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My Unplanned Experiment in Internet Deprivation

On a normal day, I spend about 18 hours a day awake.  Of the 18 hours that I am awake, I am on the Internet around 15 of those hours.  It’s not that I am an online version of the couch potato – it’s just that’s what I do for a living.  The company I work for is the largest provider of Internet media technology to the world’s faith community.  I manage two Internet media properties and...

God and Gadgets

What is the appropriate use of technology in the church?  When does it help and when does it hinder?  C.A. Phillips has written a thoughtful post about the danger of technology becoming a substitute for the real thing, especially in our spiritual life.  The post was inspired by a conversation about someone saying they didn’t need to come to church because they could listen to the church’s podcast. Since...

My Day in the Blog Traffic Fast Lane

Wednesday morning I was sitting in a Starbucks in Virginia Beach with about 45 minutes to kill before a 10:00 am meeting. Shortly before heading out, I checked the the stats page on my blog – I always find it interesting not only to see how many people visited, but where they got there from (search engine, direct URL, link on another site, etc.)  To my astonishment, it already had more traffic than it would...

How Addicted Are You?

How addicted to blogging are you?  Here’s my results (at 87% I’m not sure whether to be proud or ashamed).  Take the test and see how bad you’ve got it: 87%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? HT:...

Radical Democracy

The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1823   Among our Founding Fathers, no one was a more steadfast advocate for the freedom of the press than Thomas Jefferson. His belief in this fundamental tenet of democracy was totally unshaken by the horrible...

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