A couple of years ago I was introduced to the work of John Roberto and his organization Lifelong Faith Associates. One of his projects is 21st Century Faith Formation and recently I have been recommending the first chapter of his book Faith Formation 2020 as an accessible and helpful introduction to … Read more about Do What Matters with Vibrant Faith
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 … Read more about What the Church Needs to Learn from U2
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 10 hour drive between … Read more about Random Social Media Analogy
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 … Read more about Ministry 2.0
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 … Read more about What #nbcfail Says About Digital Culture
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 … Read more about Social Media Catechesis?
Okay, so this four years old now, but I've never seen it before. (Even in a media saturated world, you can't see everything, right?) We watched it this evening in my DMin class on The Gospel and Global Media Cultures. It's almost an hour long, but totally worth watching. Not only will this help … Read more about Anthropology of YouTube
I'm back at McCormick Theological Seminary this week for another elective course in my Doctor of Ministry program. This week it is a fascinating class called The Gospel and Global Media Cultures, taught by Mary Hess from Luther Seminary. Essentially, it is a course about the intersection of … Read more about Blogging About the Gospel and Global Media Cultures