Monday’s Influence Online Articles


Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com:

  • John Lindell and I talk about the case for expository preaching, that is, preaching through Scripture verse by verse. John is lead pastor of James River Church, a multisite congregation in and around Springfield, Missouri. Yesterday, he completed a series on the Gospel of Mark and in doing so finished preaching the entire New Testament. We have a good talk about the why and how of Pentecostal expository preaching.
  • We note a new Pew Research Center report on how many digital devices Americans have. “For the first time, more than half of U.S. households contain a cellphone but no landline, according to a recent report from Pew Research Center.” My own family is on the cusp of being what Pew calls “hyper-connected,” with ten or more devices in the household.

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Review of ‘12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You’ by Tony Reinke


My wife and I have a running argument about who spends more time on their iPhone. (The correct answer is her, of course!) We worry that the other person is missing out on real life by focusing so intently on virtual reality.

I read Tony Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You with that worry in the back of my mind. The book delivers on its title by demonstrating in successive chapters how smartphones influence our thoughts and behaviors. We

  1. are addicted to distraction,
  2. ignore our flesh and blood,
  3. crave immediate approval,
  4. lose our literacy,
  5. feed on the produced,
  6. become like what we “like,”
  7. get lonely,
  8. get comfortable in secret vices,
  9. lose meaning,
  10. fear missing out,
  11. become harsh to one another,
  12. and lose our place in time.

More than talking about what smartphone usage does to us, however, Reinke outlines a theologically rich, spiritually practical take on these matters. Indeed, the question the entire book seeks to answer is this: “What is the best use of my smartphone in the flourishing of my life?”

Technologies such as smartphones are marvelous tools, increasing our productivity and online connectivity. The question is, how can we make use of these tools without succumbing to their negative effects? As an answer to that question, this is a book you’ll want to read twice.

 

Book Reviewed:
Tony Reinke, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017).

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