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The Face-to-Face Gospel and the Death of Distance

Al Erisman says we need to think about ministry in the digital culture the way missionaries think about the culture of the people they serve.

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Jenifer Manzo

March 14, 2011  6:38pm

I really appreciated this conversation. I think so often the Christian community gets left behind in major changes happening in the world. We were behind on Abortion and I think we are behind on technology but hopefully not quite as much! I do have one concern though - it has to do with the video. Sometimes creating robots in the image of man (including emotions) can come across as playing god. Maybe that's just my old-school bringing up but it makes me nervous. There is such a fine line between creating things that will help people while at the same time creating something that would be used for destruction. That being said though I really appreciate seeing Christians out there who are working to stay in the fore-front of this rapidly developing area. Hopefully more and more Christians will be willing to do the same in other areas as well.

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March 03, 2011  4:29pm

I was struck by what Wha-Chul Son's statement about a paradigm shift. We facing the ramifications of the advances in technology. The advances will not stop regardless of our positive or negative feelings about them. Our thinking should now address what we are going to do. We should also consider how our biblical worldview will influence our use and distribution of technology.

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Michael Pavek

September 06, 2010  6:45am

This was a great article that is leading me to explore how we use technology at our church. We're discussing doing a video podcast of our sermons and are looking for ways to actively engage people online to spread the Good News of Jesus' Salvation.

Marilyn Adamson, United States

July 29, 2010  8:00pm

I especially liked the question, "Does real preaching require real presence?" I personally am very grateful for Paul's preaching in Romans, though Paul is not with us. Written form was God's means of getting the gospel to millions, without preachers being face-to-face with millions. Same with Billy Graham on TV. Now we have the opportunity to give the gospel to those searching while in their homes, offices or college campuses. It no longer is only at our choosing....people who do not yet have a relationship with God are searching, taking the initiative on Google, asking questions like "does God exist?" I'm so glad we can provide an answer to the millions whom God is wanting to draw to himself, like at EveryStudent.com. I am grateful there is no distance between our message and those wanting to find it.

Alan Young, Australia

July 23, 2010  1:21am

An excellent article. I am struggling with the issue of the use of modern technology in the church. It has now reached the stage where we don't need to take our Bibles to church because the scripture readings are all on the screen. Our young people read from their Ipods and mobile phones. Are we losing the importance of knowing how to use our Bibles? Does it really matter?? Carrying ones Bible used to be a sign of our loyalty to the Lord.

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