Sermon Notes


How can we be responsible consumers and users of Media and Technology?

How can we engage different generations with wisdom and grace?


  1. Access to information.
  2. Connect with people almost anywhere.
  3. Collaborate with people almost anywhere. 
  4. Find communities of like minded people.
  5. Learn new skills and crafts. 

Cost Video

  1. Time and energy (Addictive) 
  2. Disengage from present reality.
  3. FOMO
  4. Deceptive


How can we engage different generations with wisdom and grace?

Tips for using digital media and technology:

  1. Evaluate the benefits vs. the cost.  

2.  The law of diminishing returns

3. Does this align with my values

4. Use technology to learn something in order to engage with the real world.

5. Suspend non-necessary technology for 30 days and see what happens. 

6. Learn to sit in your thoughts and emotions.

7. Not only “like” on social media, but use that as a way to engage with real people. 

“Nothing is more responsible for the good ol days, then a bad memory.” -Franklin Pierce Adams  

The question is are we making progress as humans? What is the trajectory in which we are heading. I have more statistics?

Lets look at the measurable data

Life, Health, Sustenance, Prosperity, Peace, Freedom, Safety, Knowledge, Leisure, Happiness

Life Expenctancy  (Slide)

For most of human history life expectancy from birth was around 30, today world wide it is more than 70 and more developed parts of the world more than 80. 

Child Mortatlity (Slide) 

250 years ago a ⅓ of the children did not live to see their 5th birthday, now even in the poorest countries in the world that number has dropped lower than 6%

Famine: (Slide)

One of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. Today famine has been banished in even some of teh most remote parts of the world according to Pinker’s data. 

Poverty: (Slide) 

200 years ago 90% of the worlds population experienced extreme poverty, now its under 10% 

Power Wars:

In the major power empires and states were at war with each other, now they are never at war with the last power war being the US with China 60 years ago. 

Battle Death (Slide): 

Wars of all kinds have become fewer and less deadly, the annual rate was 22/100k to to 1.2/100k today. 

Democracy (Slide): (Alexa, what does Autocracy mean) 

Although autocracy is not completely gone the world has never been more democratic with ⅔ of the worlds people living in democracy

Homicide: (Slide) 

Homecide deaths plunge with anarchy and the code of vendetta’s are replaced by the rule of law. So today in Europe a citizen has a 1/35 chance of being murdered compared to the medieval times. This happend in New England, and in the Wild West in America as well as Mexico. We have become safer in just about every way. 

Safety (No Slide) 

Over the last century we have become 96% less likely to be killed in a car crash, 88% less likely to be mowed down on the side walk, 99% less likely to die in a plane crash, 95% less likely to be killed on the job, 89% percent less likely to be killed by an act of God (flood, drought, wildfires, storms, etc) due to better infrastructures. 

Literacy (Slide)

Literacy- Before the 17th century no more than 15% of Europeans could read or write. Europe and the United States received almost universal literacy by the middle of the 20th century and the rest of the world is catching up. Today more than 90% of the worlds population under the age of 25 can read and write.

Work Hours (Slide) :

In the 19th century westerners worked more than 60 hours a week, today they work fewer than 40. 

Appliances/Leisure: With new technology/appliances like Electricy, running water, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners Refrigetars, has dropped from 60 hours a week to fewer than 15 hours. (I figured) 

The data and reality seems to show a different story then the media?

This reports the tone of news covering, what is being reported. 

 News is about reporting things that happen, not about reporting things that don’t happen. Another bright and sunny day on 107 Colony Dr. back to you Charlette. (How would news shows survive) We are not getting a clear picture. 

The data and reality seems to show a different story then the media?

If it bleeds it leads and it seems like our world has been coming to end for a while. It does seem like we are making progress and on an upward trajectory in a lot of ways.

Progress does not mean everyone is better at all times everywhere. Pinker says that this data does not mean we live in Uptopia but it does point to progress. 

Has the rise in connectivity created bigger divides or shed light on what has been happening in dark all along. Perhaps, because things are being brought to light, they are being dealt with through social action. 

That’s why people who blame increased connectivity for widening ideological divides misunderstand what’s going on. The world is not getting worse, nor are our divisions deepening. We’ve always had these problems — it’s just that connectivity is bringing them to light. Racism, xenophobia, bigotry and sexism have always been there, it’s just that we can see them more clearly now. And that’s why connectivity is so important. Billions of people are starting to speak out, and that means we are no longer able to claim ignorance, and filter out the terrible things that have happened on the watch of good people in the past.

The intolerance, bigotry and selfishness aren’t new. The crooked politicians aren’t new, the guns aren’t new, the racists aren’t new, and the hate isn’t new either. What is new is the network, and the connected cameras.

And that changes everything.

Angus Hervey, Political economist and journalist, and co-founder of

Different Generations:

 We are sitting in the sacrifices of the generations before us., We are also reacting to the blind spots of earlier generations. 

“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

New ideas seem naive, outlandish, bizarre, heretical, idealistic (and they are in comparison) We keep moving forward, something in us keeps moving us forward. Pierre De Chardin a Jesuit priest and paleontologist who was a strong advocate for evolution believed Christ was the force within all creation moving us back to God. We can participate or not, but we can’t participate in isolation. 

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. 

-Albert Einstein


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