For Millennials Are iPhones the New Ford Pickups?

Reflecting on a recent article in The Atlantic, “The Cheapest Generation” by Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann, I ponder the Millennial Generation’s move away from owning cars and towards buying tech gadgets such as iPhones. Does owning a car instill certain positive traits that you can’t Google on a smartphone?

In praise of Fargo, new media, love & equality

Here’s a heartwarming story of collective action, love, and social media savvy, all set in my lovely Fargo/Moorhead. Call it David vs. Goliath. Call it new media vs. old media. Call it young adults vs. not so young anymore. Whatever the name, it’s a good story. On Monday, the Fargo Forum newspaper opted to reject […]

On Apple Stores & Congregational Welcome

Apple is not God, but the company pretty darn good at creation (design), evangelism (marketing), and worship (sales). Author Carmine Gallo who devoted a year to researching the Apple store experience writes that, by design, all laptop screens in the stores are tilted to 70 degrees. Why? So customers have to adjust them. The angle […]

“Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible,” A Review

Though doing so makes me a bit bashful as I’m featured in it, I would like to review Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible by Elizabeth Drescher and Keith Anderson (both Twitter and Facebook friends whom I’ve never met in real life. Yet.) In short: it’s a darn good book. Unless you have a […]

Ready. Set. Speak! & Relax

It was late and one chair sat empty when I got an uneasy feeling in my stomach. Looking at the panelists seated up front, I knew the speaker from the Jewish tradition, the Islamist, and the Buddhist were present. By process of elimination, I figured the other two occupying their chairs were the Hindu and […]

Mark Vitalis Hoffman on technology and the body of Christ

My day has arrived to be featured on the Religion and Media Blog Tour 2012 with Professor Mark Vitalis Hoffman (website, blog), Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. (More information and a listing of all the tour stops here.) In August, LTSG, in partnership with Luther Seminary, will launch of […]

Pastors on Facebook…twice?!

Over the past few weeks I’ve interviewed 11 pastors (well, that includes a few “church leaders” who aren’t technically “pastors”) for a paper I’m writing on pastors who use multiple Facebook accounts — one account for professional purposes and another (often more hidden account) for personal purposes. I’m still compiling my research and making it […]

Blog Tour on Religion and Media

Today marks the start of a Blog Tour on Religion and Media organized by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The tour on Religion and Media will run April 30 – May 11 and is intended “to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with bloggers and their readers on issues related to religion and media.” This […]

Review: “Religion, Media, and Culture: A Reader” eds Lynch & Mitchell

This post is part of my Independent Study in Religious Communication and Digital Life at the University of North Dakota. See a description of the course here, a review other books here, here, and here. Edited by three British academics, “Religion, Media, and Culture: A Reader” serves as a helpful overview of many issues demanding […]