God’s Grandeur in the Media Environment

Part six in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. At the beginning of Lent, we examined how time-saving technology often has the tendency to help us do more work in less time and then fill up our extra time with new kinds of work. I think we intuitively realize this and commit ourselves to media […]

McLuhan and Lent

This is a very special week for us. Here’s the tweet that started it all: Press Release: Introducing the new online journal, Second Nature http://t.co/90KXk629Jq #newmedia #christian #tech — SecondNature Journal (@SecondNatureJrn) April 1, 2013 We launched with five articles and a vision to become a place to encourage critical thinking about technology and new […]

On Noise and Meaning

Part four in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. This year, I gave up the radio for Lent. It’s not the first time I’ve given it up, but I always find it to be a beneficial experience. Like most Americans, I spend a decent amount of time in my car alone and most of […]

Facebook and the False Self

Part 3 of our Lenten reflections on technology and spirituality. I think it’s time for Christians to give up giving Facebook up for Lent. While I realize that the intention behind giving up Facebook–or any other digital social network–for Lent is good, I think that just deactivating or uninstalling Facebook for 40 days can be […]

Weapons of Self-Restraint

Part 2 in a series of Lenten reflections on technology and spirituality. On Ash Wednesday, we prayed this collect at the beginning of our church service: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed […]

Social Media, Lent, and Biotechnology

While many of us give up social media for Lent, social media kind of exploded with Lenten fervor last week for those of us who haven’t given it up. Churchmojo.com encouraged its followers to spread Lenten devotion around the web with the ashtag hashtag, and it took off. You can see their original post below, […]

Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday

Note: Nowadays, technology is one of the most popular objects of Lenten sacrifice. We’ll be posting a series of weekly reflections on technology and spiritual life on Wednesdays throughout Lent, examining our own use of technology. One of the biggest reasons why people fast from technology during Lent is that we’re often frivolous in the time […]

Reading List: Lent and Digital Mindfulness

It sneaks up on us every year, but Ash Wednesday is two days away and as we prepare for Lent, I know that many of us think about how we will adjust our technological habits to focus more on the spiritual journey of Lent and loosen our grasp on the business of everyday life and […]

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