Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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How About Separation of Politicians and Religion?

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 03, 2024 at 9:21 PM
The news cycle of Holy Week has convinced me: I don’t think we need further separation of church and state, but we need separation of our politicians from church. As a friend likes to quip, “You can help me more by helping me less.”

The Tyranny of a Thousand Zooms

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 27, 2024 at 10:52 PM

The Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Apple is one of the worst calamities to hit computer privacy in recent memory. If we want to understand where this could very well take us, we don’t need a hypothetical future horrible privacy mess, we need only look at Zoom video conferencing software.

The Case of the Missing Wordle

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 20, 2024 at 9:02 PM

Disaster struck a few weeks back. After 291 days straight, my Wordle victory streak crashed and burned. I should say, the computer thought it ended. I got another day’s word correct, but my account was marked as if I’d missed it. Talk about a genuine crisis.

Deals This Weekend on a Thunderbolt Dock and HomePod mini

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 09, 2024 at 9:34 AM

This weekend is packed with several uncommon and good tech deals, particularly for Apple users. If you’re in the market for a smart speaker or Thunderbolt dock, you will want to check these out.

Is a Church Online a Real Community?

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 06, 2024 at 10:40 PM

What makes for genuine community? Everyone had to wrestle with that in 2020 when community as we had thought of it was abruptly severed. Four years later, we continue to grasp for the precise answer to the question in our moment.

Cleaning Up One’s Own House

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 28, 2024 at 9:11 PM

We’ve gotten bad (worse?) about cleaning up our own messes. Sure the other side is a mess, but it’s time to care more about doing what’s right than playing for loyalty or ephemeral victories.

iA Writer: A Quiet Place to Write

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 21, 2024 at 9:19 PM

Since I first traded WordPerfect for Microsoft Word in the 1990s, I’ve never been able to get away from it. Every once in a while I’ll find something else to try, but iA Writer might be the first one to stick.

Repentance is a Love Letter from God

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 14, 2024 at 4:27 PM

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day collide this year. The combination feels bizarre: a day associated with fancy meals and rich desserts has been forced to share a table with one that focuses on our failures. Yet a common thread weaves between: love.

The AI Revolution a Year In

By Timothy R. Butler | Feb 07, 2024 at 9:24 PM

A year after Microsoft unveiled its big push into AI riding on the early wave of ChatGPT excitement, we haven’t come to terms with how AI fits into our world. Sorting it out will take time, but we need to start doing so with the assumption it is here to stay.

Donald Swift

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 31, 2024 at 11:14 PM

This week, I saw a meme that gave me a moment of clarity. Donald Trump and Taylor Swift have an awful lot in common. Call me fearless — the last sentence could lead to nearly all of the Internet hating me — but the comparison is worth entertaining to consider our political moment.

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