A recent hit piece Good News had on racial analysis reveals a lot about how data is twisted to promote self-serving narratives.
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Big Data in the UMC challenges the narrative of decline “due to progressive Christianity,” and shows what role each of us is to play to handle the coming winnowing of the church.
Introduction As Seth Godin has written, you need a telescope to look at a vision (to get it clearly into focus so you can better approach it) and a microscope to look at problems (to analyze their interconnecting pieces and fix them one at a time). The following are both vision and problem pieces looking […]
Some theological and Big Data perspectives on whether Violent video games and movies cause us to be violent.
It’s the end of 2015, so here’s the 15 top blog articles by readership.
As churches begin to use facial recognition software to track attendance, what’s next for personalized worship experiences?
The United Methodist Church runs on its membership: membership totals determine decision-making power. But what if those numbers are artificially inflated?
Drawing on the iconic scene in “The Newsroom”, is there a need to acknowledge that Christianity has fallen short? That in many ways, we are not the Greatest and need to repent? Oddly enough, in honestly repenting we might become more attractive to a suspicious world.
The West has been decried as the worst part of Methodism, not only because we are progressive, but because we cost too much. Unfortunately, that last accusation doesn’t hold water when the real numbers are examined.
Seriously: a VERY tiny number of women lead the UMC’s largest churches. Why is that? Why do we want female Bishops but not female megachurch pastors? What’s going on in the largest denomination in the world that affirms women in ministry?