I preached this message on May 14th, 2017 Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly, IA. It was designed to teach the congregation a form of mindfulness that could counteract dissent and disheartenment. In the message, I talk a lot about my own disheartening...read more
Ever since the DNC emails were released by WikiLeaks I've been haunted by a sinking feeling in my gut. As an avid Reddit user, I've been glued into dozen of stories about the DNC email leak. The shady nature in which these emails was acquired is troubling; the...read more
Social Capital: the capacity an average person has to organize into groups, giving that person the power to accomplish social change. The decline of the Church in the developed world has been debated ad nauseam. Many are quick to point out that their "global" church...read more
Rev. Wil Ranney
I am a Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church who specializes in technology ministry. I help churches, pastors, and social entrepreneurs to leverage the Holy Spirit through techniques pioneered by internet startups.
Pokemon Go is not a fad, it’s been a long time in the making. Go is currently surpassing searches for “porn” and “Donald Trump” on the internet. If your church isn’t paying attention, now would be the time. To by fair, countless churches have caught on, providing hospitality for players that are wondering into their territory. I approve.read more
Bust: a startup that flames out, despite a strong and promising start. In the year 2000, the Super Bowl featured a commercial that starred a sock puppet. That puppet was the mascot for Pets.com, the poster child of Dot Com busts. Pets.com did everything right - if...read more
A friend of mind asked me if I had any advice on this topic after the recent floods in her home state of West Virginia. I have witnessed what I consider to be “best practices” in disaster situations over the years and wanted to share them with you now.read more