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Mason Schramm attends my local United Methodist Church. He is going to teach a class on parenting and technology. One hour, I think. Since this subject has been recently broached in my household, I wanted to dig just a bit deeper. Mason knows this technology and is young enough to be on the cutting edge of it.
Mason, thank you for this interview. Tell us something about yourself.
I am not a parent, but I am an educator by background. I volunteer with kids and youth. My passion for helping parents protect their kids is a means for me to combine my passion for teaching with knowledge I gain through my career in technology management.
What draws you to helping parents deal with the rise of technology.
I have always had a passion for education. One of the best ways I found to incorporate teaching into my career in Technology Management Consulting was to educate parents about the pitfalls of technology use among adolescents. One of my favorite quotes to pass on to parents comes from Sun Tzu in the Art of War: “If I know myself, and I know the enemy, I need not fear the outcome of 100 battles.” When it comes to technology safety, parents are fighting against a rapidly changing enemy. I want to help parents with this fight.
3. How many people are in ZZ Top?
I thought he was a solo act
Give us some ideas on what you want parents to know about technology?
First and foremost, I want parents to understand that technology is not dangerous in its own right and that technology is not going away. Therefore, parents need to be proactive, not reactive, when it comes to teaching kids about proper technology use and possible dangers of technology.
Second, when it comes to technology, the next big thing is always right around the corner. How are parents supposed to keep up? Just like any danger of raising children (drugs, alcohol, strangers, etc., ), effective communication and teaching at an early age is the best deterrent.
Third, great tools exist to help parents protect kids. However, these tools are often less advertised because they don’t have the financial backing as many of the more popular and more dangerous products have at their disposal.
5. What is the most frightening thing you see in this area today? What are some tips you would offer on defending against this?
The most frightening things I see or hear about when talking with parents or reading in publications related to digital safety stem from human growth and development theories. Typically, humans do not develop higher order thinking skill until their 20s. Therefore, behavior exhibited by children during their formative years and into early adulthood is linked to concrete thinking. Logical and rational decision-making is difficult for the majority of kids. Applying this concept to technology results in poor decisions being made that have much greater ramifications than kids have the ability to realize at the time.
Technology allows for the rapid transfer of data across the Internet. It is simple and fast. When social media is added to the mix, which allows both friends and complete strangers to interact, data transfer can be devastating. For example, snapchat, twitter, facebook, and others all allow users to send photos and text back and forth. This is great for keeping track of old friends, posting fun pictures from your life, communicating with peers. Once the information is sent to the other person, the creator of the information has no control of what happens next.
I have heard of many instances of teenager girls sending photos of themselves to somebody that was impersonating a friend or acquaintance. These photos that were intended to be private between two people were then uploaded to various websites with less than pure intentions. The girl’s pictures are now forever in an online database of some kind. The legality of this is not in question, but the enforceability is far more difficult.
Parents can help prevent situations like this from happening by teaching kids that anything you put on the Internet is there forever. It may not be easily found, but it is never full destroyed.
6. Do parental controls actually work? What’s the future here?
Parental controls are like old rickety fences. They provide some protection, but it is not too hard to break through. Kids are smart, inquisitive, and have a natural affinity for technology. Kids will find ways to outsmart the parental controls. It is much like the fight parents have against alcohol. If a kid really wants to find a way to drink alcohol, they will do it. The only real parental controls are the parents. Tools exist to help parents, but they are just tools. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the future for improved parental controls does not seem to be any more effective than it is currently. Investing in improved controls to keep up against new threats is costly and always behind schedule.
Lawrence J. Johnson has brought to us a divine collection of worship artefacts from the early Church. He has meticulously researched ancient documents, not for some historical critical purpose or even a manifestly theological purpose, but for the purpose of presenting to us the ways the early Christians sought to order their lives in worship. This is, quite simply, the liturgical thought as it developed in Christianity.
Before I speak to the use of it on the Logos Software platform, I want to first speak to the depth of the material. The goal, as stated in the introduction, is to help Christian denominations who are reforming their worship to have access to “the great literary heritage that witnesses the way Christians lived their liturgical life during the early ages of Christianity.” Thus, he seeks to provide a comprehensive resource for those who are seeking to return to the ancient ways. He does this quite well.
Johnson’s work is found in four volumes, each with a particular temporal focus. The first volume begins with pre-Christian times, drawing from synagogue prayers as well as Jewish tradition. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea Scrolls are not used — although I recognize this may be more of a matter of space than a pointed exclusion. Also included in this first volume is the “sub-apostolic” era as well as the second and third centuries. Here, Johnson pulls from the Didache, Melito of Sardis, and the Apostolic Church Order, respectively. The second volume covers the fourth century, with one half devoted to the East and one to the West. Here, you can contrast Hilary of Poitiers (West) to Gregory of Nyssa (East). The third and fourth volumes follow this pattern with the fifth and sixth century, respectively. A specific highlight to this set is the use of unknown, or relatively unknown works, such as the Manchester Papyrus (Vol. 6, East). In total, Johnson provides over 1500 pages and over 700 years worship of material to devour.
I want to now give an example of a section. In Vol. 1, Johnson displays before us Pseudo-Cyprian’s On Rebaptism. He gives a short biographical sketch and summary of the document. Following this is a short bibliography. Then the document itself is given, or rather, the pertinent part of the document. There is no interpretation or other commentary provided.
This is where having the volumes on the Logos Bible Software platform comes in handy. Rather than having to flip back and forth to the abbreviations and the indexes, everything is now included on the page before you. Further, it is easily searchable and having the electronic versions means I can add whatever notes I like, erase them, and start over. Having an extensive set like this in hardback does look nice, but having it on the same software system that will always access it in order to help your study will enjoy that it moves from the shelf into your hands, from your hands into your mind, and from you mind to your mouth so that you can use it to help either renew your community through a liturgical reform or even as a daily study.
I’ve included some pictures of the set (Vol. 1) on the iPad app.
I can’t tell you why, yet, but I’ve suddenly become interested in highlighting the High Definition series from Logos. This series builds upon the Discourse series, both by Steve Runge, the scholar in residence at Logos.
Now for the first time, the nuances of discourse grammar are marked in your Logos Bible Software English Standard Version New Testament to expose the subtleties of the Greek text. Without formal Greek or Hebrew training, you can:
Enhance your understanding of the original authorial intent
Restore the subtleties of tone and stress “lost in translation
Learn to distinguish among backgrounded information, major and minor points in the text
Apply the proper emphasis in public reading and teaching of Scripture!
See the link above for a fuller explanation.
This is what it looks like on my iPad:
I’ve split the screen to show Romans 1 in the hi-def NT as well as the glossary volume.
What is different about this, say from other versions attempting to show emphasis? It uses rhetoric as a basis. Notice that on the left of the image is a diagram showing the points of the structure. One of the errors of modern readers is to read Romans as if Paul is monotone. This helps to break that up. Let me show you some more from the inside:
As you know, I have an issue in the way Romans is read because I believe Paul is writing in a certain style, a style detectable if one understands a specific rhetoric as well as acknowledge Paul’s context here. Having the High Definition New Testament is great because it calls us to step back and read it in such a way as to consider we, in fact, did not write it, but someone else — someone else with intentions, purpose, and a specific message — did.
One day, after phd work, I’d like to work on a specific monograph on Romans. This is going to start, and urge me on, in that process. Runge’s work, as much as Campbell and a select few others, is serving to show Paul’s intentional rhetoric and must not be missed if you really want to hear what the Apostle is saying.
I have Kindle, iBooks, and Logos. As one who does a lot of reading, as well as research, I like to keep all of my notes and scribbles on one platform. Kindle is fine, but if I had my choice, it will always be Logos. And here is why. Attached are three photos of the inside of the book. The Logos version, if you have the other books mentioned herein, will include links to other books in your library. This is extremely helpful given the amount of books I have.
Further, I really like the set-up of this one in Logos because of the footnotes. The footnotes are honest-to-goodness footnotes. Anyway, have a look:
In a previous post, we saw how the Bible Sense Lexicon is like a net that, when homonyms get you tangled up, lets you capture only the exact meanings you want. Here we continue by looking at how extensions of a meaning can entangle you, too.
Consider the verb “fish.” It seems like a relatively straightforward word, meaning “to catch or try to catch fish.” But have you ever “fished” for your keys in your pocket? Have you ever seen someone “fish” for a compliment? Word meanings can extend in any number of ways.
Most of us think we know the moving story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life—a pacifist pastor turns anti-Hitler conspirator due to horrors encountered during World War II—but does the evidence really support this prevailing view? Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking carefully examines the biographical and textual evidence and finds no support for the theory that Bonhoeffer abandoned his ethic of discipleship and was involved in plots to assassinate Hitler. In fact, Bonhoeffer consistently affirmed a strong stance of peacemaking from 1932 to the end of his life, and his commitment to peace was integrated into his theology as a whole.