In Defense of Social Media

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To dismiss the online world as a repository for irrelevant banter by narcissistic blowhards who are ignoring their families is both inaccurate and unfair to those for whom social media enables valuable, life-giving work. [Read more...]

When a Viral Blog Post Doesn’t Change Much of Anything

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Being a writer is primarily about writing—not about following some social media guru’s five-step system for getting the most attention for each blog post, or about keywords and SEO. [Read more...]

20 Minutes on Facebook

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It occurs to me that nothing is simple—no matter how pithy or clever or heartfelt our words about it. In forums like Facebook, we speak as if all sorts of things, all the –isms and how to be present to our families and connected-but-not-too-much and our reaction to injustices occurring half a world away, are simple. [Read more...]

How Screens are NOT Ruining My Family’s Life (& Maybe Even Making It Better)

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This headline from the Huffington Post: “8 Ways Screens are Ruining Your Family’s Life.” Ah, nothing like a good dose of hyperbolic hysteria to get an audience riled up! You, with the TVs and laptops and smartphones: Betcha didn’t know you were ruining your family’s life, did you? This is a popular bandwagon to climb [Read More...]

A Christian Argument for Stronger Gun Laws

Jesus was crystal clear on the question of whether violence is an acceptable response to violence, on whether arming ourselves with fists or swords or guns is the way to protect ourselves from fists and swords and guns. [Read more...]

Lonely People in Basements with Guns (& Why They Matter Too)

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From all the fraught conversations I witnessed or participated in after the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012, I keep recalling one line: I wish these guys [mentally unstable people with guns] would go back to shooting themselves in basements, instead of taking a bunch of other people with them. The shooting at Sandy [Read More...]

Should We All Give Up Reading the Comments Section…Forever?

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Two of my friends, both of whom are writers with plenty of experience in the comment section trenches, have given up reading comments for Lent. Another friend with years of writing/blogging experience ended an email offering me some advice on a sticky professional situation with this nugget: Do your best not to read comments. Not [Read More...]

It Is Enough: A Christian Social Media Campaign Around Gun Violence

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I’m pleased to announce a new initiative, coordinated by me and pastor/writer/blogger Katherine Willis Pershey, to provide a consistent Christian voice addressing gun violence and the need for more effective gun laws. Conversing via Facebook in the days following the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, 2012, Katherine and I became convinced of the need [Read More...]


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