We Were Hacked…But it Should be Good Now

Sorry, our server got hacked. We might have done it to ourselves. But I think it is better now. It might take a few days to ripple through to the system. If you are still getting “warning” from Google or elsewhere, hopefully in the next 24-48 hours they will stop. We hired someone to clean everything up, and the web-host says we are good. So…good. – Parson

The Future of Schooling

This is Scot McKnight pondering the future of Seminary. Here are some fellow LCMS’ers bemoaning something very similar.

From Scot…

At MOOC (massive open online course) Divinity School (Mooc-Div), the seminary of the online future, students will work with degree granting organizations (DGOs) to fashion a seminary education without ever stepping foot on a seminary’s campus, if a campus exists, or meeting any of their professors.

Given the write up, Scot is not too enthused. The CSPP are not happy either. Let’s just say I’m a little different. There are some sad things about the passing of one form of education, but we have to deal with the world as it is. And dealing with that means dealing with two things as far as I can see: 1) the cost of education for something that most of the church considers at best “nice” and 2) what I think is the big opportunity to really tackle the complete breakdown of trust.

Both of these comments assume that this type of thing actually alienates and causes even more hyper-individualism. As far as I’m concerned, in the era of facebook, those are the starting facts. The other item is that I think this might put the focus back on where it should be, the local congregation. The time out of the local congregation would be reduced. And if they were smart the local congregations would use things like this as outreach vehicles. Instead of the prestige and “action” as it were being in going away and being taken out of the congregational context, the congregation becomes the learning community. If I look at history, I think that has been the paradigm in most places. Even at the dawn of the seminary system it was a congregation that “sent their best and brightest” for training expecting them to come back. This would rebuild that trust because the learning is taking place under the congregations nose.

“I’d Rather Text than Talk” – Shaped by Technology

Take 20 mins to watch this…

One the one hand I could put it in the “kids these days” folder, on the other I think there is an emerging theme in the technological world that each new invention promises a fuller and more connected life but each one ends up removing a bit of our humanity and placing us a little further away from any real connection with each other. If anyone has read That Hideous Strength, I couldn’t help but think of it and the depiction of battling the powers.

From the what can you say file…

Read David Brooks today. (He’s using this as source material.)

For most of the church’s existence in the US, it has had a cozy relationship to the culture. A Christian could blend in. Those days are ending fast. The church will need to adapt to being pilgrims or strangers in a strange land as the Bible would say. And that is going to be very difficult.