A Wild God

Barbara Ehrenreich (an atheist and a journalist) recently published a book called Living with a Wild God, in which she probes and explores an experience she had that she couldn’t quite explain: In May of 1959, Barbara Ehrenreich was taken into the mountains in Northern California by a boy looking for dynamite. They spent the night [Read More...]

Technology Bits: Social Media Curation through Milq and a Mayor Uses Instagram

Technology Bits

Social Media Curation through Milq Overwhelmed by the disarray of social media? Looking for some way to make sense of the mess? Help may be on the way. Ben Sisario of the New York Times reports on the beta release of Milq: How can users separate the essential content from the utterly disposable? How can [Read More...]

Debunking the 10,000 Hour Rule

Chances are you’ve heard about the “10,000 hour rule,” popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, which posits that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master something – for instance, playing an instrument or playing a sport. But now, one psychologist is claiming this isn’t true after all – it’s more complicated: The “10,000-hour rule” — [Read More...]

Pope Declares John and John Paul to Be Saints . . . God Declares You to Be a Saint

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Today, Pope Francis did something exceptional, declaring two former popes to be saints. Now, Pope John XXIII is Saint John XXIII and Pope John Paul II is Saint John Paul II. This is making headlines, both because the canonization of any human being is notable and because pundits are trying to outdo each other in [Read More...]

Microsoft VP Announces the End of the PC

As Microsoft completed its purchase of Nokia Devices and Services, Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO and now executive vice president of the Devices Group at Microsoft, weighed in on the end of the PC: “The vast majority of people do not have, nor will they ever have a personal computer,” Elop said. “They haven’t been [Read More...]

The Homeless Jesus Statue

A statue of a “homeless Jesus” recently caused a bit of ruckus near the town of Davidson, North Carolina. The story was picked up by NPR: The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an [Read More...]

Vocations from the Vision to the Gallery

I always perk up when I see the word “vocation” in an unexpected place, and it popped up in the New York Times recently, in a piece about what an art curator does. So if you’ve ever been interested in that question, read on: How did you decide to become a curator? I loved art, but [Read More...]

Stewardship of Creation

Over at The High Calling, Christine Scheller recently interviewed Ari Handel, the co-writer of Noah, about the film: One way to think about this is, in Genesis, mankind is given dominion and then mankind is asked to have stewardship. I think that is pretty much reflective of where we are today. It’s undeniable that we have [Read More...]

Information and Contemplation – Teaching Students How to Unplug

Do we need to teach college students how to unplug? Is this a good use of their educational time, not to mention tuition money? David Levy, a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington says “Yes,” according to a recent article in USA Today. In “Prof tackles tech distractions one student at [Read More...]

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

To match the Good Friday poem, one of my favorites. Descending Theology: The Resurrection By Mary Karr From the far star points of his pinned extremities, cold inched in—black ice and squid ink— till the hung flesh was empty. Lonely in that void even for pain, he missed his splintered feet, the human stare buried [Read More...]

The Cross and our Work: A Meditation for Good Friday

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Today is Good Friday, the day Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross and its meaning. Usually, on this day, I find a quiet place to read one of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion, a place where I can focus, reflect, and pray. But, today I find myself in a very different [Read More...]

Descending Theology: The Crucifixion

A poem for this day. Descending Theology: The Crucifixion By Mary Karr  To be crucified is first to lie down on a shaved tree, and then to have oafs stretch you out on a crossbar as if for flight, then thick spikes fix you into place. Once the cross pops up and the pole stob [Read More...]

Confessions of a Christian Film Critic

I’m a Christian and a film critic, so I found myself nodding along the whole way through Ann Hornaday’s “Confessions of a Christian Film Critic” over at the Washington Post: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” It may [Read More...]

Contemplating the Passion

Over at The High Calling, Gordon Atkinson provides some help for those who are looking for aid in contemplating the passion of Christ: If you have been a Christian for many years and are familiar with the story, you are at a great disadvantage. Try to forget that you already know every detail of what [Read More...]

A Seersucker Manifesto

Seersucker: the fabric of summer (and summer is coming!). The Curator recently republished a tongue-in-cheek reflection on seersucker and irony and a few other things: More than anything, to wear seersucker well you have to believe in it — own it 100%. No hesitation; no waffling; no backpedaling. If you walk into an H&M, see a seersucker [Read More...]

What Do You Think About an e-Passover?

Reflecting on Technology

I read a fascinating piece in the New York Times this morning: A Question for Seder: What Role for Screens? by Jennifer Medina. This raises all sorts of questions about the use of technology in the exercise of faith. Here’s the set up: For many Jewish families, this Passover night will indeed be different from [Read More...]


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