So here’s what [Jeff McQ] proposes: let’s have a blogging revival!

But lately I’ve found people getting a bit lax with their blogging. First they say stuff like, “I haven’t blogged in awhile…

Or they make excuses like, “I find I’m in a different place now, and I’ve said all I wanted to say. I just want to get back to talking about ‘normal stuff.'” As if blogging was all about them. (Or as if blogging isn’t normal.)

And then the ultimate cop-out: “I need to take a break from blogging for awhile.” This, of course, is code for, “I’m giving myself ‘permission’ not to blog, so I don’t feel guilty about it and so you won’t expect it of me.” A purposeful shirking of responsibility, an abandonment of doing one’s duty.

Freaking blogger backsliders.

In Defense of Virtual Church

“A myth is growing in some circles of the blogosphere that online church is not good, not healthy, and not biblical.”

By disagreeing with the above statement, I am not blindly agreeing with the opposite. I do not know if online churches are good or healthy. I do know know that they are neither biblical nor non-biblical. This being said, let us heed the warning. I was reading about an experiment done in the early 1900’s with infant rhesus monkeys that shows the importance of connecting with others. The monkeys were put in a cell with two artificial mothers with in a few days of birth. One was a wire mother that had a feeding tube; the other was covered in soft fury material but had no feeding tube.

The first part of the experiment was monitoring the infant that was placed in a cell with both these mothers. The result was that the infant spent most of his time cuddling with the soft mother and only ran over and take a quick sip from the wire mother then run back to the fabric mother. Then they introduced danger in the form of a stuffed toy. The result was the infant ran for cover to the fabric mother.

The second experiment separated the mothers and gave the fabric mother the ability to feed. An infant rhesus monkey was placed in each cage and they were observed. They found both monkeys had equal physical development. However, they did notice remarkable difference when they introduced the stuffed toy. The monkey in with the fabric mother ran to her for protection. The monkey with the wire mother, however, fell to pieces. It threw itself to the floor and rocked back and forth.

Let me suggest a couple of things:

First, could we not draw some comparisons within modern Christianity?  By painting with an overly broad and stereotypical brush, could we possibly compare the wire mother to conservative, fundamentalist Christianity that is more interested in feeding right doctrine, nurturing orthodoxy and expectation? Could it be possible that connection is being found elsewhere?

Second, could the exodus of a generation be the result of a cultural shift that is advancing at a rapid pace due in part to technology? Could this generation be flocking to other places, other than the ‘traditional church’? Could the Emergent Church/ emerging churches, missional church, new monastic churches, etc …,  be where a new generation [post-modern] is finding connection? And finally, could we not better use the technology to help the traditional churches? Then there is training 0n using online tools:

“we at JoPa Productions are developing a series of boot camps for pastors who want to learn about and utilize social media tools like blogging, Twitter, and Facebook.”

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