Last week, I put out a simple question on Facebook and Twitter asking, “What is new to consider in the areas of faith and technology?” After sorting through nearly 125 responses, I started to see some trends developing.
What was most interesting is that there was as much negative feedback about faith and technology as positive. Today, I’d like to discuss 12 mentioned positive benefits of technology and faith. Tomorrow, I will write on 12 precautions I heard.
Online Community and Discipleship
The response in regards to online community was overwhelming. It was by far the most mentioned benefit of technology that I received. From Facebook groups, Google+ hangouts, and Skype meetings, there was a strong affirmation of the benefits of video conferencing and networking on the Internet. Distance barriers are no more when it comes to online chats or video. The continued increase in the availability of high-speed Internet connectivity will only enhance this use of technology.
Simulcasts and Video Venues
A related topic, simulcasts and video venues have grown more and more common over the past decade. Regardless of your stance on video venues for multi-site churches, the ability and affordability to now simulcast sermons and conferences across the country and the world is a great benefit for the Kingdom. Recently, LifeWay hosted a simulcast of Secret Church in which nearly 50,000 people were led by David Platt in a six-hour study on the cross and suffering.
The Bible and Music at Our Fingertips
The second most mentioned benefit of technology was the availability of the Bible through the digital medium. Need a verse of Scripture on the go? Just pull out your iPhone and open your Bible app. Want to keep up with a reading plan? Just use the app. Need some inspiring music to get you through the day? Open Pandora and listen to your favorite artists’ channel. Also, hymnals (with notes and hymnal like appearance) are now being made available as apps for the iPad. I’m guessing our grandparents didn’t see that one coming.