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Arthur Murphy
Houston, Texas
Wonderer about God, husband, father, seminarian, just trying to love God and love my neighbor
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Here. I need your help. I tried to comment on this person's blog about her struggle with baptizing her child in the Lutheran faith, but hit a blank wall. So I am just giving this over to you in the grand tradition of social media. I think her blog deserves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
In my Social Media class, I discovered that publishing articles, blogs, and information on the web is different from the traditional print media. Apparently, many people have begun to publish rather rough, unedited drafts because the functions of personal communications and formal publishing now shade into one another. Therefore, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
I have focused on being capable of adequately developing, critiquing, and tailoring curriculum materials for use in a specific context. I have learned about the differences in learning styles and methods, and the differences between a bounded set and a centered set. A bounded set would be “A Mighty Fortress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube was presented by Michael Wesch at a gathering at the Library of Congress on June 23, 2008. He is very excited about YouTube, you might say, calling the Nooma Nooma dance on YouTube a metaphor for “a celebration of new forms of empowerment, new forms... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
In the book Engaging Technology in Theological Education, Mary Hess says that when working with technology, we should ask several questions, including "How is God revealing Godself within this medium, and how are we opening ourselves up to that revelation or blinding ourselves to its possibility?" Hess, 31. She goes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
Here Comes Everybody(Penguin 2008) is a very recent, topical book by Clay Shirky. Its telling subtitle is the “Power of Organizing Without Organizations,” and it discusses the social media revolution that is happening as people in large numbers become familiar enough with technology that they begin to innovate incredible ways... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
1. How did the reading assignments in this course support your learning? Were they relevant, pertinent, accessible? Which ones would you keep for future versions of this class, and which would you discard? I enjoyed the reading assignments for the course. I especially enjoyed reading Engaging Technology in Theological Education... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
I have two skill competencies that are lower than my other skills and need improvement. Therefore, as I complete my final project for my seminary course in Media and Technology in Parish Education at Luther Seminary, I will focus on being capable of adequately developing, critiquing, and tailoring curriculum materials... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
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Jul 7, 2010
As a followup to my post on pastors preaching about immigration, the New York Times picked up the story today, and had a great article about pastors in many Houston churches preaching on July Fourth: "All over Houston, in an unusual display of ecumenical solidarity on an explosive issue, scores... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
Today I got in the mail two pictures from an 80-year-old aunt, and immediately forced my teenage boys to sit down with me and unplug their media while I explained who their great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were in a 30-year-old photo. They tried to wiggle away only once... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
I titled my Blog "Just Trying to Matter" for three reasons: I think that what we do and say in this world actually matters. Or at least, we hope that we matter, in some way. We want to find meaning in our life, and we want to have a purpose... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at Just Trying To Matter
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Mar 16, 2010
I would like to share a few memory tips and ideas that I used in memorizing the Sermon on the Mount. Most of these are applicable to memorizing sermons as well, which I think is a real art that I would also like to learn. A pastor friend who graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) tells me that his preaching professor required them to memorize sermons, and that he benefited from that experience, often giving sermons from memory in his parish ministry. The first tip is logical, but not often followed, and that is to memorize from beginning to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2009 at Memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
Arthur Murphy is now following Luther Seminary
Nov 4, 2009