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“Why wouldn’t you get a proper phone?” my observer asks, inevitably now with an edge of irritation to her voice rather than just mockery. This inefficiency seems, to any sensible modern-day person, unneccessary. I shrug. “I like to keep it real,” is my non-response. Continue reading

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I told you never to call me here

“Are you answering work email?” I was. It was about 9:30, and my wife, son and I had just returned home from evening prayer. It been out the door shortly after 5am to prepare for a 7:30 meeting, and a day filled with the usual mix of church and communications. And she called me on it. Continue reading

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Text Support

One of the things I didn’t learn in seminary was how to exercise ministry in 140 characters. While texting has become rather ubiquitous in our culture, ministry also happens in that forum. Continue reading

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Giving up community for Lent?

In the past few years, I’ve noticed a growing trend in Lenten disciplines: 40 days without Facebook. It seems, at first glace, to be an honourable task, and I hope that those who have made the commitment find it meaningful in their paschal journeys. However (you knew there was a but, didn’t you?), having made my share of misguided promises in Lents gone by, I wonder if giving up on social networking can really guarantee the quietness of mind and depth of relationships that some perceive it can. Continue reading

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