Posted by: nickgerlich | March 12, 2008

Leap Of Faith

Our lives just keep getting busier and busier. I have oft complained that it sure would be nice to squeeze an extra four hours or so into each day. That would give us 28 extra hours each week, leaving almost enough time to catch up on our sleep, bills, homework, and if we’re lucky, our love life.

It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

Thankfully, there are visionaries out there who recognize the problem at hand, and have sought to provide a solution. Even if it slaps history and tradition upside the face, sometimes it takes a revolutionary to get the job done.

LifeChurchSo I was pleased to see there are some folks in church who also recognize that life just isn’t what it used to be. Life Church in Oklahoma City has addressed this problem head-on (oops, that sounds like one of those annoying commercials). Too busy for church? Crowds got you down? Got your social thing going on elsewhere and don’t necessarily need the whole “church family” thing?

Life Church has got you covered.

Their numerous satellite campuses (located in several states) use state-of-the-art satellite technology to beam the pastor down (sorry, Scotty) to a big screen. A live band at each location gives some semblance of it all not just being one big TiVo event.

And if time is really working against you, skip the service entirely and just go to Internet Church.

To be honest, I have mixed emotions. Sure, our church has been doing the TiVO thing for several years now, but it is only beamed across the campus to the youth building, not clear across the county to Florida. And we’ve been doing podcasts (but no webcasts) for a while.

But I actually look forward to church (regardless of whether the preacher is on a screen or in the flesh). Maybe Internet Church could work when we are all sick, or locked into a hotel room in some faraway city. I just don’t think it would be the same, though. That hour is about the only time I sit and reflect, allowing someone (and the SomeOne) to talk to me.

Call me old-school, and criticize the fact that we often have to drive a little over the limit to get there on time (I confess that we people of faith aren’t exactly known for our stellar driving habits). I just like to do this one thing offline.

Which may all sound a bit strange from a guy who teaches almost exclusively online, and carries a digital audio recorder, web-ready videocam, and assorted other computer paraphernalia with him everywhere he goes.

I just want to encounter the Almighty in His space, not mine.

Dr “What Next, ChurchTube?” Gerlich

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