Donald Miller and the Myth of Isolated Worship

So, Donald Miller wrote an article about why he doesn’t go to church much. You can read it here. I was surprised by how much I didn't agree with it, given the way his earlier works blessed me when I was in college (especially some of the moving things he has written about needing community). In essence, for this article Miller took some of the worst cliches and cultural trends of American life that contribute to our consumeristic view of church and handily bundled them all together in one art … [Read more...]

The Simple Life Isn’t So Simple, Really

Almost weekly something new pops up with tips and tricks to help simplify life. A quick Internet search of "simplify your life" will yield article after article full of clues—some easy, on the surface (i.e., less clutter in your home) to more challenging, in depth (i.e, quit your anger). I subscribe to a number of magazines, Real Simple being one of them, that features at least one article a month covering this very topic. Whether it be simplifying your office space, your closet, or your daily ca … [Read more...]

Science Explains Why We Love to Suffer on Black Friday

I've only gone out on Black Friday -- the massive shopping "holiday" that takes place on the day after Thanksgiving -- once. It was shortly after I got married. My wife and I went to the local Kohl's, found some items we liked with reduced prices. We never purchased those items, because we decided we had better things to do with our Friday than wait in a line that wrapped all the way around the store's interior. We put the items back and left.However, there are plenty of people who are … [Read more...]

Did Apple Really Just Screw Over iPad Owners?

Earlier this week, Apple held an event during which they announced several new and updated products, including a smaller iPad, thinner and sleeker iMacs, and a new high-end laptop. Needless to say, these announcements got plenty of people excited, including yours truly, as the months -- and even years -- of anticipation, rumors, and analysis come to a head and revealed a slew of lovely new products.But as Buzzfeed reports, there were some people who were disappointed, even angered by Apple's … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: The Price is Right! Right?

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.Math isn’t my thing. That’s because numbers don’t make sense to my word-wired brain. So when it comes to making purchase decisions, I am drawn to sale signs (lower prices listed right there, before my very eyes) and what I think I should have to pay for an item (like an automated spending matrix built into my brain). It’s not mathematically sound. But this is how I’ve gotten through … [Read more...]