Desperate for Nothing

If we were asked if we desire the world's attention, most of us would probably say, "no." However, there are often little things we do to betray that answer. There is a hunger for notoriety that seems to plague us all from time to time. Even as Christians, who know God and enjoy him, we still often think … Continue reading Desperate for Nothing

Smartphones and Fallen Natures

Have our smartphones made us better people? Back in the 90s, the power of the computer age was still in its infancy. For example, if you wanted to watch something, you only had so many options. You were held captive to the schedules of the major broadcasting networks and cable companies. Sure, you could pop a tape into the VCR, but … Continue reading Smartphones and Fallen Natures

Distracting Ourselves to Death

It started mid-morning when the routine of the day felt lifeless. Without thinking, I opened the browser, typed "Fa," and autofill did the rest sending me directly to Facebook. After an unknown amount of time, looking at vapidly entertaining content, I jumped over to Twitter, and it was more of the same. I checked to see what was … Continue reading Distracting Ourselves to Death

Social Commentary Blows Away with the Wind

I am growing more convicted that much of what Christian writers, myself included, spend time writing about will not stand the test of time. Christians need to know what is going on in the world, and Christians need to speak the truth into these issues. We need to understand how the world thinks and how … Continue reading Social Commentary Blows Away with the Wind

The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

https://open.spotify.com/episode/444hJGzBmbZnjSGbEC2ZZu?si=LbDGuS7iTlaElxa8P8AIMw I am concerned that our increase in virtual activity is affecting us more than we realize. There is a theology of place that needs to be considered. I hesitate to use that phrase because it is often used by those who claim to be Christians but deny the faith's core doctrines—those who try to … Continue reading The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

Where Does Social Media Fall on the Cultural Spectrum?

If high culture is like a gourmet meal, folk culture like a homecooked dinner, and pop culture is like fast food, what is social media? We live in a culture that is quick to accept something simply because it is popular. Today, cultural expressions are often considered classics simply because millions of people like it, … Continue reading Where Does Social Media Fall on the Cultural Spectrum?

Steve Taylor Takes on Social Media with His Song, Rubberneck

If you have spent any time on this site, you will know that social media is a regular topic of discussion. There are some benefits to some of these platforms that keep me connected on a limited basis, but, not to put too fine a point on it, most of the social media experience is … Continue reading Steve Taylor Takes on Social Media with His Song, Rubberneck

Avoiding Misinformation on Social Media

Whether we realize it or not, we have all been misled on social media. These platforms serve us a steady diet of fake news, misleading content, and deep fakes, but where we are most susceptible is not where we would expect it. It is not the posts from people we consider opponents to our views … Continue reading Avoiding Misinformation on Social Media

Social Media is Rarely a Healthy Alternative to Fake News

I am often amazed by what people who decry fake news post on their social media feed. Often they complain about fake news with one breath and post more of it to their pages with the next. I get it; there is a lot of fake news out there. Mainstream media is not the bastion … Continue reading Social Media is Rarely a Healthy Alternative to Fake News

Social Media and Isolation: A Toxic Combination

Chances are you feel less safe today than you did four months ago, and it has little to do with COVID-19. If you have been spending most of your time at home with little interaction with people you do not know, and have been spending significant amounts of time on social media, you probably have … Continue reading Social Media and Isolation: A Toxic Combination