Common Practices, Part 4 - New Denver Church
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Common Practices, Part 4

In our fourth week of our Common Practices series, pastor Norton Herbst explores the attention economy and the daily practice of turning your phone off for one hour.

Discussion Questions for Common Practices Pt4 | May 10, 2020

Key Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Discussion Questions

  1. How much time do you think you look at your phone each day? What if you combined all screen time: how much time do you think you look at a computer, tablet, phone, or TV screen each day?
  2. The message introduced the idea that we live in an attention economy. How did this idea surprise or unsettle you?
  3. In what ways does your phone distract your attention? Be honest.
  4. Read the story of Mary and Marth again in Luke 10:38-42. How can you become more like Mary?
  5. The Common Rule suggests turning your phone off for an hour during three important times: with family and friends, at work, and to seek silence. Which of these is most challenging for you?
  6. What would you lose if you did not look at your phone the first and last 30 minutes of each day? What would you gain? 
  7. What are other ways you might resist distractions on your devices?
  8. What are one or two specific goals you have for incorporating this habit into your life?

Moving Forward

  • Buy the book The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley if you have not already. Read pp. 63-78. 
  • Watch the video by Justin Whitmel Earley for this chapter at: 
  • Use a Screentime app to track how much you use your phone each day. Consider which apps you can delete or reduce.
  • Turn off all notifications on your phone and other devices.

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