2017

Finding your column ain’t easy

“Symeon selected a three-metre-high column in the Syrian desert near Antioch, and there he stood day in, day out, eventually attracting such a crowd that the noise caused him to build his column higher, bringing him closer to God and 16 metres off the ground. Symeon managed to live like this for 30 years, and …

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Grain counting technologies

“The truth, Scott proposes, may be the opposite. What if early civilization was not a boon to humankind but a disaster: for health and safety, for freedom, and for the natural world? What if the first cities were, above all, vast technologies of exploitation by a small and rapacious elite? If that is where we …

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2018 Tech

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/tech-that-will-change-your-life-in-2018-1514394043?__twitter_impression=true

Good advice

I recommend this whole post for people starting out in a creative venture or pursuing a lifelong passion as a vocation or for profit: Be humble, but always try to exceed expectations. When you accept an invitation to do a talk, or do a work for a commission, do something that’s a stretch, and then …

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WordPress Plugin Supply Chain Attacks

These are pretty popular plugins in the SEO world… I imagine lots more of these “supply chain attacks” exist due to older but still popular plugins being sold or leased: If you have any of these plugins running on your site, we recommend that you remove them immediately and that you make sure that SEO spam …

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Churches and nonprofits must explore income alternatives in 2018 and beyond.

American churches and nonprofits are in for an even louder wake-up call in 2018 and beyond. It’s definitely time to start planning for the near future to keep your church or nonprofit solvent, especially if you are smaller in size and rely on donors who make less than $75,000 yearly. Churches must begin to explore …

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I don’t like Christmas Carols.

There, I said it for all of posterity to record and one day synthesize into the VR / AI Sam-bot that my great grandkids can chat with in real time… Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss nativity scenes, bad Christmas songs, Epiphany, the War on Christmas, and bad Apple (batteries). Merry Christmas …

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Episode 134: Advent in the Minor Key

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss nativity scenes, bad Christmas songs, Epiphany, the War on Christmas, and bad Apple (batteries). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Support Thinking Religion Links: John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – YouTube The Christmas Shoes – YouTube John Denver: Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This …

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Googling Inside Your Church

Fascinating piece on Google Maps history and possible directions… So Google likely knows what’s inside all of the buildings it has extracted. And as Google gets closer and closer to capturing every building in the world, it’s likely that Google will start highlighting / lighting up buildings related to queries and search results. This will be really cool …

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Building a website is cheap, but not protecting it is costly.

We use Wordfence as a default on all new WordPress client sites that we create for good reason. Here’s a scary reminder that while building a website has become quick, easy, and relatively cheap your company / nonprofit / church / community group should not take WordPress security for granted with cheap hosting and no one …

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It’s a 3 Screen Kind of Monday

Working from home with our son this week. He likes to contribute to my setup with various design inspirations. Left to Right: Google Pixelbook, iPad Pro, Samsung Chromebook Pro Why two Chromebooks? I’m using Chrome Remote Desktop on the Pixelbook to run Adobe Illustrator via the Windows desktop in my office and keeping notes on …

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Episode 133: Our Holiday Extravaganza

Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by The Rev. Lauren E. Larkin, Prof. W. Travis McMaken ("McBacon"), and The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson in an extravaganza of epic proportions. They discuss Clash of the Titans, why you should write a book, gendered religious language, Ancient Aliens, Alex Jones, flogging, and hate …

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Episode 131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Black Friday, gaming, moral questions, Evangelical strawmen, and complicity. Support Thinking Religion Links: Why It’s Justified To Vote For A Morally Questionable Politician Southern Baptists have lost a million members in 10 years – Baptist News Global The End of the Social Era Can’t Come Soon …

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Tech and Public Policy

Interesting article from NY’s Attorney General directed at the FCC: In today’s digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of internet service to hundreds of millions of Americans are critical to the economic and social well-being of the nation. Yet the process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to …

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