So this past Sunday I didn’t make it to the brick and mortar building church which I am a member of. I did not have the opportunity to connect with my friends and family face to face. I didn’t get to sit on a metal folding chair as I learned from our teachers. I didn’t have to run media for our worship service from our production room. I didn’t get a chance to greet visitors who were trying out our church for the first time.
I did however have the opportunity to try out worship at 4 different churches at once. All Online.
I am fascinated by the possibilities of online church. Before you come hit me over the head with scripture, I want to make it clear that I am not forsaking physical gathering, however, the pew doesn’t create community. I believe that authentic ecclesia is obtainable in the virtual world.
And yes, before you chastise me for my selection of screen shots, I will point out that these were all taken during the musical time of worship. I will admit that I stepped away from the computer at the time of the sermon. There are a number of teaching pastors that I follow via podcasts, and this week I will actually listen to my own pastor since I was absent from the pew.
I know of controversies that have taken place in the past over televangelists. The reality is that some are horrible teachers while others have every intention at teaching sound doctrine. The medium/technology used to assist the amplification of the Word of God is just that. While some debate that the medium can become the message, I argue that delivered in an appropriate way, the message can be accurately taught in such a way that more people can hear the word and respond.
There is no argument that the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(Hebrews 4:12)
Have you tried church online? Who are some of your favorite teachers that you enjoy learning under?