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.
Documenting is a way of keeping a record for not only for our own benefit but for those also affected by what we do. It is how we make sure that others aren’t incapacitated in our absence. And, in some ways also helpful in training others. We’ve explored these and other reasons in earlier posts. And, in a post preceding (Best Documenting Practices) this one in the Document It series, we explored some best practices. This series would be incomplete without looking at how to document.
Around September every year, I look forward to an “Apple Special Event“. At this event, we witness some of the best product unveiling theatrics anywhere. Adjectives like awesome, unmatched, best, most advanced etc. pepper presenters’ speeches. I watch the event because I love Apple products and what to see what they’ve done. And, yes, see what I could look forward to using, next. I’ve used and prefer Apple devices to most. I’ve done this meager review of the TouchBar and this one on the iPhone SE. I haven’t written anything about products at launch as some do. Only what I’ve used / use. This year, besides devices, there were two things from Apple’s event that struck me.