Networked Individualism and Belonging to God

How does a new book on “networked individualism” call the church to reconsider our notions of belonging, particularly our practice of belonging to discrete local congregations?

Culture Watch: Marrying Young, Marrying Smart

The Internet has been abuzz this week with several pieces on marriage, young adulthood, and culture. These things are hard to track, but it all started (maybe) when Susan Patton published a letter in The Daily Princetonian titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.” Agree or disagree with her, Patton’s piece has proved to have major legs. So Christians, so pastors, what’s our wise, faithful, hopeful response?

The HRC Red Equals Sign: Share & Tell

When it comes to politics and faith, Facebook better allows for simple sharing than complex reasoning. If support of marriage equality is important to you, have a real live face-to-face conversation about it with someone of a different viewpoint.

IS: Religious Communication and Digital Life

Since I have so much time on my hands, I’m taking an Independent Study this semester: Religious Communication & Digital Life. This will count as credit towards a MA in Communication at the Univ. of North Dakota, but mainly help deepen my understanding of the field of religious comm, particularly as it concerns cyberculture studies, […]

Bookstore Confession

I bought a book, then 5 minutes later found an identical cheaper one online using my smartphone, so I returned it. Was this wrong? I recently found myself at Barnes and Noble with quite the conundrum. The parking lot was crazy busy. The Nook booths up front were heaving with rabid present-seekers. The coffee shop […]

What? You don’t have a TV! (part 3)

[For previous installments of this series, see Part 1, and Part 2] The amount of time Americans spend watching TV has gone up in recent years. Studies differ, but it’s usually estimated we watch on average nearly three hours of TV a day. Since I don’t have a TV, what do I do with my time? […]

A few good plugs

I’m happy to announce three cool things on A Wee Blether today. Yes. Count them: one, two, three! The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent magazine reporting on issues of interest to the PC(USA), is looking for two new part-time employees. And yes, you can even work from the comfort of your own home! I know I’m […]

Three awesome tech tools that changed my life

Prezi — I recently learned about a newish presentation web-based program called Prezi.  Move over PowerPoint–Prezi will soon be king.  Well, not likely, but it’s awesome.  Posted below is an example for a presentation I’m giving today on Technology and the Church for a group of Lutheran pastors in the area.  It’s my first using […]

On not obacerating myself

Whew, my stint at a regular blogger for the CENTURY Blog has come to a (regularly scheduled) end. It was lovely, but by the final days of the two+ month partnership I did feel my blethering had become too churchy and pastor-focused. Come January, I’ll begin a different but related stint with another great organization […]