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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Helping Parents Protect the Smartphone Generation

By Andrew Osborne | May 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Being a father of a young child, I assumed my days of keeping an eye on my kid’s media use were a long way off. Having a three-year-old daughter has quickly changed my mind. Part of me loves seeing how intelligent and natural my daughter is at using technology like my cell phone, but another part of me is a little terrified.

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Cybernetics and the Body

By Rev. Bill Johnson | May 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the staples of science fiction literature has long been the cyborg.  Part man, part machine, the cyborg often serves as man’s triumph over the limitations of the physical body.  From Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand to the more malevolent “upgrades” of Dr. Who’s Cybermen, the fascination and fear of cybernetics has inspired authors to wonder what it means to replace our bodies. 

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The Rise of Consumer Virtual Reality

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Apr 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

2016 is a landmark year for gaming. There’s the usual array of big titles being released, including a few long awaited sequels, as well as some interesting new IPs. But this year it’s not about the games, it’s about the hardware. 

After decades of missteps (I’m looking at you, Virtual Boy) and empty promises, we’re finally seeing the first fully realized virtual reality systems being released for consumer use.  While I haven’t been able to try them all myself (I’m pushing for a bigger R&D budget, though!), I’ve looked over the specs and there’s a lot to be excited about.  There are also some pitfalls we would do well to examine.

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6 Ways Technology Can Improve Volunteer Training

By Katy Munson | Apr 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Vacation Bible School has a long history of doing things creatively. When looking at ways to recruit and train volunteers for this ministry, why not follow in that vein?

It might make sense to recruit volunteers and then train them for VBS or any other event or need your church may have. Yet, training information is important to have when recruiting.

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AlphaGo and the Future of Being Human

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Mar 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Had we talked three or four years ago, I’d have told you that there were some tasks computers were exceptionally good at completing, like calculations or repetitively crunching scenarios.

I’d have also told you, though, that there were some things they weren’t very good at doing, and probably never would be, simply because of the amount of variables involved, such as driving a car, reading emotions, or pretending to be human.

On some level, that changed this week.

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How Much Is Too Much? Giving up Technology

By Rev. Daniel Ross | Mar 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Did you know information overload has been documented as a phenomenon since the thirteenth century? What has changed in recent years is the pace—we are now receiving even more information each day than ever before. And, so, we are losing focus.

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3 Ways to Entertain Your Kid Ministries with (or without) Technology

By Hannah Osborne | Feb 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

My six-year-old cousin knows how to use an iPad better than me. And I’m twenty-two years old. From the time he was three, he knew how to unlock his mom’s phone. Before he could read numbers, he was punching in her passcode so he could play games.

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Webinars 101: How to Attend a Training Webinar

By Buffy Alvarez | Feb 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Here at Concordia Technology Solutions, we’ve used webinars for several years to offer training opportunities on our products and about technology in general. But if it’s the first time you’re attending a webinar, it can be a little confusing!

To help get you started, here are the basics of attending a training webinar.

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Apple & San Bernardino—What It Means for Christians

By Rev. Bill Johnson | Feb 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If you’ve watched the news in recent days you’ve probably heard something about the FBI’s attempts to access the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino shootings and Tim Cook’s response on behalf of Apple.

There are a lot of different angles to this story. At least some bear some theological reflection and could impact the Church around the world.

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How to Use a Screen in Worship without Worshiping a Screen

By Hannah Osborne | Feb 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I love new things combined with old. I love seeing age-old ideas expressed in new viewpoints, common assumptions presented in innovative forms, and outdated principles rethought in fresh ways. Unsurprisingly, I love seeing the Gospel presented in compelling new ways.

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