Smart Phones and Reading Habits | Jared Longshore

from Founders.org

“I know I really need to scroll through Facebook, but it is just so much easier to meditate on the Bible.” Said no one ever. Thinking deeply upon Scripture requires discipline. Mindlessly ingesting breaking news, tweets, and posts requires wifi and thumbs.

I’ve mentioned before that the we and our smart phones are like the neighborhood boys with the 4th of July fireworks. They could light up the night sky commemorating something worth remembering. Or, they could burn down the neighborhood. When it comes to our smart phones and our reading habits, we want to make sure those bottle rockets are pointed in the right direction.

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My Week Without a Cell Phone | Blumie Raskin

from Chabad.org

No wonder relationships today are at an all-time low. We don’t talk anymore. We don’t converse and have meaningful discussions with people face-to-face, gauging their reactions and physically interacting with them. Our relationships are based on screens and cyberspace and apps! How is a deeper connection supposed to develop?

Maybe it’s time we applied our connection with G‑d to our relationships with those around us who are near and dear. Maybe it’s time that we really started to think about our friends and family and how much we appreciate their being a part of our lives, rather than just “friending” them.

My phone will be back in about six hours, shiny screen beckoning. Perhaps I will shut it off for two or three hours a day, so that I will be forced to connect in other, more meaningful ways with those around me.

I hear my baby moving around in her crib, and I have a husband to make dinner for.

Please excuse me while I go connect with the people I love.

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That’s not a preacher…it’s an illusion!

What’s next? We have gone from light preaching to light preachers.

Christian Post.com– Holographic preachers are stirring another technology-gone-too-far debate among Christians.

While the dust over beaming preachers on a video screen on multi-site campuses has somewhat settled, the new 3D tool is raising more questions and concerns among some believers.

“Since so many of us in the west are convinced that entertaining pew fodder is critical to advancing ‘the gospel’ and that only a very few have the necessary gifts to preachertain – this will become the ‘perfect’ solution,” Bill Kinnon, author of A Networked Conspiracy, Social Networks, The Church & the Power of Collective Intelligence, wrote in a recent blog post.

What has Kinnon and many other Christians talking is the holographic technology that music artist Madonna famously used at the Grammy Awards in 2006 and that one company wants to promote in churches.

Tony Morgan, pastor of ministries at West Ridge Church near Atlanta, introduced the technology as a possible church tool on his blog this week. He had visited with the company Clark (formerly Clark ProMedia) at their offices in Alpharetta, Ga., where they demonstrated the 3D tool. As he stood on the stage of the company’s new theater, an image of another person was projected next to him. From the audience’s perspective, it appears as if the other figure was actually present.

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