Category Archives: readings reflections

Prayer

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been talking about prayer with two different Bible study groups. Here, in this post, I’m going to share what I taught and learned. I admit, all of what I share here has already been posted on my parish’s blog. But I’m sharing it here as well: We start with …

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reflection

I never cease to be amazed at how much good God can do in our lives. Even when our circumstances don’t change, our hearts can be filled with hope, peace, joy – the light that comes only from God. The light comes into the darkness, but we often have to be willing to open our …

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Peace

I read a lot of blogs. Some I pay close attention to while others I simply skim. But a few of the blogs have mentioned something called “One Word 365.” This is a phenomenon where you spend the entire year focused upon (wait for it…) one word. Pick a word and focus on it for …

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rock reflections

for my sermon this morning (and for this coming wednesday), i preached about rocks. the gospel text is matt 16, where simon peter confesses that Jesus is the messiah, and then Jesus calls him the “rock” aka petros aka peter… here are some thoughts about rocks: I’m not a person who really knows a lot …

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who owns/controls what in the world?

the current topic of discussion in our course is copyright. this is a topic that i’ve struggled to fully understand the complexities of being able to know what is copyrighted, who owns the copyright, who benefits from the copyright, what is fair use, and (just added to my list this semester) what is creative commons …

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livin in a digital world

this semester has been enlightening and sometimes depressing to think about how connected i am to the digital world. last week i read the no-nonsense guide to digitization and was reminded that the world of digital technology has taken off quickly. look at the world of e-books: what used to be scanned pages of pre-existing …

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who reads what?

or perhaps, i should be asking, “who uses what website?” which is the question that danah boyd is asking (i looked at her website and saw an impressive list of essays that try to understand who is using what social media sites). for my course on ministry in media, we were required to read an …

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worship expectations

when i was reading scharen’s chapter, i was immediately struck by how amazing music could be transcendent. often we find ourselves having a moment where we feel closer to God, but this may or may not happen during worship. we are comfortable talking about spirit words in relation to talented musicians (inspired or soulful are …

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communication and theology

one of the most remarkable pieces of my life right now is the fact that i’m free to spend all my time immersed in theology. i can choose to spend all my time communicating with God (and hopefully this will be a two-way street). i can take time. in our course reading, i was captivated …

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social technology

tonight, as i sat in worship with my fellow seniors after receiving my assignment to region 3, i wondered how people years ago would hear about their draft picks and notify others, which i’m assuming is one at a time since it was not always possible to send out mass emails or texts. because after …

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