Thank God for Texting

I do a lot of my pastoral check ups via various messaging apps. There are times when I feel guilty about that, but today is not one of those times.

I’m a Slacker

Over the Summer the crew from the Theotek podcast introduced me to Slack. It quickly became our go to means for collaboration, discussion, and generally being a nuisance to each other. In fact, I loved it so much I introduced it to the region team for The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, and in…

Accidental Pastoral Care

Sometimes I find it fascinating how my accidents turn out to be opportunities for connection. This morning I attempted to text a Brazillian pastor who has been attending Central the past several weeks. As it turns out, I accidentally deleted his cell number before I saved it into my contacts. In an odd circumstance, another…

Messaging Migration – Part II

Note: Yesterday I wrote about my messaging migration. This is part II of that post. Follow the link to see the rest of the story. As I wrote yesterday, I’ve long loved the idea of Internet Messaging. Real-time text communication over the Internet is a “killer app.” The tools I’ve used to send messages, however,…

Messaging Migration – Part I

Back in the ancient days of dial-up internet 1 I went out and picked up my first modem, a 14400 baud “winmodem.” I didn’t have the cash to “splurge” on the then-dominant 28800 speed. Inside the modem box were several trials for internet services so, of course, I took a trial run on AOL Online…

Rule of communication

I want to take a brief pause in my “styles” series to share some thought on how/when I choose to communicate. I'd love to hear your own thoughts in the comments! I'm calling this a “rule,” in that it helps to order my electronic communication life. Phone Calls I am well-known for my general aversion…