Tag Archives: online church
Online Church Part 3: Are Online Sacraments Legit?

Online Church Part 3: Are Online Sacraments Legit?

When discussing online churches that never gather in one physical location, two questions that often come up are

How do you do baptisms?
How do you celebrate communion?

In SimChurch, Douglas Estes does an excellent job of looking at the various options online churches have for the sacraments. He breaks them down into 4 categories.

Which if any of these expresses of baptism and communion are (most?) biblical and why?

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New Research Points to Online Church & Evangelism Opportunities

A new study published on emarketer.com indicates “The anonymity of the Internet leads people to behave differently than they do face-to-face.” Sure you could take that to mean people feel empowered to misbehave online, but it also indicates an opportunity to meet new people and have spiritual conversations with people who might be reluctant to do either in an offline setting. What do you think?

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Online Church Part 2: Worship & the Theology of Presence

In the discussion surrounding Online Church Part 1: What is a Biblical Church? it seems that everyone agrees that for a church to be a real, biblical church it must gather together regularly to worship God. The question for today is…

In what ways can online churches excel at gathering for worship and where are there difficulties?

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Online Church Part 1: What is a Biblical Church?

Online Church Part 1: What is a Biblical Church?

As mentioned yesterday, we’re kicking off an in-depth conversation about online church. I think the place to start this conversation is by looking at what specifically an organization must be and do to be a “real,” biblical church whether online or offline. Which of these do you believe is necessary for a church to be a biblical church? And why?

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Kicking Off an In-Depth Conversation About Online Church

As I mentioned in my review earlier today, Douglas Estes’s book SimChurch takes the conversation about online church to the next level. I would like to build on what that by organizing a more in-depth discussion about various aspects of online church. Here’s a tentative schedule of the topics we’re going to cover here over the next several weeks.

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Book Review: SimChurch

Book Review: SimChurch

“Is a virtual church a real, authentic and valid expression of the church of Jesus Christ?”

This is the question Pastor/Dr. Douglas Estes explores in his book SimChurch.

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