The Technological Divide: Either you get it, or you are behind the curve my fellow Christian. You in?

If you have an iPhone, smart phone, blog, twitter and Facebook is old news then you are surely in a different culture than most churches.  It is a fact that 25% of churches do not even have websites and the ones that do simply use it as a flyer rather than a Web 2.0 tool to integrate and expand the relationships inside and outside their church.

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One common thing I hear is how “unreal” the virtual networks are.  I disagree.  How unreal is a million dollar transaction of stocks being traded?  How unreal is a note asking for prayer and having it responded to in email form?  How unreal is it that someone reads your thoughts on a screen and is inspired to comment on your blog?  These are real, personal interactions.  Even money is personal, right?

No one says that it is unreal to read a book from an author that is dead to learn and gain inspiration.  Yet, those behind the curve shy away from saying that reading a blog might actually impact someone. Imagine interacting with the author and his actual social network Debate him or her.  Letters of old were precious and saved.  Now, I actually see some, not all, of this being a good thing like letters written in the 18th or 19th century.  We actually are journaling our thoughts and ideas and are accountable to them.  Imagine that.

In todays age, we can be like the fundamentalists of the last century and build a bunker or like many evangelicals and wall in a Christian sub-cultured ghetto.  What I think is that we need to be indigenous to our day and leave those behind who choose to wallow in the old fashioned ways before IM and email to embrace the technology as a cultural medium that is nothing less significant than the Gutenberg printing press.  I can peruse 10 translations online.  Try that with your favorite study Bible.

 

One thing that seems true is that there is a technological divide and that sometimes is generational but more often than not it is the mindset of valuing a Christian subculture over reaching people outside that subculture.  Hudson Taylor today would use a computer, just like missionaries who translate the Bible use one today.  Why are we afraid of IM?  Why are we shying from using electronic giving or any other tool that would allow us to expand our relationships? 

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My wife and I were very impressed at a local Christian school presentation where that school is using a digital reader by Sony as a medium to read the classics.  The school library is going to be a USB cable hooked up to a computer.  This excites me and is a model for how we in the church leadership circles need to be thinking.  Things are changing and always will be.  It is no longer safe to do what we have always done.  In fact, it is lethal.

I challenge the idea that relationships in the blogging form are not real.  So, if you read my blog and perhaps have been lurking, give me a shout out and prove the critics false in saying this form is not helpful, inspiring and at least part of where the future is heading. Has your ministry and life been impacted?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

60 comments

  1. For us, our Life Group would not have the community it does without email. The homeless outreach would not be as organized. Randomacts245.com would not even exist if it were not for the internet. So I embrass tech. In today’s age we are competing with the world to help save lost souls and this is the area the church is falling short by not using and calling it a form of distraction, it matters what you are doing with the tech stuff.

  2. For us, our Life Group would not have the community it does without email. The homeless outreach would not be as organized. Randomacts245.com would not even exist if it were not for the internet. So I embrass tech. In today’s age we are competing with the world to help save lost souls and this is the area the church is falling short by not using and calling it a form of distraction, it matters what you are doing with the tech stuff.

  3. For us, our Life Group would not have the community it does without email. The homeless outreach would not be as organized. Randomacts245.com would not even exist if it were not for the internet. So I embrass tech. In today’s age we are competing with the world to help save lost souls and this is the area the church is falling short by not using and calling it a form of distraction, it matters what you are doing with the tech stuff.

  4. For us, our Life Group would not have the community it does without email. The homeless outreach would not be as organized. Randomacts245.com would not even exist if it were not for the internet. So I embrass tech. In today’s age we are competing with the world to help save lost souls and this is the area the church is falling short by not using and calling it a form of distraction, it matters what you are doing with the tech stuff.

  5. You’re speaking here to some of my current frustrations and desire. I’ve been having the same type of conversations with the other members of my church’s staff, and they just don’t seem to get it either. That’s unfortunate, because our area is growing, and the types of people moving in are the ones who are very much plugged in.
    I’ll admit that I’m a little bit behind the curve just because I don’t have the finances to always buy the latest thing (iPhone, etc.). However, I have found that there is real value in blogging, chat, twitter, and all those sorts of things.

    I lately have been encouraged via twitter and blogs to deepen my faith. I’ve found accountability partners through both. I’m networking with other ministers in a way I’ve always wanted, but the local churches don’t see the reason why we should network/fellowship.

    In the past, learning about new music and resources was dependent upon either word of mouth, or magazines. Now, I can get nearly instant news of what is available, and very quick viewpoints on the practicality of such resources. Bloggers often post reviews of music and resources, and give feedback on their hands-on/ears-on experiences.

    I know for a fact that there are people around the world who now pray for me, and I for them, on a regular basis. How is that not real? A larger prayer circle than I would have had otherwise if not for blogging/tweeting/chatting.

    My Bible journaling takes place nearly exclusively now at YouVersion.com. I do nearly all Bible study at my computer with Biblegateway and a select few other resources. My contacts and calendar are all handled through Gmail. As long as I have a connection, I can access all these things from anywhere in the world. Can you do that with your journal/notes/calendar/contact list if it’s sitting in your office and you’re across town? I think not.

    I just moved my to-do list online, and I’m keeping up with things much better. I can access my to-do list via RSS, and if I want I can pay for the minimal upgrade and get it to twitter me as a reminder.

    I’m a book nut, and there’s nothing I like more than sitting down with a good book and reading. There are literally thousands of books available online for free or cheap, and with the advent of the book readers you mentioned, I could carry hundreds of books around with me. (I’m buying one of those readers as soon as I can.)

    I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. I blogged about something along this line just yesterday. I’m growing increasing frustrated here recently with dragging people along. There’s a whole generation that will be lost if we don’t connect with them on their level. If you don’t want to get personally involved in the whole web 2.0 thing fine, but please stay out of the way of those who see the value and want to use it to reach unnumbered souls for the glory of Christ.

  6. You’re speaking here to some of my current frustrations and desire. I’ve been having the same type of conversations with the other members of my church’s staff, and they just don’t seem to get it either. That’s unfortunate, because our area is growing, and the types of people moving in are the ones who are very much plugged in.
    I’ll admit that I’m a little bit behind the curve just because I don’t have the finances to always buy the latest thing (iPhone, etc.). However, I have found that there is real value in blogging, chat, twitter, and all those sorts of things.

    I lately have been encouraged via twitter and blogs to deepen my faith. I’ve found accountability partners through both. I’m networking with other ministers in a way I’ve always wanted, but the local churches don’t see the reason why we should network/fellowship.

    In the past, learning about new music and resources was dependent upon either word of mouth, or magazines. Now, I can get nearly instant news of what is available, and very quick viewpoints on the practicality of such resources. Bloggers often post reviews of music and resources, and give feedback on their hands-on/ears-on experiences.

    I know for a fact that there are people around the world who now pray for me, and I for them, on a regular basis. How is that not real? A larger prayer circle than I would have had otherwise if not for blogging/tweeting/chatting.

    My Bible journaling takes place nearly exclusively now at YouVersion.com. I do nearly all Bible study at my computer with Biblegateway and a select few other resources. My contacts and calendar are all handled through Gmail. As long as I have a connection, I can access all these things from anywhere in the world. Can you do that with your journal/notes/calendar/contact list if it’s sitting in your office and you’re across town? I think not.

    I just moved my to-do list online, and I’m keeping up with things much better. I can access my to-do list via RSS, and if I want I can pay for the minimal upgrade and get it to twitter me as a reminder.

    I’m a book nut, and there’s nothing I like more than sitting down with a good book and reading. There are literally thousands of books available online for free or cheap, and with the advent of the book readers you mentioned, I could carry hundreds of books around with me. (I’m buying one of those readers as soon as I can.)

    I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. I blogged about something along this line just yesterday. I’m growing increasing frustrated here recently with dragging people along. There’s a whole generation that will be lost if we don’t connect with them on their level. If you don’t want to get personally involved in the whole web 2.0 thing fine, but please stay out of the way of those who see the value and want to use it to reach unnumbered souls for the glory of Christ.

  7. You’re speaking here to some of my current frustrations and desire. I’ve been having the same type of conversations with the other members of my church’s staff, and they just don’t seem to get it either. That’s unfortunate, because our area is growing, and the types of people moving in are the ones who are very much plugged in.
    I’ll admit that I’m a little bit behind the curve just because I don’t have the finances to always buy the latest thing (iPhone, etc.). However, I have found that there is real value in blogging, chat, twitter, and all those sorts of things.

    I lately have been encouraged via twitter and blogs to deepen my faith. I’ve found accountability partners through both. I’m networking with other ministers in a way I’ve always wanted, but the local churches don’t see the reason why we should network/fellowship.

    In the past, learning about new music and resources was dependent upon either word of mouth, or magazines. Now, I can get nearly instant news of what is available, and very quick viewpoints on the practicality of such resources. Bloggers often post reviews of music and resources, and give feedback on their hands-on/ears-on experiences.

    I know for a fact that there are people around the world who now pray for me, and I for them, on a regular basis. How is that not real? A larger prayer circle than I would have had otherwise if not for blogging/tweeting/chatting.

    My Bible journaling takes place nearly exclusively now at YouVersion.com. I do nearly all Bible study at my computer with Biblegateway and a select few other resources. My contacts and calendar are all handled through Gmail. As long as I have a connection, I can access all these things from anywhere in the world. Can you do that with your journal/notes/calendar/contact list if it’s sitting in your office and you’re across town? I think not.

    I just moved my to-do list online, and I’m keeping up with things much better. I can access my to-do list via RSS, and if I want I can pay for the minimal upgrade and get it to twitter me as a reminder.

    I’m a book nut, and there’s nothing I like more than sitting down with a good book and reading. There are literally thousands of books available online for free or cheap, and with the advent of the book readers you mentioned, I could carry hundreds of books around with me. (I’m buying one of those readers as soon as I can.)

    I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. I blogged about something along this line just yesterday. I’m growing increasing frustrated here recently with dragging people along. There’s a whole generation that will be lost if we don’t connect with them on their level. If you don’t want to get personally involved in the whole web 2.0 thing fine, but please stay out of the way of those who see the value and want to use it to reach unnumbered souls for the glory of Christ.

  8. You’re speaking here to some of my current frustrations and desire. I’ve been having the same type of conversations with the other members of my church’s staff, and they just don’t seem to get it either. That’s unfortunate, because our area is growing, and the types of people moving in are the ones who are very much plugged in.
    I’ll admit that I’m a little bit behind the curve just because I don’t have the finances to always buy the latest thing (iPhone, etc.). However, I have found that there is real value in blogging, chat, twitter, and all those sorts of things.

    I lately have been encouraged via twitter and blogs to deepen my faith. I’ve found accountability partners through both. I’m networking with other ministers in a way I’ve always wanted, but the local churches don’t see the reason why we should network/fellowship.

    In the past, learning about new music and resources was dependent upon either word of mouth, or magazines. Now, I can get nearly instant news of what is available, and very quick viewpoints on the practicality of such resources. Bloggers often post reviews of music and resources, and give feedback on their hands-on/ears-on experiences.

    I know for a fact that there are people around the world who now pray for me, and I for them, on a regular basis. How is that not real? A larger prayer circle than I would have had otherwise if not for blogging/tweeting/chatting.

    My Bible journaling takes place nearly exclusively now at YouVersion.com. I do nearly all Bible study at my computer with Biblegateway and a select few other resources. My contacts and calendar are all handled through Gmail. As long as I have a connection, I can access all these things from anywhere in the world. Can you do that with your journal/notes/calendar/contact list if it’s sitting in your office and you’re across town? I think not.

    I just moved my to-do list online, and I’m keeping up with things much better. I can access my to-do list via RSS, and if I want I can pay for the minimal upgrade and get it to twitter me as a reminder.

    I’m a book nut, and there’s nothing I like more than sitting down with a good book and reading. There are literally thousands of books available online for free or cheap, and with the advent of the book readers you mentioned, I could carry hundreds of books around with me. (I’m buying one of those readers as soon as I can.)

    I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. I blogged about something along this line just yesterday. I’m growing increasing frustrated here recently with dragging people along. There’s a whole generation that will be lost if we don’t connect with them on their level. If you don’t want to get personally involved in the whole web 2.0 thing fine, but please stay out of the way of those who see the value and want to use it to reach unnumbered souls for the glory of Christ.

  9. We live in a complex world, full of have and have nots. I love what you said about the Printing Press. New things bring with them so much possibilty to change the way things are done for the better. Of course with great power comes great responsibility. Technology has pitfalls, and I think we can all agree with that statement. People are slow to change the way they do things as well, and I think it is O.K. to respect that. Heck, I am not a big fan of the phone. I don’t like communicating with people on the phone except to say “hey, let’s meet somewhere.” We do still live in a world of have and have nots like I said. There are still many people who don’t have computers, and some folks who still have dial up service for their internet and don’t use the internet for anything. Is this wrong??? But you can’t try to please everyone, and so you make a choice on how you will “do buisness” in your life. Those that are one board will come along. Some will try to make the change, but others will do what they feel comfortable doing, and that’s O.K. I essesntially agree with what you are sying though Rich. These are powerful tools and should be used to their maximum. They can help reach a lost world so well.Remember the days when it took a year to scribe a Bible, and then Guttenberg came along and literally re-wrote it in a day.
    Well said Rich.

  10. We live in a complex world, full of have and have nots. I love what you said about the Printing Press. New things bring with them so much possibilty to change the way things are done for the better. Of course with great power comes great responsibility. Technology has pitfalls, and I think we can all agree with that statement. People are slow to change the way they do things as well, and I think it is O.K. to respect that. Heck, I am not a big fan of the phone. I don’t like communicating with people on the phone except to say “hey, let’s meet somewhere.” We do still live in a world of have and have nots like I said. There are still many people who don’t have computers, and some folks who still have dial up service for their internet and don’t use the internet for anything. Is this wrong??? But you can’t try to please everyone, and so you make a choice on how you will “do buisness” in your life. Those that are one board will come along. Some will try to make the change, but others will do what they feel comfortable doing, and that’s O.K. I essesntially agree with what you are sying though Rich. These are powerful tools and should be used to their maximum. They can help reach a lost world so well.Remember the days when it took a year to scribe a Bible, and then Guttenberg came along and literally re-wrote it in a day.
    Well said Rich.

  11. We live in a complex world, full of have and have nots. I love what you said about the Printing Press. New things bring with them so much possibilty to change the way things are done for the better. Of course with great power comes great responsibility. Technology has pitfalls, and I think we can all agree with that statement. People are slow to change the way they do things as well, and I think it is O.K. to respect that. Heck, I am not a big fan of the phone. I don’t like communicating with people on the phone except to say “hey, let’s meet somewhere.” We do still live in a world of have and have nots like I said. There are still many people who don’t have computers, and some folks who still have dial up service for their internet and don’t use the internet for anything. Is this wrong??? But you can’t try to please everyone, and so you make a choice on how you will “do buisness” in your life. Those that are one board will come along. Some will try to make the change, but others will do what they feel comfortable doing, and that’s O.K. I essesntially agree with what you are sying though Rich. These are powerful tools and should be used to their maximum. They can help reach a lost world so well.Remember the days when it took a year to scribe a Bible, and then Guttenberg came along and literally re-wrote it in a day.
    Well said Rich.

  12. We live in a complex world, full of have and have nots. I love what you said about the Printing Press. New things bring with them so much possibilty to change the way things are done for the better. Of course with great power comes great responsibility. Technology has pitfalls, and I think we can all agree with that statement. People are slow to change the way they do things as well, and I think it is O.K. to respect that. Heck, I am not a big fan of the phone. I don’t like communicating with people on the phone except to say “hey, let’s meet somewhere.” We do still live in a world of have and have nots like I said. There are still many people who don’t have computers, and some folks who still have dial up service for their internet and don’t use the internet for anything. Is this wrong??? But you can’t try to please everyone, and so you make a choice on how you will “do buisness” in your life. Those that are one board will come along. Some will try to make the change, but others will do what they feel comfortable doing, and that’s O.K. I essesntially agree with what you are sying though Rich. These are powerful tools and should be used to their maximum. They can help reach a lost world so well.Remember the days when it took a year to scribe a Bible, and then Guttenberg came along and literally re-wrote it in a day.
    Well said Rich.

  13. Without the internet, I would not have had the pleasure of meeting you in person since we have a good strong connection via blogs and twitter.
    Oh wait, I’ve had to cancel twice. Dang! Well, I still know you well because of technology, and for that I’m grateful. Maybe someday we’ll actually meet up for a Montecristo. 😉

  14. Without the internet, I would not have had the pleasure of meeting you in person since we have a good strong connection via blogs and twitter.
    Oh wait, I’ve had to cancel twice. Dang! Well, I still know you well because of technology, and for that I’m grateful. Maybe someday we’ll actually meet up for a Montecristo. 😉

  15. Without the internet, I would not have had the pleasure of meeting you in person since we have a good strong connection via blogs and twitter.
    Oh wait, I’ve had to cancel twice. Dang! Well, I still know you well because of technology, and for that I’m grateful. Maybe someday we’ll actually meet up for a Montecristo. 😉

  16. Without the internet, I would not have had the pleasure of meeting you in person since we have a good strong connection via blogs and twitter.
    Oh wait, I’ve had to cancel twice. Dang! Well, I still know you well because of technology, and for that I’m grateful. Maybe someday we’ll actually meet up for a Montecristo. 😉

  17. Studies show that the internet is evil, filled with porno satan loving cyber-sex perverts who talk all sorts of malice and anti-Christianity. We should stay as far away from it as possible and picket in the streets for the government to ban it…
    Or, well said Rich?

  18. Studies show that the internet is evil, filled with porno satan loving cyber-sex perverts who talk all sorts of malice and anti-Christianity. We should stay as far away from it as possible and picket in the streets for the government to ban it…
    Or, well said Rich?

  19. Studies show that the internet is evil, filled with porno satan loving cyber-sex perverts who talk all sorts of malice and anti-Christianity. We should stay as far away from it as possible and picket in the streets for the government to ban it…
    Or, well said Rich?

  20. Studies show that the internet is evil, filled with porno satan loving cyber-sex perverts who talk all sorts of malice and anti-Christianity. We should stay as far away from it as possible and picket in the streets for the government to ban it…
    Or, well said Rich?

  21. Dear Alex,
    Was your entry meant to make a point or to simply be a ultra-sarcastic cheap shot that serves no purpose??? If you wish to say something, then say it plain english so we can all understand your point. If you didn’t like what I have to say, then fine, you say it politely. If you can’t do that, then don’t say anything. If you see some kind of dis-connect in my comment, then point it out, otherwise we can’t have a discussion. This is why I rarely comment on these things. A total lack of respect.

  22. Dear Alex,
    Was your entry meant to make a point or to simply be a ultra-sarcastic cheap shot that serves no purpose??? If you wish to say something, then say it plain english so we can all understand your point. If you didn’t like what I have to say, then fine, you say it politely. If you can’t do that, then don’t say anything. If you see some kind of dis-connect in my comment, then point it out, otherwise we can’t have a discussion. This is why I rarely comment on these things. A total lack of respect.

  23. Dear Alex,
    Was your entry meant to make a point or to simply be a ultra-sarcastic cheap shot that serves no purpose??? If you wish to say something, then say it plain english so we can all understand your point. If you didn’t like what I have to say, then fine, you say it politely. If you can’t do that, then don’t say anything. If you see some kind of dis-connect in my comment, then point it out, otherwise we can’t have a discussion. This is why I rarely comment on these things. A total lack of respect.

  24. Dear Alex,
    Was your entry meant to make a point or to simply be a ultra-sarcastic cheap shot that serves no purpose??? If you wish to say something, then say it plain english so we can all understand your point. If you didn’t like what I have to say, then fine, you say it politely. If you can’t do that, then don’t say anything. If you see some kind of dis-connect in my comment, then point it out, otherwise we can’t have a discussion. This is why I rarely comment on these things. A total lack of respect.

  25. Waltermoose…I assume, between the lines, that Alex is trying to reinforce the point about not closing ourselves off from our society. That is where I think the sarcasm was pointed, but, right here is one of the weaknesses of this AND strengths–dialogging with people one might never debate or talk with otherwise.

  26. Waltermoose…I assume, between the lines, that Alex is trying to reinforce the point about not closing ourselves off from our society. That is where I think the sarcasm was pointed, but, right here is one of the weaknesses of this AND strengths–dialogging with people one might never debate or talk with otherwise.

  27. Waltermoose…I assume, between the lines, that Alex is trying to reinforce the point about not closing ourselves off from our society. That is where I think the sarcasm was pointed, but, right here is one of the weaknesses of this AND strengths–dialogging with people one might never debate or talk with otherwise.

  28. Waltermoose…I assume, between the lines, that Alex is trying to reinforce the point about not closing ourselves off from our society. That is where I think the sarcasm was pointed, but, right here is one of the weaknesses of this AND strengths–dialogging with people one might never debate or talk with otherwise.

  29. Well said, bro. Rich! You know I agree with you 1000%. For evey ill this medium presents, there are at least three benefits. Keep on …

  30. Well said, bro. Rich! You know I agree with you 1000%. For evey ill this medium presents, there are at least three benefits. Keep on …

  31. Well said, bro. Rich! You know I agree with you 1000%. For evey ill this medium presents, there are at least three benefits. Keep on …

  32. Well said, bro. Rich! You know I agree with you 1000%. For evey ill this medium presents, there are at least three benefits. Keep on …

  33. Dang, I just came back to read the other responses. I didn’t realize how long my comment was.
    Must be that long-winded Indy-Fundy Baptist background of mine.

    Just an example of how this kind of technology should be leveraged, but sometimes is not. My band has rehearsal every Thursday, but because of stormy weather and other factors I had to cancel it recently. I have every band members email address, and there was (I thought) an understand between us all to check it periodically so I could send out info.

    Long story short, one member showed up for rehearsal, and called me on her cell phone while I was home safe from the storm. They were upset they didn’t know rehearsal was cancelled. I told them I not only sent an email, but also left a message at their home. They said, “I only check email on Monday, and I came straight from work.”

    Why have an email address and give it to me as a method to contact you if you only check it once a week? I also said, “If I’d had your cell # it would have helped.” They said, “I don’t like giving that out, but OK here it is.”

    Ah, I’m long-winded again, but you get it. When the technology is available and you don’t leverage it and use it wisely, you’re the one who misses out.

  34. Dang, I just came back to read the other responses. I didn’t realize how long my comment was.
    Must be that long-winded Indy-Fundy Baptist background of mine.

    Just an example of how this kind of technology should be leveraged, but sometimes is not. My band has rehearsal every Thursday, but because of stormy weather and other factors I had to cancel it recently. I have every band members email address, and there was (I thought) an understand between us all to check it periodically so I could send out info.

    Long story short, one member showed up for rehearsal, and called me on her cell phone while I was home safe from the storm. They were upset they didn’t know rehearsal was cancelled. I told them I not only sent an email, but also left a message at their home. They said, “I only check email on Monday, and I came straight from work.”

    Why have an email address and give it to me as a method to contact you if you only check it once a week? I also said, “If I’d had your cell # it would have helped.” They said, “I don’t like giving that out, but OK here it is.”

    Ah, I’m long-winded again, but you get it. When the technology is available and you don’t leverage it and use it wisely, you’re the one who misses out.

  35. Dang, I just came back to read the other responses. I didn’t realize how long my comment was.
    Must be that long-winded Indy-Fundy Baptist background of mine.

    Just an example of how this kind of technology should be leveraged, but sometimes is not. My band has rehearsal every Thursday, but because of stormy weather and other factors I had to cancel it recently. I have every band members email address, and there was (I thought) an understand between us all to check it periodically so I could send out info.

    Long story short, one member showed up for rehearsal, and called me on her cell phone while I was home safe from the storm. They were upset they didn’t know rehearsal was cancelled. I told them I not only sent an email, but also left a message at their home. They said, “I only check email on Monday, and I came straight from work.”

    Why have an email address and give it to me as a method to contact you if you only check it once a week? I also said, “If I’d had your cell # it would have helped.” They said, “I don’t like giving that out, but OK here it is.”

    Ah, I’m long-winded again, but you get it. When the technology is available and you don’t leverage it and use it wisely, you’re the one who misses out.

  36. Dang, I just came back to read the other responses. I didn’t realize how long my comment was.
    Must be that long-winded Indy-Fundy Baptist background of mine.

    Just an example of how this kind of technology should be leveraged, but sometimes is not. My band has rehearsal every Thursday, but because of stormy weather and other factors I had to cancel it recently. I have every band members email address, and there was (I thought) an understand between us all to check it periodically so I could send out info.

    Long story short, one member showed up for rehearsal, and called me on her cell phone while I was home safe from the storm. They were upset they didn’t know rehearsal was cancelled. I told them I not only sent an email, but also left a message at their home. They said, “I only check email on Monday, and I came straight from work.”

    Why have an email address and give it to me as a method to contact you if you only check it once a week? I also said, “If I’d had your cell # it would have helped.” They said, “I don’t like giving that out, but OK here it is.”

    Ah, I’m long-winded again, but you get it. When the technology is available and you don’t leverage it and use it wisely, you’re the one who misses out.

  37. Hey Rich,
    I absolutely understand what the point was. I was just questioning the way it was stated, and especially when it seemed that he was saying that I said things I never said. You know I think it is a bad idea to close ourselves off from society. I am a public school teacher for a reason. I believe all I said was that technology has its pitfalls. Can anyone argue with that statement? It scares people away from technology, and I think we should respect that feeling because it is a legitimate fear. Technology can steal family time; its abuse can prey upon those who left unguided. I see it every day at my school. So we must meet these great new toys with a certain amount of care for the dangers that are inherent. The possibilities far out way the bad that comes. I agree with that statement whole-heartedly. We should also understand people’s fear of technology and the new, or else we will be completely unable to bring them into the fold. I agree with what you said, and I feel people are scared of technology for perfectly understandable reasons. How do we help them overcome this? Mostly, I like respectful dialogue that treats people as though they are special creations of God. We will win far more people to Christ by saying please, thank you, and speaking to strangers and friends with words of kindness that show others the love of Christ than all the technological gadgets in the world. So I am done. I apologize Alex if anything I said in my second comment was less than respectful, but I really did not appreciate your comment. I am sure you meant no harm, so forgive me for my terse reply. I try to be a very nice person, and I am certain Rich can confirm that statement.

    Nothing but love for you all.

  38. Hey Rich,
    I absolutely understand what the point was. I was just questioning the way it was stated, and especially when it seemed that he was saying that I said things I never said. You know I think it is a bad idea to close ourselves off from society. I am a public school teacher for a reason. I believe all I said was that technology has its pitfalls. Can anyone argue with that statement? It scares people away from technology, and I think we should respect that feeling because it is a legitimate fear. Technology can steal family time; its abuse can prey upon those who left unguided. I see it every day at my school. So we must meet these great new toys with a certain amount of care for the dangers that are inherent. The possibilities far out way the bad that comes. I agree with that statement whole-heartedly. We should also understand people’s fear of technology and the new, or else we will be completely unable to bring them into the fold. I agree with what you said, and I feel people are scared of technology for perfectly understandable reasons. How do we help them overcome this? Mostly, I like respectful dialogue that treats people as though they are special creations of God. We will win far more people to Christ by saying please, thank you, and speaking to strangers and friends with words of kindness that show others the love of Christ than all the technological gadgets in the world. So I am done. I apologize Alex if anything I said in my second comment was less than respectful, but I really did not appreciate your comment. I am sure you meant no harm, so forgive me for my terse reply. I try to be a very nice person, and I am certain Rich can confirm that statement.

    Nothing but love for you all.

  39. Hey Rich,
    I absolutely understand what the point was. I was just questioning the way it was stated, and especially when it seemed that he was saying that I said things I never said. You know I think it is a bad idea to close ourselves off from society. I am a public school teacher for a reason. I believe all I said was that technology has its pitfalls. Can anyone argue with that statement? It scares people away from technology, and I think we should respect that feeling because it is a legitimate fear. Technology can steal family time; its abuse can prey upon those who left unguided. I see it every day at my school. So we must meet these great new toys with a certain amount of care for the dangers that are inherent. The possibilities far out way the bad that comes. I agree with that statement whole-heartedly. We should also understand people’s fear of technology and the new, or else we will be completely unable to bring them into the fold. I agree with what you said, and I feel people are scared of technology for perfectly understandable reasons. How do we help them overcome this? Mostly, I like respectful dialogue that treats people as though they are special creations of God. We will win far more people to Christ by saying please, thank you, and speaking to strangers and friends with words of kindness that show others the love of Christ than all the technological gadgets in the world. So I am done. I apologize Alex if anything I said in my second comment was less than respectful, but I really did not appreciate your comment. I am sure you meant no harm, so forgive me for my terse reply. I try to be a very nice person, and I am certain Rich can confirm that statement.

    Nothing but love for you all.

  40. Hey Rich,
    I absolutely understand what the point was. I was just questioning the way it was stated, and especially when it seemed that he was saying that I said things I never said. You know I think it is a bad idea to close ourselves off from society. I am a public school teacher for a reason. I believe all I said was that technology has its pitfalls. Can anyone argue with that statement? It scares people away from technology, and I think we should respect that feeling because it is a legitimate fear. Technology can steal family time; its abuse can prey upon those who left unguided. I see it every day at my school. So we must meet these great new toys with a certain amount of care for the dangers that are inherent. The possibilities far out way the bad that comes. I agree with that statement whole-heartedly. We should also understand people’s fear of technology and the new, or else we will be completely unable to bring them into the fold. I agree with what you said, and I feel people are scared of technology for perfectly understandable reasons. How do we help them overcome this? Mostly, I like respectful dialogue that treats people as though they are special creations of God. We will win far more people to Christ by saying please, thank you, and speaking to strangers and friends with words of kindness that show others the love of Christ than all the technological gadgets in the world. So I am done. I apologize Alex if anything I said in my second comment was less than respectful, but I really did not appreciate your comment. I am sure you meant no harm, so forgive me for my terse reply. I try to be a very nice person, and I am certain Rich can confirm that statement.

    Nothing but love for you all.

  41. I can confirm, indeed, that Waltermoose is a very nice person and Alex would love him…in fact it is probably soon the three of us can have java since we all three live in SoCal. Peace 🙂

  42. I can confirm, indeed, that Waltermoose is a very nice person and Alex would love him…in fact it is probably soon the three of us can have java since we all three live in SoCal. Peace 🙂

  43. I can confirm, indeed, that Waltermoose is a very nice person and Alex would love him…in fact it is probably soon the three of us can have java since we all three live in SoCal. Peace 🙂

  44. I can confirm, indeed, that Waltermoose is a very nice person and Alex would love him…in fact it is probably soon the three of us can have java since we all three live in SoCal. Peace 🙂

  45. What’s interesting that you didn’t mention is the cause and effect of the two technologies you mentioned. The introduction of the printing press shot the literacy rate through the roof. And no longer did people need a clergyman to read it in the vernacular but they could buy a copy and read it for themselves. The net result is that people felt a closer connection with God.The internet broke the barriers of information control to the point where today we have reached information critical mass. Put something, anything into a google search and try to get under forty thousand results… impossible.
    You can find a translation of the bible in Klingon, for goodness sake! I have a feeling that many christians and churches are still a bit off when they are commanded to be “in the world but not of it” thinking that a website and worship rock music and starbucks style coffee offered at the back table is “of the world” and will offend the church-acculturated.

  46. What’s interesting that you didn’t mention is the cause and effect of the two technologies you mentioned. The introduction of the printing press shot the literacy rate through the roof. And no longer did people need a clergyman to read it in the vernacular but they could buy a copy and read it for themselves. The net result is that people felt a closer connection with God.The internet broke the barriers of information control to the point where today we have reached information critical mass. Put something, anything into a google search and try to get under forty thousand results… impossible.
    You can find a translation of the bible in Klingon, for goodness sake! I have a feeling that many christians and churches are still a bit off when they are commanded to be “in the world but not of it” thinking that a website and worship rock music and starbucks style coffee offered at the back table is “of the world” and will offend the church-acculturated.

  47. What’s interesting that you didn’t mention is the cause and effect of the two technologies you mentioned. The introduction of the printing press shot the literacy rate through the roof. And no longer did people need a clergyman to read it in the vernacular but they could buy a copy and read it for themselves. The net result is that people felt a closer connection with God.The internet broke the barriers of information control to the point where today we have reached information critical mass. Put something, anything into a google search and try to get under forty thousand results… impossible.
    You can find a translation of the bible in Klingon, for goodness sake! I have a feeling that many christians and churches are still a bit off when they are commanded to be “in the world but not of it” thinking that a website and worship rock music and starbucks style coffee offered at the back table is “of the world” and will offend the church-acculturated.

  48. What’s interesting that you didn’t mention is the cause and effect of the two technologies you mentioned. The introduction of the printing press shot the literacy rate through the roof. And no longer did people need a clergyman to read it in the vernacular but they could buy a copy and read it for themselves. The net result is that people felt a closer connection with God.The internet broke the barriers of information control to the point where today we have reached information critical mass. Put something, anything into a google search and try to get under forty thousand results… impossible.
    You can find a translation of the bible in Klingon, for goodness sake! I have a feeling that many christians and churches are still a bit off when they are commanded to be “in the world but not of it” thinking that a website and worship rock music and starbucks style coffee offered at the back table is “of the world” and will offend the church-acculturated.

  49. The relationships I’ve built through blogging are totally real. It’s something I look forward to doing and reading every week. I’ve even had a chance to send real cards in the mail encouraging my fellow bloggers. Awesome.

  50. The relationships I’ve built through blogging are totally real. It’s something I look forward to doing and reading every week. I’ve even had a chance to send real cards in the mail encouraging my fellow bloggers. Awesome.

  51. The relationships I’ve built through blogging are totally real. It’s something I look forward to doing and reading every week. I’ve even had a chance to send real cards in the mail encouraging my fellow bloggers. Awesome.

  52. The relationships I’ve built through blogging are totally real. It’s something I look forward to doing and reading every week. I’ve even had a chance to send real cards in the mail encouraging my fellow bloggers. Awesome.

  53. I’m trying to be a better commenter.. So I’m back to just say that waltermoose, you may not believe this, but I didn’t even read your comment before I posted mine. So, sorry for the confusion, but I was being sarcastic – which tends to happen from time to time. And I agree with Rich – we will soon sit down and enjoy a nice beverage soon! Time & place Rich?

  54. I’m trying to be a better commenter.. So I’m back to just say that waltermoose, you may not believe this, but I didn’t even read your comment before I posted mine. So, sorry for the confusion, but I was being sarcastic – which tends to happen from time to time. And I agree with Rich – we will soon sit down and enjoy a nice beverage soon! Time & place Rich?

  55. I’m trying to be a better commenter.. So I’m back to just say that waltermoose, you may not believe this, but I didn’t even read your comment before I posted mine. So, sorry for the confusion, but I was being sarcastic – which tends to happen from time to time. And I agree with Rich – we will soon sit down and enjoy a nice beverage soon! Time & place Rich?

  56. I’m trying to be a better commenter.. So I’m back to just say that waltermoose, you may not believe this, but I didn’t even read your comment before I posted mine. So, sorry for the confusion, but I was being sarcastic – which tends to happen from time to time. And I agree with Rich – we will soon sit down and enjoy a nice beverage soon! Time & place Rich?

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