Modern IT in the Bible

July 16, 2018 ...

Evangelicals like to find answers to our questions and seeds for modern trends in the Bible. But, we’re probably not seeking a link between Facebook, Twitter or even email to anything in the Old or New Testaments. Don’t give up so easily. St. Paul posted the ninth book of the New Testament to a network …

Christian Community in the Age of Internet and Podcast Preachers

July 16, 2018 ...

There’s a lot more to pastoring than developing and preaching sermons, and that is especially true for pastors who serve at small- to medium-sized churches run mainly by volunteers. Despite the dire warnings from church growth experts and leadership seminars, we are Jacks and Jills of all trades, intimately involved in our church and community. …

How the iPhone Makes Haters

July 9, 2018 ...

My impossible dream of putting the iPhone genie back in the bottle is probably not for the reasons you think. I’m as concerned as anyone about pornography, and wish I could cut screen time to protect all the synapses I fear he’s frying as his eyes are transfixed on the glowing screen. But my real …

Technophobic Pastors of Tech-Addicted Churches

July 9, 2018 ...

Consider this terrifying description of the introduction of “electric elevators” in the late 1800s on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki website: The electrical elevator led to the birth of the skyscraper, but acceptance of the electrified elevator option did not occur overnight. Electricity was a new technology and a source of both fear and …

On Social Media in the Church

July 2, 2018 ...

How did your interest in leveraging social media for kingdom impact develop? I’ve always been interested in every aspect of the media. I did five internships in college: journalism, public relations, advertising, television production, and my final internship was with FOX 6 News in San Diego. I thought I would pursue broadcast news as a …

To Speak or Not to Speak

July 2, 2018 ...

Over the years, the leadership team at The Navigators has been asked to speak out on many topics. For example: abortion; political candidates; LGBT issues and same-sex marriage; refugees and immigration; race relations; class injustice; tax reform; women’s rights; creation stewardship (environmentalism); assisted suicide; and dignity and care for the elderly. There are others, but …

The Opportunity Smartphones Present the Church

June 25, 2018 ...

For Christians and church leaders my response to Twenge is simple: It doesn’t really matter. Seemingly for all of modern history, people worry about the latest trends. But these are just distractions from our mission. The same things parents say about children playing too many video games today were said in 1987. This is what …

NAE’s Beginning

February 6, 2018 ...

They focused on evangelism and found the radio to be an effective medium for broadcasting their message. Lacking a central organizing body, the community centered around engaging personalities and independent institutions. The downside to this emerging popular movement was that many radio preachers, Christian college presidents and pulpiteers spoke and acted independently. At times they …

Not Just About U.S.

January 29, 2018 ...

The term was popularized by Martin Luther and his German evangelischel congregations. William Wilberforce, who pressed the British Commonwealth to outlaw slave trading, brought the term and its usage into the public forum at the turn of the 1800s as a social force for good. In time the word became synonymous with Protestants who pressed …

Evangelical ≠ Political

January 29, 2018 ...

When I ask why “evangelical” should be abandoned, the answer is almost always about politics. They tell me that our name has been co-opted by politicians and policies that are polarizing and painful. They say they are being identified with policies contrary to the Bible and blamed for practices they don’t approve. They contend that …