Some may see this video and think “lethargy” is the wrong word. You may see this and think fervor, ecstasy, ridiculousnous, stupidity, or hedonism is the correct word. About the end of this video I began crying in the middle of a Starbucks – nothing too crazy, but my anger turned to pity and fear.
I am so glad that there are people who desire to make encounters with God emotionally-charged. I wish there were more churches that sought to affect the emotions at least a little bit. So many congregations will view this video and have an allergic reaction so that they will never have any kind of excitement in their services. I will post later as to what are some problems with this, that I see. For now, just view it and leave your impressions in the comments section:
You Spin Me Right Round Jesus
I came across a free church database system today. You can use it to track your church’s attendance, giving, etc. It actually looks like a it may be decent tool, and the “free” part is particularly good for smaller churches with the need, but not the finances. (My church bought a new database system a couple years ago, and we paid a ridiculous amount of money for something that probably does about the same thing.)
If anybody puts this to use, drop us a comment and let us know if it’s any good – www.churchmetrics.com.
Free program for you Mac users out there and who are keen on the Getting Things Done program. I downloaded it yesterday.
Two days after the introduction of the iPhone, AT&T’s network goes down. Read more at MacCentral’s article.
Again, just so you know, I am a Mac man. However, I am disappointed that Apple went with an inferior network because it was not willing to compromise on it demands.
I say wait a couple of years, let the kinks get worked out, and wait until the iPhone gets on a better network.
Update: It will cost $6000 every two years, with three lines of service, and with unlimited data. My problem with it running off a slower network still stands. Thanks, Matt, for making me look at this again. Ah, the beauty of brotherly accountability.
This just in…do the math and you will be amazed how much this thing will cost you. I am a Mac man, but this is crazy. I like the new technology Apple is rolling out, but this kind of technology wedded to a network that cannot support the demands will be a loss for those who purchase this phone. Just so you know, the iPhone will be running off AT&T’s Edge network (not the faster broadband speeds of G3). That translates into slower download times, which translates into more frustration as you wait for your cool web page to load up.
Check out Mercola’s breakdown of the annual cost for a Family Plan with iPhone.
I believe you will have to concede that what ails us, what causes us the most misery and pain – at both cultural and personal levels – has nothing to do with the sort of information made accessible by computers. The computer and its information cannot answer any of the fundamental questions we need to address to make our lives more meaningful and humane. The computer cannot provide an organizing moral framework. It cannot tell us what questions are worth asking. It cannot provide a means of understanding why we are here or why we fight each other or why decency eludes us so often, especially when we need it the most. The computer is, in a sense, a magnificent toy that distracts us from facing what we most needed to confront – spiritual emptiness, knowledge of ourselves, usable conceptions of the past and future. Does one blame the computer for this? Of course not. It is, after all, only a machine. But it is presented to us, with trumpets blaring…as a technological messiah.
[Added emphasis; Full Article: Neil Postman, German Informatics Society, 11 Oct 90, Stuttgart]
The computer, as we know, has a quality of universality, not only because its uses are almost infinitely various but also because computers are commonly integrated into the structure of other machines. Therefore it would be fatuous of me to warn against every conceivable use of a computer. But there is no denying that the most prominent uses of computers have to do with
information. When people talk about “information sciences,” they are talking about computers – how to store information, how to retrieve information, how to organize information. The computer is an answer to the questions, how can I get more information, faster, and in a more usable form? These would appear to be reasonable questions. But now I should like to put some other questions to you that seem to me more reasonable. Did Iraq invade Kuwait because of a lack of information?
If a hideous war should ensue between Iraq and the U. S., will it happen because of a lack of information? If children die of starvation in Ethiopia, does it occur because of a lack of information? Does racism in South Africa exist because of a lack of information? If criminals roam the streets of New York City, do they do so because of a lack of information?…
[Full Article: Neil Postman, German Informatics Society, 11 Oct 90, Stuttgart]