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March 14, 2008

E-gratitude

Technology and theology mix in a wonderful way every day when God Pause pops up in my e-mail. I’m a subscriber to these daily devotions based on a specific passage of Scripture—a collaboration between Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

Many weeks, I’m introduced to a new professor, pastor or other writer. Every so often, the contributor is someone whose work I know. That’s been the case this week, as Herbert Anderson has offered his insights. Herb has written for The Lutheran over the years, and I always learn so much—head, heart and soul—when I work with his work. That’s certainly been true for me again this week as I’ve been refreshed in the middle of the day when I’ve opened God Pause.

A retired ELCA pastor, Herb is a visiting faculty member at PLTS where he is research professor in practical theology at PLTS. An idea in his devotion for yesterday, March 13, shows just how “practical” his theology is. Taking a clue from how Paul opens his letter to the Phillippians— “I thank my God every time I remember you,...”—Herb floats the idea that it could be a model for communication today, on the Internet.

“Imagine,” he suggests, “receiving 12 e-mails in one day, all of which began with the writer giving thanks for remembering you. Imagine sending e-mails to 12 friends giving thanks for their friendship and the joy they have brought to you life.”

Imagine...and hit “send.”

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