Reading is important. This is the primary way we learn about God. God did not inspire a TV series about himself. He gave us a book that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. A book that when read and studied brings about a change that lasts forever.
Facebook and Instagram are excellent tools to keep in touch with others and document moments of your life you want to celebrate or remember. But you have a life beyond the internet. Your follower count doesn’t correlate to your character, your sense of belonging or the health of your relationships. Not turning your social media off can blur those lines.
One of my clients is a “big five” publisher, based in New York. I also have a few other clients in publishing, ranging in size from fairly large to very small. I also know at least 20 authors who have self-published. So overall, how do the books compare? For the most part, self-published books do not even come close to what a major publisher puts out.
Jacob Neusner, the foremost scholar of rabbinic Judaism in the world, died this past Shabbat at the age of 84. Over a career that spanned six decades, Neusner — who taught at Columbia University, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Brandeis University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, the University of South Florida, and, finally, at Bard College — was the author of approximately a thousand books, including countless articles, chapters in other books, columns, and brief essays.
Bruce Springsteen is a disruptor of sorts, a protest singer with strong progressive views and a commitment to the voices he hears speaking from society's margins. He's grown more committed to that stance over time. Yet the dissident Springsteen emerges from a highly ordered framework, one that still elevates the noble individualism at the heart of American self-perceptions.
The new Birth of a Nation deals with a number of painful themes: slavery, violence, the errant ways of humanity. Yet it's the spiritual themes and biblical interpretations which have many Christians concerned. Here are a what a few critical sources are saying about the film:
There is plenty of handwringing hype about the impact of social media and technology on the lives of teenagers, much of it focused on bullying and the exploitation of girls. We wanted to explore sex and cyberspace from the less-explored perspective of teenaged boys. What followed was a series of frank nationwide conversations that helped us unpack a new, transforming universe with a unique and easily misunderstood language, social pressure and codes.
You’re never alone when you’re online. Not only is God watching — which should be significant enough! — but others are watching too. Every click counts, and is counted. Whenever you retrieve information from some server out there in the world, that server knows it was pinged. And that specific ping can be tracked. Someone can find out what particular page you viewed, how you got there, how long you stayed, where you went next, and even where your cursor hovered on the page.
There’s no one who exemplifies the power of crisp editing better than God, the world’s all-time bestselling author. His written word, known by modern readers as the Bible, clocks in at an efficient 750,000 words.
Five years ago today, on October 5, 2011, Apple’s iconic cofounder Steve Jobs passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Many wondered if the company he left behind was prepared to carry on the legacy he left after creating the iPhone. Perhaps the biggest sign of Apple’s success is that it has maintained its lead over main competitor Google. This week, Google announced its new Pixel phones that look a lot like recent versions of the iPhone on everything from appearance to features.