Plasticity and Imagination

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The understanding of the brain’s activity conveyed by popular scientific writing misses much of the continuum of thought and consciousness. We are fascinated at the supposed correspondence of anatomy to function shown in the images of radioactive glucose uptake. We are astonished at the ability of a handicapped woman’s brain driven to interact with an […]

The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World

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Our technological advancements have one trajectory: up. Up the corporate ladder, up in social status, up and away from our surroundings, our physical demands, from the bore of the everyday. We are headed up, yet the happiest people in the world are the Danes sitting down to have dinner. Editor’s note: The following is an […]

Neil Postman and the Judeo-Christian Worldview

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On October 5, 2003 Neil Postman, mass media and cultural critic, my former professor and friend, died. Postman was a Professor at New York University for more than 40 years where he also held positions as the Paulette Goddard Chair of Media Ecology and Chair of the Department of Culture and Communication. He wrote over […]

Is Contraception Christian?

Is Contraception a Christian Technology?

There’s no doubt that birth control is being discussed more now than since the Pill was released in the 60s. However, in Christian circles the question of contraception has tended to center around the ends of family planning: is it permissible for Christians to plan how many children to have, or should we simply let […]

The Screwtape Letters Continued: Technological Progress

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My Dear Wormwood: We have succeeded in convincing the vermin that technological progress is the same as moral progress. Our old enemy, that Oxford don, even gave it a name: “chronological snobbery”—or, what is new is good, since it is more “advanced,” “modern,” “up to date,” and so on.  But that old character, who coined […]

The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons

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By imminent decline of contemporary worship music, I do not mean imminent disappearance. Commercial forces have too substantial an interest to permit contemporary worship music to disappear entirely; and human beings are creatures of habit who do not adapt to change quickly. I do not predict, therefore, a disappearance of contemporary worship music, sooner or later. […]

The Word Without Flesh: An Ethical Evaluation of Digital Media in Multi-Site Worship

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It is not news to anyone that digital media use is a prominent characteristic of 21st century living. It is also not news to anyone that the American church is regrettably quick to fall in line with cultural whims (being all things to all people while remaining in the world but not of it is […]

Are TED Talks the New Sermon?

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The digital age is invading our society like the army of locusts in Joel’s ambiguous prophecy (Joel 2:1-17). We have been ushered into a world of bits, bytes, data, and meta-data. Our interpersonal interactions are changing, our businesses are changing, and even the wiring of our brain is changing (Carr, Jackson, Brynjolfsson). “Media is now […]

Screwtape Writes Again: The Luciferian Laptop

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My Dear Wormwood: Your new charge is a seminary student, a young man of twenty-eight years of age, with plenty of idealism, but little experience or knowledge of the Bible or of his own soul. Make note of that! You know how our Father Below loves ignorance and reckless enthusiasm. The propaganda on the other […]

Girl with a Gadget

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s A Young Girl Reading (1776) resides in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and is perhaps one of the most familiar paintings of a girl reading coming to us from the eighteenth century. When it was painted America was in revolt and France was on the verge of doing so. Despite […]

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