Hey Man Slow Down: The Art of Friendship Behind The Screen IV

I need to finish this series of four articles on Technology and how its affecting our lives in positive and negative ways before it gets away from me. When I first sat down to write about all of this it was because of a couple of prompts; my reading the Time Magazine article on multitasking and teenagers, my reading a book I had just finished by Joseph Grassi and an experience I had on the train. As I have been writing and thinking about all this, there was one last topic I felt I need to bring up: friendship in the technological age.

O Gracious Light: When Light and Darkness Find Each Other

Emily is returning home tomorrow, she has been gone since this past Saturday morning when she left for Ohio. Her trip was made up of two parts, she visited her mom and pops in Ohio, and then on Tuesday she flew out to Chicago to spend time with her sister and brother. From what it sounds like, it was a great trip; not only did she enjoy the concentrated time with her folks, but it has been a great time for her to visit the wonderful city of Chicago and kick it with her siblings.

March Ping Homily Selection

I just learned that I was selected to be the winner of the March Ping Homily Book Prize with what I wrote on courage from a non-violent Christian position. Shawn at LoFi Tribe is hosting these as a part of the 9rules religion group idea that was started a few months back. I really like what the idea of creating a topic and having people write about it over the course of the month and so I am not only excited to have been selected but am looking forward to seeing this project grow. To stay up on new Ping Homily please visit Shawn’s Ping Homily page. Thanks Shawn for putting this together.

How to Blog for Theology and Religion

I’ve been thinking for sometime about doing a short how-to for theological and religious blogs as blogging is something I’ve grown increasingly interested in and challenged by in the past 6 months.  There are many how-to blogs, and websites that cover tips on blogging – here are a few that I love to read regularly: Paulstamatiou.com; Emily Robins; Copyblogger; Lorelle; Blogging Pro; and Problogger; are these are just a few of the people who are dealing with tips on writing, and setting up your site design.

A Couple Links for the Week

Here are a few sites I think are a must see this week:Nik from Scarylittlemonkey.com has come up with a new scary theme – in fact its pretty freakin amazing and though its not available for download its worth your browsing pleasure.  When you get a chance you need to take a look at Tasty Niblet, it will split your sides open and cause you to laugh a little too.And one other “blog??? that needs to be checked out this very moment, is Isaac Marion’s Burning Building.

Hey Man Slow Down: Silence and Noise – Sharing Space with Technology III

I’ve been carrying on for the past week about slowing down in an age of technology; whether this is something we really need to do, why and how we might go about doing it are all questions I am looking at. In the last article I talked about multitasking, teenagers, and simplicity. I talked a little about how too much of a good thing can take away from our quality of life, and even worse our struggle to become human. In our day, there is a real struggle to find space to become fully human, there is so much competition for our loyalty, our money, our attention, and our bodies all of this can be used as advertisements for products, sex, religion, and services.