Thursday, May 31, 2007

Give me that Online Religion

OK, how many ways can we be connected to our friends. We have cell phones, IM, texting, not to mention email, myspace, facebook, and all the other sources like these. How does one keep up? Last month's issue of Fast Company, a great magazine that Alison turned me onto featured an article on the creator of Facebook. This Ivy League college dropout has changed the way we communicate. Most of the students in my student ministry are on Facebook, so with the prompting of Alison, I became a facebooker.

What has happened you might be wondering? Well, I will tell you. I have connected with people I haven't seen in years, spoken to close friends I have lost contact with, talked to people I graduated from high school, college, and seminary with, and connected more with some of my current friends because of it.

But I am also spending more time on here talking to people than on the phone or even face to face? So have we become a generation of people that prefer our computers and technology to communiate with others rather than a personal conversation?

A few years ago, I read a book called Give Me that Online Religion by Brenda E. Brasher. She discusses the need for religious leaders to be connected online. She wrote this book 2001 and isn't completely up to date on technology, but that isn't what the book is about. It gives sort of a pros and cons list of the online communities.

So my question is this: Can we have community, true ekklesia/church, with our online interaction with others?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A new blog I am reading

I have linked new blog in my Links section. It is the one called Rob's Blog. Check it out.

Rob and I attended seminary together. He is hands down one of the funniest people I have ever met. I have never had so much fun translating Hebrew as I had with Rob. There are books of the Bible and Italian pastry's that I will never view the same way again after spending time with Rob. I wish I could explain more, but there are church people that read this blog, so I will leave it at that.

Rob is a pastor in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He also loves poetry, art, interpretive dance, and show tunes. Read his blog, you'll be glad you did. Very insightful stuff to be found there.