Ministers Learning Sympathy

It is of need that we are sometimes in heaviness. Good men are promised tribulation in this world, and ministers may expect a larger share than others, that they may learn sympathy with the Lord’s suffering people, and so may be fitting shepherds of an ailing flock.

—Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, 155

PEBCAK Errors and OCSO Sheep

A friend of mine in the retail business shared an acronym used among his fellow-employees. Having regular interaction with confused computer customers, geniuses often identify PEBCAK Errors: Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard. I’ve sat in the middle of a few of those myself.

That same friend and I, along with a couple other youth staff leaders, were conversing about small groups. One leader remarked that we regularly run into a certain sort of sheep, and another acronym was born. This type is an OCSO Sheep: One Continual Shepherding Opportunity. A shepherd’s watch never really ends anyway, but some sheep make it more of a ride.

Technological Change

Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change

Article by Neil Postman. His own summary:

First, that we always pay a price for technology; the greater the technology, the greater the price.

Second, that there are always winners and losers, and that the winners always try to persuade the losers that they are really winners.

Third, that there is embedded in every great technology an epistemological, political or social prejudice. Sometimes that bias is greatly to our advantage. Sometimes it is not. The printing press annihilated the oral tradition; telegraphy annihilated space; television has humiliated the word; the computer, perhaps, will degrade community life. And so on.

Fourth, technological change is not additive; it is ecological, which means, it changes everything and is, therefore, too important to be left entirely in the hands of Bill Gates.

And fifth, technology tends to become mythic; that is, perceived as part of the natural order of things, and therefore tends to control more of our lives than is good for us.