I have been blogging over the past week on an article by Jonathan Haidt on how social media has rewired our brains over the last 10 years. What has been lost is nuance and the ability to live in the nuance in the power of the gospel. This video is a powerful example of notContinue reading “We have to stand up”
Part 1Part 2 “… Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a few other large platforms unwittingly dissolved the mortar of trust, belief in institutions, and shared stories that had held a large and diverse secular democracy together. ” — Jonathan Haidt
Part 1 is HERE. I want to walk through Jonathan Haidt’s article because it is worth breaking down and considering. BONUS: Haidt gives possible solutions for discussion, which is a highlight of his writing. What social media created any 2012 were new algorithms to play UP posts that would create hate and animosity. The goalContinue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 2”
In February 2012, as he prepared to take Facebook public, Mark Zuckerberg reflected on those extraordinary times and set forth his plans. “Today, our society has reached another tipping point,” he wrote in a letter to investors. Facebook hoped “to rewire the way people spread and consume information.” By giving them “the power to share,”Continue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us”
Two stories I ran across that speak to heartache and grief I carry. One is about the deepening issue of Christian nationalism. I had called it culturalized Christianity years ago, and things are only worse.
I’ve learned vocabulary during the time of COVID. Variant. I’ve re-learned the Greek alphabet. Delta. Omicron.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way. It’s been a year since the election and among evangelicals… little has changed. I know, big reveal! Thank you, Captain Obvious! But, here are the stats to back it up. And, of course, it was worse the second time around (from 2016 to 2020): Some evangelicalsContinue reading “Thoughts on Deconstruction, Reconstruction, and Staying the Same”
Healing is not accidental. It is not coincidental. Healing in our lives, our thinking, etc., is intentional. It is a process. This is the journey I have been on and the journey I will be on for the rest of my life. (I almost typed “God willing”, but I know it is God’s will.)
We were right to be angry at the great wrongs of 9/11, but at some point, rehearsing that anger year after year doesn’t move us toward justice, love, or the forgiveness Jesus commands of his followers. It moves us toward resentment, hostility, and bitterness, with all the trouble it brings (Heb. 12:15). We never knewContinue reading “9/11 — 20 years”
It’s been 20 years. It was a fundamental change in our society. I was reminded of so much in a Netflix short series called “Turning Point.” The footage of the day… the phone calls recorded from people who knew they weren’t going to make it out of the towers that day… the phone calls fromContinue reading “9/11”