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Do You Have an App for Your Life?

Our lives become increasingly digitalized with our smartphones and tablets. We are now a mobile culture.

Text messages and emails fly from our fingers. Memories of family events and vacations dance across our computer screens and smartphones. We can have face-to-face conversations real-time with anyone anywhere from our phones.

Behind the scenes of our digital life, the apps grind away connecting and communicating us to the outside world.

Do you have an app for your life?


Should Beer and Church Go Together?

Last week NPR published a story entitled “To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer.”

I then noticed several other stories linked to the NPR story discussing the idea of connecting beer with worship. You can read three of those stories if you like: “Churches Use Beer to Attract New Members,” “Churches Woo New Members with Beer,” and “Comedy, Reality, and Religion.”

Connecting the ideas of “we need new church members” and “let’s drink some beer together” surely creates opportunities for strong opinions.

Suggesting offering beer connected with worship as a way to attract new members smacks of compromise for some people.

So, what do you think? Are you interested in a little Harvest Ale or Oatmeal Stout with your praise choruses and bible study?


How Will You Spend Black Friday?

I have never been one of those “rise at the crack of dawn to get the best deal” kind of person on Black Friday. However, a couple of years ago when our seven-year-old television was dying, I began looking for a new one.

We had a 27″ CRT Sony and it seemed like a perfect time to go for a flat screen. My wife and I poured over the ads in the Thanksgiving Day paper.

We found a sale we liked and went to bed early.

At 4:00 a.m. we were lined up outside the Target store in our neighborhood. We were about a hundred or so people deep into the line.

At 5:00 a.m., the doors opened.