their localities and regions to other cities and states. Example: “Pastor Mark Driscoll’s megachurch [Seattle, WA] recently announced plans to expand into Portland, Oregon, and Orange County, California, using multi-site campuses that feature live bands and a sermon […]

OK, I’m Blushing…

By Chaplain Mike Why does everything have to be an “issue” for Christians? Why do we feel the need to speak publicly about every matter under heaven? Why is so necessary to make it clear “where we stand” on everything? Can’t (shouldn’t) there be some things that we deal with quietly, privately, personally, face to […]

James 3:1 in the Age of Social Media

By Chaplain Mike At Christianity Today, the blogosphere blow-up over Rob Bell’s book prompted them to run a column today by John Dyer called, “Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers.” The title is taken from James 3:1, where James warns us, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that […]