These are troubled times, but our faith and our traditions have prepared us for this work. This is the time to believe – and live into – our message.
I have been increasingly alarmed by the dehumanizing tendencies of new technologies – communication at the speed of instinctive reaction. I needed a slow practice, and handwritten letters felt perfectly inefficient and appropriate.
If we listen carefully to how children ask their questions of God and church, we clergy, parents and other adults might discover ways to “speak Christian” plainly.
What if preachers quit trying to be clever or to control outcomes and instead simply led with sincere vulnerability? It would require trusting the congregation to receive you with kindness and, for your part, a self-compassion for your own tenderness.
The way we have built our digital world has encoded this fracturing principle (sin) within the emerging technological system itself. Our connected technologies threaten our primal, sacred bonds. We are hyper-connected and still so lonely.
The social media space is a dangerous world leveraged by hidden agendas and powerful systems. Your spiritual health is pretty far down on the list of their priorities.
Connected Technology is addictive. It is rewiring our brains, and it is built for its own insatiable hunger. We coded this connected system with our deepest sins, then set it loose to expand until it devours massive amounts of time – and life.
I Preached With a Screen So You Don’t Have To I hate being scared of things for the wrong reasons, but this was one of those times. I don’t normally use a screen when I preach. In fact, even though…
When I make a work, I often take it to the very edge of its collapse. — Andy Goldsworthy Churches are fragile things. Not the buildings, of course. We build those out of sturdy material. Heavy stone and thick timber…