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Do Technology Companies Have Too Much Influence Over Us?

Our current financial and legal regulations aren't prepared for the challenges posed by technology companies that have grown into influential monopolies that have tremendous influence over society without accountability. Now economists who have historically been "hands off" with anti-trust laws are changing their tune. Now, a growing “post-Chicago school” argues...

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Why We Need to Have More Conversations

In this solo episode of Paths to Restoration, author Ed Cyzewski shares about the vision for this podcast. Moving forward we need to share more fact-based conversations about pressing issues such as the COVID pandemic and the rise of anti-vaccine social media posts. This is a time when the credibility of Christians is on the line, to say nothing of the thousands of lives that could be lost if w...

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The Perfect Can't Replace the Possible for Prayer

From the blog post "Can you really pray for an hour each day?"... The thing I’ve learned about myself and spiritual practices is that I can’t let the ideal undermine the reality of life. I can’t let the perfect replace the possible. Some days the kids wake up extra early or stay up super late. Some days the alarm isn’t set properly or we fall back asleep ...

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Catherine McNiel Shares Her Go To Spiritual Practices

Catherine McNeil is the author of All Shall Be Well and Long Days of Small Things. She shares how parenthood helped her seek spiritual practices throughout each day, despite many interruptions, and how living with an awareness of seasons changing offers a more sustainable rhythm than the quick fix of social media. Connect with her at www.catherinemcniel.com.

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Post Election Soul Care

There is a lot of fear and anxiety over the outcome of the election and the transition process. How can we recover from the emotional and soul care challenges of the election and develop long term soul care strategies to carry us through the months and years ahead? In this brief video from his podcast Paths to Restoration, Ed Cyzewski talks through some ideas for social media, news, and s...

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The Case for a Facebook News Feed Fast

It’s up to us to resist the vast waves of misinformation coming our way on social media leading up to the 2020 election in America. The good news is that we can step out of the ocean, so to speak, and move ourselves onto dry land until the waves of misinformation and trolling pass us by. Your Facebook news feed is where these waves are hitting us the hardest, and so we'll find the...

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Does Social Media Limit Your Choices?

The promise of technology today is an endless supply of choices. We have so many apps to choose from, where an abundance of users deliver an immeasurable amount of posts, videos, and images for us to view. Dotted throughout this ecosystem, we find links to articles, ads for products, and instantly streaming videos that are ready to go if we simply stop scrolling for a second. Group video ...

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Paths to Restoration: Shawn Smucker and Ed Cyzewski

Shawn Smucker is the author of These Nameless Things, The Day the Angels Fell, and Light from Distant Stars. He is the co-host of The Stories Between us with his wife Maile, sharing their journeys as writers together. Learn more at www.shawnsmucker.com.

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How to Spot and Overcome Division on Social Media

A whistleblower at Facebook has detailed the ways that governments and bad actors are exploiting Facebook to promote misleading stories with bots and fake accounts. Algorithms reinforce confirmation bias within echo chambers that limit our perspectives, and we tend to react and respond in the moment rather than considering the source of a report or the complexity of the story. This is a mome...

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How to Navigate the Highs and Lows of the News Cycle

There have been some wild news days in the lead up to the 2020 election, leading to some mental health low points for many of us. Here are a few ideas for how we can better manage those difficult moments and move toward restoring our souls.

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