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Lasers, Big Data, and the Church

Eye Laser Surgery

“It isn’t going to work…just STOP !”

Imagine that in the 1950’s scientist were testing and experimenting with lasers {light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation}. Early experiments show the power of focused light and its ability to cut [weld] through steel. At that time, nobody connected the dots scientifically that we would someday be harnessing the power of laser light to adjust vision on the human eye while not burning a hole through the patient’s skull.

When an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist[1] and educator Charles H. Townes (born July 28, 1915)  introduced his research with both maser and laser devices, he shook up the scientific world. As a matter of record, “Theorists like Niels Bohr and John von Neumann [EXPERTS] doubted that it was possible to create such a thing as a maser [microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”).  Three months before the first successful experiment they tried to stop him: “Look, you should stop the work you are doing. It isn’t going to work. You know it’s not going to work, we know it’s not going to work. You’re wasting money, Just stop!”.[4] [wiki].

‘Surprise , surprise, surprise’ Gomer Pile would smile and boast. More accurately, NOT a surprise about a group of experts shooting down one of the most powerful tools ‘harnessed’ in our lifetime, RIGHT !? Yet today,  ‘laser-blade’ eye-surgery is performed every day plus The U.S. National Academy of Engineering has chosen the combination of lasers and fiber optics—which has revolutionized communications—as one of the twenty most important engineering developments of the twentieth century.*

Big Data Technology and the Church

In the same way, trying to imagine how big data technology can help church builders become EXPERTs may be a stretch to wrap your head around initially, but a new ‘opportunity’ has dawned for the church. The collective wisdom created in the theosphere comes from massive amounts of inspired feedback from an audience responding to the issues in a lecture. Solutions are found faster with increased accuracy. In ministry, this means that the flock’s concerns [faith needs] are being addressed, and the ministry staff is not experiencing burn-out or bottle neck communications. The responsibilities and daily operations of the ministry function harmoniously as circumstances change, with less risk in ‘judgment’ errors. The group or theosphere grows increasingly more intelligent [see: Meet Big Data Church, Chapter 1 – “Big Data @ Church – Calculating the will of God”].

One question is…Do church leaders recognize this vital communication transformation? The advent of a global theospheric neurological network is a game changer for all who seek truth and wisdom on every level. Leadership groups can now visualize a color-coded image of the “mind of Christ” generated by each participating individual, while observing the synaptic flow of energy of the masses.  I know, sounds a little ‘out there’? Perhaps, but this is NOT NEW science and neither is the concept. What can we compare this to ?

Dr. Frank Luntz, founder of Luntz Global is a genius in this area.  His case studies and list of clients are undeniable, including presidential candidates.  His work should be taken extremely serious by the  church.  The real question is , ‘How long will it take before church leaders ‘get it’ and see the light’?

Lessons from History

Historically, Christendom as a whole does not have the brightest record even though Christ left a perfect DISCIPLSHIP MODEL. This of course does not negate the faith or heroic efforts of good intentioned missionaries over the years regarding their personal acts of love and kindness. BUT, case in point, the church in the United States has been in a downward slope over the last forty [40] years. See my previous blog: [Church – Evolve OR Dissolve]. If we were to explore this topic of church growth on a global scale, it’s within reason to speculate the trend is dropping even further. Obviously, some of the mega-churches and their impact do not reflect this overall trend, i.e. Joel Osteen, Joyce Myers and a few others and should be recognized. Interestingly, they are highly criticized by their contemporaries. A completely different ‘jar of worms’ that we will not open in this specific blog.

Ironically, numerous books have been written about ‘how to’ make disciples and models have been crafted and structured to perfectly emulate the model that Jesus left as an example. Unfortunately, with all books on discipleship, there are even fewer figs on the tree.  Word on the street, net, blog, cyber space… 1.3 million ‘believers’ are walking away from traditional church models each YEAR in the USA alone. How should a church leaders and spiritual shepherds feel about this? That depends how this information resonates in your heart which goes deeper than your understanding of how big data technology relates to healthy church building. Simple, if it bothers or concerns you then this is a sign of life, hope and WISDOM.

“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is NOT learning from experience.” [Archibald McLeish]

Historically,  when a new discovery or deeper truth was revealed that conflicted with tradition or religious dogma, people paid the ultimate price. Hopefully, the church will not repeat its history of stoning its own prophets [or their wisdom] like in the past. When church leaders catch on and embrace big data technology within a spiritual context the shrinking trend will be reversed. Many successful business leaders today rely on big data insights to attract buyers. The church should not ignore or take lightly the deeper truths of utilizing big data technology within their fellowship. Leaders who embrace big data technology, without a doubt, will set the world ablaze with wisdom; growth occurs naturally.


Michael Sanicola


*Copyright notice: Excerpted from pages 107-12 of A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries that Changed Science and the World edited by Laura Garwin and Tim Lincoln, published by the University of Chicago Press. ©2003 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U.S. copyright law, and it may be archived and redistributed in electronic form, provided that this entire notice, including copyright information, is carried and provided that the University of Chicago Press is notified and no fee is charged for access. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of the University of Chicago Press and of the author.

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