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Preparation for a Service of the Baptismal Covenant

A Conversation about the Meaning, Symbolism and Responsibility of┬áBaptism One of the great privileges that I have as a United Methodist preacher is offering the sacrament of Christian baptism to individuals and families connected with the local church. I like to meet with the individual or family in advance of the service to hear their […]

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Twitter Communion

I recently came across the proposal for a Twitter Communion service and its subsequent cancellation. As Pastor of Resurrection Online, I have spent a good deal of time considering how sacraments are made available for those that worship online. I am still working on articulating clear guidance for Resurrection Online attender. This proposal is particularly […]

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Notes on “Virtual Religion in the 21st Century”

Several months ago, I received a copy of several articles that explore the intersection of religion and the internet. I want to record some of my notes on the articles and at the same time share them with you. “Believe It or Not: Virtual Religion in the 21st Century” [PDF Link] by Susan E. George […]

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Click in Remembrance of Me

Click in Remembrance of Me is the title of an article that was published in Newsweek on November 3. I invite you to check it out as it provides my first exposure to online church or internet campus being addressed by what I would interpret to be a mainstream media outlet. While having previously found […]

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Online Baptism

While reflecting on the sacraments for an internet campus several weeks ago, I wrote, “I am not willing to suggest that sacraments could be administered online or remotely in any way.” I had thought that this would be a common response for leaders in mainline congregations. I was wrong in at least one case. I […]

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iCampus Summary Post

This is a collection of questions and responses to various questions about internet campus. I invite you to read each post and add any comments on that post or by emailing me directly. Thanks! iCampus – Why start an internet campus? iCampus – What about the sacraments? iCampus – What about the Book of Discipline? […]

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iCampus – What about the sacraments?

This is a series of responses to questions about an internet campus from a previous series of posts. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to respond to each one. Thanks! What about the sacraments? This is a serious question and one of the […]

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Internet Campus – Conclusion (8 of 8)

This wraps up the series on the benchmarking trip to LifeChurch.tv to look at their internet campus. I want to make sure you know where we have been and where we are going on this series. First, previous posts in this series: Introduction Is Not New Staff Care Live Terry Storch Next week, I am […]