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Why some church pews are empty

The PEW researchers have once again taken to studying the state of life in the pews.  In a national snapshot released just this month, they presented the findings from a study of why Americans go (and don’t go) to religious services. The most popular reason given for the absence came from those who said, “I […]

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Intentionality is instilled, not installed

Cell phones can be addictive.  This is not fake news. More and more we are learning that cellphone addiction is real, not just perception.  That reality, we now know, is by design, not just a by-product of popularity. Techies are telling us of their own complicity in creating the “persuasive designs” that modify behavior by […]

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Social media does not breed perfect idiots

A clash of recent news stories suggests the ambivalent power of social media. First came the CBS Philly report that “a study looking at college students from 1989 to 2016 found that the personality traits that label someone a ‘perfectionist’ have risen dramatically in recent years.’ Then came the national news story about the poisonous […]

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Social communications in today’s captivity

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the ceremonial start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 theses against the Catholic Church onto the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther would later pen a stinging treatise – “On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” – against the errors […]

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Angelic aid to counter “fake news”

As is customary, the theme for the next World Day of Social Communications is made known on today’s feast of the three archangels (September 29).  With the mighty ministrations of heavenly messengers, the theme appears to have a celestial character while it focuses on a profound human need. That theme – “’The truth will set […]

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Bring back the space

Hashtags abound, and no longer just in cyberspace. Even the Phillies AAA affiliate jumped on the tagging bandwagon with their giveaway towels for fans at the ballpark.  Realizing that most of the players who propelled the team into the playoffs were now playing for the major league team, they came up with this rallying cry:  […]