Everything is Art
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Everything is Art

Every week, I ask our church community what’s helping them get through the pandemic. As a minister, the answers I receive sometimes smack of that old joke from Sunday school where every answer is “Jesus!” no matter what the kids might first think. And, honestly, that answer is correct. For every Christian (I hope), Jesus…

Losing Perspective
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Losing Perspective

To paraphrase Luke Skywalker: “Amazing: every word of what I wrote there . . . was wrong.” Looking around at social media just five years later, there’s more division, more arguing, more yelling than ever before. People are not breaking down walls, they’re reinforcing them. Isolating themselves in echo chambers where the only ideas they encounter are the ones they agree with and where every voice is a familiar and reassuring one.

My iPhone made me do it!
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My iPhone made me do it!

I believe most of us sense that technology is impacting our lives, but often we do not completely understand how. It seems like technology is generally helpful, allowing us to do more things more quickly. Nevertheless, we might hesitate to declare it GOOD in a Genesis sort of way. In fact, technology feels like an intruder at times, distracting us from what is important and turning our priorities upside down.

Down Periscope
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Down Periscope

First, there was YouTube, where people could watch pre-recorded movies and video clips on their computers. Then came Facebook, making it possible to reach out to friends and family and share pictures, status updates and links. Then Twitter – a way to quickly share short texts and links with a wide audience.