Pastor Jeremiah Steepek: A Viral Hoax

There’s a story making the rounds on Facebook and the Blogs about a so-called Pastor Jeremiah Steepek, who pretended to be a homeless man in order to teach his Church a lesson. The tale is spreading very quickly. This is how it goes: Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured below) transformed himself into a homeless person and went…

Church Uses Facebook for Sacramental Scrutiny at its Peril

Religion Dispatches: For all Il Papa’ssocial media encouragement the last few years, the Roman Catholic Church continues to struggle with digital ministry practice, particularly where new media intersects the church’s medieval sacramental structure. In 2011, a new smartphone app aimed to support preparation for and the practice of confession ended up generating more confusion than…

The Facebook-Free Baby

Yahoo:  Growing up, I never had tan lines. Want proof? There’s a color snapshot on display in my parents’ home: a naked 2-year-old is shown from behind, climbing up a bathroom counter. For as long as I can remember, a framed 3×5-inch print has sat next to the sink where it was taken. My dad doesn’t…