Cary Umhau

The Limits of the Internet, or What Do We Really Desire?

The internet and my use of technology is making me shaky. Neurologically, that’s true as our attention spans shrink and our brains get rewired. When we subconsciously check our phones 20 times in an hour, what are we looking for? Connection through a text or Instagram picture? Breaking news? What do I want? What do YOU want?

The internet is a beautiful tool, but it’s also a vomitorium. And engaging it as a medium (regardless of the content) leaves me feeling like I’m in an information coma.

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What WE’LL BE, Will Be

Yesterday, the day after the U.S. presidential election, I shared this by email with our subscribers. I wanted to share it with more of you because so many share our desire to DO something positive for this beautiful land and its people:

 

Well, it happened. And it’s over.

And because the point of SPACIOUS is to connect beyond the usual boundaries, to step out of the usual silos, we SPACIOUS people see this election,

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Guest Post: Austin Graff on Ridding the World of Stranger Danger One Airbnb Stay at a Time

With headlines about police brutality, religious extremism, and police being targeted, it’s easier than ever to stay within your own circle, never branching out. More than ever, kids are growing up with a strong sense of “stranger danger.” Scripture clearly commands, “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” in the book of Mark, but how can we live this out today? It was on a recent Airbnb stay that my wife and I started to dig into this topic.

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My Saints March On

I’m realizing that there are people from my past that I think about often. They’d probably have been surprised to know it, but they are some of the “saints” I recall, people who in one way or another have helped me grow, helped me grow up, helped me move into being my true self, helped me know more of God.

I bet you’ve got some of those people in your life. I’d love to hear about them.

Mine include:

  • My maternal grandmother,

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Being Lovers, Not Fighters

Recently I sent this post out to those who subscribe to our site. I wanted to post it for others too as it’s sparked some good conversations:

I hope you didn’t take my subject line the wrong way because 34 years into my marriage, I’m sticking with my man. But like Michael Jackson sang with Paul McCartney, “I’m a lover, not a fighter!” How about you?

Our national discourse is distressing. And Christians, among whom I count myself,

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God-Glory Concentrate

Scripture says that people are the greatest manifestation of God’s glory, even more than nature, which Psalm 19 tells us reveals who God is. I love a quote by author Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He says that cities have the greatest concentration of the image of God per square mile by virtue of having so many people in them.

I often think of that when I’m on the subway, crammed in with many people,

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SPACIOUS Moments

Have you ever seen a stranger (or it could be a friend) doing something fun, generous, open-hearted, crazy… and it just made your day?

Maybe you thought, “I wish I could give him a gold star for that,” or “How awkward would it be if I just started clapping?”

Well, now there’s a socially acceptable way to give a shout-out to somebody who’s living spaciously. And to share with others the cool thing that made your day.

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What happened to friends?

Friends are the people you can call in the middle of the night when you’re in jail. Or ask to come pick you up on the side of the road when your car breaks down. Or help you pull off a gargantuan task you’ve (over)committed to (“Sure I can make homemade chicken salad for 200 by tomorrow”).

That’s what friends are for, right?

Apparently friends perform those functions less and less, as we turn to professionals for meeting our needs.

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Just Be Kind

As I slowed down to make the left turn, I saw him out of the corner of my eye.

He was near Massachusetts Avenue and the entrance to 395 South here in DC. He was standing between construction cones and Jersey barricades. It was dark, and there weren’t any streetlights nearby either. He wasn’t far from several other panhandlers.

Without thinking much about it, I assumed I knew what the sign he held would say.

But it didn’t tell a sad story (“Wife died.

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Neighbor’s Table

I love what Neighbor’s Table is doing and, especially, how they are doing it.

They say they are “a love mission of ordinary people loving extraordinarily around the table.”

They are also spreading the ethos of just going ahead and getting past the excuses, past the perfection, past whatever keeps you shy and reticent and alone, and gathering a bunch of people around a table.

And they’re also able to sell you a big old table with benches so you two can seat 20 people in one place.

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