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5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

COMMENTARY: Deliberate Distortion of Reality Won’t Work for Long
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

I was dismayed when I learned that Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser, had named an anti-gay activist as its new chief executive officer. I was dismayed when I l ...

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

It seems like the stuff of science fiction, to consider the possibility of people uploading the entirety of their life experience, or even some iteration of what we understand to be their consciousness, to a n ...

Social Media and the Shepherd
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Psalm 23 assures us that both goodness and love shall follow us all the days of our life, a following that is ultimately more significant than all of the followers of Twitter. Thi ...

11 Reasons Why People Love And Use Social Media
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Ken Mueller ...

When Facebook Is the New Daily Moral Reference
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

When we turn to social media in moments of boredom or temporary emptiness, we lose our center. When the meaning and satisfaction in our lives comes from likes, comments, and retweets, God is no longer at the c ...

'Like If You Love Jesus!' The Gospel According to Facebook
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

It is one thing to have a faith and have that faith inform your life, but it is another to have a faith and guilt trip others into following your actions. Christ did not call for us to plaster our faith across ...

I Emailed Pastor Rick Warren and There Is No 'If'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

There is no “if.” I am hurt, upset, offended, and distressed, not just because “an” image was posted, but that Warren posted the image of a Red Guard soldier as a joke, because people pointed out the disconce ...

Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

When we err, we tend to hide our errors from others and all too often, from ourselves. We are as desperate to maintain our “brand” – our self-identities as flawless, perfectly good, failure-free paragons of vi ...

Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the hours and days that followed the Boston Marathon, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief. Editor's ...

‘God is the Best Artist’ Takes Off on Social Media
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The notion of God as an artist is hardly new. But when Twitter and Pinterest users take to their smartphones to snap pictures of sunrises and sunsets and attribute those “masterpieces” to God, they are exhibit ...

The Best (and Worst) Types of Christian Media
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things well and some things horribly. Here’s a breakdown. When it comes to mass communication, Christians do some things we ...

Hashtag Christianity
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

I have multiple online identities, the result of subconsciously trying to be a better version of myself — a better follower of Christ. But these various personalities that I portray among social media sites ar ...

The Art of Marketing Social Justice
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The television flashes images of a skeletal little girl whose ribs seem to be popping out of her ballooning stomach as she sits in a pile of mud and stares at the camera with large pleading eyes. A “1-800” num ...

Screen-Free Week and the Still Small Voice
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Besides the temptation of sheer distraction from difficult truths, there is the subtler temptation of 'clicktivism' which lets me feel that I’ve done something without requiring me to think deeply, p ...

Vitriol Infests Rick Warren Family’s Grief
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

A shocking number are taking the moment of media attention to lash out at Warren on their digital tom-toms. The attacks are aimed both at him personally and at his Christian message. ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Press

March 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

It’s a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women, using and abusing them at will, and s ...

Steubenville Rape Case: From Blame to Responsibility
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of the Steubenville rape case has provided a moral challenge to our nation. We are caught up in a highly emotional cycle of blame as we debate who the real victim is in this case. I find myself ask ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

A Heart for Peace
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Geoff Tunnicliffe Rick Love Lisa Sharon Harper Tyler Wig ...

Free-Speech Fundamentalism
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Should America reconsider our open market in bigoted ideas? DOES THE RIGHT to free speech ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

More Churches Turning to High-Tech Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Technology should ultimately be an enhancement, not a replacement, for gathering in person for worship, discussion, debate and service to others, said Drew Goodmanson, CEO of Monk Development, which helps chur ...

Social Media and Our Epidemic of Loneliness
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are byproducts of this isolation, rather than the cause of the loneliness. When they become problematic is when we rely on them to be a surrogate for real, face-to-face relation ...

Invisible Children: Using Film and Social Media to Advance Global Justice Advocacy
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Social media as an organizing tool also opens up the possibility of creating extensive webs of interactions between activists across the globe. It allows story-telling to be a global enterprise. ...

Can You Give Up Social Media For Lent?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 5:16pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2012 Sojo in the News Melanie Hick ...

Lent (or Why I Need a Break from the 'Like' Button)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

If our default is to ask life’s big questions on Twitter before we offer them in prayer, then someone other than God is in control. If we "Like" what someone is doing on Facebook before we recognize ...