Is Virtual Community Real Community?

While most followers of Jesus who have been on the journey of faith for many years grasp  both the theological and pragmatic need for community, newcomers to the faith may be unfamiliar with the concept given the increasingly individualistic society in which we live.  Many local congregations would benefit from a renewed focus on Christian community.  One helpful example of restoring an intentional emphasis is Our Savior's Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Circle Pines, Minnesota.  Under the leadership Read More …

Online Worship: Should My Church Offer It?

What it means to be church, especially in the area of worship, has changed dramatically due to recent technological advances.  Douglas Estes'  SimChurch (2009) continues to be an important book in this emerging field (you can read my review here).  In that text Estes focuses on this new way of being church, which he labels third wave.   In the first wave churches used the virtual world as a marketing billboard, primarily via a website with little or no interaction.  The second wave offered a Read More …

Reflections on 75 Recently Published Books

Over the last year and a half (roughly 75 weeks), I have posted my reflections on 75 recently published books.  I encourage you to browse the list as you think of your reading list for 2011.  Each title is linked to my review. Author Title Year Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Men and Women 2006 Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Read More …