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Smartphones and the Smartcross 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)

Smartphones and the Smartcross

The essence of the gospel is Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.


Many people have a nagging suspicion that technology consumes too much of their time. It’s a master, not a servant. We want to be smart about how we use our smartphones. Paul faces a similar, although not identical, dilemma. He wants to stay true to his core values, and remember what he is all about. He decides that true wisdom is centered in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Peer Pressure from the Pharisees,” February 5, 2017.


Jake Knapp felt that his iPhone always absorbed his attention. For him, it was an occupational hazard, since he worked as a design partner with Google Ventures.

But in 2012, when his smartphone addiction started to encroach on time with his kids, he decided he had to do something. He deleted every app that distracted him: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. “It was a huge relief,” he says. Although he thought it...

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