I am intrigued by what is happening in the world as a result of technology. Last night I was sitting in my home in Auckland NZ and simultaneously was talking to the coach of my daughters Johnny B at Kaukapakapa about 60k's NE in the country on the land line; was chatting through Skype to Esther in Bristol, England; was talking to my daughter Gracie on MSN in Remuera across the city; and chatting on Facebook to my young nephews Sean and Tom at Brown's Bay about 10k away! My wife was in the next room talking to Gracie simultaneously!
Interestingly, I am as much up with my daughter Esther's life in Bristol on this trip as I was when she was home. There is no tactile contact, no hugs, no visuals (although we can use video link ups) and much is internet chatting by text.
Yet, there is a real sense of community with all this. What does it mean to be 'we' in this world? So much now is experienced visually through the box and the net, and by text on cell phones and chat options. Then there is the good old phone.
At the same time, facebook sees a continual interaction with people. I am now linking up with students I used to teach back in the mid 80's over 20 years ago. One old student found me and she is linking me up with old students. It is bizzare. I am not connected with 400 people many of whom I have not spoken to for years and have missed. E - community is not the same as real community, but it is better than nothing and in many ways I am now more connected with people than I have been for years.
What are the implications of this? Can we have church like this? Some church's are trying this, with chat rooms, on line services etc. We are in a new age and we have to rethink and critique all this. We need to get on with it because it is here.