Are we now in the “post-PC era”? PC shipments are down (year to year) for the first time in 2 years.
Have you moved into the PC era yet, now that it is over, or at least very likely on its way out?
I recall reminiscing yesterday about my first PC – in 1990 or so, it came with a whopping 40 MB hard drive. I was so excited. I followed the proceedings of the 1992 General Conference on a BBS. At that time I couldn’t have imagined email, digital photos, or blogging; much less being able to do all those from a phone that was connected (by wire) to nothing.
I can’t help but wonder, as the world rolls along, what this kind of progression means in terms of the direction the church takes. I’ve blogged quite a bit recently about the state of decline in the United Methodist Church and american denominations in general. There’s more talk and writing and blogging and vlogging and tweeting than ever about what can and should be done to fix things….
Then I read that we may already be in a post-PC era. Are we in a post-denomination era? What does church look like if we are? I remain absolutely convinced that the church (as in the people of God who, by mutual accountability and commitment to one another) will live on. I am less convinced that any of the particular current forms which claim to embody the church will live on.
I finished reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma last night. Rachel asked me if I felt more (than ever) convicted about our food choices. I said no; that the book (which I highly recommend) did have me thinking along those lines, but not in a drastically different or self-degrading way.
Rather, I am intrigued at the polarity Pollan describes between an industrial and a biological way of functioning. I’ll blog later about this as it relates to renewal in the UMC and faithfulness to Jesus, but for now it makes me wonder:
Are we in a post-traditional-model-of-church era? If we are, does it really make any sense at all to spend time, resources, lives, etc., on figuring out how to “go back to” some prior time now deemed as better, healthier, livelier than today?
I mean, I am not going back to that 1990 PC.