Facebook is facing an existential crisis

Zuckerberg really needs to make a statement. This is going thermonuclear and Facebook's sole commodity is trust via relationship. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has done immense damage to the brand, sources across the company believe. It will now take a Herculean effort to restore public trust in Facebook's commitment to privacy and data protection, they … Continue reading Facebook is facing an existential crisis

Churches Should Turn and Face the Strange

  The "America" that Baby Boomers and my fellow Gen X'ers grew up with is rapidly changing, and Protestant churches are an example of community institutions that will be most affected... and made irrelevant or obsolete if they continue to operate as if it's still 1985. Of course, whites are a smaller share of the post-millennial … Continue reading Churches Should Turn and Face the Strange

“What is the spirit saying here?”

Good reflection by Julia Pennington-Russell here on the CBF's Illumination Project work as well as moralism, legalism, and theopolitics regardless of denomination: And many, maybe most, CBF churches are so anxious about jeopardizing a fragile harmony that they avoid even the mildest conversation about human sexuality, even as their LGBTQ brothers and sisters suffer outside the … Continue reading “What is the spirit saying here?”

CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement

Here are results from the 18-month long Illumination Project that the CBF launched to address its controversial anti-LGBTQ hiring policy back in 2016. Thomas and I did an episode of Thinking Religion last night to share some thoughts if you'd like to know where I stand. To reflect the practice of most of its congregations, the … Continue reading CBF’s New Hiring and Personnel Statement

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 … Continue reading Churches and nonprofits must explore income alternatives in 2018 and beyond.

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 … Continue reading Tech and Public Policy

The Cyrus President

It’s not uncommon for clergy to laud political leaders; religious groups celebrated President Barack Obama as well. But the tenor of recent days is distinct: evangelical leaders such as Lance Wallnau—an avid devotee of dominionism who participated in Trump’s meetings with pastors during the campaign—wholeheartedly endorsed the Cyrus comparison for Trump. In December 2015, he … Continue reading The Cyrus President

ATM’s are the American Money Changers

Holy cow (literally)! I've never thought about this connection (and if your church wants to be like Jesus and throw the money changers / ATM machines out of the Temple and switch to online donations, Harrelson Agency can help with that). "The second dimension for consideration in the appearance of ATMs in the lobbies of evangelical churches … Continue reading ATM’s are the American Money Changers

Pokemon Go snatches all of your Google data

By signing up to play Pokemon Go through Google, many iOS users have unknowingly exposed all of their emails, chats, calendars, documents and more to the game’s developer and third-parties. Source: Pokemon Go catches all your Google data (here’s how to stop it) | Cult of Mac I've been thinking a good deal about this … Continue reading Pokemon Go snatches all of your Google data

The Death of the Denominations

Amid protest, song and fears of a denominational breakup, United Methodists at their quadrennial General Conference decided yet again not to decide anything regarding LGBT rights. But in a groundbreaking move, the delegates from the U.S. and abroad voted 428-405 on Wednesday (May 18) to allow the church’s Council of Bishops to appoint a commission to … Continue reading The Death of the Denominations

Digital Repatriation or Theft?

"I would point to some of the recent trends in 3D scanning as potential new sites for digital colonialism, not just repatriation.  Is prosecution of stolen code related to contested heritage objects a form of digital colonialism?  Is keeping the code private, accessible only to the museum or scholars who obtain access a form of colonialism?  Is publicly releasing the … Continue reading Digital Repatriation or Theft?