Magazine article The Christian Century

Low Tech

Magazine article The Christian Century

Low Tech

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I AM NOT a high-tech person. That's partly due to age, partly to disposition. The very, mention of my technological skills sets my colleagues and family to snickering. I never thought I'd be an anachronism and I'm not particularly proud of it. But I do find myself resisting some of the places the new technology wants to take me. So I appreciate David Wood's interview with Albert Borgmann (p. 22), who has been thinking about how technology shapes a culture and a way of life. He urges us to put bounds on our use of technology.

That makes me think, of course, about the importance of turning off the television. And it makes me think about the omnipresence of cell phones. I'm not the only preacher whose homiletical momentum has been brought to a halt by a ringing cell phone. The best, or worst, incident happened recently during a wedding rehearsal. As we were practicing the vows, the groom's phone rang. He extracted it from his coat pocket, answered and handed it to the bride. "It's for you," he said.

I know the blessing and the curse. The church's software system sometimes sends "please pay your pledge" notices to church members who died several years ago. …

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