The Virtual Church on the Rise

Ben Witherington writes about virtual church on his blog:

…. have you been attending church online of late? What, you didn’t know you could attend church, or synagogue, or the mosque on line? Well yes, you can, sort of. Now, I am not talking about a web link to a live worship service in a real church. No, I am talking about websites where you can go to pray, to network, to join others in studying the Bible, to exchange pictures, and so on, and no they are not just glorified chat rooms. [read more]

I found this statement interesting:

In my view, there is no real danger of this phenomenon replacing the real church, or even the church newsletter, but it certainly reveals that Christian people are looking for contact with unknown but like minded Christian folks. And there is nothing inherently wrong with that. We used to write pen pal letters. Now people go to websites and make friends from around the world and have their faith nurtured.

Now, I’m not old enough to have really had a pen pal, but it’s so true! Conversations on social networking and facebook (or twitter or pownce or VIRB) are to our generation as pen pals were to generations gone by. Except the conversation is near instantaneous. And no licking stamps. Blegh!

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by HM on 2007/07/16 at 12:30 AM

    Yes, it’s great that technology allows us to share ideas so easily.

    But sometimes I just need a hug =)

    Reply

  2. 722.org, baby. ..that’s where i go to church. at 3am, sometimes 🙂

    Reply

  3. Posted by divine.conspiracy on 2007/07/20 at 12:52 PM

    HM: it’s true, sometimes we do need a hug

    giz: cool, thanks for the link! I’ll check it out sometime… do they have multiple services? 😛

    Reply

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