Review: “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

Looking for a harrowing stocking stuffer that adds complexity to the illegal immigration debate, highlights addiction and poverty, and might even cause nightmares? Yeah, probably not. But, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (Random House, 2006) is a fine book worth reading. About ten years ago, […]

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5 Ways New Media Has Changed the Way I Think (and Write)

5) Lists get hits. Opine all you like about our short attention span and the decline of critical thinking, but there’s something about a top five or top ten list that entices people to read. So, I sometimes write posts with lists (like this one). But hey, it’s not just a new media thing: God […]

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Signs That the End Is Near, Mark 13:1-8

A commentary of mine went up this week on Mark 13:1-8, Sunday’s gospel lectionary text. The piece is for the Odyssey Networks ON Scripture series — they do great work! It post appears at ON Scripture, Huffington Post, and Day1.org (talk about multi-platform publishing, Odyssey Networks). A teaser sentence is below. For the full piece, visit the other […]

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Young Adult Volunteers Rock!

I’m happy to join others in the PC(USA) in YAV social media blitz week. The Young Adult Volunteer program is a gem, so it’s great to see the denomination committed to making the program bigger and stronger in the coming years. Read the YAV description below, and also check out Thomas Guthrie’s inspiring sermon preached […]

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Election Day Communion & the Sacrament of Voting

Partisan politics separates us; Christ’s table unites us. Divisions into red and blue, voter blocs and turn-out machines cheapens us; the Lord’s Supper strengthens us. Yard signs, social media fights, and bumper stickers reduce us; in the bread and the wine Christ’s love is multiplied beyond our understanding.

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Inspiration pinned: The rise of spiritual quotes on Pinterest

Rather than demeaning the shallow nature of most spiritual/religious Pinterest quotes, faith leaders should take a gander and try to discern what is going on with users beneath their clicks, pins, and likes. In fact, we might even start a trend ourselves. Here’s a few of my own, ready to be made sharable and rendered in fancy font: “The Spirit moves in mysterious ways…even online.”

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7 Election Issues I Care About That Aren’t Talked About

Bruce Reyes Chow is asking, as part of Patheos’ Election 2012 coverage, “What Presbyterians Should Care About” this election. Here’s my answer: I have a particular interest in the issues we aren’t talking about this election season. I can’t be totally sure this is due to my faith rather than my penchant for debate. Either […]

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On Evangelizing Nones, Vagina-gate, & Christian Bullies

Last week, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study, “’Nones’ on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation.” This week, two related articles caught my eye. Ready for some unsupported, but perhaps helpful, connecting the dots? Here we go. For the full Pew study go here, but the stats should […]

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New Media Project: “The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media”

It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media.” I’ve posted an excerpt below: The old rugged hymnal: New songs and […]

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