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Nobody can read like they used to. But nobody wants to talk about it. You drag your vision across the page and process little. Half an hour later, you throw down the book and watch some Netflix.

I do think old, book-oriented styles of reading opened the world to me... new, screen-oriented styles of reading seem to have the opposite effect: They close the world to me...

The resonance of printed books – their lineal structure, the demands they make on our attention – touches every corner of the world we've inherited. But online life makes me into a different kind of reader – a cynical one. I scrounge, now, for the useful fact; I zero in on the shareable link. My attention – and thus my experience – fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. 

Even Eric Schmidt, the erstwhile chief executive of Google, was anxious about the mental landscape he was helping to cultivate. He once told Charlie Rose: "I worry that the level of interrupt, the sort of overwhelming rapidity of information … is in fact affecting cognition. It is affecting deeper thinking. I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we're losing that." 

What's at stake is not whether we read. It's how we read. For myself: I know I'm not reading less, but I also know I'm reading worse.

I've been trained not just to expect disruption, but to demand it. 

Categoría: The Shallows

Biometrics will be the next step in the development of privacy-eroding and life-invading technologies. And most people will voluntarily accept it, and probably even pay for it (much like they have voluntarily accepted 24/7 surveillance through cell phones, FitBits, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and a host of other "products" that make a product of people). 

Categoría: Technology

James Knox preached a very good message explaining why we preach on the streets. 

Categoría: Evangelism

I was reminded again today that...

  • God does NOT call pastors.
  • Churches call pastors.

If a church does not call you to be a pastor, you are not called to be a pastor. You may "desire" (1Tim 3.1) to be a pastor; you may be qualified to be a pastor (1Tim 3; Titus 1); you may be prepared and ready to be a pastor (1Tim 4); but until a church calls you... you are not called to be a pastor.

 Tom Chantry made a few comments. His first and second are very insightful: 

Leer más: The Pastoral "Call"

Categoría: Ministry

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New Web Site

I put together a "landing page" web site for street work. It's just a simple site with a name that's easy to remember so we can give it on tracts, etc. while out street preaching.