I did some surfing of the blogs in my blogroll tonight and stumbled across something that I did not expect to find. TheoBlogical has some interesting things to say about the role of the web in the continued work of the Christian Church. Some interesting comments were also made by Dale with regards to what evangelism looks like.
At first, I thought that the online, somewhat (or even completely, in some cases) impersonal, mostly one-way interaction that a blog presents would not be a good avenue for evangelism to happen. (I should note at this point that I like Dale’s comment on what evangelism is. I won’t say that I agree 100%, but I think we’re very close in our thinking.) But I started to think more about it. I would not say that blogs, or most things online, will take the place of good old-fashioned, face-to-face personal care and service for others anytime soon, if ever. But they do provide yet another window into a life of faith with all of its varied complexities and questions. And there is most certainly nothing to be lost by that and much that can be gained. If even one person is cared for and knows the presence of Jesus because of any number of the oceans of blogs currently out there, then it will all have been worth it.
My searching around TheoBlogical also lead me to Emergent, which has good things to say, I think. Founded by Brian McLaren, who co-authored Adventures In Missing The Point: How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel with Tony Campolo, who has some great quotes that I’ve heard, but I have not had the opportunity to read yet, this caught my eye. The About section is just full of good things.