This is a difficult post for me to write. Mainly because I’m a huge fan of branding and identity within businesses. I love the task and craft of developing an image for someone that is easily memorable, and so this post shouldn’t be received as an issue with branding as a practice, but rather as branding in the context of church, the Gospel, and Christianity in western culture.
Let’s face it, unless you are running sound, doing projector, or playing music, you shouldn’t be picking out the issues related to church logistics and technical operations.
But, let’s also be equally fair here: that doesn’t stop you.
I was at a worship night recently at my church. It was a city-wide event that grouped musicians from several different churches in town, and brought the larger Body of Christ into the same heart and passion of loving Jesus.
A terrifically joyous event, if you have ever had the privilege of attending something like this.
As technology increases, it can be hard to find any sort of daily experience that doesn’t include your lucky iPhone. It seems that society is trying to jam technology into every facet of our lives, and where once you felt safe in the car, we now see the integration of iPhone software within our touch screen dashboards.
Even the Body of Christ, it can be argued, has begun putting emphasis on their technological expertise as a form of modern communication. No doubt this has helped us spread our Gospel message in unprecedented ways, but it might be worth considering that maybe our new forms of outreach have also become a quagmire of gadget-dependance.
While it may be impossible, and likely unreasonable, to remove ourselves from the digital age altogether, it’s worth asking ourselves if we have become slaves to this lifestyle of being a “tech junky”.
Apparently, the CEO of Apple is resigning his position and settling for the position of chairmen.
What’s in store for Apple’s future?
Have you ever heard that song that just causes you to weep? How about the one that makes you want to fly?
In our busy lives of constantly checking our favorite sites and blogging endlessly about things that probably aren’t too beneficial (I’m guilty of this too), I find that sitting down, taking a deep breath, and letting the Holy Spirit meet me through music is one of the most therapeutic times in my day.
Why? Because we were made in the image of God, and He loves music too…
Over the past few years, I have seen an explosion in social media being utilized by the Church. While some see this as very useful (and it can be), I tend to lean toward it possibly being a distraction.
Let me explain what I mean…