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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Look What Politics Makes Christians Do

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 27, 2023 at 8:58 PM

Opening up X this week, I noted that the present beverage brewing tempests were the Internet meltdown over Taylor Swift’s new love interest and the honoring of an alleged Nazi in the Canadian parliament during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit. The invisible thread binding them was the Culture Warriors claiming to fight for Jesus who made these the cause célèbre.

I Hate Captchas

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 20, 2023 at 10:49 PM

Is it me or have they gotten more annoying? Those little puzzles to separate out the robots from humans that appear on web sites constantly?

Breaking from the Dismal to Hope for 200

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 13, 2023 at 6:54 PM

Life in 2023 feels like it is a constant flood of anger and problems, doesn’t it? What a refreshing break last night to simply celebrate Cardinals great Adam Wainwright winning his 199th game.

Amplifying the Craft, Not Short-circuiting It

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 06, 2023 at 9:47 PM

In a recent column for Christianity Today, Yi-Li Lin argued for a significant increase in usage of AI-related tools in church work. I’m sympathetic, but he goes too far. The ways he does are revealing to the challenges every profession is facing, or will face, with this technology.

This is the Kind of Cookie I Want

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 30, 2023 at 11:44 PM

I’ve embarked on an important research project to further humanity’s understanding of the world. A project to delve deep into one of life’s most important questions. One that furthers the far reaches of science. One that helps to better understand… the chocolate chip cookie.

We're Regulating the Wrong Thing

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 23, 2023 at 8:48 PM

Standardization is a good thing. Forced standarization can appear beneficial, too. But the two are not the equivalent. Consider the increasingly ubiquitous USB Type-C cable.

Strange Smoke

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 16, 2023 at 11:23 PM

I’ve always been a fan of smoking, as long as that refers to smoking delicious meats. Barbecuing and related culinary feats let us taste summer. This year, though, is a year of strange smoke.

T-Mobile's Hard Work to Lose a Customer

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 09, 2023 at 12:17 PM

T-Mobile managed to do what a massive rebrand and years of advertising couldn’t do. They’ve managed to make the thought of dealing with my cable company, Spectrum, seem appealing.

A Love Letter to a Piece of Fabric

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 02, 2023 at 8:01 PM

One of my favorite products is, of all things, a small piece of fabric. This strip of material I ran across during my jump into the Mac world two decades ago is something I now use every day. As ridiculous as that may sound, RadTech’s Optex products tend to sell themselves: usually if I show someone what it does and how well it works, RadTech ends up with another customer.

X Doesn't Mark the Spot

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 26, 2023 at 9:42 PM

Twitter has changed its name to “X.” The way that change reverberated from newsrooms to dining rooms was revealing. It shows how dangerously dependent our society has become on this one, privately owned soapbox.

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