Friday, June 26, 2009

Why I Don't "Tweet"

Ok, I must be getting old. I love technology - I am usually the first to buy it, try it or at least read about it.

But not this. I think it's evil... no matter what the kids say about it.

It's twitter. And here are my top 10 reasons why I think it may foreshadow the end of modern civilization - even though I may try it out!

Top 10 Reasons I Don't Twitter

10. The people who need to know "what I am doing" already know

9. I have never seen a "tweet" that was important enough to merit the time I spent reading it... do I need to know what you had for lunch, your workout schedule, your random thoughts while watching "24" or your semi-profound insights?

8. People's tweets aren't as interesting, funny and/or profound as they imagine

7. Unlike blogs - which can admittedly be trivial - Twitter's character limit guarantees triviality. Besides, you can blog about ideas, present argument and reason, etc. In tweets, you are limited to mere information or assertion

6. As "a way to stay in touch with family and friends," its a lame substitute for a phone call or (gasp) a conversation

5. Particularly pathetic is the false sense of community - and even intimacy - perpetuated... (should I be getting regular messages from Oprah?)

4. Tweets are forever. No edits. No erasing.

3. What people tweet generally tells more about them than they think.

2. Twitter is a stalker's dream... accessible to anyone who can google your name and the word "twitter"

and the main point...

1. Narcissism is spelled "T-W-I-T-T-E-R"


Monday, June 15, 2009

What is Happening to the Pulpit?

I found this article - about the loss of the pulpit in church - very interesting. Although the "worship wars" seemed to have ended in Evangelical-dom (with the methodology and ministry philosophy of the Marketers having clearly won the hearts and minds of most non-denominational evangelical churches)... I think it’s especially important to note the symbolism of the pulpit – even for those who’s preaching is biblical, we risk undermining our message (or at least confusing it) by how – as well as what – we do.
What do you think?

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Very rarely would I post something this personal, but...

My older sister has suffered for years from a condition called dystonia. I love her very much - and I've been troubled for literally my entire life at the lack of information and, more importantly, attention and understanding about this disease.

I saw this story today on CNN, and my heart aches for the Staab family - and for my own, too. I'm grateful for the attention they are willing to bring to this... and I'd ask for you to consider helping them - and to pray with me that God might provide direction to the doctors and healing to people with this condition - the Staab children, and my sister too.

For more information about the Staabs and their efforts, please visit their foundation website, Tyler's Hope.