Amazing smartphone statistic

Since it concerns me personally in our location, I found this to be an amazing statistic as far as global comparisons. And I don’t even have a smartphone.

About the time the state phone company got their public phones on just about every street corner in Brazil a few years back, mobile started growing and taking over. (It threw away millions because it couldn’t see the trend coming.) Now it’s hard to find a Brazilian without a smartphone.

And now it’s hard to have a conversation (or a worship meeting) without a smartphone turning up to interrupt.

There are downsides but advantages, too. See the link above for more.

#brazil, #ministry, #technology

USA travels (photos)

We arrived Wednesday at the Nashville airport. Our son Joel picked us up. Before leaving the city, he wanted to lunch at Café Mineiro, a Brazilian restaurant.

The next day I was already speaking at the FHU Lectureship on communication and technology. Our daughter studies here and Joel is a dorm dad, besides his regular day job.

We left temps of 95ºF and were greeted by 30º weather with wind. Jet lag, language switch. All our children came to support me.

And we’re finding time for the grandkids: Continue reading

#family, #missions, #technology, #usa

Spiritual security of the faithful

Women need a feeling of security, say many writers in the field of marriage and counseling. That observation seems to hold true in our experience. That security often means physical and financial security. Though today it’s socially anathema to say it, a woman often looks for a husband who will provide these things for her. She wants to feel protected.

This was Naomi’s prayer for her daughters-in-law, after the death of her sons: “May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the home of a new husband!” Ruth 1.9.

At the same time, we all need security. Let’s first define our terms. The dictionaries give something like this: “1. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety. 2. freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt. 3. something that protects or makes safe; defense.” No one can live on the cusp of danger. Continue reading

#certainty, #corollaries, #evangelism, #spiritual-security, #technology

Even under adverse conditions, the body of Christ can do much good


On some social medium, a brother whom I am not now able to identify said that we shouldn’t confuse the mess of the world—or in his instance, of the USA—with the good health of the church. His warning is appropriate, for the family of God often thrives in less than ideal circumstances. It often grows in the midst of persecution. Continue reading

#corollaries, #mission, #persecution, #technology

‘Greatest threat to faith: distraction’

There is much wrong with this article in particulars, but its main point is powerful. Also, excuse the two adapted paintings.

“If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation. Christian leaders seem to think that they need more distraction to counter the distraction. Their services have degenerated into emotional spasms, their spaces drowned with light and noise and locked shut throughout the day, when their darkness and silence might actually draw those whose minds and souls have grown web-weary.”

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

#busy, #distraction, #focus, #technology

Disappointing technology


Technology is a thing. Therefore, it cannot satisfy. It will ultimately disappoint. It may get you some attention, but it won’t win you love. Continue reading

#fellowship-with-god, #purpose, #technology

The latest and greatest will soon become the oldest and most worthless

While in Memphis I was convinced of taking a trip to Graceland. To be honest (and this is a non-Elvis-fan speaking here) the trip was actual worth it. I learned a lot while taking the tours and viewing all of Elvis’ past possessions and actually seeing the person Elvis Presley alongside the spectacle that he eventually became. I was also reminded about a lot of biblical lessons; one of which was the futility of trying to always have the latest and greatest stuff in life.

While taking the tour through the vehicle museum there was one car that grabbed my attention…well there was more than one, but this car grabbed my attention because of the above reason. The car was a black limousine built by a very expensive brand. But that’s not necessarily why the car grabbed my attention. What grabbed my attention was the technology that the car came with: a phone and a TV. Sure these things were the latest and greatest in Elvis’ heyday, but by today’s standards that technology is the oldest and most worthless forms of what’s available. I even pointed out to my daughter how the screen on the tablet that she plays with was larger than the TV screen that the “king of rock-n-roll” used to watch. How about that? Do you see the point? A three-year-old child of today (whose parents have nowhere near the budget of Elvis, to put it in a non-cruel manner) is able walk around with something that is head and shoulders above anything that Lisa Presley ever had during her childhood of yesterday.

Perhaps there really is something in that lesson from the land of grace (I’m talking Heaven here) after all. And I think that something is something to think about while we chase the cheese in the ole’ rat race.

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15)

#elvis, #spiritual-applications, #stuff, #technology