Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I CAN'T SEE YOU!



Where are we now? The church is growing at an alarming presence online. The development of church websites that are not only posed as bulletin board for sunday announcements allows church members to be not only interactive but also be present. Yes, Present if church is more than a sunday morning experience we must continue to engage within our church environment throughout the week. To work towards the edification of the saints and upbuilding of the kingdom of God.

If as saints we cannot allow our range of motion to be expanded beyond the four walls of our traditional landscapes we will remain behind in an everchanging world. The world where facebook meets bible study, interactive church websites meet testimony services, and where twitter resounds as a way to reach the lost.

How do we get there?
We must allow oursevles to develop a desire to know and have understanding of what is avalable to us as desciples of Christ... Are you willing to come along?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
This popular phrase was derived from a commercial stating that the signal of a phone was out; and once reconnected the caller says "can you hear me now?" Today we ask the same question with regards to connectivity. Are we too connected that we are not present within our current context. Is it possible that we cannot hear what is going on around us as we are completely engaged in our accourtrements? I have seen several individuals timidly progress into the world of virtual communications mainly through means such as Facebook and twitter; but the question is posed if we are more able to "hear" each other through use of these means. Are we more aware of what we are saying to each other through these means of communication?

The book Alone Together by by Sherry Turkle poses several questions regarding the effects of constant connection. The fact that this has caused the younger generations to develop anxiety related complexes from deficency of their accountrements seems to be a very "REAL" issue.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

HOLY HOLY...WAIT! WHAT COMES NEXT?

The virtual world in itself bring many questions to the forefront regarding authenticitiy especiallly when it comes to church. The virtual church is a concept that allows churches to establish themselves with equal rights as a brick and mortar church within a virtual community. One issue that arises is how the Church will administer its sacraments such as communion and baptisms. Wether or not the existence of a community constitutes the authenticity of these sacraments.  Because, various traditions require certain individuals such as a priest to be present when these sacraments are administered it may cause quite a stir if they are not and they are carried out.

Can you have communion if each person is not partaking of the same exact elements? The purpose of communion is to examine one's personal relationship with God in order to perserve the sanctity of the ritual. So if it is an individual that must examine himself worthy of communion then how can we restrict the administration of the sacrament to necessity of certain indivdiuals pressence? Is it the preseverance of traditions?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

POWER PRAISE AND PERSONALITY

Can we worship in a virtual world within a spirit and truth context?

I often wonder if the worship experience that we long for and often strive to get to church on sunday morning for is authenic? To answer this question there must be a level of self awareness that is only reached within the individual with regards to their personal relationship with God. How do we view God within worship and where do we gain these preconveiced notions of God? According to many psychologist the image of God is developed within the first 5 years of life. Spiritual maturity allows one to futher extend their views of God himself and their ability to relate to God. The question of worship in a virtual church creates a forum to explore development of spirituality in a virtual context. If God cannot be contained within the finite minds of the human frailty and worshipping him is an act of devotion than the context of where or when or how we worship God can surely not be limited to brick and mortar churches or virtual sacred spaces. Does God's power define the extent of who he is to a certain individual or is it infinite? How we view God says a lot of our relational abilities to relate to one another in a structured society as well as a virtual one.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

M.I.A MISSING IN ACTION

Where have all the people gone? Todays technology has ventured a new type of "church" Virtual Churches according to the book SimChurch by Douglas Estes. How do we define Church? Is it not the church within the believer,  as The Spirit of God resides in the believer?

The idea of a Virtual Church originally struck me as an odd play on such elements as video games. However, after thoughtful reflection I believe that if we as the church are not strictly just a brick and mortar structure than the church can reside in any mode it wishes. The problem is that many people view the traditional structure as a place of community and fellowship. One would argue that the same community and fellowship can also take place in a virtual online setting. We would need to define the elements of community and the meaning of fellowship. I think there is a preconceived notion that spirituality and virtuality can not co-exist.

I think that God being specific when instructing his people to build various buildings of worship would indicate that space and in particular a meeting place where he could meet with the people of the time is a very pivotal point when visiting this issue. The Ark of the Covenant and the Temples were all done according to specific measurements. Today we can look at cyberspace as another medium with "specific" parameters that allow people to meet with God.

Many people are sacraficing buildings of worship for a more virtual or should I say Visual experience. Even within the brick and mortar buildings there are projectors that allow a large congregation to be able to view the Preacher from the back of the church. I think there is something to be said about the connection that people wish to feel with their leaders in worship.

So, therefore, connecting online would still allow the leader to be, in my opinion more present with the audience. We as leaders must begin to expand our own parameters and derive a strategy that is all inclusive and allows us to meet the "churched" as well as the "un-churched".

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HELLO GOD, I AM TECHNOLOGY

                                                                       Moments in Awe


September 10, 2012 a beautiful  afternoon I find myself sitting in class wondering two things "God, are you sure about this? and What if Technology had to introduce itself to God? How would that go over. Maybe something like this: Technology; Hello I am facebook- created to help people keep in touch with one another, I am twitter people use me to tweet comments  I am a blog there are many topics I share with the world. I am communication, I am cyberspace I am a time saver, I am a time waster, I can be a way to save souls in a dying world... well God I have to go people are uploading downloading, instagraming and well they keep me pretty busy...oh yeah someday I hope to be able to do so much more to help you ..but thats the debate. Nice to meet you have a blessed day.

Well yeah that wasn't much of a conversation because God did not respond or say much. As many scholars search to find a theological perspective on advancing the Kingdom of God through technology and "meeting people where they are" in a technological areana many questions arise. They tend to leave us in awe.


Technology in the church is no longer a futuristic principle that can be swept under pews, fanned away with church fans, or ignored from the pulpit.  Do we draw a line on where or how to cast a net as fishermen of men?  I belive that this is one of the greatest bait, line and sinkers that we have ever been provided as women and men of God. To be able to reach souls who may not otherwise be interested in a traditional church pew settting but have a strong desire to watch service in the comforts of there own homes.

The disire of ministers everywhere is to reach lost men and women, boys and girls but at what cost? Are we willing to illuminate the questions that leave us in AWE?