Bartha on Technology

“This is the crux: When a 14-year old hacks Netscape and at 19 releases Firefox which gets downloaded a million times the first day; when a bored teen sings “Dragostea Din Tea” by the Romanian pop band “O-Zone” into his web cam and gets downloaded over a million times … emerging church leaders need to be nurturing their transformed imaginations and the imaginations of those young emerging leaders within their scope of influence.” Karl [Kirk] Bartha, Technology and the Velocity of Glory Next Wave].

UPDATE: I meant Kirk, not Karl. Sorry. Thats what happens when i am blogging at 2am.


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Just a minor editorial point – the author is “Kirk Bartha” not Karl Bartha. In view of Kirk’s spiffy article in an e-zine I’m sure one could make an amusing but educative point about the difference between Kirk as a pithy writer and Karl Barth as a theologian suffering from prolixity (viz. the multi-volume Church Dogmatics).

  • Thanks, Phil — at first glance, I was trying to figure out how and why Karl Barth was commenting on technology… him commenting on Netscape seems chronologically unlikely. All that aside Andrew, the quote you presented makes a strong point.

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