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  • The digital cathedral: Shifting institutions to networks

    Apr 01, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | Last month the Pew Research Center released a report called Millennials in adulthood: Detached from institutions, networked with friends, which contains important insights for ministry leadership in the digital age. The report addresses two major interconnected trends that have dramatically affected the church over the last 25 years.

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  • The digital cathedral: Visual and immersive faith formation

    Mar 18, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | “Everything in a Gothic cathedral tells a story which in turn opens onto the narrative being spun by God.” ~ Robert Barron, "Heaven in Stone and Glass" One of the major trends in social media over the last two years has been the explosion of image-driven content. The web is shifting from a text-driven to an image-driven medium, leading some to call this next iteration of the Internet the “visual web.”

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  • The digital cathedral: Coffeehouses as social media? Pubs as sacred space?

    Mar 04, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | In his new book, Writing in the Wall: Social Media—the First 2,000 Years, Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist, reminds readers that social media existed long before the invention of Facebook and the iPhone. Social networks, he writes, are nothing new. People have always found ways of connecting and networking with one another by means of whatever technologies were available to them at the time.

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  • The digital cathedral: Doctor Who as a model for digitally integrated ministry?

    Feb 18, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | Thank goodness for Netflix. Last Holy Week I found myself felled by the flu and had just enough energy to lie on our couch and lift the remote for the Apple TV. Many of my friends had been raving about the television show Doctor Who at the time, and so I decided to give it a try. I started with episode one of Season five, the beginning of the Matt Smith era (you’ve got to start somewhere), and I never looked back.

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  • The digital cathedral: Networked ministry in a wireless world

    Feb 04, 2014 | New Media Project

    By Keith Anderson, guest blogger | For our honeymoon, my wife and I spent six weeks traveling across Europe. We visited 16 cities in 11 countries over the course of six weeks. It was amazing—and exhausting. Having developed an interest in medieval Christianity while in divinity school, I was anxious to see many of the places I had only read about in books. So, Jenny indulged me as we schlepped across the continent from church to monastery to cathedral.

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