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social media in the Middle Ages

Few individuals in history have leveraged technology as effectively as Martin Luther did.

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From cavemen to Kermit

Wise use of technology is about as difficult as wise use of the tongue, which James describes as a fire and a poison.

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away with words

Short forms of writing are natural containers for humor but also for surprising things like poems, prayers, and epigrams.

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the work of a lifetime

There are two extremes to be avoided. Don’t be an abusive and aggressive husband who says no for the sake of saying no. And don’t be a disengaged, passive husband who can’t say no at all.

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masquerading as marriage

There is a wedding chapel down the street, and apparently you can still book a “hallowedding” this month. You can book a “ghost bride séance” as well, with a “certified minister” on site to keep it, you know, official. Walk-ins are welcome, but the package includes a medium to tell your future and a spooky […]

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Retrospective: 2004

The media is not an evil thing. It’s merely a channel of persuasive messages, some of which are good and some of which are bad. But your heart? Well, that is an evil thing.

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thanks be to God

I don’t think the problem is just how often we talk about ourselves. And social media is not a scapegoat for our sin. It’s really what we say about ourselves. And about God.

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breaking up is (not so) hard to do

Maturity should result in, well, maturity. Unfortunately we live in an age when celebrities break up on Twitter.

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alone in the big city

I’ve been coming to New York City in the spring for almost 20 years, usually to attend and often to give a workshop or two at a conference for student journalists. I’ve had some of best experience with students here, as well as some of my worst—losing a student on the subway or having one […]

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on journalism and empathy

This week NPR’s This American Life retracted a story about human rights abuses by Apple in China. The story “contained significant fabrications,” they said. They are sorry they aired it. But the truth is, they wanted it to be true.

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