From the Garden to the City – Week 3, Reflection

Note: Two weeks ago I had a massive project to finish for my denomination’s annual meeting – because of this, I’ve lost time to read, much less write. I’m slowly getting back to a decent equilibrium, but it’s taking time. I must demand that people stagger their “start-up” events so that September ceases to be…

From the Garden to the City: Imagination

Note: If you’re interested in checking out From the Garden to the City before you buy the book – you can help unlock chapters by clicking here. When the assignments came out for this blog tour I have to confess that I saw my name next to “imagination” and did a little jig. As you…

From the Garden to the City – Perspective

Note: Click here to follow the rest of the blog tour on this chapter. John opens up chapter 1 by dealing with a truth that most of us fail to realize – we are all heavy technology users. HE illustrates his own discovery of this truth through a story of his time as a youth…

Technology used well

The Chief of the Suri tribe, located in Brazil, has taken a fascinating tack on how to preserve his people’s way of life. He’s using Google Earth. The Suri only made first contact with outsiders in 1969, and have struggled mightily since through violence, disease, and illegal encroachments on their land. In response, Chief Almir…

Keeping In Touch

I’m sitting outside enjoying an absolutely beautiful Spring day (and a day off). I am sitting on our swing as I write this, and had briefly considered bringing out our “landline” (it’s actually VOIP). I decided against it, but it got me thinking about the ways I keep in contact with people. As best as…

How far we’ve come

I saw this video in my Zite feed today. I showed my son the “state of the art” cellular phone at the time if this video, and then held up my iPhone. He just stared at me. Mobile technology has advanced at an insane rate over the last 30 years. What have our congregations done…