Where Do I Put My Cell Phone?

I added emphasis on the last paragraph, my favorite part, as it exclaims the lack of virtue in a cell phone belt clip… Where Do I Put My Cell Phone? of the Put This On blog to follow.

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Q and Answer: Where Do I Put My Cell Phone?

Eric writes: I’m always in a quandary about what to do with my cell phone.  Other sites say to never wear a cell phone on a belt—apparently it’s this generation’s pocket protector or Batman utility belt accessory.  On the other hand, I don’t like the way a cell phone in the front pocket breaks up the line of my always flat front dress pants.  What’s a guy to do?

There are a pair of answers to this question, which we get a lot in our email inbox.

The first is to carry a bag.  You’re describing work; my presumption is that you’re bringing a briefcase of some kind with you.  There’s plenty of room for wallets, phones, keys and all other manner of miscellanea in there.

The second is to put it in your jacket pocket.  I tend to use the upper pocket (seen above) for my cardholder, and the lower pocket for my phone.  Neither breaks the line of my jacket significantly.

Generally speaking, these are the solutions to all your stuff-carrying problems.  I generally carry a car key and two house keys, a small card holder, and some folded cash in addition to my phone.  It all goes either in jacket pockets or a bag unless I’m not wearing/carrying either.  In that case, it fits fine in the pockets of my jeans.

You’re right to think that the belt clip is the pocket protector of our generation.  There is absolutely no excuse for it.  It is embarassing, and if you own one of these grotesque monstrosities, you should throw it away now, lest you be tempted to wear it in the future. 


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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.