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Old Jul 10, '12, 5:26 am
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Default Re: Christian use of digital devices redefines 'going to church'

Electronics can be a great benefit in a service. I see no difference between reading something off a Nook or Smartphone and seeing it projected on a screen in the sanctuary.
I have just started recording my pastor's sermons to put on our website. I have listened ot others' sermons using Internet and found it very enlightening. Certainly all this is a great blessing and helps to spread the Word.

However, none of this can replace being with the body of Christ in a vey physical sense. Much of the Gospels and nearly all of the Epistles is about living in community until Christ's return. It is impossible to compare getting some grape juice and a cracker to having someone look you in the eye and say "The body of Christ given for you", and "The blood of Christ shed for you." That image cannot reach out and put the sign of the cross on those who are at the altar rail in some deep distress or who have returned from some estrangement. We are made in the image of God, but we are still fallen creatures. Paul several times reminds his auditors that he has to speak in human terms because of our limited natures. The Electronic Age may be ready for us, but we are not ready for electrons to replace the very real Body of Christ.
Old Jul 10, '12, 10:02 am
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Default Re: Christian use of digital devices redefines 'going to church'

Originally Posted by maltmom View Post
I thought so, I'm just disappointed I can't be let in on the joke.
Is not 15th century Russia came from a now defunct (I think) humorous blog called the Onion Dome.

I miss it.
Old Jul 10, '12, 6:01 pm
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Default Re: Christian use of digital devices redefines 'going to church'

Originally Posted by Hunter24 View Post
While the Internet is a great sorce of information and Discusion, how on earth could a christian religiouse cerimony be conducted over the Internet. I can't imagine celibrating a Sabat over the Internet.
It can't. You can watch a sermon and follow along with some songs, but that is not corporate worship it's simply private.

But to get back to the OP. Technology is great; I can have the whole breviary on my iPhone (1962 or modern) for $.99 while the whole set would cost me upwards of $150 (or over $200 for the 1962), and best of all I don't have to remember when to flip to a different area.

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