October 29, 2020

Online Communion?

Online Communion? The Covid-19 pandemic has forced local congregations online. Some of you watched my humble attempt to provide a bit of encouragement to my own little church by providing prayers, scripture, preaching, and songs from the sanctuary to folks stuck at home via YouTube (see Sunday’s post). All well and good, as far as […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Is This the “Better World” You Were Talking About?

Note from CM: A piece by Michael from 2009. Some of the cultural references are dated, but in the light of yesterday’s post and discussion, I thought it might be a good reminder that we here at IM have always seen the online life as something which needs constant monitoring because it incessantly challenges our […]

Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook I made a decision today that’s been a long time coming. I’m quitting Facebook. It was not an easy decision, hence my hesitation and delay over the past couple of years. But last week the balance tipped, the straw broke the camel’s back, and I arrived at the end of my rope when […]

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 […]