It took only 13 years for the word “encyclopedia” to mean “Wikipedia” and the values of Wikipedia (openness and equality) to become the values of the entire Internet itself. Can it take only 13 years for the word “Church” to no longer refer to places of exclusion and harm, but instead refer to people of inclusion and grace?
If knowledge has a half-life over time, we get more out of the Bible by treating it more as a tome of knowledge like Wikipedia and less as a tomb of knowledge like Encyclopædia Britannica.
One of the first pieces that Hacking Christianity had syndicated on United Methodist Reporter was our series on “What the Church can Learn from Wikipedia” back in May 2008 (OMGoodness the blog is FOUR YEARS OLD). In those four posts, we talked about what would happen if the church structured more of its items like […]
Quick hit: we talked before about rough “unfinished” forms of ministry being allowed to take root in “What the Church can Learn from Wikipedia.” Per the article below, it seems the same concept is taking place in technology as fast flexible programs are replacing high-tech ones simply due to it being “good enough” to get […]
Matt Shafer over at Twice Infinity (the blog was recently accepted into CCBlogs, which I am jealous of because my blog was not “serious” enough for inclusion), pointed me a month back to this story of a Wikipedia article that reported a false fact, a paper reported it, and then Wikipedia referenced the paper as […]
A month or so ago at Gizmodo, a tech/nerd site (you BET I’m a reader!), one of the editors ranted against beta culture: the tendency of manufacturers of software/hardware to put out unfinished products which will then be “fixed” by software updates and such. I’m tired of this. This sense of permanent discomfort with the technology […]
Hello, an abridged version of my “What the Chuch can Learn from Wikipedia” series has appeared in the September 5th edition of the United Methodist Reporter. What United Methodists Can Learn from Wikipedia To that end…welcome to the first-time readers! Here’s some resources for you: About the Blog I’m a United Methodist pastor and I […]
Rob Brink over at Emergent Village has something right in line with HX.net concepts: a grassroots wiki-like sermon written by the blogosphere. It takes a top-down medium and makes it bottom-up…I like it! Read Rob’s original blog post (hat tip to ThinkChristian.net) Edit the Sermon (we are crafting the purpose right now) We’ve got a […]
Here’s part 4 of my four-part series on “What the Church can learn from Wikipedia.” It is a weekly series, published every Wednesday in May. Part I: The Wikipedia way of starting new ministries Part II: Grabbing the long tail of ministry Part III: Competition is bad for ministry Welcome to the last installment of […]
Here’s part 2 of my series on “What the Church can learn from Wikipedia.” It is a weekly series, published every Wednesday in May. Part I: The Wikipedia way of starting new ministries Part II: Grabbing the long tail of ministry The past two weeks we’ve hit on two important lessons from Wikipedia By lowering […]