What the Church Needs to Learn from U2

u2-songs of innocence

I woke up this morning with an email from U2 announcing that they are giving away copies of their new studio album to every iTunes user—that’s half a billion people in 119 countries. The album doesn’t go on sale in digital or physical form for another month. And while this is heavily subsidized by Apple […]

Random Social Media Analogy


I have no idea why I thought of this, but here it is. (I think it must have been reflecting on the use of Twitter at recent conferences.) When I was in college I drove a big honkin’ pickup truck. It fit my Texas lifestyle. (I still kinda miss that truck.) It was about a […]

Ministry 2.0

Ministry 2.0

Over the weekend I had the privilege of organizing a panel discussion on social media and ministry at the Presbytery of Chicago’s LEAD event . Here is the description of our workshop: Ministry 2.0 How can tools like Facebook and Twitter be used for pastoral care, gospel witness, and relationship building? How must our paradigms […]

What #nbcfail Says About Digital Culture


Earlier this summer I took a great DMin class called The Gospel and Global Media Cultures. One of my favorite books from the course was Elizabeth Drescher’s Tweet If You ❤ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation. What I especially appreciate is Drescher’s analysis of social media from a cultural perspective. She notes that […]

Social Media Catechesis?

Image by Daniel Iversen

Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook is thinking about lowering their minimum age so that kids under the age of 13 can join the social network, with parental supervision. Many people think this is a bad idea, and some have even suggested that the age requirement should be raised. As someone who works […]