I am soooo happy to be back blogging after my weeks moving and making my house livable. There is a new blog series I’m posting on my Post-Christian page. You can start reading it here.
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The Christian Saint Patrick’s Day
Easter 2009 has come and gone. Into the closet goes the little bunny decorations; into the tummy go the eggs, candy, and chocolate bunnies; into the compost go the dying lilies. Now we turn the calendar page to things like Pentecost and summer. Many of us have gone to church in order to do our twice yearly duty and are no worse for the wear, although less and less of us are doing this little dance each year. Coninue Reading…
Internet Evangelism Day
The other day I got a comment from Tony from InternetEvangelismDay.com. I usually am very skeptical about people who try to sneak link-spam into my blogs, and I tend to be pretty heavy handed with the comment approval. I checked out the site just for kicks-and-giggles, and was quite impressed with what I saw. Their site is a veritable menagerie of tools and helps for churches planning to use their Internet ministry effectively. At the core of their plan is to make April 26th a day dedicated to Internet evangelism worldwide. I am waiting to hear back from them about a few things, and am happy to use whatever platform I can to help them reach our mutual goals for ministry. This really gets to the heart of my passion.
Behind all my theorizing and theologizing regarding the Church and communication is a core conviction that has been growing inside for several years. Basically, I have grown tired of the Internet being the Devil’s playground. Christians fear it. UnChristians revel in it. It is the Mos Eisley Cantina (for all the Geeks out there) of our little planet.
The Internet is both the biggest opportunity for evangelism in the history of the world, and the greatest tool the Church could ever hope for. Yet we are letting it slip by deeper and deeper into darkness.
When Gutenberg invented the Printing Press, the Christian Bible was the first book ever printed, and almost immediately the Church showed that it intended to use this medium to the fullest. Still to this day, the Bible remains the best selling printed book of all time, and other Christian books are common worldwide best sellers. Yet, as the Internet spawned, the Church has been painfully slow and wary to use this medium much at all.
Do you doubt me? Can you name one major Christian blog that cracks technorati’s top 50 regularly? Give me one Christian site that is on everyone’s bookmark list. We have GodTube, the poor Christian cousin of YouTube (I’m not really dissing them at all), and other Christian versions of popular culture online. And yes, we use the Internet pretty well for Bible tools, and maybe some “Christian dating,” but not much else with excellence.
So my conviction and passion is to point the way for Christians to use this tool to spread the great news about what Jesus did for humanity through cyberspace, and to use the World Wide Web to teach people wanting to learn more about God wherever they are. I have a passion for this, because I believe that God has a passion for it. I believe that no x-rated site, or malicious virus can prevail against God and His people. I believe in a revolution of love starting on your web page, and mine.
That is why I am behind what InternetEvangelismDay.com is doing. Mark April 26th on your calendar, and start a viral movement to take the Internet for Christ. –Ryan
A Few Things You Might Want to Check Out
One of the things that is unique about this blog, is that there are multiple streams of blogs (entirely separate blogs, really) that address different topics. You will find them in the main links above. Some of these blogs are more personal in nature, like the one on the homepage, and the My Wife page. Others are more theological, or sociological in nature. The Post-Christian page contains posts addresses how Christianity and contemporary American culture interrelate. The Church Tech blog looks at how the Church can interact, and is interacting with current communications technology, specifically the Internet.
Some recent posts that you might find interesting:
–10 Ways that Churches Can Improve Communication
–Analysis of the 2009 ARIS survey, which spawned a Newsweek Cover Story and the frontpage of USA Today
-A series of posts on How to run an effective church web-ministry