this week’s round-up (january 4)

Blessed are the un-cool. Important reminder that churches should choose to be faithful instead of fashionable.

How Luther Went Viral. Interesting article suggesting the use of pamphlets and the printing press helped fuel the Protestant Reformation in much the same way the modern social media (ie Twitter) fueled the Arab Spring, both tapped into widespread social discontent through relatively new, decentralized that the status quo couldn’t effectively leverage.

2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties.

The guy who gave me my first real job in commercial radio, Dennis Green, has some thoughts on recent changes in the Cedar Rapids market and the slow decline of good radio.

Before there was the iPhone, there was the iLandline.

The Psychology of Home: Why Where We Live Means So Much. From the article:

“No one is ever free from their social or physical environment. And whether or not we are always aware of it, a home is a home because it blurs the line between the self and the surroundings, and challenges the line we try to draw between who we are and where we are.”

Do we take “place” seriously enough? Are there implications for itinerant ministry somewhere in here?

10 Brand Building Steps for Beginners. I just did an interview this week from someone researching how “the church” uses social media; this is a pretty good guide to some first steps.

Why Best Buy is Going Out of Business… Gradually. There was a time when I looked forward to going into a Best Buy, now I almost dread it. While the article is specific to the business and culture of Best Buy, there are probably some good lessons for the church in there as well. How often have we delivered bad customer service and what are we doing about it?

Donald Miller: A Parable About the Church.

I’m not a big fan of classical music and so I’ve never really followed Yo-Yo Ma, but I did catch the end of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, where his work was recognized, and then stumbled upon this performance of the Silk Road Ensemble on the NPR All Songs Considered Blog. I like it, hopefully you will too…