New Media Communications 2.0: A Great Good Place for the Theological Community
How will offline institutions change if people flock to online activities?
Might the presence of online community cause a re-evaluation of the quality
of interaction and intimacy encouraged and nurtured within the church
DLochhead: What response will the church give to online community experience?
Will "great good places" be built in
Is there such a thing as "Christian" Computing
Why is something considered "Christian"? Christian Computing Magazine reminds me of what always used to bug me regarding other "Christian" media. It usually implied something which overtly expressed a particular kind of spirituality. When I would use "secular" movies in order to present a particular issue with youth, I would get complaints from some parents that I should use more "Christian" movies.
Is it a "Christian" Web page if Bible verses are used, or pious
phrases are used, or there are links to other "Christian sites"?
What of the net effect (no pun intended) of the page? Does it provide
some form of community? Is this the strategic role of the church on the
Internet? What "oasis" can we provide? What do people seek on
the Internet (really seek) and how can the church provide it?
I tend to agree with Mike Yaconelli's idea that the word "Christian"
is a noun, not an adjective. There are Christians who do movies, who write
music, who use computers, but there is not really "Christian movies",
"Christian music" or "Christian Computing", or "Christian
But I do think there is an important role to play. We have a unique calling
in the world, and it is most simply, to be present and prepared to provide
a "place" of community and to help the participants in that
community embody the call of God upon their lives. We need to "be"
among the people. We need to be the Church in the marketplace.
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