The Table in my Home.

I had ground the coffee beans the night before in anticipation of an early Saturday morning reading a fine new book, Arthur Boer’s Living into Focus (my 7-year old is entertained that “the author is an Arthur.”) In the pre-dawn Saturday darkness, I heard a tiny voice (that can get quite loud) calling “Daddy” from…

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“Online Theology” vs. “Offline Theology”

I led a workshop over the weekend at the Christian New Media and Awards Conference in London.  My topic was “Online Theology”:  can we “do theology” online?  What are the advantages of doing theology via blogging and microblogging?  What are the limitations?  I also asked this: what sort of disciplines and skills should we embrace…

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Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Checking back in with Jason Byassee (pt. 1): Theology, Writing, Social Media & the Local Church

For our series on “Loving the Church” in all its grit, grime and glory, we had some exchanges with Jason Byassee.  Before accepting an appointment as Senior Minister at Boone United Methodist Church (North Carolina), Jason worked at Duke Divinity School, heading up their Center for Theology, Writing and Media.  Since a lot of our…

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Theological Thinking on Social Media…

In what may well be an unlikely turn of events in my fledgling writing career, I have been directing considerable energy toward media issues.  “Unlikely,” because I am not very tech-savvy.  “Unlikely,” because I have often been a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to social media.  And I should admit that I don’t…

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Twitter, Catalyst, and Taking our Cues (or, When our Social Media Talks to Us)

Twitter emailed me today.  There was apparently some concern in their home office that I was missing out since my tweet-sending and tweet-reading had registered low of late.  They gently nudged me in the email to get back into the game: “Don’t miss out. Stay up to date on what’s happening.” Graciously, they sent some…

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