The Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
I have seen a growing backlash against evidentially-based thought and reasonable belief. Many believe these two categories of thought to be mutually exclusive, but I think they are complementary. Here is why:
If you have ever been on a short-term mission trip you have likely asked the question: “Is this trip really helping the local people?” Many times an experience may feel like it isn’t. So how is one to know if one is helping or hurting others with their aid?
Accounts of miracles in the Bible demonstrate that the power of belief can reorder the universe. Could our belief today enable us to reorder our environment and change our world?
About a month ago famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking wrote an article “The Independent” that questioned whether human beings are taking Artificial Intelligence seriously enough. He also specifically indicated that he thinks experts in the field aren’t doing enough to prepare for the vast global changes the AI onset will bring about. I believe Stephen Hawking is overlooking one very important characteristic of humanity.
A couple of weeks ago I showed a group of teenagers in our church youth group a video that criticized modern uses of technology. I didn’t indicate my thoughts about the video until the students had watched it and verbalized their opinions. The students’ responses might surprise you.
Virtual Reality (VR) technology is going to radically change what it means to “attend church.”
Last Tuesday, April 1st, I conducted a little prank on Facebook for April Fools Day. But the results of my mild experiment were not what I expected. And, for me, the experience has me wondering if we are really using technology to its fullest potential to help our relationships to flourish.
The ‘Cosmos’ remake exemplifies that fact that biases of interpretation of our existence matter in our conceptualization of it.