If I wasn’t part of the ChurchMag Book Club and responsible for a review of a chapter I wouldn’t have made it to Chapter 3. It could be me being impatient. Why did he have to spend three chapters (including the introduction) making a case for the framework/book? I bought the book already didn’t I? It could be that I was in a hurry with other things when I started the book. He could’ve spent less time and words on the first three chapters. Those first three chapters felt like a never-ending cheesy TV infomercial, lauding praise of a product. In this case the StoryBrand book itself.
“Having an interest in how churches leverage tech could’ve made me more sensitive.” That’s one of the thoughts I had after an experience with a church online. This experience? Because I couldn’t find their website I searched for them on Facebook. I asked for service times until 363 days later. No kidding. Two days shy of a year, I got a response. I chose “response” because it wasn’t an answer to my simple question: “What are your service times?”
Every church or organization that lasts a while, will, at some point consider a rebrand. Some are not only bold enough to think about it, but they also follow through with it. Considerations for a rebrand are not always easy. With many things to think about, it can be overwhelming.
In an earlier post on tech addiction, “Assessing Use and Dependence on Tech” I suggested a self-assessment. How do you rate yourself in how you engage with or use tech? I’m on a journey. I’m asking myself if I am an addict and, if true, what I should do about it. It’s likely you’ve heard the cliché: The first step to dealing with your problem is admitting you have one. This could be an extreme or simple way. Whether you feel trapped in the jaws of some sort of tech addiction or not, considering how you use tech is helpful. Here are suggestions on how to reclaim your life.
Me not being ‘western’ I wondered if this book was worth a read. After recommendations from a couple of friends, I read it. There was one other important reason to read it. Most of the commentaries, books, and unpacking of scripture I engage with is western. I engage a lot with ‘western theology’, whatever that means. E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien wrote Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.
Human beings are weird. I say this often but never thought I’d use it as my opening line on a ChurchMag post, but yeah, it’s just happened. There are many reasons I mutter those words, and for now, it has to do with our interaction with tech. To be more specific our addiction to tech. The thing I find ‘funny’ (not haha funny; disturbing funny) is how we’re enslaved by our own creations or devices.
I often think about this, and BuzzFeed‘s Netflix series, “Follow This”, made me reflect on it again. Particularly the episode with a telling name: Tech Addict. That particular episode featured, among other people, a bunch of gamers. Oh! and social media addicts in rehab. It showed people trying to reclaim their lives.